Theological Diploma, Concordia Lutheran Seminary
PhD, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
MDiv, Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary
BA, Philosophy, summa cum laude, University of Minnesota
Vice President Academic
Associate Vice President Academic
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Dean of Arts and Science
Associate Vice President Student Services
Chair, Educational Policies Committee
Philosophy Department Coordinator
Canadian Philosophical Association
Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers
Society of Christian Philosophers
Academic Interests and Specializations
At the heart of the scholarly passions lies Logic: the attempt to understand how good reasoning works and how it may be modeled mathematically. I am especially interested in how the best of scientific reasoning functions and how that kind of reasoning may be applied to religious questions. I am also interested in the pragmatics—the ethics and practical rationality—of religious belief. I believe we can effectively reason about God using the same sort of reasoning used in the sciences. And I believe that some substantial religious beliefs are practically, ethically, and rationally justified.
Courses Regularly Taught
PHIL 102/202 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 125 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 215 Epistemology
PHIL 220 Symbolic Logic
PHIL/REL 275 Reasoning: Scientific and Religious
PHIL 290 Philosophy of Religion
Selected Publications and Presentations
October 28-30, 2016, “The Simplest Possible Overall Conception of Reality,” Western Canadian Philosophical Association annual meeting, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
May 7, 2016, “Theism, Atheism, and the Ethics of Hope,” Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith conference on Atheism and the Christian Faith, Concordia University of Edmonton.
March 19, 2016, “The Apparent Immorality of Being a Satisfied Atheist,” Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Meeting, University of San Diego.
February 1, 2016, “To Believe or To Disbelieve,” a debate on the rationality of belief in God. Argued for the rationality of theism against Prof. Paul Beach, who argued for the rationality of atheism. Concordia University of Edmonton.
January-February, 2015, “Defending the Faith,” Quest Course, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton.
April 8, 2008, “Probability, Explanation, and God,” “Academic Conversations on Christianity” speakers’ series, Urban Bridge Church, Edmonton, AB.
January 26 & 27, 2007, “The Case for a Creator,” “The Case for Christ,” & “The Essence of the Gospel” Breakforth Ministries conference, Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton.
May 31, 2005, “In Defense of Wishful Thinking,” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers annual meeting, University of Western Ontario.
2005, “The Fallacy of Transitivity for Necessary Counterfactuals: On Behalf of (Certain) Non-Transitive Entailment Relations,” in Mistakes of Reason: Essays in Honour of John Woods, Kent Peacock & Andrew Irvine, eds., University of Toronto Press, pp. 264-278.
March 31, 2004, “How Bayes’ Theorem Explains Everything,” Concordia’s Scholarly Speakers Series.
May 11-14, 2001, “If a Contradiction Were True,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy, McGill University, Montreal.
2001, “Arguing For English Conditionals: A Simple Evaluation Procedure for Natural Language Arguments with Conditional Conclusions,” in New Studies in Exact Philosophy: Logic, Mathematics and Science, John Woods & Bryson Brown, eds., Oxford: Hermes Science Publishing, pp. 113-138.
May 26, 2000, “Conditional Modality,” Canadian Philosophical Association annual meeting, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
March 19, 1998, “The Resurrection of Christian Philosophy,” the Edmonton chapter of the Christian Medical-Dental Society.
1996, “How Lutherans Know About God,” in Pathways of Grace and Knowledge: the Christian Presence in Academia, Neil Querengesser, ed., Concordia University College of Alberta, pp. 18-33.
April 24, 1993, “Conditionality and Other Modalities,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting.