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Dr. Michael Robinson

Professor
Office: Meyer 212
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8422900 College St, Box 8422BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-5083(254) 295-5083
Subjects Taught: Philosophy, Theology
Degrees Earned: B.S., MDiv., Ph.D.
Bio

Education/Teaching History

Education

  • Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (1994). Areas of concentration: Philosophy of Religion, Systematic Theology, Contemporary Theology. Dissertation title: "A Critical Analysis of Divine Timelessness as a Solution to the Foreknowledge-Free Will Debate."
  • MDiv. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (1986)
  • B.S. Indiana University (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana. Secondary Education. Social Studies Area Major (1980)

Teaching History

  • Associate Professor of Christian Studies, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas (2009-Current).
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky (2001-2009).
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg, Kentucky (1995-2001).
  • Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana, January-May 1995; September-December 1994; January-May 1994; September-December 1993; January- April 1992; July-August 1991.
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, January-February 1995; September-December 1994.
  • Adjunct Professor, Jefferson Community College, Diane Calhoun-French, Indiana, August-December 1993.
  • Garrett Fellow, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 1988-1991.

Courses taught at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Introduction to Philosophy; Critical Reasoning; Introduction to Theology; Old Testament Survey; Moral Philosophy; Doctrine of Revelation; Doctrine of God; Theological Traditions; Philosophy of Religion; Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Courses taught at University of the Cumberlands

Introduction to Philosophy; Critical Thinking/Logic; Introduction to Theology; World Religions; Philosophical Ethics; Ancient and Medieval Philosophy; Modern Philosophy; Contemporary Philosophy; Philosophy of Religion; Philosophy of Theism; Bio-Ethics; Christian Ethics

Publications/Presentations

Publications

Monographs
  • Eternity and Freedom: A Critical Analysis of Divine Timelessness as a Solution to the Foreknowledge-Free Will Debate. Lanham: University Press of America, 1995.
  • The Storms of Providence: Navigating the Waters of Calvinism, Arminianism, and Open Theism. Lanham: University Press of America, December 2003.
Articles
  • “Why Divine Foreknowledge?” Religious Studies. 36 (September 2000): 251-275.
  • “Is Faith in Christ a Sinful Act?” The Asbury Theological Journal 57-58 (Fall 2002, Spring 2003): 41-53.
  • “Divine Providence, Simple Foreknowledge and the Metaphysical Principle,” Religious Studies 40 (2004): 471-483.
  • “Divine Guidance and an Accidentally Necessary Future: a Response to Hunt.” Religious Studies 40 (2004): 493-498.
  • “Does God Know Best?” Philosophia Christi 9 (2007): 383-405.
Book Reviews
  • Review of Alan Padgett’ s God, Eternity and the Nature of Time in International Journal of the Philosophy of Religion 40 (October 1996): 117-119.
  • Review of Brian Austin’s The End of Certainty and the Beginning of Faith in the March 2001 Rhaphael (web-newsletter for Appalachian College Association, Religion & Philosophy).
  • Review of Thomas Weinandy’s Does God Suffer?, Pierre-Marie Emonet’s God Seen in the Mirror of the World: An Introduction to the Philosophy of God, and John Sanders’ The God Who Risks: A Theology of Providence in Perspectives in Religious Studies 28 (Fall 2001): 305-309.
  • Review of William A. Dembski’s Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology, Neil A. Manson’s, et. al., God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science, and Gregory R. Peterson’s Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive Sciences in Perspectives in Religious Studies 31.2 (Summer 2004): 225-229.
  • Review of Andrew Moore’s Realism and Christian Faith: God, Grammar, and Meaning (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and James Burne’s God: Thoughts in an Age of Uncertainty (London: Continuum, 2001) in Perspectives in Religious Studies 32 (Summer 2005): 225-227.

Professional presentations

  • “Divine Timelessness and Freedom,” presented to the Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Regional Meeting, at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, March 1995.
  • “Divine Timelessness and Freedom,” presented to the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, Bi-annual meeting, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 1998.
  • Why Divine Foreknowledge,” presented to the Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Regional Meeting, at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, April 1999.
  • “Why Divine Foreknowledge” presented to the Gifford Bequest International Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, May 26-29, 2000. This conference was associated with the prestigious Gifford Lectures of the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.
  • “Simple Foreknowledge and Divine Guidance,” presented at the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers Bi-annual meeting, Wingate University, Wingate North Carolina, October 11-13, 2002.
  • “Simple Foreknowledge and Divine Guidance,” presented at the Society of Christian Philosophers@ Eastern Regional Meeting at Messiah College, Grantham Pennsylvania, November 14-16, 2002.
  • “Divine Providence, Simple Foreknowledge, and the Metaphysical Principle,” presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers at Asbury College, Wilmore Kentucky, December 4-6, 2003.
  • “On the Plausibility of Transworld Depravity,” presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers at Cumberland College, Williamsburg Kentucky, December 2-4, 2004.
  • “Does God Know Best?” presented at the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers Bi-Annual Meeting at Georgetown College, October 27-29, 2006.
  • “Does God Know Best?” presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers at Columbia International University, Columbia South Carolina, April 2007.
  • “Does God Know Best?” presented at the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion at Oxford University, Oxford United Kingdom, September 2007.
  • Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, NABPR Annual Meeting, Dallas Texas, March 12-14, 2010. Panel discussion on Dan Stiver’s text Life Together in the Way of Jesus Christ.
  • “Divine Image, Human Dignity, and Human Potentiality,” presented at Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, Thirteenth Biennial Conference, Samford University, Birmingham Alabama, October 8-10, 2010.
  • “Divine Image, Human Dignity, and Human Potentiality,” presented at Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Human Dignity and the Future of Health Care, Baylor University, Waco Texas, October 28-30, 2010.

Service (missions, ministry, etc...)

I am an ordained Baptist minister, ordained September 1988 by New Prospect Baptist of Hanover, Indiana. As noted above, prior to coming to Cumberland College, I served two separate tenures as pastor of churches in Indiana. I continue to supply-preach in and around this area, occasionally serving as an interim pastor. Church is a vital part of my personal and our family life.

Professional Societies

American Philosophical Association; American Academy of Religion; Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers; National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion; Society of Christian Philosophers

Awards/Grants

“Dr. John Broom Honored Professor Award,” presented by the Student Government Association of Cumberland College, October 2004.