Dr. Rosheger GQ Interview
My name is Dr. John Rosheger. I have been married for twenty-seven years to Perri who works for the H. E. Butt Family Foundation. I have three daughters, Rachel who is working as an artist in film in NYC, Esther who is freshman studying social work at Humboldt State University in northern California, and Hannah who is a junior at Boerne High School. I have been teaching at Geneva for the past ten years in Latin and biblical Greek. I have a B.A. in Religious Studies form New York University, a Th.M. in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy from Marquette University. I grew up in Italy and Alaska.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Playfully, my idea of earthly bliss is sitting on Garrapata Beach (central coast California), taking in the sunset, holding a glass of fine Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Brunello di Montalcino perfectly aged, eating fine cheese, Italian cold cuts, and French baguettes, and singing together with my wife, family, and most beloved friends with guitars strumming.
2. What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is the widespread apostasy of many within the Church.
3. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Behaviors that are meant to bring attention to self and attitudes that belittle the life of the mind. I also deplore the practice of many Christians who place religious experiences above the sound teaching of Scripture.
4. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Beep, beep, beep . . . the occult detector is going off again!
5. Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to have skill with the guitar and piano.
6. Which fictional figure do you most identify with?
I identify with the Count of Monte Cristo, as he displays phenomenal patience and planning, and as he possesses a keen sense of justice.
7. What is your greatest regret?
My greatest regret is not having learned to play the guitar and piano and having pursued a doctorate in medieval philosophy instead of a doctorate in world religions.
8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement in life is when I, in humble dependence on Christ and with a life yielded to the Holy Spirit, have been able to bear spiritual fruit and live a life of holiness.
9. How would you like to die?
Honestly, I am actually hoping not to have to die physically at all. In a vital, but oft forgotten doctrine of Christianity, I watch and wait expectantly for the blessed and glorious appearing of Christ (Titus 2:13) when I, alive, will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thess. 4:17). As the body of Christ completes her task of spreading the saving message of Christianity to all the ends of the earth, I hope to be a part of that generation of believers that is taken away in the sky together with Christ!
10. What subject would be your dream to teach?
This will come as no surprise to students who have had me for class, but I would love to teach a course on the dangers of occultism and the resurgence of pagan/mystical spirituality in the West, including its undue influence even on professing Christians.