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Steven L. Porter

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Biola University

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Dr. Porter teaches theology and philosophy for Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and at Rosemead School of Psychology. His areas of interest include theological methodology, the doctrine of sanctification, philosophical theology, and the integration of psychology and theology. He has contributed articles to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Faith and Philosophy, and the Journal for Psychology and Theology. Dr. Porter's book on epistemology entitled Restoring the Foundations of Epistemic Justification was recently published by Lexington Books.

Affiliations

  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Member)
  • American Philosophical Society (Member)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (Member)
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society (Member)
  • Society for Christian Philosophers (Member)
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (Member)

Publications

Books, Articles

  • Sanctification in a New Key: Relieving Evangelical Anxieties Over Spiritual Formation,” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 1:2 (2008) 129-148.
  • Restoring the Foundations of Epistemic Justification: A Direct Realist and Conceptualist Theory of Foundationalism”Lanham, MY: Lexington Books, 2006.
  • What do the Five Ways have to do with the Ascent of Mt. Carmel?: Apologetics as a Modern Day Spiritual Discipline” Philosophia Christi, March 2007.
  • Swinburnian atonement and the doctrine of penal substitution, 21:2 (April 2004) 228�224.” in Faith and Philosophy.
  • Wesleyan theological methodology as a theory of integration,” in Journal of Psychology and Theology. 32:3 (Fall 2004) 190-199.
  • Referential Integration: An Emotional Information Processing Perspective On the Process of Integration,” in Journal of Psychology and Theology, 2004. 32:3, 167-180.
  • On the resurgence of interest in the doctrine of sanctification: Some methodological concerns,” in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2002. 45(3), 415-426
  • Rethinking the logic of penal substitution,” in W.L. Craig, M. Murray, & D. Howard-Snyder (Eds.). Philosophy of Religion (pp. 596-608). Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2001.
  • Four biographical entries on noteworthy American theologians for publication in John A. Garraty, ed., American National Biography, New York: Oxford University Press. Entries: Henry Caleb, Ezekiel Kephart, John Gros, and Carl Bjeregaard, 1998.

Presentations

  • The Sanctification Gap Revisited”Presented at the Evangelical Theological Society National Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 2006).
  • A Plea for an Evangelical Spiritual Theology”Presented at the Evangelical Theological Society National Conference, Washington, D.C. (November 2006).
  • The Doctrine of Sanctification”Presented at the G. Campbell Morgan Theology Seminar, La Mirada, CA. (March 2006).
  • The Value of Spiritual Formation”Presented at Taylor University, Fort Wayne, IN. (September 2005)
  • Spiritual Formation in the Christian University”Presented at Taylor University, Fort Wayne, IN. (September 2005)
  • Sanctification in a New Key: Relieving Evangelical Anxieties over Spiritual Formation.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society, National Conference, San Antonio, TX (November 2005).
  • Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid: The Authoritative Supremacy of Theology?” Paper presented at the National Faculty Leadership Conference, Social Sciences Seminars, Alexandria, VA (June 2004).
  • Sanctification in a New Key: Relieving Evangelical Anxieties over Spiritual Formation.” Paper presented at the Spiritual Formation Forum, Los Angeles, CA (May 2004).
  • Theology as Queen and Science as Handmaid: The Authoritative Supremacy of Theology.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society, Far-West Regional Meeting, San Diego, CA (April 2004).
  • Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid: The Authoritative Supremacy of Theology.” Paper presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies International Conference, Tampa Bay, FL (March 2004).
  • Swinburnian Atonement and the Doctrine of Penal Substitution.” Paper presented at the British Society of the Philosophy of Religion/Society of Christian Philosophers Conference, Oxford, England (August 2003).
  • Wesleyan Theological Methodology as a Theory of Integration.” Paper presented at the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) International Conference, Anaheim, CA (June 2003).
  • What do the Five Ways have to do with the Ascent of Mt. Carmel?: Apologetics as a Modern Day Spiritual Discipline.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society, Far-West Regional Meeting, Sun Valley, California (May 2003).
  • BonJour's Representational Realism.” Paper presented at the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, California (March 2003).
  • Swinburnian Atonement and the Doctrine of Penal Substitution.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Philosophical Society, Colorado Springs, Colorado (November 2001).
  • Natural Theology and Christian Spirituality: What do the Five Ways have to do with the Ascent of Mt. Carmel?” Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Theology, University of Nottingham (April 2001).
  • Swinburnian Atonement and a Modified Theory of Penal Substitution.” Paper presented at the Joseph Butler Society, Oriel College, University of Oxford (February 2001).
  • God and the Moral Order: A Response to C. Stephen Layman.” Paper presented at the Gifford International Conference, University of Aberdeen (May 2000).
  • The Evangelical Embrace of Postmodernity: How Far Is Too Far?” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society, Far-West Regional Meeting, San Diego, California (June 1998).

Research Interests

  • Theological Methodology
  • Doctrine of Sanctification
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Integration of Psychology and Theology