You have to be a little envious of those who have faith—they have a motivational force behind them that is near impossible to beat. What if there was a secular equivalent, wonders philosophy professor Sam Newlands.
Sam Newlands earned his Ph.D in philosophy at Yale University and is currently the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Notre Dame.
His work to date has centered on three overlapping areas: early modern philosophy (especially Spinoza and Leibniz), metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. Newlands also serves as the co-director for the Center for Philosophy of Religion, and was the co-director of the Hope & Optimism initiative.