Dr. Daniel McGuire grew up on the Jersey Shore. He served twenty years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a theology professor in 2007. His research interests include the recovery and representation of a modern metaphysics, the continued relevance of St. Thomas Aquinas, and deeper investigations of the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar, S.J. He also enjoys teaching moral decision making and the formation of conscience, especially as it relates to spirituality and individual discipleship.
As a Catholic theologian, his approach includes historical sources that demonstrate the development of doctrine over time, and the source documents of the Church fathers and current bishops of the Church. He believes that there is an objective truth to be known, celebrated and lived, and he hopes to share that vision with his students. In 2008 he received a mandatum from the Bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
He is sensitive to the fact that most students at UGF are not Catholic and he is able to address other Christian and non-Christian faith traditions. There is a diversity of thought and position which must be acknowledged, but there are also fundamental truths – balance is the key. Students of all faiths, and those who do practice any faith are welcome in his courses. While he teaches from the Catholic perspective, a desire for truth is the only necessary requirement.
Dr. McGuire lives in Great Falls with his wife, Kristen, and their eight children: Margaret, Sean, Patrick, Peter, Joseph, Maryellen, Gregory and Timothy. When not carpooling or doing laundry, Dr. McGuire enjoys hunting small game and camping in the beautiful mountains here.