Philip Tallon, PhD

Philip Tallon


Office Address: ATWD 1 208
Phone: (281) 649-3403
Chair, Department of Apologetics
Assistant Professor of Theology


  • PhD in Theology, University of St. Andrews
  • MA in Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • BA in British and American Literature, University of South Florida

Courses Taught

  • Walking to Piraeus: The Ancient Greek World
  • Faith, Reason & Romance: The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds
  • Film, the Visual Arts, and Apologetics
  • Introduction to Philosophy

Teaching Focus

Dr. Tallon’s primary teaching areas are in Christian theology and theological aesthetics. He is especially interested in the way that the arts can reorient and enrich our understanding of theology and philosophy. He also teaches and writes on issues in apologetics and philosophy. At HBU, he primarily teaches in the Honors College, where he has the pleasure of leading students through classic works of literature, theology, and philosophy. Dr. Tallon also has the honor of serving as chair of the apologetics department.

Research Interests:
  • Christian theology
  • Theology & the arts/culture
  • Apologetics
  • Philosophical theology


  • The Poetics of Evil: Toward an Aesthetic Theodicy. New York:Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. Edited by David Baggett and Philip Tallon. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • “In Defense of The Problem of Pain.” In C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Christianity: For and Against. Edited by Gregory Bassham. Amsterdam: Rodolphi Press, 2015.
  • “Eschatology.” (Co-authored with Jerry L. Walls.) In The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought. Edited by James Beilby and Chad Meister. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Evil and the Cosmic Dance: C. S. Lewis and Beauty’s Place in Theodicy.” In C. S. Lewis as Philosopher. Edited by David Baggett et al. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Academic, 2008.
  • “Pretty, Fair Nonsense: Tolkien’s View of the Arts.” In The Hobbit and Philosophy. Edited by Gregory Bassham. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • “Watsons, Lestrades, Adlers, and Moriartys: An Aristotelian Investigation of the Nature of Friends and Enemies.” In The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. Edited by David Baggett and Philip Tallon. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • “Through a Mirror, Darkly: Art-Horror as Locus for Moral Reflection.” In The Philosophy of Horror. Edited by Thomas Fahy. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010.
  • “Psycho: Horror, Hitchcock, and The Problem of Evil.” In Hitchcock and Philosophy. Edited by David Baggett and Shawn Drumlin. Peru, IL: Open Court, 2007.

In addition, Dr. Tallon is a contributor to the Transpositions blog, maintained by the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts (, and to Seedbed (

Additional Information

Dr. Tallon is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the Wesleyan Theological Society.
Involvement in ministry is important to Dr. Tallon, and he has held a number of full-time positions in youth and college ministry. Most recently, he was the Director of Student Ministries at Christ Church United Methodist, a flagship church in the denomination.
He has a large family, who keep him on his toes. He likes outdoorsy sporting activities that don’t involve the application of game theory (e.g. biking, hiking, camping, running, frisbee, etc.).
His personal website is You can also find him on Twitter (@philiptallon).