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June 27, 2014 – Christopher C. Roberts

A conversation with Christopher Roberts about his conversion; raised a Baptist, Chris is now a Catholic. Chris was born in North Carolina in 1969 and grew up in Maryland. He attended Yale University, where he double-majored in Religious Studies and Environmental Studies, and graduated in 1991. He then moved to England, and went on to do a second undergraduate degree in Christian Ethics at Oxford, where he met his wife, Hannah. He completed a PhD in theology at Kings College at the University of London. In addition to his strictly academic pursuits, Chris spent several years working with religious programming for PBS. In 2006, Chris accepted a job at Villanova University as a fellow in their Ethics Department; he has been a resident of Philadelphia ever since. Chris’s doctoral dissertation was published in 2007, and is titled Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage. These days, Chris is pursuing studies at the St. Charles Seminary for the permanent diaconate, and is working part-time as a researcher and writer for the Archdiocese. Most recently, Chris was the editor for “Love is Our Mission: the family fully alive,” a book to be published later this year, a catechism on marriage, sex and the family that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family are publishing in anticipation of next year’s World Meeting of Families. He and Hannah have three daughters: Martha, Ruth, and Sarah, and are expecting a fourth child this December.