Dr. Ryan N.S. Topping


Title: VP and Academic Dean, Professor

Office: Rm. 2-02, NTC
Phone: 780.392.2444
Email: ryan.topping@newman.edu


D.Phil., Patristics, Moral Theology, University of Oxford, Oxford (2008)
M.Phil., Moral Theology, Systematics, University of Oxford (2006)
M.A., Ancient Philosophy, University of Manitoba (2002)
B.A. (Hons), Philosophy, University of Winnipeg (2000)
B.A., Christian Studies, Concord College (Canadian Mennonite University) (2000)


Systematic & Moral Theology
Religion and Culture
Philosophy of Education
Early Christian Thought

Academic Interests

Through my work in education I hope to help foster renewal within Catholic Culture. Among philosophers, I have been formed most by Plato, Aristotle and Nietzsche, among theologians, St. Augustine and St. Thomas, among poets, Dante and George Herbert, and among Popes, Leo XIII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. During my leisure, I take great delight in studying the Church’s tradition of sacred choral music and architecture, playing piano, and in reading aloud and singing with my wife and children.

Courses Taught

PHIL 252 Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 239 Ethics

Publications and Presentations

The Educated Teacher: 20 Great Books on Education Every Teacher Should Know (in progress)
The Gifts of the Church: How the Catholic Church Transformed the Arts and Culture of the West, Volume 2 (Charlotte, NC: Tan Publishers, forthcoming)
The Gifts of the Church: How the Catholic Church Transformed the History and Soul of the West, Volume 1. Foreword by Anthony Esolen (Charlotte, NC: Tan Publishers, 2018)
The Elements of Rhetoric: How to Write and Speak Clearly and Persuasively – A Guide for Students, Teachers, Politicians, and Preachers (Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2016)
Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education, editor. Foreword by Don J. Briel (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2015)
The Case for Catholic Education. Foreword by Sr. John Mary Fleming, O.P. (Kettering, OH: Angelico Press, 2015)
St. Augustine, 2nd edition. Foreword by John Haldane. (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014) (originally published by Continuum Press, 2010)
Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life. Foreword by Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P. (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2012)
Happiness and Wisdom: Augustine’s Early Theology of Education (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012)
Two Concepts of the Soul in Plato’s Phaedo: a Beginner’s Guide to the Phaedo and some related Platonic Texts on the Immortality of the Soul (Langham, MD: Univ. Press of America, 2007)

Recent Presentations
“Three Tasks for Christian Philosophers” invited lecture for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Annual Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (27 Sept. 2018)
“The Garden, the Desk, and the Village: The Stages of Catholic Education from Kindergarten through College” Rebuilding Catholic Culture Conference, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Saskatoon, AB (10 August 2018)
“Homeschooling as a Means of Rebuilding Catholic Culture” Calgary Homeschool Association, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Calgary, AB (8 June 2018)
“Catechism in Stone: The Renewal of Sacred Architecture” Sacred Art Guild of Alberta, St. Stephen’s Protomartyr Church, Calgary, AB (7 June 2018)
“Revitalizing Catholic education” Diocese of Joliet Catholic School District, Diocesan Professional Development day, Naperville, IL (5 October 2017)
“From Aristotle to the Common Core: The Rise and Fall of Liberal Study” Keynote address for conference on Liberal Arts Education, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI (May 2017)
“Cultivate Magnanimity” Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College, Graduation Address (29 April 2017)
“Education Still at the Crossroads: Maritain on Renewal in Education” Canadian Maritain Association Conference, University of Ottawa (29 October 2016)


Canadian Jacques Maritain Association
Fellowship of Catholic Scholar

See here for Dr. Topping’s academic CV, and here for his academic website.