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Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.S., University of Missouri

Biography

J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He received a B. S. in physical chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has spoken and debated on over 200 college campuses and taught in 500 or so churches around the world. In addition, he has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, and Debating Christian Theism (Oxford.) He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. Moreland was selected in August, 2016 by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers in the world.

Affiliations

  • National Executive Committee of the Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Alpha Chi Sigma (Chemical Honorary Fraternity)
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • American Scientific Affilliation
  • Interdisciplinary Bibilical Research Institute
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • University Faculty for Life
  • National Advisory/Executive Committee of the Evangelical Philosophical Society

Awards

  • Fellow of the Center for the Renewal of Science & Culture, Discovery Institute, 1403 Third Ave. Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98101. (2000-present)
  • Winner of the Robert Fischer Faculty Member of the Year Award, Biola University, (1998-99).
  • Winner of the Senior Class Professor of the Year, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, (1998-99).
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Philosophia Christi, (1999 to 2003).
  • Member of the Executive Committee for the Evangelical Philosophical Society (1999- 2003, 2006 to present).
  • Fellow of the Wilberforce Forum, 2001 to present.
  • Fellow of the Biola University Center for Christian Thought, 2012-2013.
  • Senior Fellow of the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, 2013 to present.
  • Senior Fellow of the Institute of Faith, Work and Economics, Washington, D. C., 2008 to present.
  • Selected by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers: http://www.thebestschools.org/... , August, 2016.
  • Member of Board of Directors, Center for Moral Apologetics, Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas, December, 2020 to present.

Publications

Books

  • “How Phenomenal Consciousness Provides Evidence for God,” in The Blackwell Companion to Christian Apologetics, edited by Timothy McGrew and Robert Steward (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming 2024).
  • “Epistemological Foundations of Charismatic Religious Experience,” in Analytic Essays in Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology, edited by Joanna Leidnhag, Christopher Woznicki, and Andrew Everhart, (Eugene: Cascade, 2024).
  • Co-authored with Brandon Rickabaugh, The Substance of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Defense of Contemporary Substance Dualism (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming, 2023).
  • Co-authored with David Horner, Metaethics: Exploring Assumptions of Moral Reasoning (Nashville: Broadman & Hollman, forthcoming 2023).
  • Co-authored with Adam Groza, Unraveling Philosophy: An Interactive Guide (Nashville: Broadman & Hollman, 2023).
  • “Neuroscience and the Metaphysics of Consciousness and the Soul,” in Minding the Brain: Models of the Mind, Information, and Empirical Science, edited by Angus, Menuge, Brian Krouse, and Robert J. Marks (Seattle: Discovery Institute Press, forthcoming 2023).
  • “Platonized Naturalism: A Bromide for Disenchanted Naturalists,” in The Moral Argument for the Existence of God: A Collection, edited by John Hare and David Baggett (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023).
  • “How Phenomenal Consciousness Provides Evidence for God’s Existence and Informs What it Means to Say God is a Spirit,” in Ontology of Divinity, edited by Miroslaw Szatkowski (out for review, forthcoming 2023.)
  • “Modal Arguments for Generic Substance Dualism and Why the Soul Matters for Bioethics,” in Taking Persons Seriously: Where Philosophy and Bioethics Intersect, edited by Mihretu Guta and Scott Rae (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications (forthcoming, 2023).
  • “Substance Dualism and the Idealism/Physicalism Debate,” in The Routledge Handbook to Idealism and Immaterialism ed.by Joshua Farris and Benedikt Goecke (New York: Routledge, 2022), 631-41.

Journals

  • “The Soul, ID Research, and a Science-Engaged Theology,” The Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies (forthcoming, 2023).
  • “A Critical Assessment of Shafer-Landau’s Ethical Non-Naturalism,” Religions (forthcoming, 2023).
  • “The Modal Argument and a Rejoinder to Contingent Physicalism.” TheoLogica (forthcoming, 2023).
  • “On the Alleged Explanatory Impotence/Conceptual Vacuity of Substance Dualism," Ratio (forthcoming, 2023).
  • “Making Precise Why a Naturalist Should Eschew Emergent Properties,” Philosophy and Theology (forthcoming, 2023.)
  • “Responding to a Potpourri of Objections to the Modal Argument,” Journal of Consciousness Studies (forthcoming, 2203).
  • “An Explanation and Defense of the Free-Thinking Argument,” (with Timothy Stratton) Religions (2023).
  • “The modal argument and Bailey’s contingent physicalism: a rejoinder,” Religious Studies (forthcoming, 2023.)
  • “The Epistemic Advantage of Lost Autographic Tokens of the Bible,” Philosophia Christi 23:1 (2021):187-93.
  • “How Christian Philosophers can serve Systematic Theologians and Biblical Scholars,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 63:2 (2020): 281-90.
  • “The Why and the What of Christian Worldview Integration,” Journal of Faith and the Academy XIII (Spring 2020): 5-19.

Magazines

  • “In the Morally Relevant Sense, It is Not a Woman’s Body,” The Good Book Blog, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (May 27, 2022):
    https://www.biola.edu/blogs/go...
  • “Hollywood Stars to the Rescue Again,” posted at J. P. Moreland Website September 8, 2021.
  • “Problems with Worldview-as-Glasses,” posted at J. P. Moreland Website April 23, 2021.
  • “Letter to the Editor on Diversity of Opinion on American University Campuses,” The Kansas City Star March 21, 2021.
  • “Anxiety and Depression in a COVID-19 World,” Biola Resources: Health & Wellness April 2020). 
  • “Losin’ Our Religion One Person at a Time,” Journey Christian Magazine (July/August, 2020).
  • “How J. P. Moreland Presents His Anxious Mind to God: Interview with Eric. L. Johnson,” Christianity Today May 17, 2019: https://www.christianitytoday.....
  • “Interview with Bart van den Dikkenberg on Scientism and Atheism,” in Reformatorisch Dagblad (09/30/2019). https://www.rd.nl/meer-rd/wete...
  • “The Rise of Scientism,” Talbot 3 (Summer 2019): 11-15.
  • “How J. P. Moreland Presented His Anxious Mind to God,” interview with Eric L. Johnson in Christianity Today 63:5 (May 20, 2019): 74.
    https://www.christianitytoday....

Presentations

  • “The Soul, ID Research, and a Science-Engaged Theology,” delivered at Cosmic Mind, Divine Action, and a Science-Engaged Theology, zoom conference, April 14, 2023.
  • “Miracles: Their Nature and Reality,” and “Understanding the Root of Contemporary American Culture,” delivered at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach, Florida, October 28-29, 2022.
  • “Four Lectures on Thomistic Substance Dualism, Theological Anthropology, and Spiritual Formation,” delivered at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forrest, NC, March 14-18, 2022.
  • “Theism and Artificial Intelligence: A Dialogue with Dr. Sadat Mansuri,” zoom event at The Center for Theism and Science, Seminary of Qom, Qom, Iran, October 30, 2021.
  • “A Case for Theism, zoom lecture to Apologetics Group, Romania, October 25, 2021.
  • “Video Interview on Philosophy and Worldview with Mark Connolly,” on More Orthodoxy, London, May 11, 2020.
  • “How Christian Philosophers can serve Systematic Theologians and Biblical Scholars,” and “Science, Scientism and Christianity, delivered at the Annual Meeting of the ETS/EPS, San Diego, CA, November 21, 23, 2019.
  • “How to Move from Justifying Belief in God to Justifying Belief in Christianity,” and “Anxiety and Depression: Biblical, Psychological and Neuroscientific Tools for Recovery,” delivered at the Texas Baptist General Convention Conference on Apologetics, Port Noches, Texas, November 8-10, 2019.
  • “Why Apologetics?,” “Why Jesus?,” “Christianity and Science,” delivered at the Illuminati Conference, Sheldon, Washington, October 25-27, 2019.
  • “Assessing the Contemporary Scene in Apologetics,” and “Three Crucial Concepts for Academic Integration,” delivered at the Institute of Faith and the Academy, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, October 17-18, 2019.
  • “Habits and Character Formation,” and “Four Practices for Defeating Anxiety,” presented at the Online Rise Up Conference, September 6, 2019.
  • “Anxiety and Habit Formation, delivered at the Fall Faculty Conference, Biola University, August 28, 2019.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Metaphysics

Books

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Abortion
  • Apologetics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Brain Research
  • Creation
  • Death
  • Death Penalty
  • Ethics
  • Euthanasia
  • Evil
  • Evolution
  • Existence of God
  • Faith
  • God
  • Healing
  • Historical Jesus
  • Intelligent Design
  • Miracles
  • Moral Relativism
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Physician-assisted Suicide
  • Postmodernism
  • Religion and Science
  • Resurrection
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Suicide
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