Continuing in a series promoting authors in the family, this month's image features Matthew Kenneth Minerd, Ph.D., professor of Moral Theology and Philosophy at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh.
An author and translator of religious texts, Matthew's most recent technical volume, Conscience: Four Thomistic Treatments, was dedicated to to the memory of his late grandfather, Byron "Kendall" Minerd, of the family of Albert "Ward" and Ada (Whipkey) Minerd. This work includes several essays by scholars of 13th century theologian Thomas Aquinas which confront the difficulty of assessing the proper position of conscience in moral theology.
Matthew's book Made by God, Made for God: Catholic Morality Explained is written for a general audience and provides a fresh approach to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church in a relatable and easy-to-understand way. The book is very scriptural in orientation and has been positively received by both Catholics and Protestants.
In total, Matthew has authored or translated 13 volumes and has written a number of academic articles, with three more works of authorship forthcoming over the course of the next year. He received his Ph.L. and Ph.D. degrees from Catholic University of America and bachelor's degrees in computer science and Catholic theology from Saint Vincent College.
Other cousin-authors highlighted in previous Minerd.com Photos of the Month were Thomas Beck and his seven novels (December 2020) -- Mary "Michele" Miner and her novel Their Moon Was Cardboard (July 2020) -- Jack Lewis and his novel Storm Coming: A Novel of the Civil War in Western Virginia (December 2017) -- and Jeffrey T. Minerd's fantasy adventure novel, The Sailweaver's Son (November 2016).