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Professor C. Stephen Evans

Kierkegaard, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Philosophy of the Human Sciences

Welcome to my website. For information about my most recent book, see the link below. Other recent books are listed under 'Published Work.' My CV is linked in the 'Biography' page. See 'Public Appearances' for a comprehensive list of links of all the filmed lectures and interviews on YouTube. For information concerning my current projects, including the Accountability as a Virtue project, see 'Current Projects.' Thank you for visiting.

 

C. Stephen Evans

After graduating from Northside High School in Atlanta, I received my BA from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1969 and my Ph.D. from Yale University in philosophy in 1974 as a Danforth Fellow.  While at Wheaton, I met and married Jan (Walter) Evans in 1969. We will celebrate 50 years of happiness in the fall of 2019. We have three grown children, and two grandchildren. Jan (Ph.D. Michigan State) is Professor of Spanish Literature and Graduate Program Director at Baylor.  She is an expert on Miguel de Unamuno and has published two books on the Spanish philosopher, novelist, and poet.


I am currently University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University (in Waco, Texas), where I have taught since 2001. I also serve as a Professorial Fellow at the Logos Institute for Exegetical and Analytic Theology at the University of St. Andrews. My major areas of research include the philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard, philosophy of religion, virtue ethics, and meta-ethics.  Prior to coming to Baylor, I taught at Wheaton College (1974-84), St. Olaf College (1984-94), where I served as Curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library as well as being a member of the Philosophy Department, and at Calvin College (now Calvln University, 1994-2001), where, besides teaching philosophy, I served three years as Dean for Research and Scholarship and was the inaugural holder of the William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair, the first endowed chair at Calvin.  At Baylor I was named the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year in 2018, the highest teaching award at the university.


My published works include 17 single-authored books as well as five edited volumes. My latest book is a comprehensive history of Western thought, entitled A History of Western Philosophy: From the Pre-Socratics to Post Modernism (IVP Academic Press). My most recent scholarly monographs are God and Moral Obligation (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments (Oxford University Press, 2010).  Other scholarly books include Kierkegaard: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Kierkegaard’s Ethic of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Obligations (Oxford University Press, 2004); The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History  (Oxford University Press, 1996); Passionate Reason: Making Sense of Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments (Indiana University Press, 1992), and Kierkegaard's Fragments and Postscript: The Religious Philosophy of Johannes Climacus (originally published by Humanities Press in 1983; republished by Baylor University Press in 2018). More popular recent works include Why Believe? (Eerdmans); Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics (InterVarsity Press); and Why Christianity Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges (Baker Academic Press).

My Amazon Author Central URL is www.amazon.com/author/cstephenevans.com




 

Published Work

Recent Books and Link to CV

Kierkegaard and Spirituality: Accountability as the Meaning of Human Existence

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A History of Western Philosophy: From the Pre-Socratics to Postmodernism

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Why Christian Faith Still Makes Sense: A Response to Contemporary Challenges

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God and Moral Obligation

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Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments

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Kierkegaard: An Introduction

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Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self: Collected Essays

 

Public Appearances

Filmed Lectures and Podcasts

Kirkegaard on Human Spirituality
Biola University Center for Christian Thought

May 10, 2014 

Should Christians Engage in Natural Theology?
Acadia Divinity College 2012 Hayward Lectures

October 15, 2012

A Natural Signs Approach to Natural Theology
Acadia Divinity College 2012 Hayward Lectures

October 16, 2012

Recognizing and Responding to God’s Self Revelation
Acadia Divinity College 2012 Hayward Lectures

October 17, 2012

Can Faith Have Historical Content Without Being Based on Historical Evidence?
Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology
The University of St. Andrews

2017

The Freedom of Being Held Accountable
The Center for Christian Thought: Mind Your Heart Conference
Biola University

January 31, 2014

C.S. Lewis's Moral Argument for the Existence of God
Baylor University Institute for Religion
Baylor University

November 18, 2013

Are You Your Brain? Human Persons as Embodied Souls
16th Annual Holmer Lecture at MacLaurinCSF

November 4, 2011

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Theological Anthropology: What is the Human Mind?

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Skeptical Theism

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Do Major Religions Worship the Same God?

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Theological Epistemology: Can We know God (Part 2)?

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Is Jesus God?

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: What is Virtue in a Theistic World?

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Sin?

January 5 - June 13, 2026

Closer to Truth Interview Series: Arguing God from Moral Law

January 5 - June 13, 2026

POGOS: Accountability as a Virtue - The Logos Institute Podcast

October 12, 2018

BEYOND Words Radio Interview

September 2, 2019

Why Philosophy Matters

September 19, 2019

 

Current Projects: Accountability as a Virtue

Baylor Institute of Religion and the Templeton Religion Trust

The contemporary world talks constantly about accountability. Citizens want politicians to be accountable. Business executives are held accountable to the shareholders for how they run companies. The lack of accountability is devastating for an organization, whether that be a church, like the Roman Catholic Church that has been roiled by sex abuse scandals and cover-ups, or a school, such as Michigan State University, which has been rocked by the behavior of a physician convicted of sexually abusing gymnasts. This concern for accountability is important and justified. However, most of the talk about accountability focuses on holding people accountable. Often, this amounts simply to punishing someone who has been irresponsible. However, Baylor philosopher C. Stephen Evans, along with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, thinks that it is equally important to think about the importance of accepting accountability. After all, we think punishment is needed precisely in cases where people have tried to evade being accountable. It seems important then to think about what it means to welcome accountability, to recognize that we are all accountable in various ways, and that it is good to embrace being held accountable when certain conditions are present. Evans’ team then proposes to study accountability as a virtue, an excellence that contributes to human flourishing.

Update on Grant Project

POGOS Accountability Podcast

ISR Press Release

 Press Release from Baylor University

 

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