Professor, Ph.D., Tulane University, 1976. Dr. Ferst’s academic career has been focused on the Greco-Roman Classical world view and its effect on Christianity and the Islamic faith.
His newest book, Stone Sarcophagi of the Roman Empire, documents the approximately 2,000 presently existing Roman Empire sarcophagi. Dr. Ferst drove a hundred thousand miles across four continents in over fourteen expeditions searching out churches, cathedrals, baptistries, catacombs, archeological sites, art galleries, antiquities museums, necropoleis, classical gardens, castles, fortresses, palaces, and private homes--any place that had a Roman Empire era stone sarcophagus.
He has authored three other books, Montana: High Rise and Handsome, Sunday Schools Sins, and Islam a Semester Study. Additionally, he has organized numerous inter-cultural and ecumenical events such as the recent (2015) program “American Muslim: Islam in America”, and is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities awards.
On his many travels throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, Dr. Ferst has photographed over 10,000 artifacts from the period of the Roman Empire.
He teaches Ancient Philosophy, Islam: Philosophy and Culture, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Art and Beauty.