Joshua Farris, PhD

Assistant Professor of Theology

Education

  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of London, Heythrop College
  • Ph.D, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol
  • M.Div, Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A.CM, Missouri Baptist University
  • B.A. Religion and Philosophy, Missouri Baptist University

 

Courses Taught

  • Great Books II
  • Theology and Tradition
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Theological Anthropology (Theology, Apologetics and Philosophy)
  • Systematic Theology
  • Philosophical Theology (Spring 2016)

Teaching Focus

Dr. Farris’s primary teaching focus is theology, great books, theological anthropology, and philosophical theology.

Publications

Books:

Co-Editor with Andrzej Danczak for Sins, Vices and Virtues: Dialectical Tensions in Moral Concepts.  A conference proceeding for Interdisciplinary.net 1st Global Conference “Sins, Vices and Virtues.” (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013)

Co-Editor with Charles Taliaferro for Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology.  (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), print in Hardback and paperback; Hardback ISBN 978-1-4724-1093-1 (March 28, 2015)

Co-Editor with Mark Hamilton (series editor, James Spiegel) for Idealism and Christian Theology. In the Idealism and Christianity series. (Bloomsbury Academic; submitted; forthcoming early 2016)

The Soul of Theological Anthropology: An Exploration in Cartesian Ontology, in the series Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies ISBN 978-1-4724 -3651-1 (Aldershot: Ashgate, submitting Dec. 1, 2015; forthcoming 2016)

Transcription and thorough Introduction with Mark Hamilton, New England Dogmatics: A Systematic Collection of Questions and Answers by Maltby Gelston (1766-1856) (finalizing, under review with Brill; submitting manuscript for publication Summer 2015)

A Brief Introduction to Theological Anthropology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, forthcoming)

Journal Articles and Chapters in Books: 

“An Immaterial Substance View: Imago Dei in Creation and Redemption,” in The Heythrop Journal; DOI: 10.1111/heyj.12274 (2015)

“Considering Souls of the Past for Today: Soul Origins, Anthropology, and Contemporary Theology,” in Neue Zeitschrift fur Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, vol. 57, issue 3 (2015)

“Substance Dualism and Theological Anthropology: A Theological Argument for a Simple view of Persons,” in Philosophy and Theology, vol. 26, issue 2 (Spring 2015)

“A Substantive (Soul) Model of the Imago Dei: A Rich Property View.” Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology ed. by Joshua R. Farris and Charles Taliaferro (March 28, 2015)

“Preface,” “Introduction,” co-written with Charles Taliaferro, Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology ed. by Joshua R. Farris and Charles Taliaferro (March 28, 2015)

“Emergent Creationism: Another Option in the Origin of the Soul Debate,” Religious Studies, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S0034412514000018; vol. 50, no. 3 (2014)

“Discovering God and Soul: A Re-appraisal and Appreciation for Cartesian Natural Theology,” in Philosophia Christi; a part of the Ramified Natural Theology Project, vol. 16, no. 1 (2014), 37-55

“Original Sin, Metaethics, Creationist-Souls: Considering Apophaticism and the Moral Agency of Animals.”  Seductive Concepts: Perspectives on Sins, Vices and Virtues.  (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014)

“Introduction” to Sins, Vices and Virtues: Dialectical Tensions in Moral Concepts. A conference proceeding for Interdisciplinary.net 1st Global Conference “Sins, Vices and Virtues.” (2013)

“Creationist-Souls, Christian Theism and Moral Agency,” Chapter in book for Interdisciplinary.net 1st Global Conference, Sins, Vices and Virtues: Dialectical Tensions in Moral Concepts. (2013)

“A Fresh Consideration of Pure Substance Dualism as the Most Viable Option.” Argument Biannual Philosophical Journal; Kraków, June 2013, volume 3, number 1

“The Soul-Concept: Meaningfully Embrace or Meaningfully Disregard” in Annales Philosophici, issue 4/December 2012 volume

Forthcoming Articles

“Edwardsian Idealism, Imago Dei, and Contemporary Theology,” in Idealism and Christian Theology (Bloomsbury Academic, accepted and forthcoming early 2016)

“Agency/Volition,” in A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia vol. II ed. by Ken Minkema and Adriaan Neele (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, forthcoming 2015)

“Immortality of the Soul,” in A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia vol. 1 ed. by Ken Minkema and Adriaan Neele (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, forthcoming 2015)

“Christianity and the Afterlife,” in The Palgrave Handbook on the Afterlife ed. by Benjamin Matheson and Yujin Nagasawa (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2016)

Popular Talks, Interviews

Radio Interview, A Show of Faith: Religion, Politics and Culture with an Edge on AM 1070 KNTH (http://2521.2.ecatholicwebsites.com) concerning the topic of Trinity School of Theology (trinityschooltheology.net) on September 14, 2014

Talk, “Bless His Heart: Why you not only Ought to Believe in the Soul but you actually do!” at BBC Fort Worth (http://thebibleandbeerconsortium.com) on September 21, 2014

Popular Articles

What’s So Simple about Personal Identity, in Philosophy Now, no. 107 (April/May 2015).

AREN’T SOULS PASSE? Biblical Reflections on Human Nature, in The Table: The Journal of the Biola University Center for Christian Thought for The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology, (August 2015). http://cct.biola.edu/blog/2015/aug/05/arent-souls-passe-biblical-reflections-human-nature/#_edn5

Book Reviews: 

●David Meconi, St. Augustines Theology of Deification in
The Journal of Analytic Theology, vol. 3, May 2015.  http://journalofanalytictheology.com/jat/index.php/jat/article/view/jat.2015-3.091400050018a/270

●John F. Kilner, Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God in Themelios (2015). http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/review/dignity-and-destiny-humanity-in-the-image-of-god

●Oliver Crisp, Deviant Calvinism in Journal of Reformed Theology (2015)

●Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: A Multiple Allegory by Leonard F. Wheat in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Spring 2015)

●Robert Spaemann, Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law in Journal of Reformed Theology, 8.3 (2014)

●Derek R. Nelson, Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed in the Scottish Journal of Reformed Theology, vol. 67 issue 2 (May 2014)

●Jerry L. Walls, Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation in the European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (vol. 6, no. 1, 2014)

●Dominic Robinson, Understanding the “Imago Dei”: The Thought of Barth, von Balthasar and Moltmann in the Scottish Journal of Reformed Theology (vol. 67, no. 3, 2014)

●After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology ed. By Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas Sweeney in Southwestern Journal of Theology vol. 57. No. 1, Fall (2014)

●Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology and Film by Christopher Deacy in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, vol. 25 issue 2 (Summer 2013)

●Oliver Crisp, Retrieving Doctrine in South Western Journal of Theology, vol. 56, no. 1 (2013)

●Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam in Southwestern Journal of Theology, vol. 56, no. 2 (2013)

●Kathryn Tanner, Christ the Key in South Western Journal of Theology (vol. 54 number 2, Spring 2012)

●Personal Identity and the Resurrection ed. By Georg Gasser in the European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (vol. 4, no. 4, winter 2012)

●Charles Taliaferro and Stewart Goetz, Brief History of the Soul in the European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (Vol. 4 No 1 – Spring 2012)

●Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty by Susan A. Ross in The Heythrop Journal (Forthcoming)

●Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed by Marc Cortez in The Heythrop Journal (Forthcoming)

●   Of God and Man: Theology as Anthropology from Irenaeus to Athanasius by M.C. Steenberg in The Heythrop Journal (Forthcoming)

●Andrew Moore (ed.), God, Mind and Knowledge in Faith and Philosophy (Forthcoming July 2015)

●Kent Eilers & Kyle C. Strobel, (eds.), Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Christian Life in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 33/1(Spring 2015)

●Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves, (eds.), Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical and Scientific Perspectives in the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 33/1 (Spring 2015)

●Jerry L. Walls, Purgatory, Heaven, Hell in The Southwestern Journal of Theology (Forthcoming 2015)

●Andrew McGinnis, The Son Beyond the Flesh in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (Forthcoming Fall 2015)

●Mark Johnston, Surviving Death in the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology (forthcoming October 2015)

Additional Information

While at HBU, Dr. Farris has headed up Trinity School of Theology (trinityschooltheology.net), which has partnered with HBU. Trinity School of Theology offers Theological Education for Everyone and promotes public theological forums on emerging issues in the culture. Dr. Farris has been awarded funding by the Read-Tuckwell Foundation to conduct research on issues related to the topic of immortality. He regularly participates in the School of Christian Thought events including colloquia. He is also an interim preacher at Edna Presbyterian Church. He has a few years teaching in theology, philosophy for theologians, and general studies. For more information, visit his academia site https://bristol.academia.edu/JoshuaFarris.
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