Associated Blog Contributors: Bradley, Setian, Bayless

October 17, 2011

This Fall we launched our team of Associated Blog Contributors at These contributors are alum of J.P. Moreland's, and will seek to write about topics within the range of J.P.'s themes and interest, even extending his discussions in further ways. You can get a sample of some of these contributions by reading the latest  Ryan Bradley, Juliet Setian and Timothy Bayless.

Of Juliet, J.P. has said:

Juliet is a very bright woman with solid educational credentials. I have always been impressed by her steady commitment to Jesus, her values, and her family. She has a depth of reflection and wisdom that is contagious.

In our interview with Juliet, she said that "some major topics I would like to write about are: free will, love, teaching children virtues through stories, philosophy of education." Juliet also said that "One of my interests is reading and thinking about literature philosophically.  Here I’m always learning from Martha Nussbaum and Eleonore Stump." With joy, you can expect Dostoveysky and Kierkegaard to show-up in her writings. See her latest post, "An Empty Self in Dostoveysky."

Of Tim Bayless, J.P. has said:

Tim is a very good friend who was one of my best students. He has a fiery passion for life and the things of God, and he combines faithfulness and a good sense of humor into a pleasant way of being present to others.

In our interview with Tim, he said that some of his topics that he'd like to write about include "philosophical and theological topics of any sort, apologetics, the nature of public discourse, and maybe something on a Christian view of economics from time to time ..." Not surprising, Tim enjoys "reading widely, but my interests primarily focus around the areas of my graduate training, which has been, broadly speaking, in philosophy and theology. One sub-field of philosophy that I have studied in a bit more depth is the nature of conscious experience." Tim has thought a lot about the nature of what it means to "experience God," for example. Tim also has a knack for articulating "big ideas" for a broad readership. His latest post on how to spot the genetic fallacy is one such example.

Of Ryan Bradley, J.P. has said:

Ryan is a warm, inviting brother who is unique in combining philosophical rigor and insight with broad, deep learning and practice in spiritual formation and its literature.

In our interview with Ryan, he said that he plans to blog about "spiritual formation, both as a ministry and as an important movement in the evangelical world over the last few decades." His graduate training and ministry leadership experience has resourced him with valuable perspective. "My primary academic field is spiritual theology," he says, "which I describe as the place where theology as a normative field (who is God?) and spirituality as a descriptive field (what is our religious experience?) overlap." His latest blog post, "Going for a Walk with Universals," is a helpful example of how philosophy, spiritual formation, and autobiography converge together.

We look forward to more from Ryan, Juliet and Tim, and we look forward to launching other alum as Associated Blog Contributors in this space.

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