A native of Saskatoon, Canada, he earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba as well as an M.Phil. and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. He held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University in Canada, and has taught at the University of Oxford, St. Thomas More College (Saskatchewan), and at Walsh University (Ohio).  At Thomas More College Dr. Topping teaches a range of courses, among them, Introduction to LogicReformation and Renaissance, and Senior Theology.

Dr. Topping has published on a variety of Catholic themes and figures, from St. Augustine, to Dante, to G.K. Chesterton in academic and popular journals such as Studia PatristicaInternational Philosophical QuarterlyThe Chesterton ReviewHomiletic and Pastoral ReviewCatholic InsightFirst Things, and Crisis Magazine. To date he has published four books, Two Concepts of the Soul in Plato’s Phaedo (University of America Press, 2007), St. Augustine (Continuum Press, 2010), Happiness and WisdomAugustine’s Early Theology of Education (Catholic University of America Press, 2012).  Most recently he published Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life (Sophia Institute Press, 2012).  A popular speaker, he has presented widely on Catholic radio networks including EWTN and AVE MARIA Radio.

Besides home-schooling their children, he and his wife have been teaching Natural Family Planning for a decade.  They reside in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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