James Spiegel

Dr. Jim Spiegel

James Spiegel

Professor of Philosophy & Religion

Office Location: Ayres 103
Phone: (765) 998-5278
Email: jmspiegel@tayloru.edu

Specialties: aesthetics, apologetics, ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, popular culture


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James S. Spiegel, Ph.D.

Taylor University
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989
Phone: (765) 998-5278
Fax: (765) 998-4930

Personal Background

Born: July 26, 1963
Spouse: Amy Spiegel
Children: Bailey, Samuel, Magdalene, and Andrew


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, 1993.
  • Dissertation: The Apologetics of George Berkeley, Charles McCracken, director
  • M.A., Philosophy, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, 1988.
  • B.S., Biology, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS, 1985.

Teaching Positions

  • Taylor University, Professor of Philosophy and Religion (2003-present)
  • Taylor University, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion (1998-2003)
  • Taylor University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion (1993-1998)
  • Moorhead State University, Instructor of Philosophy (1992-1993)

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Logic
  • History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Principles of Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Contemporary Christian Belief
  • Epistemology
  • American Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy in Literature
  • Phenomenology of Religion
  • Philosophy of the Afterlife
  • History of Baseball in America

Professional Scholarly Organizations—Past and Present

  • American Philosophical Association
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • Association of Practical and Professional Ethics
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • International Berkeley Society
  • Society of Christian Philosophers

Blog and Website


  • Idealism and Christianity, Vol. 1: Idealism and Christian Theology, co-edited with
  • Joshua Farris and S. Mark Hamilton (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)
  • Idealism and Christianity, Vol. 2: Idealism and Christian Philosophy, co-edited with
  • Steven B. Cowan (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)
  • Philosophy: Faithful Learning (P&R Publications, 2014)
  • The Making of An Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief (Moody Publications,
  • 2010)
  • The Love of Wisdom: A Christian Introduction to Philosophy, co-authored with Steven
  • B. Cowan (B&H Press, 2009)
  • Gum, Geckos, and God: A Family’s Adventure in Space, Time, and Faith (Zondervan Press, 2008) [Audio edition, 2009; Korean edition, translated by Seon-gyu Gang
  • (Sallim Publishing Co., 2010)]
  • Faith, Film, and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen, co-edited with R. Douglas
  • Geivett (InterVarsity Press, 2007)
  • The Benefits of Providence: A New Look at Divine Sovereignty (Crossway Books, 2005)
  • How to be Good in a World Gone Bad: Living a Life of Christian Virtue (Kregel Press, 2004)
  • Hypocrisy: Moral Fraud and Other Vices (Baker Books, 1999) [Portuguese edition,
  • translated by Luiz Felipe Coimbra Ribeiro (Textus Press, 2002)]
Book Chapters:
  • Cultivating Self Control,” in Cultivating Christian Virtue, edited by Michael W.
  • Austin (Publisher TBD)
  • The Sexual Pluralist Revolution: Reasons to be Skeptical” in Venus and Virtue, edited
  • by Jerry Walls, Jeremy Neill, and David Baggett (Wipf and Stock, forthcoming in
  • 2017)
  • Gospel Nakedness in Marriage: From Sin and Shame to Relational Wholeness,”
  • Theology of Marriage (Moody Press, forthcoming in 2017)
  • Immaterialism as a Boon to Faith: Berkeley and Christian Theology” in Christianity
  • and the Modern Philosophers (Zondervan, forthcoming)
  • Idealism and the Reasonableness of Theism” in Idealism and Christian Philosophy
  • (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)
  • The Theological Orthodoxy of Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” Idealism and Christian
  • Philosophy (Bloomsbury Press, 2016); originally published in Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 13, No. 2 (April, 1996)
  • The Philosophical Case for Conditionalism” in A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell
  • and Immortality (Pickwick Publications, 2015)
  • The Irenaean Soul-Making Theodicy” in God and Evil: The Case for God in a World
  • Filled with Pain (InterVarsity, 2013)
  • Augustine, Evolution, and Scientific Methodology” in Augustine and Science
  • (Lexington, 2013)
  • The Virtue of Wisdom” in Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life
  • (Eerdmans, 2011)
  • Berkeley’s Immaterialism” an introductory note in Themes in Ancient and Modern
  • Philosophy (Kendall-Hunt, 2009)
  • Dialogue and Disagreement After 9/11” (co-authored with Ryan Pflum) in The Impact
  • of 9/11 on Religion and Philosophy: The Day that Changed Everything? (Palgrave
  • Macmillan, 2009)
  • What Would Have Been and What Could Be: Counterfactuals in It’s a Wonderful
  • Life and Run Lola Run” in Faith, Film and Philosophy (InterVarsity, 2007)
  • Getting Better: The Beatles and Virtue Ethics” in The Beatles and Philosophy
  • (Open Court, 2006)
  • With God (and Augustine and Socrates) on Our Side” in Bob Dylan and Philosophy (Open Court, 2005)
  • Does God Take Risks?” in God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God
  • (Zondervan Press, 2002)
Research Articles:
  • Contest and Indifference: Two Models of Open-minded Inquiry,” Philosophia:
  • Philosophical Quarterly of Israel (June, 2017)
  • Idealism and Christian Philosophy,” Philosophy Compass (February, 2017)
  • Why Same-Sex Marriage is Unjust” Think: Philosophy for Everyone, Vol. 15, No. 43 (June, 2016)
  • Hell and the Problem of Eternal Evil,” Toronto Journal of Theology, Vol. 31, No. 2
  • (Fall, 2015)
  • Annihilation, Everlasting Torment, and Divine Justice,” International Journal of
  • Philosophy and Theology (Routledge Press) (August, 2015)
  • Open-mindedness and Christian Flourishing,” Christian Psychology: A
  • Transdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014)
  • Why Positive Psychology Needs Virtue: A Constructive Response to Hackney,”
  • Christian Psychology: Transdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2014)
  • Moral Heresy,” Philosophia Christi, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter, 2013)
  • Growing Wise: Resources for Nourishing the Supreme Virtue” in “Book
  • Symposium,” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall,
  • 2013)
  • Why Flatulence is Funny,” Think: Philosophy for Everyone, Vol. 12, Issue 35
  • (September, 2013)
  • Open-mindedness and Religious Devotion,” Sophia: International Journal of
  • Philosophy and Traditions, Vol. 52, No. 1 (April, 2012)
  • Open-mindedness and Intellectual Humility,” Theory and Research in Education,
  • Vol. 10, Issue 1 (March, 2012)
  • On Free Will and Soul-Making: Complementary Approaches to the Problem of Evil,”
  • Philosophia Christi, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter, 2011)
  • Teaching the Art of Disagreement at the Christian College,” Growth (Spring, 2004)
  • Humility as Moral Irony,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture,
  • Vol. 6, No. 1 (Winter, 2003)
  • The Philosophical Theology of Theistic Evolutionism,” Philosophia Christi,
  • Series II, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Summer, 2002)
  • Can a Christian be Coherently Both Morally Pro-life and Politically Pro-choice?”
  • Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Fall, 2000)
  • Towards a New Aesthetic Vision for the Christian Liberal Arts College,” Christian
  • Scholar’s Review, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Spring, 1999)
  • The Christian Psychology of George Berkeley,” Journal of Psychology and
  • Christianity, Vol. 17, No. 4 (Winter, 1998)
  • Aesthetics and Worship,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Vol. 2, No. 4
  • (Winter, 1998)
  • A Berkeleyan Approach to the Problem of Induction,” Science and Christian Belief,
  • Vol. 10, No. 1 (April, 1998)
  • The Theological Orthodoxy of Berkeley’s Immaterialism,” Faith and Philosophy,
  • Vol. 13, No. 2 (April, 1996); later republished in Idealism and Christian Philosophy (Bloomsbury Press, 2016)
  • Socrates: A Messianic Type for the Gentiles,” Philosophia Christi, Series I, Vol. 18,
  • No. 2 (Fall, 1995)
Reference Articles:
  • Beauty,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)
  • Determinism,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)
  • Epistemology,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)
  • Extra-terrestrials,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)
  • William James,” Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017)
  • Descartes,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Divine Providence,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Fasting,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Fruit of the Spirit,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • George Berkeley,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Hypocrisy,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Openness Theology,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Virtue,” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
Magazine and Popular Journal Articles:
  • You Gotta Believe: Atheist or Not, You Have More Faith Than You Realize,” Salvo,
  • Vol. 37 (Summer 2016)
  • Dumb Sheep: On the Truth about a Slanderous Accusation,” Touchstone, Vol. 28, No.
  • 3 (May/June, 2015)
  • Case Closed or Mind Open?” The Table, Vol. 4 (Spring, 2015)
  • Taking Philosophy to the Masses: A Review of Philosophy Bites and Philosophy
  • Bites Back,” Books and Culture (July/August, 2014)
  • The Blessing of Forgiveness and Wise Living: Meditations on Psalm 32,” Soul &
  • Spirit (May, 2012)
  • Unreasonable Doubt,” Christianity Today (January, 2011)
  • Righteous Living in an Unrighteous Age,” Taylor Magazine, Vol. 101 (Fall, 2009)
  • Pressure Punctured,” ” in Men of Integrity (September/October, 2009)
  • Mock Humor isn’t the Real Thing” in Men of Integrity (September/October, 2009)
  • More Precious Than Rubies,” in the Christian Counseling Connection Newsletter, Vol. 16, Issue 3 (2009)
  • Gum, Geckos, and God: Talking About Faith with Your Kids” (an interview) in Stand
  • Firm Vol. 14, No. 3 (March, 2009)
  • A Philosophical Case for Mind-Body Dualism,” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 8, issue 6
  • (November/December 2008)
  • Impress Them on Your Children: The Challenge of Teaching Our Kids About God,” K Magazine (November/December, 2008)
  • How to be Good in a World Gone Bad” (an interview) in Stand Firm, Vol. 13, No. 8 (August, 2008)
  • Theistic Evolution: A Reasonable Compromise?” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2
  • (May-June, 2005)
  • Good Art and Bad Art: What is the Difference?” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1
  • (January-February, 2004)
  • The Quest for Moral Integrity,” Koinonia (Fall, 2000)
On-Line Articles:
  • From the Sumerians to Shakespeare to Twain: Why Fart Jokes Never Get Old,” The
  • Conversation (August, 2015)
  • The Light’s Still Burning: A Review of Dylan’s Tempest,” Books and Culture
  • (March, 2013)
  • To Fight or Not to Fight: Approaching Gay Marriage in the Public Square,” The
  • Other Journal (2004)
  • The Theological Aesthetic of American Beauty,” Journal of Religion and Popular
  • Culture, Vol. 4 (Summer, 2003)
  • Advocating for the Devil: Hearing Al-Qaeda’s Case Against the United States,”
  • Journal of Religion and Society, Vol. 5 (2003)
  • Cinematic Lessons in Christian Theology,” Journal of Religion and Film, Vol. 6,
  • No. 2 (October, 2002)
Book Reviews:
  • Review of The Uncontrolling Love of God, (by Thomas Jay Oord), Christian Scholar’s
  • Review (forthcoming in Fall 2017)
  • Review of Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, 5th ed. (edited by Michael
  • Peterson, William Hasker, Bruce Reichenbach, and David Basinger), Teaching
  • Philosophy Vol. 38, No. 4 (December, 2015)
  • Review of The Beauty of the Infinite, (by David Bentley Hart), Christian Scholar’s
  • Review, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 2006)
  • Review of Good Eating (by Stephen H. Webb) Encounter Vol. 64, No. 3 (Summer,
  • 2003)
  • Review of The Puzzle of Evil (by Peter Vardy) Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 22, No. 3
  • (September, 1999)
  • Review of On God and Dogs, (by Stephen H. Webb), Christian Scholar’s Review,
  • Vol. 28, No. 4 (Summer, 1999)
  • Review of A Passion for Wisdom (by R. C. Solomon and K. M. Higgins), Teaching
  • Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 4 (December, 1998)

Professional Duties and Offices

  • Member and principal author on the committee to revise the Taylor statement on human sexuality (2011-12)
  • Planning Committee for the Ray Fitzgerald Lecture Series (2011-present)
  • Director of Planning for EPS-Sponsored Philosophy of Religion Group session at the Central Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (2010-present)
  • Member of the Taylor University Ethics Center Task Force (2010-present)
  • Associate Philosophy Editor, Edification, journal of the Society for Christian Psychology (2010-present)
  • Director, Taylor University Philosophy Program (2008-present)
  • Referee for the journal Philosophia Christi (2002-present)
  • Director, Taylor University Colleagues College (2009)
  • Executive Board Member, Evangelical Philosophical Society (2007-2010)
  • Referee for the journal Christian Scholar’s Review (2007)
  • Executive Committee Member, Society for Christian Psychology (2005-present)
  • Referee for the journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (2004)
  • Selection Committee for the Forman Distinguished Scholar Award (2003-2005)
  • Taylor University Faculty Development & Candidate Interview Committee (2002-2005)
  • Lilly Foundation Vocation 2001 Grant writing committee (2001)
  • Referee for the journal Metaphilosophy (2001)
  • Taylor University Ethics Bowl team coach (2000-present)
  • Director of Honors Program at Taylor University (2000-2002
  • Founder and director of Taylor Faculty Forums (1997-2003)
  • Taylor University Athletic, Financial, and Enrollment Committee (1997-2000)
  • Editor of the “Berkeley Briefs,” newsletter for the International Berkeley Society (1996-2000)
  • Faculty advisor for Mu Kappa, organization for “third culture” students (1994-2002)
  • Co-sponsor of the Chi Alpha Omega Honor Society at Taylor University (1994-1998)
  • Resident scholar, George Berkeley Whitehall Museum, Middletown, RI (July 1996)
  • Served on review committee for the Norton Anthology of Western Philosophy (1996)
  • Taylor University Community Life Committee (1994-96)

Professional Awards

  • Templeton Research Fellowship awarded by the Biola University Center for Christian Thought (Fall, 2014)
  • Forman Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at Taylor University (2011)
  • Finalist for Christianity Today 2010 Book Award for The Making of an Atheist
  • Distinguished Professor Award at Taylor University (2007)
  • Christianity Today 2005 “Award of Merit” for How to be Good in a World Gone Bad
  • Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award at Taylor University (2000)

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