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Dr. Jim Spiegel

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Professor of Philosophy & Religion

Office Location: Ayres 103
Phone: (765) 998-5278
Email: jmspiegel@tayloru.edu

Specialties: Ethics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, apologetics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, popular culture

 

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James S. Spiegel, Ph.D.

Taylor University
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989
Phone: (765) 998-5278
Fax: (765) 998-4930
jmspiegel@taylor.edu

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Born: July 26, 1963
Spouse: Amy Spiegel
Children: Bailey, Samuel, Magdalene, and Andrew

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Philosophy, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, 1993.
Major area: History of Modern Philosophy; Minor area: Ethics
Dissertation: The Apologetics of George Berkeley, Charles McCracken, director

M.A., Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1988.
Thesis: “The Complex Nature of Evaluative Terms in Some of Their Uses”

B.S., Biology, Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1985. (cum laude).

TEACHING POSITIONS 

Taylor University, Professor of Philosophy and Religion (2003-present)
Taylor University, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion (1998-2003)
Taylor University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion (1993-1998)
Moorhead State University, Instructor of Philosophy (1992-1993)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Regular Courses: History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Contemporary Moral Issues, Principles of Ethics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind, Contemporary Christian Belief

Other Courses: Introduction to Logic, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Feminist Philosophy, Existentialism, Philosophy in Literature, Phenomenology of Religion, History of Baseball in America

Professional Scholarly Organizations—Past and Present

American Philosophical Association
American Scientific Affiliation
Association of Practical and Professional Ethics
Evangelical Philosophical Society
International Berkeley Society
Society of Christian Philosophers

Blog and Websites

Wisdom and Folly (http://wisdomandfollyblog.com/) – personal blog, authored with Amy Spiegel
JimSpiegel.com (http://jimspiegel.com/) – personal website

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Idealism and Christianity, Vol. 1: Idealism and Christian Theology, edited with Joshua Farris and S. Mark Hamilton (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming in 2016)

Idealism and Christianity, Vol. 2: Idealism and Christian Philosophy, edited with Steven B. Cowan (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming in 2016)

Faithful Learning in Philosophy (P&R Publications, 2014)

The Making of An Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief (Moody Publications, 2010)

The Love of Wisdom: A Christian Introduction to Philosophy, co-authored with Steven B. Cowan (B&H Press, 2009)

Gum, Geckos, and God: A Family’s Adventure in Space, Time, and Faith (Zondervan Press, 2008) [Audio edition, 2009; Korean edition, translated by Seon-gyu Gang (Sallim Publishing Co., 2010)]

Faith, Film, and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen, co-edited with R. Douglas Geivett (InterVarsity Press, 2007)

The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty (Crossway Books, 2005)

How to be Good in a World Gone Bad: Living a Life of Christian Virtue (Kregel Press, 2004)

Hypocrisy:  Moral Fraud and Other Vices (Baker Books, 1999) [Portuguese edition, translated by Luiz Felipe Coimbra Ribeiro (Textus Press, 2002)]

Scholarly Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“Berkeley,” a chapter in Christianity and the Modern Philosophers (Zondervan, forthcoming in 2014)

 “Beauty: A Troubling Reality for the Scientific Naturalist” (co-authored with R. Douglas Geivett), a chapter in The Naturalness of Belief: New Essays on Theism's

Reasonability (publisher TBD)

“Moral Heresy,” Philosophia Christi, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter, 2013)

“Growing Wise: Resources for Nourishing the Supreme Virtue,” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall, 2013)

“Why Flatulence is Funny,” Think: Philosophy for Everyone, Vol. 12, Issue 35 (September, 2013)

“The Irenaean Soul-Making Theodicy,” a chapter in God and Evil: The Case for God in a World Filled with Pain (InterVarsity, 2013)

“Augustine, Evolution, and Scientific Methodology,” a chapter in Augustine and Science (Lexington, 2013)

“Open-mindedness and Religious Devotion,” Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions, Vol. 52, No. 1 (April, 2012)

“Open-mindedness and Intellectual Humility,” Theory and Research in Education, Vol. 10, Issue 1 (March, 2012)

“The Virtue of Wisdom,” a chapter in Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Eerdmans, 2011)

“On Free Will and Soul-Making: Complementary Approaches to the Problem of Evil,” Philosophia Christi, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter, 2011)

“Descartes,” “Divine Providence,” “Fasting,” “Fruit of the Spirit,” “George Berkeley,” “Hypocrisy,” “Openness Theology,” and “Virtue,” articles in the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

“Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” an introductory note in Themes in Ancient and Modern Philosophy (Kendall-Hunt, 2009)

“Dialogue and Disagreement After 9/11” (co-authored with Ryan Pflum), a chapter in The Impact of 9/11 on Religion and Philosophy: The Day that Changed Everything? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

“What Would Have Been and What Could Be: Counterfactuals in It’s a Wonderful Life and Run Lola Run,” a chapter in Faith, Film and Philosophy (InterVarsity, 2007)

“Getting Better: The Beatles and Virtue Ethics,” a chapter in The Beatles and Philosophy (Open Court, 2006)

“With God (and Augustine and Socrates) on Our Side,” a chapter in Bob Dylan and Philosophy (Open Court, 2005)

“Teaching the Art of Disagreement at the Christian College,” Growth (Spring, 2004)

“Humility as Moral Irony,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Winter, 2003)

“Does God Take Risks?” chapter in God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God (Zondervan Press, 2002)

 “The Philosophical Theology of Theistic Evolutionism,” Philosophia Christi, Series II, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Summer, 2002)

“Can a Christian be Coherently Both Morally Pro-life and Politically Pro-choice?” Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Fall, 2000)

“Towards a New Aesthetic Vision for the Christian Liberal Arts College,” Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Spring, 1999)

“The Christian Psychology of George Berkeley,” Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Winter, 1998)

 “Aesthetics and Worship,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Winter, 1998)

“A Berkeleyan Approach to the Problem of Induction,” Science and Christian Belief, Vol. 10, No. 1 (April, 1998)

“The Theological Orthodoxy of Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 13, No. 2  (April, 1996)

“Socrates: A Messianic Type for the Gentiles,” Philosophia Christi, Series I, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall, 1995)

Magazine and Popular Journal Articles:

“The Blessing of Forgiveness and Wise Living: Meditations on Psalm 32,” Soul & Spirit (May, 2012)

“Unreasonable Doubt,” Christianity Today (January, 2011)

“Righteous Living in an Unrighteous Age,” Taylor Magazine, Vol. 101 (Fall, 2009)

“Pressure Punctured” and “Mock Humor isn’t the Real Thing” in Men of Integrity (September/October, 2009)

“More Precious Than Rubies,” in the Christian Counseling Connection Newsletter, Vol. 16, Issue 3 (2009)

“Gum, Geckos, and God: Talking About Faith with Your Kids” (an interview) in Stand Firm Vol. 14, No. 3 (March, 2009)

“A Philosophical Case for Mind-Body Dualism,” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 8, issue 6 (November/December 2008)

“Impress Them on Your Children: The Challenge of Teaching Our Kids About God,” K Magazine (November/December, 2008)

“How to be Good in a World Gone Bad” (an interview) in Stand Firm, Vol. 13, No. 8 (August, 2008)

“Theistic Evolution: A Reasonable Compromise?” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (May-June, 2005)

“Good Art and Bad Art: What is the Difference?” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1 (January-February, 2004)

“The Quest for Moral Integrity,” Koinonia (Fall, 2000)

On-Line Journal Articles

“The Light’s Still Burning: A Review of Dylan’s Tempest,” Books and Culture
(March, 2013)

“To Fight or Not to Fight: Approaching Gay Marriage in the Public Square,” The Other Journal (2004)

“The Theological Aesthetic of American Beauty,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Vol. 4 (Summer, 2003)

“Advocating for the Devil: Hearing Al-Qaeda’s Case Against the United States,” Journal of Religion and Society, Vol. 5 (2003)

“Cinematic Lessons in Christian Theology,” Journal of Religion and Film, Vol. 6, No. 2 (October, 2002)

Presentations at Professional Conferences

  • “The Making of an Atheist” and “A Cumulative Case for God,” plenary addresses at Apologetics.com Conference in Wheaton, IL (March, 2014)

  • “Moral Heresy,” regional meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (March, 2014)

  • “Personal Open-mindedness as a Christian Virtue,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2013)

  • “The Giubilini-Minerva Argument for ‘After-birth Abortion,’” national meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (March, 2013)

  • “Was Augustine a Proto-Evolutionist?” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2012) 

  • “Open-mindednes and Christian Flourishing,” an invited lecture at the national meeting of the Society for Christian Psychology (October, 2012)

  • “Belief, Behavior, and the Necessary Conditions for Salvation,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2011)

  • “Open-mindedness and Intellectual Humility,” national meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (March, 2011)

  • “Open-mindedness and Religious Devotion,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2010)

  • “The Making of an Atheist,” EPS Apologetics Conference at Johnson-Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia (November, 2010)

  • Commentary on presentation by Andrew Purves’ “Vicarious Agency: The Humanity of God in Our Place” at the national meeting of the Society for Christian Psychology (September, 2010)

  • “Why Gay Marriage is Unjust,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2009)

  • “An Anti-Naturalist Argument from Beauty” (with Doug Geivett), national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2009)

  • “Human Suffering and Moral Growth,” meeting of the Society for Christian Psychology at the national meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors (September, 2009)

  • “Free Will and Soul-Making: Comparing Two Theodicies,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2008)

  • “Do You Need a Brain to Think?: Some Implications of Near Death Experiences for Philosophy of Mind,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2007)

  • “To Do the Good is to Know it: The Epistemic Ramifications of Behavior,” Eastern regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (April, 2007)

  • Chaired panel discussion on “Consenting to God and Nature” national meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (February, 2007)

  • “To Do the Good is to Know it: The Epistemic Ramifications of Behavior,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2006)

  • “Immorality in Art: When is it Justifiable?” a presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Christians in Student Development (June, 2006)

  • “Origins and Divine Providence,” an invited presentation for the University of Toledo’s Annual Conference in Contemporary Philosophy (April, 2006)

  • “Beauty, Goodness, and Evil: When is Immorality in Art Aesthetically Warranted and Morally Justified?” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2005)

  • “Humility in Christianity and Islam” (with Winfried Corduan), national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (November, 2005)

  • “Tools for Integrity: Training Students to Live up to their Faith,” annual meeting of the Association of Christians in Student Development (June, 2005)

  • “Art and the Golden Rule: The Moral Significance of Nurturing an Aesthetic Sensibility,” Midwest meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (April, 2005)

  • “Virtue Across the Paradigms,” keynote address at the 52nd annual Southeastern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at Covenant College (February, 2005)

  • “Art and the Golden Rule: The Moral Significance of Nurturing an Aesthetic Sensibility,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2004)

  • “Freedom, Evil, and Divine Risk,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2002)

  • “Philosophical Prolegomena to Any Future Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligent Beings,” national meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (March, 2002)

  • “A Biblical Defense of Animal Rights,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 2001)

  • Chaired panel discussion on “Artificial Life, Artificial Ethics: Thoughts on ‘Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us’” at the national meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (March, 2001)

  • “Religious Skepticism and the Dilemma of Moral Outrage,” Mountain-Plains regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (September, 2000)

  • “Turning the Problem of Consciousness Inside Out,” Eastern regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (May, 2000)

  • “The Moral Skill of Self-Control,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 1999)

  • “The Philosophical Theology of Theistic Evolutionism,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 1998)

  • "Can a Christian be Coherently Morally Pro-life and Politically Pro-choice?” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 1997)

  • “What Sort of Vice is Hypocrisy?” Central meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (April, 1997)

  • “The Problem of Hypocrisy,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 1995)

  • “Theism and the Laws of Logic,” Central meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (April, 1995)

  • “Ethical Paradigms and Moral Expertise,” Mountain meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers (March, 1995)

  • “Socrates: A Messianic Type for the Gentiles,” national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (November, 1993)

  • “The Theological Orthodoxy of Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” Midwest Seminar in the History of Philosophy (March, 1993)

  • “Berkeley on the Problem of Induction: His Anticipatory Reply to Hume,” Minnesota Philosophical Society (October, 1992)

  • “Was Berkeley a Utilitarian?” the national meeting of the Philosophy Graduate Student Society (October, 1991)

  • “A Note on ‘Is’ and ‘Ought,’” annual meeting of the Mississippi Philosophical Association (May, 1988)

Professional Duties and Offices

  • Member and principal author on the committee to revise the Taylor statement on human sexuality (2011-12)
  • Planning Committee for the Ray Fitzgerald Lecture Series (2011-present)
  • Director of Planning for EPS-Sponsored Philosophy of Religion Group session at the Central Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (2010-present)
  • Member of the Taylor University Ethics Center Task Force (2010-present)
  • Associate Philosophy Editor, Edification, journal of the Society for Christian Psychology (2010-present)
  • Director, Taylor University Philosophy Program (2008-present)
  • Referee for the journal Philosophia Christi (2002-present)
  • Director, Taylor University Colleagues College (2009)
  • Executive Board Member, Evangelical Philosophical Society (2007-2010)
  • Referee for the journal Christian Scholar’s Review (2007)
  • Executive Committee Member, Society for Christian Psychology (2005-present)
  • Referee for the journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (2004)
  • Selection Committee for the Forman Distinguished Scholar Award (2003-2005)
  • Taylor University Faculty Development & Candidate Interview Committee (2002-2005)
  • Lilly Foundation Vocation 2001 Grant writing committee (2001)
  • Referee for the journal Metaphilosophy (2001)
  • Taylor University Ethics Bowl team coach (2000-present)
  • Director of Honors Program at Taylor University (2000-2002
  • Founder and director of Taylor Faculty Forums (1997-2003)
  • Taylor University Athletic, Financial, and Enrollment Committee (1997-2000)
  • Editor of the “Berkeley Briefs,” newsletter for the International Berkeley Society (1996-2000)
  • Faculty advisor for Mu Kappa, organization for “third culture” students (1994-2002)
  • Co-sponsor of the Chi Alpha Omega Honor Society at Taylor University (1994-1998)
  • Resident scholar, George Berkeley Whitehall Museum, Middletown, RI (July 1996)
  • Served on review committee for the Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy (1996)
  • Taylor University Community Life Committee (1994-96)

Professional Awards

Templeton Research Fellowship awarded by the Biola University Center for Christian Thought (Fall, 2014)

Forman Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at Taylor University (2011)

Finalist for Christianity Today 2010 Book Award for The Making of an Atheist

Distinguished Professor Award at Taylor University (2007)

Christianity Today 2005 “Award of Merit” for How to be Good in a World Gone Bad

Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award at Taylor University (2000)


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