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Joseph D. Wooddell

Joseph D. Wooddell

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information

Office:  214.818.1336
jdwooddell@criswell.edu

Education

  • 2005 Ph.D. (Philosophy of Religion), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    - Dissertation: "Aesthetic Christian Apologetics"; Director: Douglas K. Blount
  • 2013 M.A. (Political Science), University of Texas-Arlington
  • 1996 M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1993 B.S. (Music), Liberty University

Employment

Academic Administration

  • 2014-Present Vice President for Academic Affairs

Full-time Teaching

  • 2013-Present Professor of Philosophy, Criswell College
    - Academic Cabinet: 2005-Present
    - Director of Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE): 2013-2014
  • 2008-2013 Associate Professor of Philosophy, Criswell College
    - Director of Philosophical Studies: 2004-2013
  • 2004-2008 Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Criswell College
    - Curriculum Revision Committee: 2004-2007
    - Student Life Committee (including discipline issues): 2004-2006

Adjunct Teaching

  • Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA. Online
  • University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. Guest lecturer
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY: Springdale, AR campus
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX (Including internet and video conference)
  • Criswell College, Dallas, TX
  • Tarleton State University (part of the Texas A&M University System), Stephenville, TX
  • Tarrant County College (Southeast campus), Arlington, TX (Including team-teaching (lead teacher) in honors program)
  • Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX
  • Focus on the Family Institute, Colorado Springs, CO (Elective, non-paid)
  • St. George Elementary School, Ft. Worth, TX
    Music teacher

Other Academic Employment

  • 2011-2013 Graduate Assistant (Political Science), University of Texas-Arlington
  • 2002 (Fall) Graduate Assistant (for Dr. Doug Blount, Philosophy), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • 1998 (Fall) Graduate Assistant (for Dr. Calvin Miller, Pastoral Ministry), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • 1992-1993 Teaching Assistant (for Dr. Sandy Matthes, Music Theory), Liberty University.

Ministry (Non-Academic)

  • 2009 (Jan.-May) Interim Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Hamilton, TX
  • 2008 (July-Dec.) Interim Pastor, Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX
  • 1999-2002 Minister of Youth / Adult Discipleship, Lakeview Fellowship, Ft. Worth, TX
  • 1998-1999 Resident Director, Texas Wesleyan University, Ft. Worth, TX
  • 1997-1998 Minister of Discipleship / College & Career / Singles, Heart of the Springs Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO
  • 1993-1997 Minister of Worship, Lakeview Fellowship, Ft. Worth, TX
  • 1991-1993 Resident Assistant, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
  • 1992-1993  Internships: Music and Youth Ministry, Heart of the Springs Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO

Scholarship

Books

  • The Beauty of the Faith: Using Aesthetics for Christian Apologetics. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011.
  • The Baptist Faith and Message 2000: Critical Issues in America's Largest Protestant Denomination. Co-edited with Douglas K. Blount.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

Articles

  • “Christianity and Economics,” Criswell Theological Review 11:2 (Spring 2014), (3-16).
  • “Aesthetic Messianic Apologetics,” Mishkan 68 (2011), 11-22.
  • "Jonathan Edwards, Beauty, and Apologetics," Criswell Theological Review 5:1 (Fall 2007), (81-95).
  • "Article I: Scripture," in The Baptist Faith and Message 2000: Critical Issues, ed. Doug Blount and Joe Wooddell (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Reviews

  • J. P. Moreland, Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007), Criswell Theological Review 6:2 (Spring 2009), 112-115.
  • Garrett J. DeWeese and J. P. Moreland, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner's Guide to Life's Big Questions (InterVarsity: Downers Grove, IL, 2005), Criswell Theological Review 4:1 (Fall 2006), 89-92.
  • George MacDonald, Your Life in Christ: The Nature of God and His Work in Human Hearts, ed. Michael Phillips (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2005), Criswell Theological Review 3:2 (Spring 2006), 110-115.
  • Robert K. Johnston, Reel Spirituality: Theology and Film in Dialogue (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000), Philosophia Christi 5:2 (2003), 667-9.

Presentations

  • “Information and Truth: How Relativism Corrupts Public Discussion of Social and Economic Questions,” presented at the Western Political Science Association, April 17-19, 2014.
  • "Gustation, Olfaction, and Theological Aesthetics,” presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 19-21, 2013.
  • “Truth With a Capital ‘T’: Does It Really Matter?” presented at the Acton Institute’s “Acton University,” June 18-22, 2013.
  • “C. S. Lewis on Caring for Creation,” presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 13-16, 2012.
  • “The Failure of Science as the Foundation for Political Science,” presented at the Midwest Political Science Association, April 11-15, 2012.
  • “Proclaiming ‘No Other Name’ in an Urban, Chinese University Setting,” presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 15-18, 2011,
  • “Why Pluralism Fails,” presented at the University of North Texas “One O-Clock Lounge” in conjunction with Denton Bible Church’s college ministry, April 5, 2011.
  • "Beauty: Objective or Subjective?  A Foundation for Apologetics," presented at the national meeting of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, April 23-24, 2010.
  • "The Value of Philosophy for Ministry," to be presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 18-20, 2009.
  • "The Inevitability of Being an Epistemological Foundationalist and Coherentist," presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 19-21, 2008.
  • "Christian Artists and Art Critics: The Apologetic Value of Evangelical Involvement," presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, November 13-16, 2007.
  • "Beauty in the Pulpit: The Aesthetic Apologetic Value of Preacher and Sermon," presented at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 23-24, 2007.
  • "Should Christians Who Hold Public Office Compromise Their Ideals?" presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 15-17, 2006.
  • "Beauty: Objective or Subjective?" presented at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 24-25, 2006.
  • "Jonathan Edwards, Beauty, and Apologetics," presented at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society," March 11-12, 2005.
  • "Jesus As The Criterion For Interpreting Scripture: Analysis and Critique," presented at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, March 21-22, 2003.
  • "A Beautiful Life: An Essay On Apologetic Method," presented at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, March 1-2, 2002.

Significant Activities of Service

To the College

  • Director of PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)

  • Curriculum Expansion Committee

  • Faculty Handbook revisions

  • Academic Cabinet

  • Director of Philosophical Studies

  • Curriculum Revision Committee

  • Student Life Committee (including discipline issues)

To the Community

  • Radio and Blog contributor: “For Christ and Culture”
  • Short-term international ministry trips to Turkey, China, Ukraine, and Mexico
  • Supply preaching, music ministry, and Sunday School teaching
  • U.S. Army (aircraft hydraulics repair): active duty 1986 – 1989. Honorable discharge.

To the Professional Discipline

  • Has taught both on-line courses and video-conference courses

Ministerial Qualifications

  • 1997 Ordained, Heart of the Springs Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO 
  • 1992 Licensed, Heart of the Springs Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO

Teaching

Graduate

Ethics, Economics, and Natural Law

Philosophy of Religion

Introduction to Logic

Moral Philosophy

Faith and Reason

Philosophical Hermeneutics

Philosophy of Language

Mind and Body

Christian Apologetics

Topics, Divisions, and History of Philosophy (various)

Spiritual Formation

Introduction to Theology

Systematic Theology I, II, and III

Undergraduate

Ethics, Economics, and Natural Law

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Ethics

Metaphysics

Epistemology

Integration of Philosophy and Theology

Biblical Hermeneutics

Advanced Studies: Topics, Divisions, and History of Philosophy (various)

History of Thought from the Pre-Socratics to the Enlightenment

Professional Memberships

  • Acton Institute
    - Speaker at Acton University (June 2013)
    - Attended Acton University as a Kern Fellow (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
    - Judged the Acton Essay Competition (2005)
    - Attended "Acton University" (2004)
    - Attended "Acton and Tocqueville" joint conference with the Liberty Fund (2003)
    - Attended "Towards a Free and Virtuous Society" conference (2002)
  • American Political Science Association
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
    - Chairman, Southwest Region (2009-2010 academic year)
    - Vice Chairman (Program Chair), Southwest Region (2008-2009 academic year)
    - Chairman, Southwest Region (2007-2008 academic year)
  • Evangelical Theological Society
    - Chairman, Southwest Region (2009-2010 academic year)
    - Vice Chairman (Program Chair), Southwest Region (2008-2009 academic year)
  • Institute for Humane Studies
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • International Society of Christian Apologetics
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)