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Steven L. Porter

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology

Associate Director, Center for Christian Thought

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Biola University

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Dr. Porter teaches theology and philosophy for Talbot's Institute for Spiritual Formation and at Rosemead School of Psychology. His areas of interest include theological methodology, the doctrine of sanctification, philosophical theology, and the integration of psychology and theology. He has contributed articles to the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Faith and PhilosophyJournal for Psychology and Theology, etc. Steve and his wife Alicia live with their son Luke and daughter Siena in Long Beach, CA.

Affiliations

  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Member)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (Member)
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society (Member)
  • Society for Christian Philosophers (Member)
  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (Member)

Publications

Books

  • Restoring the Foundations of Epistemic Justification: A Direct Realist and Conceptualist Theory of Foundationalism (Lanham, MY: Lexington Books, 2006).

Book Chapters

  • “Contentment,” in Michael Austin and R. Douglas Geivett, eds., Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012) 126–144.

  • "Dostoyevsky, Woody Allen, and the Doctrine of Penal Substitution," in Paul Copan and William Lane Craig, eds., Contending with Christianity's Critics (Broadman and Holman, 2009) 233-248.

Journal Articles

  • “The Willardian Corpus,” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 3:2 (2010) 239–266.

  • “Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid?: The Authority of Theology in Integrative Endeavors,” Journal of Psychology and Christianity 29:1 (2010) 3-14.

  • “A Reply to the Respondents of ‘Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid,’” Journal of Psychology and Christianity 29:1 (2010) 33-40.

  • “Sanctification in a New Key: Relieving Evangelical Anxieties Over Spiritual Formation,” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 1:2 (Fall 2008) 129-148.

  • “What do the Five Ways have to do with the Ascent of Mt. Carmel?: Apologetics as a Modern Day Spiritual Discipline,” Philosophia Christi (March 2007).

  • Co-authored with Todd Hall, “Referential Integration: An Emotional Information Processing Perspective On the Process of Integration,” Journal of Psychology and Theology 32:3 (Fall 2004) 167-180.

  • “Wesleyan Theological Methodology as a Theory of Integration,” Journal of Psychology and Theology 32:3 (Fall 2004) 190-199.

  • “Swinburnian Atonement and the Doctrine of Penal Substitution,” Faith and Philosophy 21:2 (April 2004) 228-241.

  • “On the Resurgence of Interest in the Doctrine of Sanctification: Some Methodological Concerns,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45/3 (September 2002) 415-426.

Presentations

  • "Psychopathology and Harmatiology,” Center for Individual and Family Therapy, November 2011 (Orange, CA)

  • "Spiritual Formation and the Social Justice Turn,” Council of Christian Colleges and Universities/International Justice Mission Academic Pre-Conference, April 2011 (Washington, D.C).

  • "Taking Sin More Seriously,” Institute for Spiritual Formation Lecture Series, October 2011 (La Mirada, CA).

  • “The Cure for Anxiety: Jesus, Freud, and Prozac,” Center for Individual and Family Training, August 2008 (Orange, CA)

Research Interests

  • Philosophical Theology
  • Integration of Psychology and Theology
  • Christian accounts of character changes
  • Christian Spirituality
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