Serving God As A Christian Philosopher
I am thankful to God for the opportunities I have had as a Christian philosopher, which far exceed any dreams I had as an undergraduate at Wheaton. Before taking up my current positions at Baylor University, the University of St. Andrews, and Australian Catholic University, I taught at Wheaton, St. Olaf College, and at Calvin College. I have published more than 20 books, received major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pew Charitable Trust, and also have been privileged to serve as president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Kierkegaard Society of North America.
None of this would have been possible without my Wheaton education. First of all, Wheaton taught me what philosophy was (a required course in my day) and gave me a love for philosophy. Wheaton prepared me well for graduate school in philosophy at Yale University. Just as important, Wheaton helped me gain a sense of the value philosophy could have, both intrinsically and for the Church. I acquired a strong sense that I was called to serve God as a Christian philosopher, and I gained an understanding of what this might mean through such Wheaton faculty as Arthur Holmes and Stuart Hackett.