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Letter from EPS President Mike Austin

Dear Members of the EPS,

I was just reminiscing about the first time I attended an annual meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. It was held in Colorado Springs, in 2001. I made the drive down with another student in my PhD program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Four of us crammed into a hotel room to save money. I presented a paper on the argument from contingency, at the same time as William Lane Craig was speaking. I think 3 people attended my talk. At the time, the debate about open theism was raging. It was an interesting first conference, to be sure.

A lot has happened since that meeting in the EPS, the church, and the culture. One thing that has remained the same is the commitment of the EPS to our mission:

The mission of the Evangelical Philosophical Society is to glorify God through the faithful practice of philosophy, fostering a deeper understanding of God and the world he created while both encouraging and enabling Christian philosophers to engage philosophical and spiritual issues in the academy, church, and culture.

The work done by EPS members in our journal and online are important parts of our mission and vision, as are the various meetings and conferences we participate in beyond our annual meeting, such as the AAR, ETS, and APA. I’m grateful that we are a society not only of philosophers, but also scholars from related disciplines, pastors, apologists, campus ministers, and laypersons.

I would like to suggest one thing related to our mission and vision, and more importantly our faithfulness to Jesus, whoever we are and wherever we serve. We must be people of character. Not perfect people, but people of increasing Christlike goodness, “little Christs,” as C.S. Lewis so memorably put it. Our character, our relationships with family, friends, and those in our local church, the content and tone of our work and ministry, must exemplify not only boldness, as needed, but also grace, truth, humility, hope, and the fruit of the Spirit, among other things. 

All of this is the fruit of life together with fellow Christians, and of a consistent practice of the spiritual disciplines we find most helpful. When platforms seem more important than principles, when the pursuit of likes on social media undermines our spiritual formation, when protecting our image is more prized than imitating Christ, staying true to our mission and cultivating moral and intellectual virtue in a transformational union with Christ are vital.

Just something to think about as the new academic year begins.

Institutional Journal Subscriptions

If your institution does not subscribe to our journal, please consider requesting that they do so. The Library Print Subscription rate is relatively low, as these things go. You can direct the person responsible for subscriptions here or via the Philosophy Documentation Center for digital only subscriptions (includes access to back issues since 1999!).

Executive Committee Nominations

Also be on the lookout for a call for nominations for new members of the EPS Executive Committee in early October for a vote to be held in late October/early November.

EPS Annual Meeting in San Antonio

I look forward to seeing many of you at our annual meeting this year, November 14-16 in San Antonio (see here for a program draft). It’s always good to see old friends, make new ones, and learn from one another as we follow the Way, together.

A few special events at the meeting to keep in mind as you plan:

EPS Reception

Tuesday 8:30pm – 10:00pm, Lone Star Ballroom Salon C.

EPS Plenary Address

C. Stephen Evans, “Should Christians Accept a Divine Command Theory of Moral Obligations?”

Wednesday 2:10 – 3:00pm, Grand Hyatt, 2nd Floor Lone Star Ballroom DEF

EPS Business Meeting

Thursday 9:45am – 10:45 am, Convention Center Rm. 303A.

Come here what the EPS is up to, share your own thoughts, etc.

Thanks for your work for Christ and his kingdom!


Mike Austin
EPS President

The Substance of Consciousness

In September 2023, Wiley-Blackwell will publish The Substance of Consciousness by Brandon Rickabaugh and J. P. Moreland.

From the publisher’s description:

The Substance of Consciousness delivers a unique and powerful defense of contemporary substance dualism. The book makes the claim that the human person is an embodied fundamental, immaterial, and unifying substance. We offer a multidisciplinary approach, exploring areas of philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, and the sociology of mind-body beliefs. It presents the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and rigorous non-edited work on substance dualism in the field, as well as a detailed history of how property and substance dualism have been presented and evaluated over the last 150 years. Alongside developing new and updated positive arguments for substance dualism, we also discuss key metaphysical notions and distinctions that inform the examination of substance dualism and its alternatives.

Readers will also find:

    • A thorough examination of the recent shift away from standard physicalism and the renaissance of substance dualism.
    • Comprehensive explorations of the likely future of substance dualism in the twenty-first century, including an exhaustive list of proposed research projects for substance dualists.
    • Practical discussion of new and rigorous critiques of significant physicality alternatives, including emergentism and panpsychism.
    • Extensive treatments of philosophy of mind debates about the roles played by staunch/faint-hearted naturalism and theism in establishing or presuming methodology, epistemic priorities, and prior metaphysical commitments.

This unique volume will be perfect for professional philosophers, and also earn a place in the libraries of consciousness researchers, philosophical theologians, and religious studies scholars.

Virtual Conference: Cosmic Mind, Divine Action, and Design-Engaged Theology

Date: April 14th, 10 am (GMT-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada).

Register today!

Goal: This virtual conference draws on intelligent design theory to make the case for a God who cares—and for what that means as humans seek to join God’s redemptive mission in crucial areas of human thinking, responsibility, and life. The conference speakers and participants will center on one unifying question: “What are the implications of Intelligent Design for science-engaged theology?”

Featured Speakers

  • Steve Meyer: Evidence from Cosmology, Physics, and Origin of Life
  • Joshua Farris: Evidence for a Cosmic Mind from individual humans
  • Michael Egnor: Evidence from Neuroscience for Neurotheology
  • J.P. Moreland: The Soul, ID Research and Science-Engaged Theology
  • Charles Taliaferro: Cosmic Mind and Implications for Creation & Vocation

Learn more at

The 2023 Carolina Analytic Theology Workshop


The 2023 Carolina Analytic Theology Workshop will take place from Friday, May 19 – Saturday, May 20.


The 2023 workshop is scheduled to take place on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. 


This is an invite-only workshop that will alternate each year between Anderson University’s Clamp Divinity School (Anderson, SC) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC).

The purpose of the annual workshop is at least three-fold: 


The Workshop’s invite-only nature is designed, in part, so that we have on-hand between 20-30 participants reading and interacting with 8 papers. The four papers a day and restricted number of attendees allows for sustained reflection on the presented research with an intimately sized group of scholars. The vast majority of our attendees will be professional academics, while we also have a few spots reserved for a select group of graduate students, those whom we think would both enjoy and benefit from taking part in the exercise. Invitees will be philosophers, theologians, and biblical scholars. This, we hope, will help cultivate an environment of interdisciplinary engagement.

The papers will be read before the workshop (similar to how the old Logos workshop at Notre Dame was run).  All of these provisions allow for time and space for discussion without the feel of a normal conference, wherein ideas are treated often with a glancing blow rather than sustained thought and reflection. So, we aim genuinely to get new lines of research from scholars wishing to workshop their ideas.

Malik Academic Fellowship with Ratio Christi

In an effort to help fund bright young Christian PhD students entering into the pipeline of secular university academia, we are accepting applications for the Malik Academic Fellowship (MAF). The Malik Academic Fellowship exists to develop a movement of Christian thought leaders in academia by helping fund promising Christian graduate students pursuing academic careers at secular universities.

See the webpage and short video explaining the nature of the MAF at

Call for Papers: 2023 EPS Annual Meeting

The 2023 national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society will be held at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt and the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas from November 14–16. Stephen Evans (Baylor University) will give our plenary address this year entitled, “Should Christians Accept a Divine Command Theory of Moral Obligations?” The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Evangelical Theological Society.

We invite paper submissions or proposals for panel discussions addressing any topic of interest to Christian philosophers. We will be dedicating one morning session (four papers) to the topic of apologetics; so please specify in your submission if you would like to be considered for the apologetics session.

Graduate Student Philosophy Paper Contest

As part of our initiative to help develop graduate student scholarship, the EPS will be awarding a $1000 prize for the best graduate student philosophy paper. In order to be considered for the prize, full papers must be submitted. If you are a graduate student, please indicate this in your submission email so you can be considered for the contest. The final draft of the paper should not exceed 3,200 words. To receive the prize, the author must attend the meeting. If the winning author is unable to attend, the prize will go to the runner-up.

Submissions should include:

  • Author’s name
  • Contact information (at least email)
  • Title of paper
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Time constraints / preferences
    • Days and times you CANNOT read the paper
    • Days and times you would PREFER to read the paper
    • While we will do our best to accommodate your preferences, inflexibility with regard to possible reading times may make your paper more difficult to accept*
  • An abstract of the paper (100-200 words). Strong preference will be shown to submissions including full text of paper.

Deadline and Submission Process:

  • All proposals must be received by April 15, 2023 by the end of the day to be considered.
  • Proposals should be sent as either doc(x) or PDF attachment to:
  • Please indicate whether you are willing to serve as a moderator for EPS sessions.

Guidelines for Presentations

  • Paper should take no more than 25 minutes to read, leaving 10-15 minutes for discussion.
  • Cancellation: Please communicate all cancellations to the moderator of your session. If you need to cancel your presentation and it has already been announced via the conference program, please plan to have a friend or colleague read your paper on your behalf.

Seventh Theistic Ethics Workshop Call for Papers

Seventh Theistic Ethics Workshop

Location: Wake Forest University
Dates: September 7-9, 2023



  • Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State)
  • Ryan Preston-Roedder (Occidental)
  • Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern)
  • Chris Tucker (William & Mary)
  • Patrick Kain (Purdue)

Goal: Contemporary philosophy of religion has been richly informed by important work in metaphysics and epistemology. At the same time, there has not been nearly as much work done at the intersection of philosophy of religion and meta-ethics or normative theory. To help inspire more good work in this area, Christian Miller (Wake Forest), Mark Murphy (Georgetown), and Chris Tucker (William & Mary) have been organizing a series of annual workshops on theistic ethics for a number of years.

Logistics: The seventh workshop will be held at the Graylyn Conference Center at Wake Forest University (, one of the nicest conference facilities in the country. We will begin with dinner and the first paper on Thursday, September 7 and conclude at the end of the day on Saturday, September 9, 2023. There will be five invited papers and four spots for submitted papers. All papers have 40 minutes for presentation and at least 40 minutes for discussion.

Themes: “Theistic ethics” is to be understood broadly to include such topics as divine command and divine will theories, God and natural law, ethics and the problem of evil, moral arguments for a theistic being, infused and acquired virtues, the harms and benefits of theistic religions, specific ethical issues in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, and many other topics as well.

Applying: Those interested in participating should submit an abstract of up to 750 words and a current C.V. to Christian Miller at by June 1, 2023. Word or PDF file formats only. Please prepare abstracts for anonymous review.  For although the organizers seek to have a balanced program both in terms of topics and presenters, the initial stage of review will be done anonymously. Submitters to a previous year’s workshop, whether successful or unsuccessful, are welcome to apply to this year’s workshop.

Questions about the workshop should be sent to Notification will be made by June 17, 2023. If your abstract is selected, we will cover all of your expenses for the workshop, including travel (this includes international travel). Co-authors are welcome, but only one author’s expenses can be covered. You do not have to send your paper in advance of the workshop, and it certainly can be a work in progress.

Supported by generous funding from the Carswell Fund of the Wake Forest University Philosophy Department.

2023 MAPR Scholarship Awards

2023 MAPR Scholarship Awards

With the mission of advancing unique graduate-level philosophical training in the historic Christian tradition, Palm Beach Atlantic University is excited to announce seven competitive scholarship opportunities.

Augustine Scholarship   –   Full Program Tuition – $20,000

    Aquinas Scholarship   –   Half Program Tuition – $10,000

     Anselm Scholarship   –   Quarter Program Tuition – $5,000

We will award 1 Augustine Scholarship, 2 Aquinas Scholarships, and 4 Anselm Scholarships.

These scholarships are for students accepted to the MAPR program (Fall 2023 semester) to study full-time at the PBAU campus in West Palm Beach, Florida.


  • To apply, applicants must:
    • Apply to the MAPR program
    • Submit a high-quality academic essay (approx. 3,000 words) by email (
  • Applicants are not required to have a BA in Philosophy but must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Inquiries should be sent to
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

To learn more, visit:

2023 Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers: Call for Papers

The Baptist Association of Philosophy Teacher’s (BAPT) executive committee is pleased to invite submissions for its nineteenth biennial conference on March 17-19, 2023 at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

Papers on any topic of general interest to the BAPT membership are welcome. Suggestions for panel discussions are also welcome, as are undergraduate submissions.

The submission deadline is February 17. For additional information, including how to register for the meeting, please see here.

Please help promote this event by sharing and posting the BAPT 2023 CFP flyer from the BAPT website or by linking to it.