Daniel Boscaljon is a humanist in the term’s most expansive sense: he explores the human capacity for the infinite despite limitations and fallibility. His work is motivated toward expanding a deep appreciation for the potential capabilities of being human, through embracing finitude rather than attempting to hurdle over it. His work as an agnostic theologian—examining secularism, atheism, and Radical Theologies—examine how attributes often regarded as religious (faith, hope, and love) are first and foremost human capabilities to the extent that the existence of god remains important for us to imagine—but perhaps nothing more than that.
He was educated in the humanities—receiving a doctorate in Religious Studies with a focus on agnosticism and atheism, and a doctorate in English with a focus on 19th-century American Literature and narrative theory. He also has served as an educator at a variety of levels: a decade as a high school debate coach for the Iowa City Community School District and fifteen years teaching a variety of college and university courses at a number of Midwestern institutions.
As a public intellectual, Daniel co-founded the Center for Humanist Inquiries, a community space for exploring the human experience through rigorous questioning. He has been a consultant for the Green Room, a college/city educational experiment with the University of Iowa, and also began Coffee with Dan, a series of moderated panel discussions, as a way to promote thoughtful civic conversations. Additionally, Daniel is actively engaged in art criticism and instruction—his interviews with artists, reviews of shows, and essays about audience engagement have provided readers with an example of how thoughtful questioning leads to enriched living.
In addition to local and scholarly articles, Daniel is the author of Vigilant Faith: Passionate Agnosticism in a Secular World (Virginia, 2013), and editor of Resisting the Place of Belonging (Ashgate, 2013) and Hope and the Longing for Utopia (Wipf and Stock, 2014), and Teaching Religion and Literature (Routledge, 2018). He is also a co-host on thesacredprofane, a podcast focused on critical inquiries into contemporary culture.
Dan lives in Iowa City with his brilliant daughter and their nervous, though noble canine companion, Jackson.
For a compiled list of academic, literary, and critical work, as well as classes recorded at the Center for Humanist Inquiries, see the ARCHIVE.