An Invitation to Study Philosophy at Southeastern

It has been said that the title of philosopher is easily earned by anyone with a credibly furrowed brow who speaks, writes, and otherwise publicly bloviates about the big, big questions. It has also been said that philosophy departments are full of pervicacious malaperts who overestimate their own brilliance, gazing condescendingly on the ignorant masses who believe in such fantasies as the virgin birth and the resurrection.

Not so at Southeastern, where our faculty are not only wickedly smart and well-credentialed (PhDs from Oxford, Texas A&M, U. Texas, and, ahem, Southeastern Seminary), but also faithful men of the Word. For those of you interested in studying ministry in general, or philosophy and apologetics in particular, we invite you to Southeastern to study critical thinking, logic, apologetics, history of philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, and various other mind-bendingly exciting topics. At Southeastern, you will have the opportunity to study with professors such as:

Jamie Dew (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. candidate, University of Birmingham) is Assistant Professor of History of Ideas and Philosophy and is the author of Science and Theology: An Assessment of Alister McGrath’s Critical Realist Perspective (Wipf & Stock), co-editor with Norman Geisler and Chad Meister of God and Evil (forthcoming, IVP), and co-author with Mark Foreman of How do We Know? (forthcoming, IVP). His specialties lie in philosophy of religion, the history of philosophy, and epistemology. He is currently working on a second Ph.D. in religious epistemology at the University of Birmingham, England. Jamie is also a senior pastor and the father of two sets of twins.

Jeremy A Evans (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) is Associate Professor of Philosophy and is the author of Evil and Essential Christian Beliefs (forthcoming, B&H Academic), the editor of Taking Christian Moral Thought Seriously: The Legitimacy of Christian Moral Thought in the Marketplace of Ideas (forthcoming, B&H Academic), co-editor with fellow SEBTS prof Heath Thomas and Paul Copan of Old Testament Holy War and Christian Morality (forthcoming, InterVarsity Press), and has published articles in Philosophia Christi. His areas of specialization are in Philosophical Theology and the Philosophy of Religion. Jeremy is the father of four children and is a senior pastor. One gets the suspicion that Dr. Evans could tie half his brain behind his back and still be sharper than the atheist ideologues he so often antagonizes.

Steve Ladd (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy. Dr. Ladd’s expertise lies in the realms of logic, rhetoric, and metaphysics. He is a student favorite in our college’s History of Ideas seminars.

Bruce Little (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Bush Center for Faith and Culture and is the author of God, Why this Evil? (Hamilton Books), A Creation-Order Theodicy: God and Gratuitous Evil (University Press of America), the editor of Defending the Faith and Engaging Culture: Essays in Honor of Dr. L. Russ Bush (Broadman & Holman), and Francis A Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God (P&R Publishing) and co-author of several works, many in Russian, with Dr. Felix Lazarev, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Tavricheskiy National University in Simferopol, Ukraine. His areas of specialization include the problem of evil, logic and argumentation, and epistemology. Dr. Little is known for being a master teacher, wearing a bowtie, and speaking in a northern Maine accent. One sometimes hears students refer to him as Dr. Dapper.

Ivan Spencer (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is Associate Professor of History and Philosophy and author of The Christology of Liberation Theology. His areas of specialization include the history of ideas, liberation theology, and classic literature. Dr. Spencer is a student favorite in the college’s History of Ideas seminars, and is known for roasting, grinding, and brewing his own coffee beans.

Gregory A Welty (D.Phil., Oriel College, University of Oxford) is Associate Professor of Philosophy. His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled “Theistic Conceptual Realism: The Case for Interpreting Abstract Objects as Divine Ideas.” He is the author of articles in Southwestern Journal of Theology and Calvinism: A Southern-Baptist Dialogue (B&H), and numerous book reviews. His areas of specialization include the philosophy of religion, the coherence of theism, theistic arguments, and the relation between God and abstract objects. Dr. Welty is new to Southeastern’s campus, but has already made an impression with his sharp mind and ready wit.

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Theology is a double major which introduces students to the study of God and man. Students read great works of theology, literature, history, philosophy, and political theory and interact with them from a Christian perspective. Additional courses allow students to tailor this program toward graduate work in Philosophy or Philosophy of Religion. The College also offers the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with a minor in Apologetics, equipping the student to defend the Christian faith, emphasizing theology, philosophy, logic, and communication skills.

The M.A. in Philosophy of Religion prepares students to have an effective voice in the public square through an advanced study of historical and contemporary philosophical/theological issues relevant to the study of religion (e.g., religious pluralism, the problem of evil, the relationship between faith and reason). The M.Div. with Christian Apologetics is designed to train men and women to present cogent and winsome arguments for the truth of the Christian faith. The Th.M. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Philosophy equips post-M.Div. students who want to enhance their theological training, either for preparation for doctoral study or as an advanced degree for service in the church. Students can take the thesis or non-thesis tracks under the supervision of a professor in the area of Philosophy.

The Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Philosophy of Religion prepares students to teach the philosophy of religion and other related courses to college or seminary students, and to write at the scholarly level about the history, study, and praxis of philosophy.

We invite you to study with our Philosophy faculty in the B. A., M.A., M.Div., Th.M., or Ph.D. programs of Southeastern. For more info visit our website (http://www.sebts.edu/ or http://www.sebts.edu/college/) and check out the Admissions and Academics links.