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Jerry L. Walls, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame
Jerry L. Walls is the co-author (with David Baggett) of the 2011 book, Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality (Oxford University Press). His engaging, energetic lectures make him a student favorite, and his lively debates outside the classroom help students learn to think and communicate Christianly on a variety of topics. For many years, Jerry taught at Asbury Theological Seminary and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He has authored and edited nearly a dozen books and has been a contributor to almost 20 others. Jerry has published a pair of books that make a philosophical defense of Christian views on the afterlife, Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy and Hell: The Logic of Damnation, and the third in the trilogy, Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation is forthcoming this fall. He is also an editor of a volume in the prestigious Oxford Handbook series, The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology. Two of his other books explore the thought of C.S. Lewis, C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer (with Scott Burson) and The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (with Gregory Bassham). Not merely a cut and dry philosopher, Jerry also won a national poetry contest in his college years, and in 2009, he published his first book of poetry Who Watch For The Morning. When he is not writing books, Jerry serves as a guest lecturer or avid sports fan.