Faculty Research  

Bob Doede received his Ph.D. at King's College, University of London and has been teaching Philosophy at TWU since 1995.  His research interests include Embodiment and the constitution of subjectivity; the senses (and in particular vision) and how they condition and constrain language and thought.  Recent publications include:

"Wounded Vision and the Optics of Hope" (w/ Paul Hughes) in Miroslav Volf & Will Katerberg (eds.), The Future of Hope: Essays on Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity, 2004 Eerdmans.

"Polanyi on Language and the Human Way of Being Bodily Mindful in the World," Tradition & Discovery, (2003) Vol. XXX, No. 1.

Grant Havers is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Trinity Western University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought (York University) in 1993. He has taught in the Department of Philosophy at TWU since 1997. Havers has published numerous articles and reviews on American political thought, particularly conservatism. Professor Havers is currently writing a book on Winston Churchill's political philosophy.

Recent publications include:

 Lincoln and the Politics of Christian Love  (U. of Missouri Press, 2009)

"Was Spinoza A Liberal?" Political Science Reviewer 36 (2007).

"Leo Strauss's Influence on George Grant," in Athens And Jerusalem: George Grant's Theology, Philosophy, and Politics, edited by Ian Angus et al. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. Pp. 124-135.

"The Meaning of ‘Neo-Paganism': Rethinking the Relation Between Nature and Freedom," in Humanity at the Turning Point: Rethinking Nature, Culture and Freedom, Sonja Servomaa (ed.) Helsinki: Renvall Institute of Publications. Pp. 159-169.

"Leo Strauss, Willmoore Kendall, and the Meaning of Conservatism," Humanitas, vol. 18, nos. 1-2, pp. 5-25.  [Two scholarly replies in the same issue.)

Myron A. Penner, the most recent addition to the department (2005), and received his  Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University.  He received his MCS in Christianity and Culture from Regent College (Vancouver) in 2001. Myron's primary research areas are epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion but also has interests in ethics, philosophy of science, logic and early modern philosophy. His publications include: 

"Divine Creation and Perfect Goodness in a ‘No Best World' Scenario" International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 59 (2006): 25-47.

"The Pacifist's Burden of Proof,"   Philosophia Christi, Vol. 7:1 (Winter 2005). 


Phillip Wiebe has been teaching at TWU since 1978.  He received his Ph.D. from Adelaide University on a Commonwealth Scholarship to Australia (1970-73).  Dr. Wiebe's areas of expertise include analytic philosophy, philosophy of religion, and religious experience.  He has lectured at Oxford University (1993), Concord College (1997), University of Toronto (2000), Lublin (Poland) Catholic University (April 2002), St. Francis Xavier University (Sept. 2002), University of McGill (2007), and at more than thirty conference or public venues.

Dr. Wiebe's publications include: 


"Existential Assumptions for Aristotelian Logic," The Journal of Philosophical Research 16 (1991): 321-28.

"Authenticating Biblical Reports of Miracles," The Journal of Philosophical Research 18 (1993): 309-25. Reprinted with changes in Robert A. Larmer (ed.), Questions of Miracle, pp. 101-20. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996.

"The Christic Visions of Teresa of Avila," Scottish Journal of Religion 20 (1999): 73-87.

"Critical Reflections on Christic Visions," Journal of Consciousness Studies, Controversies in Science and the Humanities (Special Issue: Cognitive Models and Spiritual Maps. Edited by Jensine Andresen and Robert K. C. Forman), 7(2000): 119-44.

"Visual Experiences and Mental States: Understanding Christic Visions," in From Cells to Souls - and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature, pp. 146-64, ed. Malcolm Jeeves. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

"Degrees of Hallucinatoriness and Christic Visions," Archiv für Religionspsychologie 24 (2004): 201-22.

"Finite Spirits as Theoretical Entities," Religious Studies 40 (2004): 341-50.

"Religious Experience, Cognitive Science, and the Future of Religion," The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, pp. 502-22, ed. Philip Clayton and Zachary Simpson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.


Theism in an Age of Science.  Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1988

Visions of Jesus:  Direct Encounters from the New Testament to Today.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1997  

God  and  Other Spirits: Intimations of Transcendence in Christian Faith. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004