Joshua R. Farris, PhD (ABD eq)

Joshua R. Farris

Contact:

Office Address: ATWD 1
Phone: (281) 649-3383

jfarris@hbu.edu
Assistant Professor of Theology

Education

  • 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 areas of specialization include Systematic Theology, Analytic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Theological Anthropology.

Publications

Books:
  1. Transcription and thorough Introduction with Mark Hamilton, New England Dogmatics: A Systematic Collection of Questions and Answers by Maltby Gelston (1766-1856) (forthcoming 2015; under review with Brill).
  2. The Soul of Theological Anthropology, in the series Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology, and Biblical Studies (Aldershot: Ashgate; forthcoming in 2016).
  3. A Brief Introduction to Theological Anthropology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic; forthcoming).
  4.  Co-Editor with Andrzej Danczak for Sins, Vices and Virtues: Dialectical Tensions in Moral Concepts.  A conference proceeding for Interdisciplinary.net 1st Global Conference “Sins, Vices and Virtues.” (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013). 
  5. Co-Editor with Charles Taliaferro for Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology.  (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), (forthcoming in 2014).
  6.  Co-Editor with Mark Hamilton for Idealism and Christian Theology. (Bloomsbury Academic; Forthcoming early 2016).


Articles:
1.    “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). 

2.    “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).

3.    “Discovering God and Soul: A Re-appraisal and Appreciation for Cartesian Theology,” in Philosophia Christi; a part of the Ramified Natural Theology Project (vol. 16, no. 1 (2014): 37-55).

4.     “The Imago Dei as an Immaterial Substance: Refashioning a Substance view from the Tradition for Contemporary Times,” in The Heythrop Journal (accepted and forthcoming).    
 
5.    “A Substantive (Soul) Model of the Imago Dei: Comparing Tanner with an Augustinian view.” Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology. (forthcoming 2014; under contract).

6.    “Preface,” “Introduction,” Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology (forthcoming 2014; under contract)
 
7.    “Introduction” to Sins, Vices and Virtues: Dialectical Tensions in Moral Concepts. A conference proceeding for Interdisciplinary.net 1st Global Conference “Sins, Vices and Virtues.” (2013).

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

9.    “Original Sin, Metaethics, Creationist-Souls: Considering Apophaticism and the Moral Agency of Animals.”  Seductive Concepts: Perspectives on Sins, Vices and Virtues.  (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014). 

10.“A Fresh Consideration of Pure Substance Dualism as the Most Viable Option.” Argument Biannual Philosophical Journal; Kraków, June 2013, volume 3, number 1.   

11. “Agency/Volition,” in A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia vol. II ed. By Ken Minkema and Adriaan Neele (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, forthcoming 2015). 

12.“Immortality of the Soul,” in A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia vol. 1 ed. By Ken Minkema and Adriaan Neele (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, forthcoming 2015).

13.“The Soul-Concept: Meaningfully Embrace or Meaningfully Disregard” in Annales Philosophici (issue 4/December 2012 volume). 



Book Reviews:

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: A Multiple Allegory by Leonard F. Wheat in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Forthcoming). 
 
Screening the Afterlife: Theology, Eschatology and Film by Christopher Deacy in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, vol. 25 issue 2 (Summer 2013).
 
● Oliver Crisp, Retrieving Doctrine in South Western Journal of Theology, vol. 56, no. 1 (2013).
 
● Kathryn Tanner, Christ the Key in South Western Journal of Theology (vol. 54 number 2, Spring 2012)
 
● Charles Taliaferro and Stewart Goetz, Brief History of the Soul in the European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (Vol. 4 No 1 - Spring 2012)
 
Personal Identity and the Resurrection ed. By Georg Gasser European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (vol. 4, no. 4, winter 2012)
 
● Mark Johnston, Surviving Death in International Journal of Philosophy and Theology (Forthcoming)
 
● Derek R. Nelson, Sin: A Guide for the Perplexed in the Scottish Journal of Reformed Theology, vol. 67 issue 2 (May 2014).
 
● Jerry L. Walls, Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation in the European Journal of Philosophy of Religion (vol. 6, no. 1, 2014)
 
● Dominic Robinson, Understanding the “Imago Dei”: The Thought of Barth, von Balthasar and Moltmann in the Scottish Journal of Reformed Theology (vol. 67, no. 3, 2014) 
 
Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty by Susan A. Ross in The Heythrop Journal (Forthcoming)
 
Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed by Marc Cortez in The Heythrop Journal (Forthcoming) 
 
Of God and Man: Theology as Anthropology from Irenaeus to Athanasius by M.C. Steenberg in The Heythrop Journal (Forthcoming)
 
After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology ed. By Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas Sweeney in Southwestern Journal of Theology vol. 57. No. 1, Fall (2014).
 
● Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam in Southwestern Journal of Theology, vol. 56, no. 2 (2013).
 
● Robert Spaemann, Love and the Dignity of Human Life: On Nature and Natural Law in Journal of Reformed Theology, 8.3 (Forthcoming 2014).
 
● Andrew Moore (ed.), God, Mind and Knowledge in Faith and Philosophy (forthcoming).
 


Presentations:

Why Cartesian Substance Dualism? UofB Postgraduate Religious Studies and Theology Conference, March 12, 2011. 
 
Hasker’s Emergent Substance Dualism and the Debate Over Origins, Tyndale House Study Group June 30, 2011.
 
William Hasker and the Origin of the Soul, The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, God, Mind and Knowledge. September 15, 2011(Travel Funding of £250 from the Graduate office at The University of Bristol).
 
Cartesian Substance Dualism, Personal Identity and the Imago Dei; UofB THRS Post-graduate Reading Group Fall 2011.
 
Four Views on the Origin of the Soul, Poster Presentation UofB THRS Postgraduate Annual Conference, “Spreading the Word,” Scheduled on March 9, 2012. 
 
Composite-Self or Cartesian-Self: Origins and Composite or Cartesian Substance Dualism, Paper Presentation UofB THRS Postgraduate Annual Conference, “Spreading the Word,” Scheduled on March 10, 2012.  
 
Creationist-Souls, Original Corruption and Christian Theism, 1st Global Conference 2012 “Sins, Vices and Virtues.” Scheduled on March 18, 2012 (Travel Funding of £350 from the University of Bristol Alumni Foundation). 
 
A Relational, Narrative or Cartesian Self: A Theologically Integrated View of the Soul as Stative and Dynamic; Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Spring Postgraduate Forum on April 23, 2012.
 
● [Analyzing Swinburne’s Notion of Mixed Properties; European Society of Philosophy of Religion in August 2012. Declined for personal reasons]
 
● [Cartesian Theological Anthropology and Ethics; Society for the Study of Christian Ethics conference on “Theological Anthropology,” on September 2012. Declined for personal reasons]
 
Emergent Substance Dualist Christology Tyndale House Study Group Philosophy of Religion July 2012 (Co-presented and co-written with Jonathan Chan). 
 
The Teleological Dimension of the Soul Evangelical Philosophical Society Southwest Conference 2013.
 
The Ontological Union of Body and Soul: One or Two things? American Academy of Religion Southwest Conference 2013.
 
Augustinian Anthropology as Hylomorphism or Immaterialism: Retrieving Augustine for Contemporary Anthropology, International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Thought Sam Houston State University April 5, 2013.
 
A Constructive Exploration of Kathryn Tanner’s Imago Dei with an Augustinian Imago Dei. Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Exploring the Relationship between God and the Soul. Institute of Philosophy and Theological Research; Fort Worth, Texas, September 19, 2014.
 
 Jonathan Edwards’s Idealism, Imago Dei, and Contemporary Theology. Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual 2014 in San Diego, California. 
 


  


Additional Information

While at HBU, Mr. Farris has headed up Trinity School of Theology (trinityschooltheology.net), 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.