Professor of Philosophy
Dean of Humanities
On faculty since 2007
Ph.D., University of Miami, 1997
M.A., University of Miami, 1993
M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1988
B.A., Belhaven College, 1984
My research interests are primarily in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. Recently I have been particularly concerned with skepticism about the reliability of our native (i.e. God-given) cognitive faculties, the issue of how gratitude and ingratitude affect cognition, the relation between God and possible worlds, and the constitution view of the human person. I am also deeply interested in early modern philosophy, and especially the work of Thomas Reid and Scottish common sense philosophy.
Although I love hanging out with students (especially over coffee!), I love even more hanging out with my wife, Barbara, our three children (Benjamin, Megan, and Joshua), and Wrigley (our dog that's half beagle and half dachshund). Involvement in the local church - especially corporate worship - is a huge passion of mine. I also immensely enjoy playing the piano, listening to music, reading theology, and rooting for the Cubs.
- Society of Christian Philosophers
- Evangelical Philosophical Society
- Evangelical Theological Society
- "Sin and the Trustworthiness of Our Cognitive Endowment" Philosophia Christi 6 (2004): 249-62.
- "Reliability in Plantinga's Account of Epistemic Warrant," Principia 6 (December, 2002): 249-77.
- "Is Proper Function Necessary for Epistemic Warrant?" Southwest Philosophy Review 16 (July, 2000): 133-41.
- "Proper Functionalism, Reliability, and Degrees of Epistemic Warrant," The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 37 (1999): 653-64.
- "On a Not Quite Yet 'Victorious' Modal Version of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 33 (1993): 47-57.
Spring 2014 Courses
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI253 Hist of Phil III: Contem Philo
PHI380 Figure Seminar
PHI411 Philosophy Internship
PHI492 Senior Integ Paper Seminar
Chapel Faculty Lecture Series on iTunes U
Worship and the Academic Discipline of Philosophy