Parents and students, young and old, educated and uneducated.

We feel disconnected.

From ourselves, our family and friends, our past, and our place in the world. We need to be reconnected.

We need our homes to come alive again. We know it doesn’t have to be so hard and confusing.

And we are not alone.

Bacon from Acorns is rooted in one conviction: the truth of human life will liberate us, and bring us together.

Things are much better than we have realized. We can look with confidence and act with courage. Together. It’s not about easy answers; it’s about realizing what we have been given, and then doing our best.

Light dispels darkness. Love and courage overcome fear. The brightness of the truth of reality cannot be blotted out even by the extreme ugliness of human selfishness and disregard.

One week at a time, we can stop for a moment and reflect. On what we’ve been given. Leave a comment; ask a question. Others are probably thinking what you’re thinking or wondering what you’re wondering.

It is good to take just a couple moments together.

About Professor John Cuddeback

A husband and father, a philosophy professor, and a man on a search.

I relish common sense and sanity, a down-home wisdom that others regularly cast off.

In my quarter century as a philosophy professor I’ve been exposed to much wisdom. I try to assimilate it, and I want to share what I have found.

I have known the struggles of being a husband, father, friend, employee, and citizen in very confusing times. The travails of the household—mother, children, father, and others—especially consume my attention.

I seek refreshing and revitalizing waters from a good place. Peaceful, yet challenging. Silent, but powerful. Old as the hills, and exactly what we need today. I want to reconnect you with what you already knew, somehow, somewhere. It’s deep within us, and we need to find it.

My goal is a more fully human life. Lived together in community and relationship.

Join me for a few moments each week.

Why ‘Bacon from Acorns?’

What you eat makes a difference. Even for pigs. They can get by on most anything, and their flesh will be edible.

But then there are acorns, the gift rained down from above. Acorns! Who would’ve thought?
The world of nature surprises us. Certain things are simply meant to be. And so it is in human life.

Once upon a time I discovered bacon from acorns, and I laughed out loud. More and more I find such bacon in every corner of my life.

Courses taught at Christendom College

Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Human Nature, Ethics, Metaphysics, History of Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, Society and the Common Good, Contemplation and the Philosophical Life, Modern Moral Theories, Readings on Law in Aquinas, Philosophy of Family and Household, Philosophy of God, Recent Philosophy.

Teaching Experience

Christendom College, Professor of Philosophy, Fall 2009.

Associate Professor of Philosophy, 2002–2009.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1997–2002.

Published Articles

“Reflections of a Green Thomist on Pope Francis’s Laudato Si,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 14, No. 3 (2016): 735-744.

“Ordered Inclinations,” in Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths. Ed. Romanus Cessario, O.P. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2013.

“Renewing Husbandry: Wendell Berry, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas on ‘Economics’,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2012): 121-34.

“Law, Pinckaers, and the Definition of Ethics,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 7, No. 2 (2009): 301-26.

“Yves R. Simon on Willing the Common Good” in Maritain and America. Ed. Christopher Cullen, S.J., Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press, 2009.

“A Free Culture: Living the Primacy of the For-Itself” in The Human Person and a Culture of Freedom. Ed. Peter Pagan, Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press, 2009.

“Truth and Friendship: The Importance of the Conversation of Friends,” in Truth Matters. Ed. John G. Trapani. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University Press, 2004.

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