Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • The University of Mississippi 1952-1956 B.A.E.
  • Emory University 1956-1959 M.Div.
  • Emory University 1962-1965 Ph.D.

Professional Experience

  • Instructor in Theology, Emory University, 1965
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lambuth College, Jackson, Tennessee, 1965-67
  • Acting Head, Department of Philosophy, Lambuth College, Jackson, Tennessee, 1966-67
  • Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, September 1967-75
  • Graduate Faculty, University of Georgia, 1975-present
  • Associate Professor, University of Georgia, 1976- 1998
  • Undergraduate Coordinator, Religion Dept., University of Georgia, 1980-83
  • Environmental Ethic Certificate Program, University of Georgia, (original faculty) 1983-present
  • Graduate Coordinator, Dept. of Religion, University of Georgia, 1983-1988
  • Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado Summer 1985
  • Environmental Ethics Certificate Program Curriculum Coordinator, University of Georgia, 1989-1992
  • Graduate Coordinator, Religion Dept., University of Georgia, 1994-95
  • Professor, University of Georgia, 1998-present

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society for the Philosophy of Religion
  • Society for the Study of Process Philosophy
  • The Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought

Offices Held

  • Vice-President, Lambuth College Chapter of American Association of University Professors, 1966-67
  • Section Chair, American Academy of Religion, SE in Theology and Philosophy of Religion, 1974-75, 1984-87
  • Vice-President, American Academy of Religion, SE, 1990-91
  • President, American Academy of Religion, SE, 1991-92
  • Executive Committee American Academy of Religion, SE, 1990-93
  • Vice-President, Society for Philosophy of Religion, 1993-94
  • President, Society for Philosophy of Religion, 1994-95
  • Executive Council of the Society for Philosophy of Religion 1990-96
  • Associates of Society for the Philosophy of Religion, 1997-present

Editorial Boards and Consultant for Academic Journals and Academic Presses

  • Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 1980-86
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 1990-present
  • Referee, Process Studies, published by the Center for Process Studies at the School of Theology at Claremont
  • Referee, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, published by the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science
  • Referee, Environmental Ethics, published by the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Texas
  • Referee, Ethics and the Environment, published by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Georgia.
  • Referee, University of Georgia Press
  • Referee, Oxford University Press (England and USA)
  • Referee, Blackwells Publishers Ltd. (England)
  • Referee, Wadsworth Publishing Company (USA)
  • Referee, Mayfield Publishing Company (England and USA)

Teaching Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Lambuth College, Jackson, Tennessee, 1966-67
  • Outstanding Honors Professor, University of Georgia, 1975-76
  • Outstanding Honors Professor, University of Georgia, 1983-84
  • Outstanding Honors Professor, University of Georgia, 1984-85
  • Sandy Beaver Associate Professor of Religion, University of Georgia, 1985-88
  • Mentor in Teaching Improvement Program of OID, University of Georgia, 1989-present
  • Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Georgia, 2002-2003
  • Teaching Academy Class of 2003, University of Georgia

Thesis and Dissertation Committees

MA Thesis Directed in Religion

  • Calvin Forrester, 1989
  • Ted Kalivoda, 1990   
  • Colt Anderson, 1991
  • Donna Elaine Bowman, 1993
  • John J. Colson, 1993
  • Wanda Wilcox, 1995
  • Kelly Dowd, 1996
  • Greg Chad Wilkes, 1996
  • Robert-Paul F. Reynolds, 1996
  • Tammy McGill, 1996
  • Jesse Griffin, 1997
  • Michael Rhodes 1999
  • David Daniel 2001
  • Kime Lawson 2002
  • Brad Downs 2003
  • Eric Covington 2004
  • Lee Ann Pingle 2004
  • Ashley V. Spink 2006
  • David C. McDuffie 2006
  • Jason J. Eaglen 2006
  • Monzer Mansour 2007
  • Chih-Yin Chen 2007
  • Megan Summers 2007

PhD Dissertation Committees 

  • Charles Lewis, Philosophy   
  • Joseph P. Hester, Philosophy
  • Tim Gerbert, Philosophy
  • Carl Miller III, Philosophy
  • Donna Elaine Bowman, Theology
  • (The University of Virginia)
  • Greg Chad Wilkes, Theology
  • (Southern Methodist University)      
  • Joseph Harvey Council, Philosophy
  • Nathan D. Segars, Philosophy
  • Ashley Dunn Sherman, Philosophy
  • Larry Hunt, Comparative Literature
  • David J. Hart, Philosophy
  • Dan Forbes, Philosophy
  • Garrett Manning, Philosophy
  • Susan Crompton, Romance Languages         
  • Greg Reish, Music    
  • Miriam Newton, Philosophy
  • Bryan Baird, Philosophy
  • David Hauselman, Philosophy
  • John Colson, Institute of Higher Education

MA Thesis Committees in Religion

  • Teresa Ann Ingram Howard, 1986   
  • Johnnie Angela Marsingill, 1986      
  • William Lewis Thompson, 1988       
  • James Daniel Emerick, 1990
  • Arthur Gene Linton, 1991
  • Anthony A. Granberry, 1991
  • Marian E. Caudron, 1993
  • Azam Nizamuddin, 1993
  • Kenneth Honerkamp, 1995
  • Lisa M. Sullivan, 1996
  • Thomas M. Owczarzak, 1996
  • David Harrison Horton, 1997
  • Julia Rebecca Blue, 1997
  • Elizabeth Williams, 1999
  • Dina Canup, 2001
  • Debra Scoggins, 2003
  • Katherine Daley, 2004
  • Eric Carlson, 2004
  • David E. Wright
  • Sharon Roy 2005
  • Adam Ware 2007
  • Bryant Gallant 2007
  • Jennifer Schwartzberg 2007
  • Seong-Uk Kim 2007

Other MA Thesis Committees

  • Scott Brown, Philosophy
  • David Horton, Philosophy
  • Xon Hostetter, Philosophy
  • Christian Cotton, Philosophy

Biographical Entries

  • Directory of American Scholars
  • Directory of American Philosophers
  • Who's Who in Religion
  • Who's Who in South and Southwest

Publications

Books, Monographs, etc.

  • The Knowledge of God, the Nature of God, and the Function of Theological Language in the Theology of John Baillie. Emory University Doctoral Dissertation 1965.

Journals Edited

  • International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 31, Nos. 2-3, June 1992.

Chapters or Articles in Books

  • "Linguistic Structure and Theology," Philosophy of Religion and Theology, ed., James Wm. McClendon, Jr. Missoula, Montana: Scholars Press, 1975), pp. 146-159.
  • "Our Experience and Knowledge of God," God: Experience or Origin?, ed., Antonio T. de Nicolas (New York: Paragon House Publishers, 1985), pp. 142-157.
  • "On Divine Perfection," Logic, God and Metaphysics, ed., J.F. Harris (Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992), pp. 59-71.
  • "Peircean Semiotics, Religion, and Theological Realism," New Essays in Religious Naturalism, Vol. II., ed. Creighton Peden (Macon Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1994) pp. 211-223.
  • "The Christian Myth and its Philosophical Interpretation: Some Peircean Musings," eds. Donald A. Crosby and Charley D. Hardwick (New York: Peter Lang: 2000), pp. 288-304.
  • "Myth and Pragmatic Semiotics," Thinking Through Myths: Philosophical Perspectives, ed., Kevin Schilbrack (New York: Routledge, 2002), pp. 65-84.
  • "Philosophy of Religion for a New Century: Introduction," Philosophy of Religion for a New Century: Essays in Honor of Eugene Thomas Long, eds. J. Hackett and J. Wallulis (Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004), pp. 1-15
  • “Ferre Without God,” Nature, Truth, and Value: Exploring the Thinking of Frederick Ferre, eds. George Allan and Merle F. Allshouse (New York: Lexington Books, 2005), pp. 241-254.

Articles

  • "John Baillie: A Mediating Theologian," Union Seminary Quarterly Review, 24, No. 1 (Fall 1968) 47-68.
  • "The Imago Dei and Man Come of Age," Iliff Review, 27, No. 3 (Fall 1970), 35-41.
  • "Descriptive Language and the Term 'God'," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 3, no. 4 (Winter 1972), 223-239.
  • "Interpreting Man's Religions in Academe," Religious Education, 48, No. 6 (Fall 1973), 659-672.
  • "That Cultural Ape Named 'Man'," Encounter, 35, No. 1 (Winter 1974), 36-47.
  • "Symbolic Logic and the Doctrine of the Trinity," Iliff Review, 32, No., 1 (Winter 1975), 35-43.
  • "Fixing Man's Beliefs about God," Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2, No. 2 (Fall 1975), 146-159
  • "Philosophic Logic and Process Theology: The Work of Richard M. Martin," Process Studies, 5, No. 3 (Fall 1975), 204-213.
  • "The Notion of Transcendence and the Problem of Discourse about God," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 43, No. 3 (September 1975), 531-541.
  • "Informative Discourse and Theology," Religious Studies, 12, No. 1 (March 1976), 21-36.
  • "Musings on the Mystery of God," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 7, No. 1 (1976), 300-310.
  • "The Bible, Metaphysics, and Logic: Edmond La B. Cherbonnier and Other Theorists," Cithara, 17, No. 2 (May 1978), 40-51.
  • "Analysis and Theology," Sophia, 17, No. 2 (July 1978), 16-26.
  • "Philosophic Logic and Theology," Iliff Review, 26, No. 1 (Winter 1979), 11-23.
  • "Story and Theory in Christian Theology: Two Levels of Language and Logic," Encounter, 41, No. 1 (Summer 1980), 205-218.
  • "The Christian Story of Creation and Redemption: Heilsgeschichte Reconsidered," Cithara , 21, No. 1 (Fall 1981), 45-57.
  • "The Story of Jesus Christ and Process Theology: Some Reflections," Perspectives in Religious Studies , 11, No. 2 (Summer 1984), 139-151.
  • "The Doctrine of the Trinity and Whitehead's Metaphysics," Encounter, 45, No. 4 (Autumn 1984), 287-302.
  • "Myth, Truth, and Justification in Religion," Religious Studies , 22, Nos. 3 and 4 (September/December 1986), 447-458.
  • "Homo Religiosus : From a Semiotic Point of View," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 21, No. 2 (1987), 65-81.
  • "Literal and Metaphorical Uses of Discourse in the Representation of God," The Thomist, 52, No. 4 (October 1988), 627-644
  • "Myth, Truth, and Knowledge in the Discourse of Religion," Dialogue and Alliance, 1, No. 4 (Winter 1988), 23-32.
  • "Ontological Arguments for Satan and Other Evil Beings," Dialogue, XXXI (1992), 667-76.
  • "Religious Experience and the Christian Experience of God," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 31, Nos. 1-2 (1992), 177-186.
  • "On Divine Perfection," Anglican Theological Review, LXXV, No. 1 (Winter 1993), 34-47.
  • "Our Knowledge of God," Perspectives in Religious Studies, 21, No. 3(Fall 1994), 231-243.
  • "Divine Poeisis and Abstract Entities," Religious Studies, 30, No. 3(September 1994), 335-341.
  • "Imago Dei - Imatitio Dei," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 42, No. 3 (1997), 131-141.
  • “Existential-Hayatological Thieism,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 61, No. 3 (June 2007), 181-198.
  • "Existential faith and biblical philosophy," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (in press).

Reviews

  • Language and Natural Theology by Bowman L. Clarke, Journal of American Academy of Religion , XXXVI (June 1968), 167-169.
  • A Theology of Things by Conrad Bonifazi, Journal of American Academy of Religion , XXXVI (September 1968), 279-280.
  • I Believe by Helmut Thielicke, Encounter, Vol. 30, No. 4 (Fall 1969), 392-393.
  • Christian Reality and Appearance by John A. Mackay, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion , Vol. II, No. 1 (Spring 1971), 58-59.
  • The Ontological Argument of Charles Hartshorne by George L. Goodwin, Journal of American Academy of Religion , XLVIII, No. 2 (June 1980), 297-298. Anselm and Talking About God by G.R. Evans, Journal of American Academy of Religion , XLVIII, No. 2 (June 1980), 298-299.
  • The Christian Story: A Narrative Interpretation of Basic Christian Doctrine by Gabriel Fackre, Journal of American Academy of Religion, XLIX, No. 1 (March 1981), 152-153.
  • Technology, Environment, and Human Values by Ian G. Barbour, Journal of American Academy of Religion , L, No. 1 (March 1982), 151-152.
  • Science and Our Troubled Conscience by J. Robert Nelson, Journal of American Academy of Religion , L, No. 1 (March 1982), 152.
  • Religion and The One by Frederick Copleston, Journal of American Academy of Religion , LI, No. 2 (June 1983), 339-340.
  • The Pedagogy of God's Image: Essays on Symbol and the Religious Imagination Edited by Robert Masson, Journal of American Academy of Religion , LII, No. 2 (June 1984), 411-412.
  • Faith and Reason by Anthony Kenney, Journal of American Academy of Religion , LII, No. 2 (June 1984), 419-420.
  • Transfiguration: Poetic Metaphor and The Language of Religious Belief by Frank Burch Brown, Journal of American Academy of Religion , LIII, No. 1 (March 1985), 160-161.
  • Prospects for Natural Theology, ed. by Eugene Thomas Long, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 35, No.2 (April 1994), 120-121.
  • Word and Spirit, by Ronald L. Hall, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 36, No. 2, (October 1994), 125-126.
  • The Stem of Jesse, by Will D. Campbell, Georgia Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Summer 1995), 68.
  • Boundaries of Our Habitation, by Delwin Brown, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 39, No. 2 (April 1996), 121-123.
  • Together Bound, by Frank G. Kirkpatrick, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 39, No. 3 (June 1996), 189-191.
  • Twentieth-Century Western Philosophy of Religion, by Eugene Thomas Long, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 49, No. 2 (April 2001), 123-126.
  • Analytic Philosophy of Religion by James F. Harris, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 55 (2004), 193-195.
  • Existence and the good: metaphysical necessity in morals and politics by Franklin I. Gamwell, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 71 (2012), 261-265.

Lectures and Papers Presented to Professional Groups

  • "The Imago Dei and Man Come of Age," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, Dallas, Texas, October 17-20, 1968.
  • "On Determining What Can Be Said," respondent to paper by J. W. Steins, American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Columbia, South Carolina, March 28-29, 1969.
  • "That Cultured Ape Named ‘Man'," Southern Society for Philosophy of Religion, Tallahassee, Florida, February 26-28, 1970.
  • "Descriptive Language and the Functions of the Social Sciences, Theology and Philosophy in the Study of Religion," Southern Society for Philosophy of Religion, Durham, North Carolina, February 25-27, 1971.
  • "Descriptive Language and the Term 'God'," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-18, 1972.
  • "Information Discourse and Theology," Society for Philosophy of Religion, Charleston, South Carolina, March 1-3, 1973.
  • "Fixing Our Beliefs About God," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, March 16-17, 1973.
  • "Symbolic Logic and the Doctrine of God in the Nicean Age," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 8-11, 1973.
  • "Musings on the Mystery of God," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Chattanooga, Tennessee, March 15-16, 1974.
  • "The Notion of Transcendence and the Problem of Discourse About God," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, Washington D.C., October 24-27, 1974.
  • "The Bible, Metaphysics, and Logic," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October 1975.
  • "Analysis and Theology," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Nashville, Tennessee, March 1976.
  • "Story and Theology," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 1978.
  • "On Heilsgeschichte: The Story of Creation and Redemption," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, New York, NY, November 1979.
  • "Christology and Process Theory," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1981.
  • Invited participant in a conference on Unification Thought and Process Theology sponsored by Claremont School of Theology at Lake Arrowhead, California, June 20-24, 1982.
  • "The Doctrine of the Trinity and Whitehead's Metaphysics," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1983.
  • "Our Experience and Knowledge of God," Third International God Conference, Puerto Rico, December 30, 1983 - January 4, 1984 and at Society for Philosophy of Religion, Jacksonville, Florida, February 25-18, 1984.
  • "Myth and Truth in the Language of Religion," New ERA Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, January 4-5, 1984.
  • "Berkley's Pantheism," respondent to paper by Michael Levine, Society for Philosophy of Religion, Louisville, Kentucky, March 5-8, 1986.
  • "Literal and Metaphorical Uses of Discourse in the Representation of God," American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 22-25, 1986.
  • "Homo Religiosus: From a Semiotic Point of View," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, March 19-21, 1987.
  • "Religious Experience and the Christian Experience of God," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Macon, GA, March 17-19, 1988.
  • And at an Interdisciplinary Conference on the Epistemic Status of Theistic Belief, Athens, GA, April 14-15, 1988.
  • "On Divine Perfection," First International Conference on Philosophical Theology, Oxford University, August 12-15, 1988.
  • "Ontological Arguments for Satan and Other Evil Beings," American Academy of Religion, SE Region, Atlanta, GA, March 10-12, 1989.
  • "On David Griffin’s View of Process Theology as Empirical, Rational, and Speculative," Process Theology and Methodology at Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, February 23-26, 1989.
  • "Modalism Revisited: Persons and Symbols," respondent to paper by Jane Mary Trau, Society for Philosophy of Religion, New Orleans, LA, March 1-3, 1990.
  • "Peircean Semiotics, Religion, and Theological Realism," Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought, Highlands, NC, June 19-24, 1990
  • and American Academy of Religion, National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 17-20, 1990.
  • "Our Knowledge of God," President Address of American Academy of Religion, SE Region, Atlanta, GA, March 13-15, 1992.
  • "Divine Poeisis and Abstract Entities," presented at SE Region of the American Academy of Religion, Charleston, SC, March 19-21, 1993.
  • "The Unfolding Drama of the Bible and Its Philosophical Interpretation," Presidential Address of the Society for Philosophy of Religion, Hilton Head, SC, Feb. 23-25, 1995.
  • "A Pascalian Rejoinder to the Presumption of Atheism," respondent to paper by R. Douglas Geivett, The Society for Philosophy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, February 29-March 2, 1996.
  • "Imago Dei - Imitatio Dei," presented at SE Region of the American Academy of Religion, Columbia, SC, March 15-17, 1996.
  • Invited participant on a symposium on the History of Philosophy in the South: The Significance of Bowman L. Clarke’s Philosophical Work. Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, March 27, 1997.
  • "The Splendor of Divine Perfection," Society for Philosophy of Religion, Charleston SC, 2-4 March 2000.
  • "Hartshorne’s Significance for Current Research Programs," American Academy of Religion S.E. Atlanta, GA, 10-12 March 2000.
  • "Religious Faith and Pragmatic Semiotics," Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, Highlands, NC, 23-27 June 2000.
  • "Personal Reflections on the Work of Frederick Ferre," Invited Symposium on the Philosophy of Frederick Ferre. American Academy of Religion S.E., Atlanta, Georgia, 8-10 March 2002.
  • "Peircean Abduction and Philosophical Theology," Invited Symposium on the Philosophy of Frederick Ferre. American Academy of Religion S.E., Atlanta, Georgia, 8-10 March 2002.
  • "What Does It mean to be a Christian? An Experiment in Christian Pragmatism: A Response," Society for the Philosophy of Religion, Savannah, Georgia, 21-23 February 2002.
  • "Nietzsche and Christians with Beautiful Feet: A Response." Invited participant for the conference "Philosophy of Religion at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. Columbia, South Carolina, 5-6 April 2002.

Professional and Public Service

  • Served on a variety of University and Departmental Committees
  • Presented a variety of lectures on Religious Studies, Theology and related fields in churches and community related programs in the Athens area and the Southeastern Region.
  • Participant in several programs for educational T.V. in Georgia (WGTV) and South Carolina.
  • Humanist Participant in a variety of symposia, regionally and nationally.
  • Vice-President of Inter-Seminary Movement Atlanta Area, Student Government of Candler School of Theology, 1958-59
  • Associate Director, United Christian Fellowship, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 1959-62
  • Board of Directors of Felton Williams Mission, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 -
  • Served on Credit Evaluation Committee with Vice President for Instruction to evaluate Atlanta Baptist College, 12 January 1969.
  • Interviewer for the Fund for Theological Education and the Black Protestant Theological Fellowship Programs of the Rockefeller Foundation, 1969 -
  • University Council 1973-1976
  • United Fund Board of Athens, 1974-80.
  • Board of Directors of Athens Y.M.C.A., 1974-86.
  • Participant in Georgia Alumni Seminar on Renaissance, Feb. 7-9, 1975.
  • Consultant for the Committee for the Humanities in Georgia, 1975 -
  • Scholarship Board of the University of Georgia Army R.O.T.C., 1976 -
  • Chairperson of Humanities and Fine Arts Subcommittee of University Curriculum Committee, 1976
  • Board of Directors of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, 1980-93
  • Gave the Third Annual Schacht Lecture on "Holistic Education and the Celebration of Life" at Athens Academy, Athens, Georgia, April 8, 1981.
  • Board of Directors of Hope Haven School, 1981-94
  • Board of Trustees of Athens Academy, 1982-87.
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art, 1982-83.
  • Secretary, Board of Directors of Hope Haven School, 1982-84.
  • President, Board of Directors of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art,1983-84, 1987-88.
  • President, Board of Directors of Hope Haven School, 1984-85, 1985-86.
  • Vice-President, Board of Directors of Hope Haven School, 1989-90.
  • Invited participant to Symposium IV, "Diversity and Common Ground in Higher Education." Sponsored by The University Center in Georgia, February 16-17, 1990.
  • Dean's Committee for the Humanities, University of Georgia, 1990-92.
  • Faculty Senate of College of Arts & Sciences, 1990-93
  • Fulbright Scholarship Committee, 1991-92
  • Arts & Sciences Environmental Literacy Board, 1991-93
  • Honors Council, 1992-present
  • Franklin College Outreach Program, 1993-present
  • Arts and Sciences Program Review Team for the Department of Philosophy