SWBTS Philosophy

2019/2020 Philosophy Course Offerings

Fall 2019 Graduate 

  • Analytic Theology
  • Cultural Apologetics
  • Epistemology
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Christian Faith and Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • PhD Research Seminar: God and Time
  • PhD Reading Seminar

Spring 2020 Graduate 

  • Advanced Philosophical Topics: God and Evil
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Intermediate Logic
  • Ethical Theory
  • Apologetics Research Seminar
  • PhD Research Seminar: Religious Epistemology
  • PhD Reading Seminar

2018/2019 SWBTS Philosophy Course Offerings

Fall 2018 Graduate:

  • Advanced Seminar: The Metaphysics of Classical Christian Theism 
  • Philosophy of Mind 
  • PhD Research Seminar: Mind and Persons 
  • PhD Reading Seminar: God Truine and Incarnate 

Fall 2018 Undergraduate:

  • Political Philosophy 
  • Logic I
  • Philosophical Anthropology

Winter 2019Christian Apologetics (Graduate/Undergraduate)

Spring 2019 Graduate

  • Historical Seminar: The Philosophical Theology of Anselm of Canterbury 
  • PhD Resarch Seminar: Theistic Foundations of Morality
  • PhD Reading Seminar
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Christian Apologetics

Spring 2019 Undergraduate

  • Logic II
  • Philosophy of Religion

Summer 2019: History of Philosophy (Graduate/Undergraduate)


Philosophy Faculty


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Ross D. Inman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy  (School of Theology)

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. 

Dr. Inman is married to his high school sweetheart, Suzanne, and are both natives of San Diego. Together they have the joy of raising their two boys, Hudson and Declan. When he’s not engaged in teaching and writing about the big ideas, he enjoys traveling, hiking, running, coffee, reading dead theologians, and spending precious time with his family and learning to become a better husband, father, and more faithful follower and student of Jesus of Nazareth. 



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Travis Dickinson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christian Apologetics (Scarborough College)

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.


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R. Keith Loftin, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanities (Scarborough College)

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.