SWBTS Philosophy

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Ross D. Inman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Ross Inman serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Chair of the Philosophy Department in the School of Theology. His academic research to date has focused primarily on metaphysics and philosophy of religion and has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Philosophical StudiesOxford Studies in Philosophy of ReligionMetaphysica, and Philosophia Christi. Dr. Inman currently teaches philosophy and apologetics in the School of Theology at both the Masters and Doctoral levels, in addition to Great Books seminars in the College. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern in Fall 2015, he held Templeton Research Fellowships at both the University of Notre Dame, Center for Philosophy of Religion (2013-2014), and Saint Louis University (2014-2015).  He completed a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at San Diego Christian College, an M.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014, Dr. Inman was awarded the Marc Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion, a biennial award that aims to recognize younger scholars working in the area of philosophy of religion. 

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Paul Gould, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christian Apologetics

Dr. Paul Gould’s research and writing focuses primarily in the areas of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology and the relationship between Faith and Scholarship. In addition to numerous articles and essays, he is the editor or co-editor of Beyond the Control of God? Six Views on the Problem of God and Abstract Objects (Bloomsbury, 2014), Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science and Rhetoric (Routledge, 2014), Loving God with Your Mind: Essays in Honor of J. P. Moreland (Moody, 2014), and The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind (Crossway, 2007). He is currently working on the metaphysics of creation as well as a book on ideas and the gospel.

Dr. Gould was on staff with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 16 years prior to joining Southwestern Seminary, and is a frequent speaker at universities around the country on issues related to philosophy and apologetics. He has a Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology and a PhD in Philosophy from Purdue University. He is married to Ethel and has four children. When he’s not reading philosophy or theology books, you can find him spending time with his family, running, or watching a good movie. You can explore his website at www.paul-gould.com, where he regularly blogs about a brilliant and beautiful Christ.

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Travis Dickinson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christian Apologetics

Since I grew up in New Jersey, I decided to attend Alaska Bible College (BA in Education, 1999). Alaska was really cold, so I thawed a little in teaching High School classes in Bible and mathematics from 1999-2004 in Denver, CO. There is no ocean in Colorado, so I began my graduate work at Biola University (MA in Christian Apologetics, 2003) in southern California with the intent to pursue graduate work in World Religions. Upon finding myself gripped more by the philosophical questions underlying the religious ones, I returned to Biola (this time Biola’s seminary, Talbot School of Theology) for their philosophy program (MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, 2006). I had not completely solved any philosophical problems so I pursued answers at the University of Iowa (MA and PhD in Philosophy, 2011). I am currently working on answers to these questions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

I teach in both the College and the School of Theology. At the college, I teach the humanities seminars, exploring the great books, as well as courses in philosophy and apologetics.In the School of Theology, I teach philosophy and apologetics. Here we offer a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics and a PhD in Philosophy of Religion. I love to challenge students to think hard and to do so with care. I’m convinced that pursuing truth and thinking well can be an act of worship as we love God with our minds.

My scholarly research interests center on epistemology and philosophy of religion (and all related areas!). I get the privilege to regularly speak at churches and conferences and I contribute articles to www.theologicalmatters.com. I once had some hobbies but now I spend most of my time exploring the good life with my wife and four children. We are members at First Baptist Church of Burleson and stay excited for what God is doing in and through this congregation.

R. Keith Loftin, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities

Dr. R. Keith Loftin is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, teaching both in the department’s graduate programs in philosophy through Southwestern Seminary as well as in Scarborough College’s great books program. Beyond the B.A. in Biblical Studies, he holds an M.A. in Humanities (University of Dallas, 2008), an M.A. in Philosophy (LSU, 2009), the Th.M. in Systematic Theology (SWBTS, 2016), and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Aberdeen (2014). His research interests are primarily in the philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. In addition to various articles, Dr. Loftin is the editor or co-editor of God and Morality: Four Views (IVP, 2012), Christian Physicalism? Philosophical Theological Critiques (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and Work in Christian Perspective: Theological Foundations and Practical Implications (SCM, 2018). He is a frequent speaker at camps, churches, and conferences—a ministry he thoroughly enjoys. Dr. Loftin is the undisputed coolest member of the department.* He and his wife, Julie, have a one–year old son.