Joseph D. Wooddell

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy
Joseph D. Wooddell 214.818.1336

Education

  • 2005 Ph.D. (Philosophy of Religion), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    – Dissertation: “Aesthetic Christian Apologetics”
  • 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 of 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

  • 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 Undergraduate Assistant (for Dr. Sandy Matthes, Music Theory), Liberty University.

Interim/Transitional Pastor:

  • Hopewell Baptist Church, Alvord, TX
  • Trinity Baptist Church, Boyd, TX
  • Sycamore Baptist Church, Decatur, TX
  • Calvary Baptist Church, Hamilton, TX
  • Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX

Ministry (Non-Academic)

  • 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

  • Gary M. Burge, Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2015), Criswell Theological Review, 14:1 (Fall 2016), 112-115.
  • 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

  • “Reflections on Hans Rookmaaker’s Modern Art and the Death of a Culture and Anderson and Dyrness’s Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism,” presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 16-18, 2016.
  • “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

  • Blog contributor: For Christ and Culture
  • Radio contributor: Coffee with Creamer (90.9 KCBI)
  • President: Tarrant County Association of Christian Scouting
    • Chaplain: Scout Troop 514, Southlake, TX
  • 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
  • Critical Thinking
  • 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
    – Presented at Acton University
    – Attended Acton University
    – Judged the Acton Essay Competition
    – Attended “Acton and Tocqueville” joint conference with the Liberty Fund
    – Attended “Towards a Free and Virtuous Society” conference
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
    – Served as Chairman, Southwest Region
    – Served as Vice Chairman (Program Chair), Southwest Region
  • Evangelical Theological Society
    – Served as Chairman, Southwest Region
    – Served as Vice Chairman (Program Chair), Southwest Region
  • Institute for Humane Studies
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)