Dr. Scott M. Sullivan is a homeschooling father of 8 and holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.
He is the producer of numerous video courses in the areas of logic, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the historical evidence for the Christian faith, various topics in Catholic theology, and others.
He is also a member of the Committee on Logic for the American Catholic Philosophical Association Committee on Priestly Formation as well as the author of An Introduction To Traditional Logic, St. Thomas Aquinas and the Principle of Sufficient Reason, and is currently working on a new book entitled The Thomistic Teleological Argument.
Dr. Sullivan is a popular speaker throughout the United States who speaks on topics like the importance of teaching children on how to intellectually defend their faith, the complementary relationship between faith and reason, the importance of training in classical logic, why the study of philosophy is everybody’s business, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Dr. Sullivan has also appeared on EWTN television and several nationally syndicated radio programs.
Dr. Sullivan is the founder of Classical Theist productions, a company devoted to teaching the Catholic intellectual tradition and making it accessible through modern technologies.Finally, Dr. Sullivan is a former U.S. heavyweight kickboxing champion, holds a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is the owner and chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX.
Curriculum Vitae: 2003; M.A., Philosophy, Holy Apostles College, 2014 Ph.D. Philosophy, University of St. Thomas Center for Thomistic Studies, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston, San Jacinto College, and University of St. Thomas (Houston) 2004-2008.
Growing up in Southern Indiana wasn’t always exciting. But in the mind of little Scotty Sullivan, he was living out his dream of becoming the next famous martial artist. An avid reader at an early age, he would check out numerous books on Karate and Judo. As a teen, he continued to train and upon entering adulthood, he began to pursue a career in martial arts. Scott was an international kickboxing competitor in the 90’s and headlined fight cards in Las Vegas and Tokyo, Japan. He held U.S. Heavyweight titles in Shootboxing. Proudly, Scott also received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu during his many years of training. He was living out his dream.
However, something was missing. After having completed a BA in History at the University of Southern Indiana, Scott began examining the “big questions” of life. You see, although raised in a loving evangelical Christian home, Scott had fallen away from the faith in high school. This line of questioning led to a lot of research on topics like the existence of God and the quest for finding a “true religion.” It was also this research that eventually brought about his conversion to Catholicism.
Having now discovered the evidence and reason supporting the existence of God, the divinity of Jesus and the Catholic worldview, Scott felt robbed and cheated that during his Christian upbringing he had never learned any of this critically important material. Like most Christians, Catholic or not, his religious education had assumed a watered down “blind faith” approach to religion. It was precisely this lack of rational support that had caused him to leave the faith in the first place. Determined to never let anyone else be shortchanged with only an emotion based faith, Scott’s passion for defending the faith through reason and philosophy grew. He went on to complete his M.A. in philosophy at Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary and eventually, a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Having taught many courses in philosophy and logic at various universities, Scott discovered a new passion – teaching. Engaging in the classroom, and able to bring difficult subjects to life, Dr. Sullivan decided to put his courses into a video format in order to make them more widely available.
The purpose of his company, Classical Theist, is to educate and encourage fellow Christians on their own journey to Christ by making the great intellectual patrimony of the Catholic tradition conveniently accessible through modern media. Often so hidden in dusty out of print books, the goal of Classical Theist is to present the best of that rich intellectual tradition in an engaging and accessible way to the modern world by means of the latest media technology.
Scott is married to Brandi, the love of his life, and woman of his dreams. They are raising a brood of 8 children, all homeschooled, in a log cabin deep in the woods of Texas. The Sullivans are longtime parishioners of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Sullivan is a philosopher in the Thomistic tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas and is especially interested in logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.