James Spiegel

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Dr. Jim Spiegel

Philosophy Department

 

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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@tayloru.edu

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

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: Introduction to Philosophy, History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Moral Issues, Principles of Ethics, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, American Philosophy

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
Worldview 101 (http://wv101.org/) – apologetics teaching ministry

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

Faithful Learning in Philosophy [in progress] (P&R Publications, 2013)

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 Steve 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: Christian Reflections on Contemporary Film, co-edited with Doug Geivett (InterVarsity Press, 2007) [Spanish translation in process]

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:

“Open-mindedness and Religious Devotion,” Sophia (pending editorial review)

“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)

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

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Articles:

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

“The Irenaean Soul-Making Theodicy,” a chapter in Evil: Christian Reflections on God and the Problem of Pain (InterVarsity, forthcoming in 2012)

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

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

Magazine and Popular Journal Articles:

“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

“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 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) in Encounter Vol. 64, No. 3 (Summer, 2003)

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)

Presentations at Professional Conferences

“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)

Interviews and Podcasts

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for “The Reformatory” podcast, hosted by Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin (June, 2011)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for “The John and Kathy Show” on WORD FM in Pittsburgh, PA (February, 2011)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for “LightLine” with Denise Wylie on WPOS in Holland, OH (November, 2010)

Podcast interview (in three parts) about The Making of an Atheist for the atheist website “Tuesday Afternoon” (with transcript)—posted at 12Tuesday.com (October, 2010)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for “The Bottom Line” with Jeremy

Wiggins—syndicated on 140 stations around the country (October, 2010)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for “The Al Kresta Show” in Toledo, OH; podcast interview for “Your Life Matters” (September, 2010)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for “Sound Reason,” syndicated on the American Family Radio network (June, 2010); “Mid-Morning with Char Binkley” on WBCL in Fort Wayne, IN (June, 2010)

Radio interviews about The Making of an Atheist: “Mars Hill Radio Network”— syndicated on stations throughout upper New York and Southern Ontario, Canada (May, 2010); “Viewpoint” with Chuck Crismer—syndicated on the Information Radio Network in VA, CT, and NY (May, 2010); “The Debbie Chavez Show”— syndicated from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (May, 2010); “The Birga Alden Show” on KDAZ—Albuquerque, NM (May, 2010); “Connecting Faith” on KTIS—syndicated on five stations throughout the upper Midwest (May, 2010)

Podcast interview about The Making of an Atheist: “The Active Christian Media Radio Show” with Stacy Lynn Harp broadcast on OnePlace.com (May, 2010)

Radio interviews about The Making of an Atheist: “Fresh Start”—West Palm Beach, FL (April, 2010); “The Matter at Hand” on WGRC—Scranton, PA (April, 2010); “The Bob Dutko Show” on WMUZ—Detroit, MI (April 2010); “The Janet Mefferd Show” on KWRD—Dallas, TX (April, 2010); “Prime Time Chicago” with Steve Hiller on WMBI—Chicago, IL (April, 2010); “The Georgene Rice Show” on KPDQ—Portland, OR (April, 2010); KFAX—San Francisco and San Jose, CA (April, 2010); “The Rob Breakenridge Show on CHQR—Calgary, Canada (April, 2010); “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse”—nationally syndicated on the Talk Radio Network (April, 2010);

“Songtime USA Radio Show”—broadcast on 36 stations throughout the Northeast (April, 2010); KKMS—Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (April, 2010)

Interview about The Making of an Atheist for The Charlotte World, a news website for people in the Charlotte, NC area (April, 2010)

Radio interviews about The Making of an Atheist: “Iron Sharpens Iron” with Chris Arnzen on WNYG—New York, NY (March, 2010); WGNB—Grand Rapids, MI (March 2010); “Chris Fabry Live”—nationally syndicated on 203 stations (March, 2010); KTIS—syndicated throughout upper Midwest (March, 2010); American Family Radio Network—nationally syndicated (March, 2010); Moody Radio South—broadcast on four stations in Alabama and Mississippi (March, 2010); CJCA—Alberta, Canada (March, 2010); WDLM—Quad Cities, IL (March 2010); WEMI—Appleton, WI (March, 2010)

Interview about The Making of an Atheist for “To The Source,” a national on-line newsletter (March, 2010)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist for the Apologetics.com radio show (February, 2010)

Podcast interviews about The Making of an Atheist for the apologetics website Apologetics315.com (February, 2010) and for atheist website CommonSenseAtheism.com (February, 2010)

Radio interview about The Making of an Atheist on Prime Time America radio (January, 2010)

Interview about Gum, Geckos, and God for the Focus on Your Family Focus on Your Child audio journal (Fall 2008)

Radio interviews about Gum, Geckos, and God on KKLA in Los Angeles, CA (for Apologetics.com Show) (July, 2008); WBCL in Fort Wayne, IN (June, 2008); and Pilgrim Radio Network—stations in CA, MT, NV, and WY (June, 2008) Featured in Rebellion of Thought, a video documentary on postmodernism by Paladin Pictures (2008)

Radio interviews about The Benefits of Providence: WMUZ in Detroit, MI for “The Bob Dutko Show” (December, 2005); WTLN in Altamonte Springs, FL for “Crosstalk with Dwight Bain” (January, 2006); XM170 Family Talk for “Abiding in Christ” with Jim Wood (January, 2006); KTIS in St. Paul, MN for “The Kim Jeffries Program” (February, 2006)

Radio interviews about How to be Good in a World Gone Bad: WWJC in Minneapolis, MN; WAFT in Valdosta, GA; WBCL in Fort Wayne, IN; WWJC in Duluth, MN; and WKTO in Edgewater, FL (2005)

Radio interviews about How to be Good in a World Gone Bad: KPRD in Hays, KS; WTLN in Orlando, FL; KSIV in Clayton, MO; and KJTY in Topeka, KS (2004)

Radio interview about hypocrisy in the church for WMUZ in Detroit, Michigan (October, 2000)

Radio interview about hypocrisy in the church for KFLQ in Albuquerque, New Mexico (July, 2000)

Radio interview about the legacy of George Berkeley for radio station in Providence, Rhode Island (July, 1996)

Special Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops

“Faithful Living in Rebellious Times” and “The Evidence for God”—presentations at Calvary Christian Center in Mt. Washington, Kentucky (October, 2011)

“The Making of an Atheist,” a presentation at University Christian Church in Muncie, Indiana (May, 2011)

“Seven Reasons for the Liberal Arts,” a chapel address at Taylor University (September, 2011)

Keynote speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer leadership camp, Indiana Wesleyan University (July, 2011)

“The Making of an Atheist,” a presentation for the Founders Conference at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL (February, 2011)

“The Making of an Atheist,” a presentation for the EPS Apologetics Conference at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA (November, 2010)

Commencement address for The King’s Academy in Jonesboro, IN (May, 2010)

“More Thoughts on Atheism,” a chapel address at Taylor University (May, 2010)

Panelist for Taylor University “Town Hall Meeting” on Homosexuality (December, 2009)

“The Causes of Atheism,” a chapel address at Taylor University (December, 2009)

“Growing the Church from the Inside Out,” a series of church retreat talks for Christ Chapel Church, Knoxville, TN (September 2009)

“Great Sexpectations,” a talk as part of the student life series “Sex and the Cornfields” at Taylor University (April, 2009)

“Dylan and Philosophy,” a presentation at Huntington University in Huntington, IN (January, 2008)

“The History of Rock Music: 1950-2000,” a marathon lecture at Taylor University (March 23-24, 2007)

“We Will Not All Be Equal: Spiritual Formation and Our Eternal Destiny,” a workshop delivered at the Taylor University Men’s Conference (February, 2007)

“A Christian Theology of Sports,” a chapel address at Taylor University (January, 2007)

Panelist for “Managing Global Oil Resources,” a presentation for the Taylor University Science Seminar (December, 2006)

“Virtues in Leadership,” a workshop for the Student Leadership program at Ball State University in Muncie, IN (November, 2006)

“A Christian Approach to Immorality in Art,” a chapel address at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN (October, 2006)

“Immorality in Art: When is it Appropriate?” a presentation for Light@Night, sponsored by the Taylor Student Leadership organization (February, 2006) 

Book signing at Tree of Life bookstore in Marion, IN (January, 2006) 

Panelist for “This Sickness Unto Death: A Discussion of End of Life Decisions” at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, IN (January, 2006)

“Origins and Divine Providence,” a presentation at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS (November, 2005)

“The Ethics of Transhuman Genetic Engineering,” a presentation for the Taylor University Bioethics Mini-series (October 2005)

“The Virtue of Self-Control,” a chapel address at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee (February, 2005)

“God and the Silver Screen: Toward a Christian Appraisal of Film,” a lecture delivered at Grace Central Church in Columbus, OH (October, 2004)

“Understanding and Assessing Open Theism,” a lecture delivered at the New City Cafe in Knoxville, TN (April, 2004)

“Integrity: Friends and Foes in Your Walk with Christ,” College Park Church in Indianapolis, IN (June, 2003)

“Hypocrisy,” chapel message delivered at Taylor University (June, 2003)

“Humility in Leadership,” a workshop for the National Student Leadership Conference at Taylor University (April, 2003)

“Theism and Philosophy of Science,” a talk delivered for the Taylor University Natural Science Division Lecture Series (April, 2003)

“Suffering: The Paradoxical Gift,” chapel message delivered at Taylor University (March, 2003)

“The Creativity of Jesus,” chapel message at delivered at Taylor University (July, 2002)

“Christianity and the Arts,” a public lecture delivered at the New City Cafe in Knoxville, TN (April, 2002)

“Do Animals Have Rights?” a special lecture delivered at a Taylor University forum on the issue of animal welfare (April, 2002)

“Morally Pro-Life and Politically Pro-Choice?” a public lecture delivered at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL (March, 2002)

“The Problem of Hypocrisy,” a presentation for the Inter-Varsity graduate fellowship of the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL (March, 2002)

“The Virtue of Faith,” chapel message at Taylor University (January, 2001)

“An Unwanted Legacy—Hypocrisy: A Hard Look at Today’s Christians,” a special lecture at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO (November, 2000) 

Speaker for retreat on the topic of the virtues for New Life Presbyterian Church, Yorktown, IN (October, 2000)

“Virtue and Vice,” a series of workshops for College Park Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN (September, 2000)

“Moral Integrity and the Christian Life,” a workshop presented at the Association of Christians in Student Development conference at Taylor University (June, 2000)

“The Problem of Hypocrisy,” a workshop presented at the New City Cafe in Knoxville, TN (April, 2000)

“The Virtue of Forgiveness,” chapel message at Taylor University (November, 1999) 

Lecture on “The Immaterialism of George Berkeley” at Ball State University Philosophy Club, Muncie, IN (October, 1999)

“The Blessing of Forgiveness: Meditations on Psalm 32,” chapel message at Taylor University (June, 1999)

“Hypocrisy and the Evangelical Community,” chapel message at Taylor University (April, 1999)

“Towards a Christian Philosophy of Art,” a series of three lectures delivered at the New City Cafe in Knoxville, TN (August, 1998)

“Divine Irony,” chapel message at Taylor University (June, 1998)

“Gold I Mined in the Pit of Despair,” chapel message at Taylor University (November, 1996)

“A New Aesthetic Vision for Taylor University,” a paper presented at the Taylor University Colleagues’ College (August, 1996)

“Stewardship of the Mind,” a series of four lectures presented to the Breckinridge Christian Fellowship in Breckinridge, CO (June, 1996)

Professional Duties and Offices

Co-chair (with Steve Phillips) of the Taylor University Ethics Center Task Force (2010-present)

Associate Philosophy Editor, Edification, journal of the Society for Christian Psychology (2010-present)

Referee for the journal Philosophia Christi (2002-present)

Director, Taylor University Colleagues College (2009)

Executive Board Member, Evangelical Philosophical Society (2007-present)

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)

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

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)