James Spiegel

Dr. Jim Spiegel

James Spiegel

Professor of Philosophy & Religion

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

Specialties: aesthetics, apologetics, ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, 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, MI, 1993.

Dissertation: The Apologetics of George Berkeley, Charles McCracken, director

M.A., Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 1988.

B.S., Biology, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS, 1985.

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

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Logic

History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

History of Modern Philosophy

Contemporary Moral Issues

Principles of Ethics

Medical Ethics

Aesthetics

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Mind

Contemporary Christian Belief

Epistemology

American Philosophy

Existentialism

Philosophy in Literature

Phenomenology of Religion

Philosophy of the Afterlife

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 Website

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, co-edited with

Joshua Farris and S. Mark Hamilton (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)

Idealism and Christianity, Vol. 2: Idealism and Christian Philosophy, co-edited with

Steven B. Cowan (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)

Philosophy: Faithful Learning (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)]

Book Chapters:

Cultivating Self Control,” in Cultivating Christian Virtue, edited by Michael W.

Austin (Publisher TBD)

The Sexual Pluralist Revolution: Reasons to be Skeptical” in Venus and Virtue, edited

by Jerry Walls, Jeremy Neill, and David Baggett (Wipf and Stock, forthcoming in

2017)

Gospel Nakedness in Marriage: From Sin and Shame to Relational Wholeness,”

Theology of Marriage (Moody Press, forthcoming in 2017)

Immaterialism as a Boon to Faith: Berkeley and Christian Theology” in Christianity

and the Modern Philosophers (Zondervan, forthcoming)

Idealism and the Reasonableness of Theism” in Idealism and Christian Philosophy

(Bloomsbury Press, 2016)

The Theological Orthodoxy of Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” Idealism and Christian

Philosophy (Bloomsbury Press, 2016); originally published in Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 13, No. 2 (April, 1996)

The Philosophical Case for Conditionalism” in A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell

and Immortality (Pickwick Publications, 2015)

The Irenaean Soul-Making Theodicy” in God and Evil: The Case for God in a World

Filled with Pain (InterVarsity, 2013)

Augustine, Evolution, and Scientific Methodology” in Augustine and Science

(Lexington, 2013)

The Virtue of Wisdom” in Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life

(Eerdmans, 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) 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” in Faith, Film and Philosophy (InterVarsity, 2007)

Getting Better: The Beatles and Virtue Ethics” in The Beatles and Philosophy

(Open Court, 2006)

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

Does God Take Risks?” in God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God

(Zondervan Press, 2002)

Research Articles:

Contest and Indifference: Two Models of Open-minded Inquiry,” Philosophia:

Philosophical Quarterly of Israel (June, 2017)

Idealism and Christian Philosophy,” Philosophy Compass (February, 2017)

Why Same-Sex Marriage is Unjust” Think: Philosophy for Everyone, Vol. 15, No. 43 (June, 2016)

Hell and the Problem of Eternal Evil,” Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol. 31, No. 2

(Fall, 2015)

Annihilation, Everlasting Torment, and Divine Justice,” International Journal of

Philosophy and Theology (Routledge Press) (August, 2015)

Open-mindedness and Christian Flourishing,” Christian Psychology: A

Transdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014)

Why Positive Psychology Needs Virtue: A Constructive Response to Hackney,”

Christian Psychology: Transdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014)

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

Growing Wise: Resources for Nourishing the Supreme Virtue” in “Book

Symposium,” 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)

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)

On Free Will and Soul-Making: Complementary Approaches to the Problem of Evil,”

Philosophia Christi, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter, 2011)

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)

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); later republished in Idealism and Christian Philosophy (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)

Socrates: A Messianic Type for the Gentiles,” Philosophia Christi, Series I, Vol. 18,

No. 2 (Fall, 1995)

Reference Articles:

Beauty,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)

Determinism,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)

Epistemology,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)

Extra-terrestrials,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)

William James,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)

Descartes,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Divine Providence,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Fasting,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Fruit of the Spirit,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

George Berkeley,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Hypocrisy,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Openness Theology,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Virtue,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Magazine and Popular Journal Articles:

You Gotta Believe: Atheist or Not, You Have More Faith Than You Realize,” Salvo,

Vol. 37 (Summer 2016)

Dumb Sheep: On the Truth about a Slanderous Accusation,” Touchstone, Vol. 28, No.

3 (May/June, 2015)

Case Closed or Mind Open?” The Table, Vol. 4 (Spring, 2015)

Taking Philosophy to the Masses: A Review of Philosophy Bites and Philosophy

Bites Back,” Books and Culture (July/August, 2014)

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,” ” in Men of Integrity (September/October, 2009)

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 Articles:

From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: Why Fart Jokes Never Get Old,” The

Conversation (August, 2015)

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)

Book Reviews:

Review of The Uncontrolling Love of God, (by Thomas Jay Oord), Christian Scholar’s

Review (forthcoming in Fall 2017)

Review of Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th ed. (edited by Michael

Peterson, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenbach, and David Basinger), Teaching

Philosophy Vol. 38, No. 4 (December, 2015)

Review of The Beauty of the Infinite, (by David Bentley Hart), Christian Scholar’s

Review, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 2006)

Review of Good Eating (by Stephen H. Webb) Encounter Vol. 64, No. 3 (Summer,

2003)

Review of The Puzzle of Evil (by Peter Vardy) Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 3

(September, 1999)

Review of On God and Dogs, (by Stephen H. Webb), Christian Scholar’s Review,

Vol. 28, No. 4 (Summer, 1999)

Review of A Passion for Wisdom (by R. C. Solomon and K. M. Higgins), Teaching

Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 4 (December, 1998)

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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