Joe Wooddell

Vice President of Advancement and Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Joe Wooddell, Vice President of Advancement and Professor of Philosophy
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • “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).


  • 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


  • 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
  • Political Theory
  • 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 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)
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