Joshua R. Farris, PhD (ABD eq)


Office Address: ATWD 1
Phone: (281) 649-3383
Assistant Professor of Theology


  • B.A., Missouri Baptist University
  • M.A.CM, Missouri Baptist University
  • M.Div, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D (ABD; anticipate Fall 2014), University of Bristol

Courses Taught

  • New Testament Survey
  • Old Testament Survey
  • Theology and Tradition
  • Theological Anthropology

Teaching Focus

Mr. Farris's primary teaching is in Theology and New Testament. His area of specialization include Systematic Theology, Analytic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Theological Anthropology.


  1. The Soul of Theological Anthropology, in the series Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies (Aldershot: Ashgate; forthcoming in 2016).
  2. A Brief Introduction to Theological Anthropology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic; forthcoming).
  3.  Co-Editor with Andrzej Danczak for Sins, Vices and Virtues: Dialectical Tensions in Moral Concepts.  A conference proceeding for 1st Global Conference “Sins, Vices and Virtues.” (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013). 
  4. Co-Editor with Charles Taliaferro for Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology.  (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), (forthcoming in 2014).
  5.  Co-Editor with Mark Hamilton for Idealism and Christian Theology. (Bloomsbury Academic; Forthcoming early 2016).

“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). 

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

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

ORIGINAL SIN, METAETHICS, AND MORAL AGENCY: Considering Apophaticism and the Moral Agency of Animals.”  Seductive Concepts: Perspectives on Sins, Vices and Virtues.  (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014). 

“A FRESH CONSIDERATION OF PURE SUBSTANCE DUALISM AS THE MOST VIABLE SUBSTANCE DUALIST OPTION.” (Argument Biannual Philosophical Journal; Krak√≥w, June 2013, volume 3, number 1).  

"A Substantive (Soul) Model of the Imago Dei: Comparing Tanner with an Augustinian view.” Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology. (forthcoming 2014).

 “THE SOUL-CONCEPT: MEANINGFULLY DISREGARD OR MEANINGFULLY EMBRACE” in Annales Philosophici (issue 4/December 2012 volume). 

“Substance Dualism and Theological Anthropology: A Theological Argument for a Simple view of Persons,” in Philosophy and Theology, vol. 26, issue 2 (forthcoming, summer 2014).  

Discovering God and Soul: A Re-Appraisal and Appreciation for Cartesian Natural Theology (Philosophia Christi, vol. 16, no. 1, 2014)

“THE IMAGO DEI AS AN IMMATERIAL SUBSTANCE: Refashioning a Substance view from the Tradition for Contemporary Times,” in The Heythrop Journal (accepted and forthcoming).       

Additional Information

While at HBU, Mr. Farris has headed up Trinity School of Theology (, 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. Mr. Farris has been awarded funding by the Read-Tuckwell Foundation to conduct research on issues related to the topic of immortality. He is also an interim preacher at Edna Presbyterian Church. He has a few years teaching in theology, philosophy for theologians, and general studies.