Education

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Baylor University
    • Dissertation: 'Virtues, Divine Commands, and the Debt of Creation: Towards a Kierkegaardian Christian Ethic'
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Texas A&M University
    • Thesis: 'Resting Transparently: Kierkegaardian Conceptions of Freedom, Despair, Suffering, and Faith'
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Hendrix College

Selected Publications

  • Philosophy of Religion: Thinking About Faith, Second Edition, coauthored with C. Stephen Evans (Downers Grove, IN: IVP Academic, 2009). Translated and published in Russian (Moscow: Saint Tikhon' University Press, 2011), in Turkish (Istanbul: Ankara Okulu Basim Yayim, 2010), and in Korean (Christian Literature Crusade, 2014).
  • “‘Eternity Will Nail Him to Himself’: The Logic of Damnation in Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death,” Religious Studies 52(3): 287 – 314, September 2016.
  • “The Doxastic Problem of Hell,” in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 6, ed. Jonathan L. Kvanvig (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015): 203 – 223.
  • “The Problem of Epistemic Luck for Naturalists,” Philo 17(1), 59 – 76, Spring-Summer 2014.
  • “Johannes Climacus on Coming into Existence: The Problem of Modality in Kierkegaard’s Fragments and Postscript,” Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, 2013(1), 107 – 129. 
  • “Kierkegaard and Evans on the Problem of Abraham,” Journal of Religious Ethics 39(3), 474 – 492, August 2011.
  • “Could God Do Something Evil?  A Molinist Solution to the Problem of Divine Freedom,” Faith and Philosophy 28(2), 209 – 223, April 2011.
  • “Kierkegaard and Divine Command Theory: Replies to Quinn and Evans,” Religious Studies, 45(3), 289 – 307, September 2009.

Selected Presentations

  • “Rethinking Eternal Punishment: The Divine Presence Model,” presented at the 2016 Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP) Midwest Regional Conference (Springfield, MO, September 2016).
  • “‘Eternity will nail him to himself’: The Logic of Damnation in Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death,” presented at the 2013 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture (Waco, TX, October-November 2013).
  • "Kierkegaard and Evans on the Problem of Abraham,” presented at the 2010 American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA, October 2010)
  • “Kierkegaard and Contemporary Philosophy,” presented at the Sixth International Kierkegaard Conference (Northfield, MN, June 27 – July 1, 2010)
  • “A Molinist Solution to the Problem of Divine Freedom,” presented at the 2009  American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division meeting (Chicago, IL, February 2009)
  • “Kierkegaard on the Problem of Abraham,” presented at the 2008 American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division meeting (Chicago, IL, April 2008) 
  • “Kierkegaard and Divine Command Theory: A Reply to Evans,” presented at the 2007 American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division meeting (Chicago, IL, April 2007) 
  • “On Moral and Religious Obligations: Some Problems for Metaethical Divine Command Theories,” presented at the 2006 American Philosophical Association (APA) Central Division meeting (Chicago, IL, April 2006)

Related Experience

  • Graduate Director, M.A. program in Christian Ministry (Redford College of Theology and Ministry)

Professional Organizations

  •  Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers
    • President (2014 - 2016)
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Kierkegaard Society (USA)
  • Southwestern Philosophical Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards

  • SBU Merit Bonus recipient
  • SBU sabbatical recipient
  • Southwestern Philosophical Society President’s Award (2003)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (inducted May 2000)

Church/Community Service

  • Attends First Baptist Church, Bolivar
    • Encounter Worship Team
    • Personnel Committee
    • Worship Pastor Search Committee