Praxis Circle interviews recognized thought leaders to gain insight concerning worldview and related issues.

Opinions expressed are those of each Contributor and not those of the Praxis Circle organization. Our Praxis Circle Contributors together explore many worldviews and narratives, and we regard Contributor commentary primarily as launching points for personal thinking and group discussion.

All Contributor comments are for the purposes of examining worldviews themselves and we believe our Contributors’ opinions—no matter how dissimilar from yours—will help you examine and build your own worldview. The Profiles of several expert Contributors may shock or even offend you. Praxis Circle endorses no Contributor comments except in formal and clearly labeled opinions.

While most of our Praxis Circle Contributors are “gentle persons,” again, some of their comments may shock or even offend you. If so, we have done our job! The reason for this is that many worldviews conflict (even violently). As a result, if Praxis Circle is doing its job in providing objective presentation, you will find points of view that are quite contrary to your own—perhaps even 180 degrees in the other direction.

Our worldviews grow and expand when we respectfully hear all perspectives out. Mull over the comments made by our Contributors with sufficient time to reap the benefits.

Each Praxis Contributor improves a focused effort to explore and build worldviews.

Eben Alexander

Neurosurgeon and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Dr. Eben Alexander is a best-selling author and former academic neurosurgeon who had a “near-death experience” (NDE) in 2008, spending a week in a coma. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Alexander because of his outstanding medical and academic achievements, the unique perspective he offers from his NDE experience changing from a materialist to an idealist, and his unusually broad and deep knowledge of science, philosophy, and the history of human spiritual experiences. It’s impossible to incur a greater shift in worldview than Dr. Alexander, moving between radical extremes.

Erika Bachiochi

Legal Scholar at the Ethics & Public Policy Center and Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute
Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar at the Ethics & Public Policy Center and a senior fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute, where she serves as the director of The Wollstonecraft Project. Praxis Circle interviewed Erika because of her leadership as a feminist, scholar, Christian worldview advocate, Catholic, wife, and mother.

James Bacon

Founder and Publisher of Bacon’s Rebellion
James Bacon is the founder and publisher of Bacon’s Rebellion, Virginia’s leading politically, non-aligned publication for news, opinions, and analysis about state, regional, and local public policy. The publication is dedicated to reinventing Virginia for the 21st Century. Its focus is on building more prosperous, livable, and sustainable communities.

Samuel Baron

Professor Emeritus of Russian History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Praxis Circle Contributor Samuel Baron (1922-2017) was a Professor Emeritus of Russian history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He focused his research career on the Russian Revolution of 1917 and Western influences on Muscovite Russia in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Samuel Baron was interviewed by Praxis Circle because he was an expert in Marxism’s influence on Russian and Soviet history particularly, and European generally, and because he was a naturalist social democrat and great friend of Praxis Circle team going back to the 1970s.

Anne Bradley

George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and Vice President of Academic Affairs at The Fund for American Studies
Dr. Anne Bradley is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and Vice President of Academic Affairs at The Fund for American Studies. Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Dr. Bradley graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from James Madison University. After several years out of academia, she returned to George Mason University, where she earned both her M.S. (2002) and her Ph.D. (2006) in Economics. She was interviewed as the co-editor of the outstanding book Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism (2017) mentioned below—to some extent an update and translation on Michael Novak’s The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (1982).

David Brat

Former U.S. Congressman and Current Vice-Provost for Engagement & PR for Liberty University
Praxis Circle Contributor David Brat was the representative from the 7th congressional district of Virginia to the U.S. House of Representatives from 2014 until 2018. Winning the primary in a historic upset over the then-House majority leader, Brat became the only Ph.D. economist serving in Congress at the time. Brat is currently the Vice-Provost for Engagement & PR for Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. David Brat was interviewed by Praxis Circle because of his extensive knowledge of Western worldviews, an uncommon attribute among politicians, and a relationship developed while he steered the Moral Foundations of Capitalism program at Randolph-Macon College, mentioned below.

Roscoe Brumback

Owner Principal of Rb3 Enterprises
Roscoe Brumback lives in Montrose, MI, and was raised in Kilmarnock, VA, a small town in eastern Virginia’s Northern Neck. He is married and a father to four adult sons and one adult daughter. He was interviewed because of his broad life experiences in Virginia, in the Navy, and in the automotive industry, which exposed him to people of all classes and races, and because of his distinctive honesty, good humor, and wit.

Julia Burns

Psychiatrist and Author
Praxis Circle Contributor Julia Burns (1957-2021) was a psychiatrist who specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry, particularly physical and sexual abuse and trauma, having practiced in Virginia, North Carolina, and New York. Praxis Circle interviewed Julia Burns because of her interesting experiences as a psychiatrist and the vast knowledge of human nature gained from that practice, her creative artistic writing, painting, and music talent, her abiding Christian faith, her experiences as a wife, mother, and friend, and her inspiring battle with cancer.

Victoria Cobb

President of The Family Foundation of Virginia
Victoria Cobb is the President of The Family Foundation of Virginia, the Commonwealth’s oldest and largest pro-family organization. Originally from Pennsylvania, Cobb graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Leadership Studies. During her time as an intern at The Family Foundation of Virginia, she fell in love with advocating for Virginia families, eventually becoming the organization’s youngest president in 2004. Cobb is regularly in demand in the media as a speaker and commentator.

Allen Corey

Founder & CEO of SquareOne Holdings
Allen Corey grew up in Chattanooga, TN, where he lives today, and graduated from the Baylor School there in 1974. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1978 and Vanderbilt University Law School in 1981. Mr. Corey was interviewed because of his broad knowledge of business and law and his distinctive approach to certain “worldview” issues.

Mary Eberstadt

Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center
Mary Tedeschi Eberstadt is an editor and author who focuses on a wide range of issues concerning politics, Christianity, the family, and female roles in Western society. She currently holds the Panula Chair in Christian Culture at the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute.

Nicholas Eberstadt

Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute
Praxis Circle Contributor Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute. As a political economist, he focuses his research primarily on demography, poverty, social well-being, and international development. Praxis Circle interviewed Nicholas Eberstadt because of his mature, informed views of world and national affairs, dedication to the American experiment, expertise in national and international economics, particularly relating to the welfare state and employment, and his expertise in Asia affairs and foreign policy.

Bart Ehrman

James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Bart Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College (1978), he earned both his M.Div. (1981) and his Ph.D. (1985), again magna cum laude, at Princeton Seminary. Dr. Ehrman is an expert on the New Testament and the history of Early Christianity. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Ehrman because of his global reputation as a scholar of Christianity, having followed him closely since first publishing.

James “Jay” Ford

Professor Emeritus of East Asian Religions at Wake Forest University.
Contributor James "Jay" Ford is Professor Emeritus of East Asian Religions and former Chair of the Department for the Study of Religions at Wake Forest University. He is the author of Jokei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan and The Divine Quest – East and West: A Comparative Study of Ultimate Realities. Praxis Circle interviewed James Ford because of his knowledge, expertise, and experience with Eastern religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, and with Christianity, and his ability to speak with authority when comparing Eastern and Western worldviews and their differing concepts of ultimate reality.

Robert George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University
Praxis Circle Contributor Robert P. George is the sixth McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. The New York Times once called him “the most influential conservative Christian thinker” in the United States. Praxis Circle interviewed Robert George because of his exceptional understanding of applied Classical and Christian worldview, his expertise in natural law, and his constant advocacy for the principles of America’s founding that have made the United States a great nation.

Mike Gonzalez

Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
Mike Gonzalez is a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he specializes in immigration and foreign policy issues. With a career spanning journalism and public policy, Gonzalez has made significant contributions to the conservative movement and American public discourse.

Os Guinness

Best-Selling Author & Social Critic
Praxis Circle Contributor Os Guinness is a British author and social critic who focuses on Western civilization and literature, cultural issues, the interrelations of worldviews globally, and the importance of the U.S. Constitution to the global public square. Praxis Circle interviewed Os Guinness because of his ideas concerning freedom, the public square, and America.

Jonathan Haidt

Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business
Praxis Circle Contributor Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is also a New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Heterodox Academy. Praxis Circle interviewed Jonathan because of his contribution to Moral Foundations Theory and extensive research focusing on negative and positive morality, along with his advocacy for viewpoint diversity and freedom of inquiry on college campuses.

James Hall

Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus
Praxis Circle Contributor James Hall is the James Thomas Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus and former head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Richmond, whose academic interests include 20th century analytic philosophy, philosophy of religion, epistemology, and logical empiricism. Praxis Circle interviewed James Hall because of his engaging perspectives and communication skills concerning the philosophy of religion, particularly the Abrahamic monotheisms.

Frank Hill

Founder & Director of the Institute for Public Trust and Managing Editor of the North State Journal, Founding Member of Alumni Free Speech Alliance
Frank Hill has worked on and off and around Capitol Hill for 22 years and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. He was interviewed because of his long theoretical and practical experience as an observer and participant in national, state, and local politics, and his connections to and knowledge of university and secondary schools.

Khizr Khan

Attorney, Author, and Commissioner of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Praxis Circle Contributor Khizr Khan is an attorney with KM Khan Law and was recently commissioned by President Biden to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. He was born in Pakistan, where he grew up as the oldest of ten children and graduated from the University of Punjab with an LL.B. Praxis Circle interviewed Khizr Khan because of his fascinating life journey from Pakistan to America, his deep devotion to the founding principles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and his interests in reconciliation between Muslims and Christians, in part, through a joint vision of freedom.

May-Lily Lee

Journalist, Host, and Storyteller
Six-time regional Emmy award-winner May-Lily Lee has been called “Virginia’s Storyteller” for her more than two decades of distinctive work in Virginia Public Broadcasting. She began her path in journalism by graduating at age 19 from the University of Maryland, where she earned a scholarship as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar. She is a prominent figure in the fields of television and radio, particularly in the state of Virginia. Ms. Lee is not only one of the Praxis Circle’s Contributors, but also our video presenter and Profiles editor. Praxis Circle interviewed Ms. Lee because of her vast personal experience in exploring human interest stories and events, her engaging personality, and her relation to Praxis Circle since inception.

Heather Mac Donald

Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a New York Times bestselling author. During her distinguished career as an investigative journalist, she has addressed issues vital to all Americans. Praxis Circle interviewed Ms. Mac Donald because she is dedicated to telling the truth, when applying an exceptional analytical ability. Of course, America needs this now more than ever.

Ross Mackenzie

Former Editor and Syndicated Journalist
Ross Mackenzie’s newspaper career spanned nearly half a century. In 1965, he joined The Richmond News Leader. Four years later he became the Editor of its Editorial Pages — a position he continued to hold (until his 2007 retirement) with the Richmond Times-Dispatch following its 1992 merger with The News Leader. Mackenzie served in Richmond as editorial-page editor of its two dailies for a record total of 38 years; he wrote his twice-weekly nationally syndicated column for 30 years — from 1981 until 2011. During the course of his career as an editor and columnist, Mackenzie wrote more than 22,000 editorials and columns. In a 1982 page-one profile, The Washington Post termed him one of the nation’s most consequential editors. Praxis interviewed him for his perspective on Western Civilization and his insights regarding shifts in American culture, values, politics, and the press.

Charles Mathewes

M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs
Dr. Charles Mathewes is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). He was trained in Christian theology, modern philosophical ethics, and philosophy of religion, and, as a professor, he extended his interests into the history of Christian thought, contemporary theology and ethics, religion as it influences society, culture, and politics, and comparative religion and religious ethics. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Mathewes because of his expertise in Christian worldview, particularly the major influence of St. Augustine on Western thought, and his demonstrated command of the theory and history of evil, a critical consideration of every worldview.

Deirdre McCloskey

Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, Emerita, at the University of Illinois – Chicago
Praxis Circle Contributor Deirdre McCloskey is currently the Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois – Chicago, Emerita, where she began working in 2020. Praxis Circle interviewed Deirdre McCloskey because she is one of the most outstanding and fascinating economic historians in the world and because of her interest in and explanations for the West’s and the world’s vast increase in wealth since 1800, a little known and certainly not celebrated fact.

Ashley McGuire

Senior Fellow at The Catholic Association
Ashley McGuire is a Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association and the author of Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female. Praxis Circle interviewed Mrs. McGuire because of her noted success at a young age as a journalist and author, her position as a leader in rethinking feminism, her skillful articulation of the Catholic faith and Christian orthodoxy as a lay person, and her dedication to interpreting Christian morality in harmony with biological truth.

Ladelle McWhorter

Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emerita, at the University of Richmond
Praxis Circle Contributor Ladelle McWhorter is the Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emerita, at the University of Richmond. Her areas of expertise include 20th century French and German philosophy, queer theory, and political theory. Dr. McWhorter has been a prolific author for over twenty years, writing books, articles, papers, and book chapters. Praxis Circle interviewed Ladelle McWhorter because of her outstanding reputation as a professor, writer, and philosopher and her expertise in ethics, postmodernism, and poststructuralism.

Eric Metaxas

Speaker and Bestselling Author
Praxis Circle Contributor Eric Metaxas is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the award-winning biography "Bonhoeffer," and is host of the nationally syndicated Eric Metaxas Radio Show. He is also the founder and host of the event series Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Imagined Life.

Stephen Meyer

Director and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture
Praxis Circle Contributor Stephen Meyer is the Director and Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Meyer because he is among America’s leaders in presenting the extensive evidence for God or Intelligent Design (ID) that exists in all fields of science everywhere scientists do their work.

John Miller

Retired Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia
John Miller, a native of Richmond, VA, is the retired Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, where he served for 38 years in the vocations of minister to youth, Assistant Rector, and Rector. He’s a graduate of Washington & Lee University (1970); subsequently, he earned both a Master of Divinity (1974) and a master of Theology (1977) from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA). In 1982 Dr. Miller graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Union Seminary. While at Union Seminary he was also awarded three graduate fellowships and was selected as a teaching fellow. Dr. Miller was interviewed because of his extensive knowledge of Christian history and theology, in general, and because of his known, life-long fascination with the Christian doctrine of grace, in particular.

Karen Newell

Co-Founder of Sacred Acoustics and Co-Author of "Living in a Mindful Universe"
Karen Newell is the co-founder of Sacred Acoustics and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander, also a Praxis Circle Expert Contributor, of "Living in a Mindful Universe." In Salem, Oregon where she spent much of her youth, Ms. Newell developed a deep appreciation for the natural world. This developed into a lifelong interest in spirituality, ancient culture, sacred sites, and ancient mystery schools. Praxis Circle interviewed Ms. Newell because of her knowledge and mastery of spiritual, meditative, and mindfulness theory and practice.

Michael Novak

Philosopher, Theologian, and Author
Praxis Circle Contributor Michael Novak (1933 –2017) was an American Catholic philosopher, theologian, author, and diplomat who reflected primarily on the foundation Christianity provides for American and Western society. Praxis Circle interviewed Michael Novak because of his critical views concerning democratic capitalism and his role in the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

John Reid

WRVA Radio Host
John Reid is a star of AM talk radio in Virginia as host of Richmond’s Morning News with John Reid on Newsradio 1140 WRVA. Praxis Circle interviewed John Reid as a Contributor because of his vast personal experience and immersion in media, journalism, entertainment, politics, and current events, as well as his travel throughout the world to all seven continents.

R. R. Reno

Editor of First Things Magazine
Dr. R. R. Reno is the editor of First Things, one of America’s most influential religious journals. He was formerly the professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University and is the author of several books. Praxis Circle interviewed Dr. Reno because he consistently offers an informed, imaginative, and insightful view of American politics from a Christian point of view. His analysis of the fundamental trends in American society and an America divided are telling about the future, with an eye toward possible solutions.

Roger Scruton

Philosopher, Author, and Professor
Praxis Circle Contributor Roger Scruton (1944-2020) was an internationally-recognized British philosopher, author, and professor. Knighted in 2016, Scruton published over fifty nonfiction and fiction books. His extensive nonfiction work involves almost every topic imaginable from history to wine, but centers on Western analytical philosophy, political philosophy, and aesthetics (art, music, architecture). In fiction, he wrote several creative works, including novels, short stories, poems, and three libretti, two he set to music.

Abigail Shrier

Independent Journalist and Author
Praxis Circle Contributor Abigail Shrier is an independent journalist and author of best-selling book "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters" (2020) and "Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up" (2024).  Praxis Circle interviewed Abigail because of her perceptive ability to pinpoint cultural issues, her legal and journalistic expertise, and bold articulation of the truth, particularly pertaining to LGBTQ issues in the West.

Hank Sipe

Award-Winning Lawyer
Praxis Circle Contributor Hank Sipe (1957-2023) was the prinicipal at Sipe Law Firm in Rock Hill, SC. Praxis Circle interviewed Hank Sipe as a Contributor because of his broad knowledge of business and tax law, and because of his entertaining life experiences, sharp mind, and skilled commentary.

Rodney Stark

Sociologist and Author
Praxis Circle Contributor Rodney Stark (1934-2022) was a sociologist and author who focuses on the history of Christianity and religion, the current state of religions worldwide, and the broad history of Western civilization. Praxis Circle interviewed Rodney Stark because of his broad knowledge of sociology as it applies to religion and his fresh and often-controversial views concerning the West.

George Weigel

Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Praxis Circle Contributor George Weigel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, New York Times bestselling author, and world-leading Catholic theologian. Praxis Circle interviewed Mr. Weigel because he is among the most influential spokespersons for Christian orthodoxy and Western freedom in the world.

Hugh Whelchel

Founder of The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
Praxis Circle Contributor Dr. Hugh Whelchel (1952-2024) was the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE).

Jonathan Wight

Professor of Economics and International Studies at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond
Jonathan Wight is Professor of Economics and International Studies at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Wight grew up in Africa and Latin America, where he was “struck by poverty everywhere, inequality, and injustice,” which eventually led to his interest in economics as a field of study. He was interviewed because of his influential writing concerning various theories on ethics, the relation between ethics and economics, and his focus on Enlightenment thought, particularly Adam Smith.

Walter Williams

Professor, Economist, Journalist, and Author
Praxis Circle Contributor Walter Williams (1936 – 2020) was a professor, economist, and journalist who focused on American politics, economics, history, and other topics often concerning race and gender. Praxis Circle interviewed Walter Williams because of his thoughtful and always entertaining views concerning American history, politics, economics, ethics, family, and race.