Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. For example, this summer Weimar College received the gift of Karl Wilcox with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English. “Dr. Wilcox is a welcomed addition to our academic curriculum,” commented President Neil Nedley, M.D.

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Weimar Institute President Neil Nedley MD interviews Dr. Karl Wilcox, professor of English. (Photo by RD Gallant, dean of men at Weimar Academy)

Dr. Wilcox incorporates a plethora of life experiences into his lectures ranging from his studies of Chaucer, the Father of English literature, to Bible stories, Medieval studies, and his love for mountaineering and wilderness education.

This semester, Dr. Wilcox is teaching college students about Bible texts and interpreting texts accurately as part of his curriculum. “It’s what I mostly pound into students’ heads,” said Dr. Wilcox.

“I teach Freshman English using Bible stories because the Bible is the most profound literature every written,” he said.

“In all of my classes the primary teaching objective is for students to learn how to reason effectively using Bible principles; thus, I do not do all their reasoning for them.”

He also stated that “the only thing that can defeat postmodern relativism is godly reason informed by a close reading of Scripture.”

With extensive travels and background, Dr. Wilcox incorporates his mountain guiding experiences in Alaska and Africa, the ice climbing in Scotland, and ski trips to Norway into the classroom.

He and his wife Heidi, and two elementary-age school children, moved to Northern California this summer from the Fort Worth, Texas, area where he has been an English professor at Weimar’s sister institution Southwestern Adventist University.

His resume includes serving as a senior guide for “Sky’s the Limit Rock Climbing Guide Service” in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada, to being a lecturer in Renaissance and Medieval Literature at Newbold College in England.

Dr. Wilcox has published articles on the Book of Job in a leading Old Testament Journal. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and a M.Phil. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

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