Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. Professor of History, The King’s College
Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches Western Civilization and American Foreign Policy.
Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he taught on religion and public policy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and from 1999-2006 he held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Loconte is the author of The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012). His other books are The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) and Seducing the Samaritan: How Government Contracts Are Reshaping Social Services (The Pioneer Institute, 1997). His commentary on religion and democracy, human rights, and international religious freedom appears in the nation’s leading media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and National Public Radio. He is also a regular contributor to the London-based Standpoint Magazine and Italy’s La Stampa. Read more >>
What Others Are Saying
Eric Metaxas told Christianity Today about the top five books he recommends for nonbelievers, and Loconte's The Searchers was #1! Here’s the snippet:
"Was there ever a more compelling writer than Loconte, who teaches history here in NYC? In The Searchers, he takes the familiar Road to Emmaus story and opens it up in fascinating ways. Along the way, he shows the infinite difference between phony religiosity and real faith in the Mysterious Stranger who appeared to the two pilgrims on that lonely road of grief."
- 12/02/2013 in NewsEric Metaxas Includes “The Searchers” in Top Books for Nonbelievers List
- 11/22/2013 in CommentaryNew York Times: A Mind That Grasped Both Heaven and Hell
- 09/05/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: Obama’s Machiavellian Moment
- 08/26/2013 in NewsInTouch Magazine: A Conversation with Joseph Loconte
- 08/25/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: A Deadly Gunman vs. the Faith of Antoinette Tuff
- 08/19/2013 in CommentaryThe Times of London: Faith Can End Egypt’s Politics of Persecution
- 08/16/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: Anti-Americanism and the Funeral of a Great Myth
- 08/06/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: Jesus and the Zealotry of Reza Aslan
- 07/24/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: Democratic Delusions
- 06/10/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: What Tocqueville Would Tell Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhhood
- 05/28/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: The Obama Doctrine and the Judgment of History
- 05/01/2013 in CommentaryStandpoint: Constitutional Ignoramus
- 03/28/2013 in CommentaryWall Street Journal: The Easter Message of Religious Freedom
- 03/28/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: An Easter Message for Muslims
- 02/12/2013 in CommentaryHuffington Post: Cicero and the State of the Union
- 01/19/2013 in CommentaryCNN Belief Blog: An Almost Chosen Nation
- 12/31/2012 in CommentaryHuffington Post: A Subversive Appeal for Religious Reform
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"Every once in a while a book comes along that is so elegant and beautiful and vital, that you can't imagine the world without it. Joe Loconte's The Searchers is a masterpiece, one of those rare books you will want to give to almost anyone, believers and non-believers alike. It overflows with wisdom and vital information about the very thing that makes us human, our search for meaning in the universe."
— Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.
“Fresh, powerful, and often hauntingly beautiful, The Searchers starts with the well-known account of a brief, ancient journey and leads us on a tour of deep modern issues that no serious searcher can evade. With this book, Loconte moves beyond the journalist and the historian to write as a poet-philosopher on the deep questions of life.”
— Os Guinness, author of Long Journey Home
“Joe Loconte has written a beautiful book that is deeply Christian, but because it is so deeply particular it speaks to the universal. It is honest in its critique of religion, eloquent in its affirmation of the religious impulse and sensibility, and poetic in its description of how a living and humble faith transforms our heart and our world. The Searchers is a book every religious and secular person who is serious about living a life of meaning and purpose ought to read.”
— Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) and author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life