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DepartmentTorrey Honors Institute
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Baylor University
  • M.A., Baylor University
  • B.S., Biola University

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Janelle Aijian was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent her early life moving all over the world, from Toronto to Houston to Nairobi. She earned her doctoral degree in Philosophy from Baylor University, where her dissertation focused on the religious epistemology of Blaise Pascal. Her current research interests involve skepticism, especially its place in the life of faith, and the ancient deadly sin of acedia, or spiritual despondency. Her favorite Torrey texts to teach are The Brothers Karamazov, Moby Dick, The Republic and the gospel of John.

Publications (Selected)

  • “The Abolition of Risk: C. S. Lewis in the The Island and Gattaca” in Science Fiction and the Abolition of Man, ed. Boone, M and Neece, K (Pickwick Publications, Forthcoming).
  • “Baptism by Fire: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Pascal’s Philosophy” in The Holy Spirit and The Christian Life, ed. Wolfgang Vondley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


  • “Defining Despair: Two Traditions in Acedia” with Dr. Jonathan Sands-Wise, BAPT Conference, Baylor University – October 2014.
  • “Sloth and Skepticism in the Christian Life” Virtues, Vices and Teaching Conference, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College – October 2013.

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