Alan Jacobs was professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois from 1984-2012, and is now Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Baylor University’s Honors College. A regular guest on the Mars Hill Audio Journal, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from the University of Alabama. His professional interests include literary theory and the history of criticism, British Commonwealth literature, and religion and literature. He is the author of numerous books, most recently, The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis and How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. Jacobs is a popular essayist and columnist and has been published in The American Scholar, Christianity and Literature, Harper's, Books and Culture, and First Things. Jacobs’s blog Snakes and Ladders investigates themes of art, technology, and culture.