DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., University of North Texas


Timothy Pickavance is broadly interested in the core areas of analytic philosophy, though he specializes in metaphysics. After completing his M.A. in Philosophy here at Talbot, he found himself in Austin at the University of Texas, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2008. He is thrilled to be a part of Biola and Talbot, contributing to the development of Christian philosophers who want to impact our culture in various venues, from academia to their churches to their personal friendships.


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society



  • 2023: The Role of Emotions in Christians’ Perceptions of Science, Templeton Religion Trust (with M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall, Jason McMartin, and Erin Smith)
  • 2022: Follow-on Funding, New Visions in Theological Anthropology (with Jason McMartin)
  • 2022 Summer Fellowship, New Visions in Theological Anthropology, University of St. Andrews (with Jason McMartin)
  • 2020: Gratitude to God and Suffering, funded from Gratitude to God: Psychological, Philosophical, and Theological Explorations (with Jason McMartin and Haein Park)
  • 2020: TheoPsych Award for Integrating the Science of Emotions with Theology & Philosophy (with Jason McMartin, Ryan Peterson, and Kyle Strobel)
  • 2018: Society of Christian Philosophers Plantinga Reading Group Grant (with Kevin Gausselin)
  • 2013: Analytic Theology Cluster Group Grant (with Jason McMartin)

Biola University

  • 2014: Center for Christian Thought Research Fellowship
  • 2013: Faculty Summer Integration Seminar on C. S. Lewis (led by Jerry Root)
  • 2012: Faculty Research & Development Grant
  • 2011: Faculty Research & Development Grant
  • 2009: Faculty Summer Integration Seminar on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (led by Kevin Vanhoozer)

University of Texas

  • 2007: University Continuing Fellowship, Academic Year 2007-8
  • 2006: Cogburn Philosophical Foundation Essay Prize
  • 2003: Research Internship (a UT Fellowship) with Robert Koons, Academic Year 2003-4

University of North Texas

  • 2000: Jack Johnson Memorial Award in Economics, University of North Texas



  • Knowledge for the Love of God: Why Your Heart Needs Your Mind, Eerdmans, 2022 (approx. 45,000 words)
  • The Atlas of Reality: A Comprehensive Guide to Metaphysics, with Robert C. Koons, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017 (approx. 330,000 words)
  • Metaphysics: The Fundamentals, with Robert C. Koons, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 (approx. 110,000 words)

Edited Book

  • Substance: New Essays, with Robert K. Garcia, Philosophia Verlag, forthcoming


  • Affective Reason, with Jason McMartin, Episteme, forthcoming
  • Speaking the Truth in Love: The Challenge of Public Engagement, with M. Elizabeth Lewis Hall & Jason McMartin, Christian Scholars Review, LI:2, 2022
  • Wagering on Pragmatic Encroachment, with Daniel Eaton, in Jonathan Kvanvig (ed.), Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, vol. 8, Oxford University Press, 2017
  • The Voice of God in Historical Biblical Criticism, with Jason McMartin, in Oliver Crisp & Fred Sanders (eds.), The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture, Zondervan, 2016
  • Evidence Against Pragmatic Encroachment, with Daniel Eaton, Philosophical Studies 172.12, 2015
  • Bare Particulars and Exemplification, American Philosophical Quarterly 51.2, 2014
  • Skeptics Can Win (But Almost Never Will), Philosophical Papers 40.3, 2011
  • In Defense of ‘Partially Clad’ Bare Particulars, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89.1, 2009
  • Properties of Identity and Trivial Indiscernibility, Southwest Philosophy Review 25.1, 2009
  • The Farewell to Leibnizian Essences Matured, Philosophia Christi 6.1, 2004

Invited Scholarly Articles

  • The Natural View of Properties of Identity, in Robert K. Garcia & Timothy Pickavance (eds.), Substance: New Essays, Philosophia Verlag, forthcoming
  • Individuation and Incarnation, in Richard Brian Davis & Paul Gould (eds.), Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland, Moody Press, 2014

General Audience Articles

  • Hidden Mickeys and the Hiddenness of God, with Robert Garcia, in Richard Brian Davis (ed.), Disney and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2019
    • Reprinted in William Irwin & David Kyle Johnson (eds.), Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2022
  • Burying Your Head in the Sandman, in Ben Dyer (ed.), Supervillains and Philosophy, Open Court, 2009


  • November 2022: An Edwardsian Account of Natural Knowledge, with Jason McMartin, Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual Meeting
  • November 2021: From Pragmatic Intellectualism to Affective Evidentialism, with Jason McMartin, Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual Meeting
  • November 2020: Three Grades of Emotional Reason, with Jason McMartin, Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual Meeting
  • November 2019: Edwards, the Epistemology of Emotions, and Religious Disagreement, with Jason McMartin, Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual Meeting
  • January 2018: Embodiment, Edwards, and Knowledge, with Christa McKirland & Jason McMartin, Los Angeles Theology Conference
  • January 2016: `The Voice of God in Historical Biblical Criticism' (with Jason McMartin), Los Angeles Theology Conference
  • November 2015: `The New Factivity Problem for Contextualism' (with Trevor Nyman), Leuven Epistemology Conference: Epistemic Norms, KU Leuven
  • November 2013: `Conciliationism Really Does Entail Religious Skepticism', EPS Annual Meeting
  • March 2013: `Wagering on Pragmatic Encroachment' (with Daniel Eaton), Workshop on Religious Epistemology, Contextualism, and Pragmatic Encroachment, University of Oxford
  • November 2012: `Wagering on Interest Relative Invariantism' (with Daniel Eaton), EPS Annual Meeting


  • Epistemology I (TTPH544)
  • Epistemology II: Contextualism (TTPH545)
  • Epistemology II: Religious Pluralism (TTPH545)
  • Symbolic Logic (TTPH735)
  • Metaphysics I (TTPH523)
  • Metaphysics II: Modal Metaphysics (TTPH524)
  • Philosophy of Religion (TTPH684)
  • Apologetics (TTPH602)
  • Metaphysics & Epistemology (CSAP680/CSSR540)
  • Psychology & Christian Thought (PSYC206, with Liz Hall; undergraduate course)
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