Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty



  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • M.A., Talbot Theological Seminary
  • B.A., California State University, Hayward


Scott Smith is keenly interested in our abilities to have knowledge of reality, particularly in the areas of ethics and religion. He also is very interested in the needed ontology to have knowledge. He addresses “constructivism,” the fact-value split, and issues with our being able to have knowledge on the basis of naturalism, postmodernism and nominalism. He also has written on the emergent church, as well as a knowledge argument and the moral argument for God’s existence. Currently, he is working on exposing and addressing the many, even subtle, influences of naturalism on western churches. He also serves as secretary-treasurer for the Evangelical Philosophical Society.


  • American Philosophical Association (APA)
  • Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP)
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) - Secretary-Treasurer since November 2000


  • Biola University's Research & Development Grants – I have been awarded this grant in spring 2006, summer 2006, summer 2007, and summer 2014.
  • Award for Excellence in Scholarship for 2007-08 year, Biola University

Publications (Selected)


  • Truth and the New Kind of Christian: The Emerging Effects of Postmodernism in the Church (Crossway, 2005)
  • Virtue ethics and moral knowledge: philosophy of language after MacIntyre and Hauerwas (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2003)


  • “Post-Conservatives, Foundationalism, and Theological Truth: A Critical Evaluation.” In Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48:2, June 2005.
  • "Hauerwas and Kallenberg, and the Issue of Access to an Extra-Linguistic Realm." In Heythrop Journal 45:3, July 2004.
  • "Some Conceptual Problems for Hauerwas’s Virtue Ethics " In Philosophia Christi 3:1, 2001.


  • “Christian Postmodernism and the Internal Relation of Language and the World,” in Christianity and the Postmodern Turn, ed. Myron Penner (Brazos Press, 2005).
  • “Postmodernism and the Priority of the Language-World Relation,” in Christianity and the Postmodern Turn, ed. Myron Penner (Brazos Press, 2005).
  • “Language, Theological Knowledge, and the Postmodern Paradigm,” in Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in a Postmodern Times, ed. Paul K. Helseth, Millard J. Erickson, and Justin Taylor (Crossway, 2004).
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