Curriculum Vitae

James S. Spiegel, Ph.D.

Taylor University
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989

Wolgemuth & Associates, Inc.
8600 Crestgate Circle
Orlando, FL 32819

Personal Background

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


  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan, 1993. Philosophy.
    Major area: History of Modern Philosophy; Minor area: Ethics
    Dissertation: The Apologetics of George Berkeley, Charles McCracken, director
  • M.A., University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1988. Philosophy.
    Thesis: “The Complex Nature of Evaluative Terms in Some of Their Uses”
  • B.S., Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, 1985. Biology (cum laude).

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

  • Regular Courses: Introduction to Philosophy, History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, History of Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Moral Issues, Principles of Ethics, Aesthetics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Religion, American Philosophy
  • Other Courses: Introduction to Logic, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Feminist Philosophy, Existentialism, Philosophy in Literature, History of Baseball in America



  • The Love of Wisdom: A Christian Introduction to Philosophy, co-authored with Steve Cowan (Broadman and Holman, 2009)
  • Gum, Geckos, and God: A Family’s Adventure in Space, Time, and Faith (Zondervan Press, 2008)
  • Faith, Film, and Philosophy: Christian Reflections on Contemporary Film, co-edited with Doug 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 (KregelPress, 2004)
  • Hipocrisia: Problemas Morais e Outros Vicios, translated by Luiz Felipe Coimbra Ribeiro (Textus Press, 2002)
  • Hypocrisy: Moral Fraud and Other Vices (Baker Books, 1999)

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews:

  • “Dialogue and Disagreement After 9/11″ (co-authored with Ryan Pflum), a chapter in The Impact of 9-11: The Day that Changed Everything? (Palgrave Macmillan Press, forthcoming in 2009)
  • “To Do the Good is to Know It: The Virtue of Wisdom,” a chapter in Participating in the Divine Nature (Eerdmans, 2009)
  • “Descartes,” “Fasting,” “Fruit of the Spirit,” “Original Sin,” “George Berkeley,” “Divine Providence,” “Virtue,” “Openness Theology,” and “Hypocrisy,” articles in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (2008)
  • “What Would Have Been and What Could Be: Counterfactuals in It’s a Wonderful Life and Run Lola Run,” a chapter in Faith, Film and Philosophy (InterVarsity, 2007)
  • “Getting Better: The Beatles and Virtue Ethics,” a chapter in The Beatles and Philosophy (Open Court, 2006)
  • Review of The Beauty of the Infinite, (by David Bentley Hart), Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Winter, 2006)
  • “With God (and Augustine and Socrates) on Our Side,” a chapter in Bob Dylan and Philosophy (Open Court, 2005)
  • “Theistic Evolution: A Reasonable Compromise?” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2 (May-June, 2005)
  • “To Fight or Not to Fight: Approaching Gay Marriage in the Public Square,” The Other Journal (2004)
  • “Teaching the Art of Disagreement at the Christian College,” Growth (Spring, 2004)
  • “Good Art and Bad Art: What is the Difference?” Areopagus Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1 (January-February, 2004)
  • Review of Good Eating (by Stephen H. Webb) in Encounter, Vol. 64, No. 3 (Summer, 2003)
  • “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)
  • “Humility as Moral Irony,” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Winter, 2003)
  • “Cinematic Lessons in Christian Theology,” Journal of Religion and Film, Vol. 6, No. 2 (October, 2002)
  • “Does God Take Risks?” chapter in God Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents God (Zondervan Press, 2002)
  • “The Philosophical Theology of Theistic Evolutionism,” Philosophia Christi, Series II, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring, 2002)
  • “Can a Christian be Coherently Both Morally Pro-life and Politically Pro-choice?” Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Fall, 2000)
  • “The Quest for Moral Integrity,” Koinonia (Fall, 2000)
  • Review of On God and Dogs, (by Stephen H. Webb), Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Summer, 1999)
  • “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)
  • Review of A Passion for Wisdom (by R. C. Solomon and K. M. Higgins), Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 21, No. 4 (December, 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)
  • “Socrates: A Messianic Type for the Gentiles,” Philosophia Christi, Series I, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall, 1995)

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