About Us

Ad fontes, “to the sources,” was a rallying cry of the Reformation. The Reformers bequeathed to us a heritage, rooted in the Scriptures and their wide-ranging humanistic studies, which sought to address the hard questions of theology, philosophy, and culture in a way that was true to the revelation of God’s word and God’s world. Ad Fontes channels this ethos into a modern context, seeking to explore our questions alongside the great cloud of witnesses and the many exemplars who have gone before us. 

Ad Fontes is a quarterly journal. Each issue features a combination of longform essays, shorter articles, historical sketches, and book reviews. This website hosts the digital versions of current issues, as well as an extensive archive of past pieces, and a wide array of non-print web exclusive blogs and articles.


Onsi A. Kamel (Editor-in-Chief) holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in the social sciences (concentrating in history), a master’s degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in theology, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. His academic interests lie chiefly in systematic theology, historical theology, and philosophy. His academic writing has been published in The Scottish Journal of Theology, and his popular writing has been published in First Things, Mere Orthodoxy, and elsewhere. He lives in Chicago with his wife Elaina, daughter Nora, and son Faheem.

Rhys Laverty (Editorial Fellow) holds a B.A. in English from the University of Exeter, and a GDip from Union School of Theology. Alongside editing, he works as Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Davenant, as well as being enrolled in our MLitt in Classical Protestantism. He has written for Ad Fontes, Mere Orthodoxy, and the Theopolis Institute, and podcasts about film and TV on For Now We See. He lives in Chessington, UK with his wife Libby, daughter Noah, and son Seamus.

Michael Riggins (Assistant Editor) holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. He teaches literature at Great Hearts Lakeside in Fort Worth, Texas. His academic interests lie chiefly at the intersection of literature and theology, with an emphasis on how liturgy, sacraments, and devotional practice are represented in novels and poetry, especially in the poetry of John Donne and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Colin Redemer (Poetry Editor) is the Vice President of the Davenant Institute. He is a co-founder of the Davenant Hall graduate college, a fellow of the Henning Institute for Catholic Social Thought, and co-host of the weekly Ad Fontes Podcast. He holds an MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California and is an avid reader (and writer) of poetry. His current research focuses on the moral, political, and theological implications of friendship, as well as the overlap between poetry and philosophy. 


Ad Fontes is a publication of The Davenant Institute

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