M. Todd Bates, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Office Phone: (951) 343-4769
E-mail: tbates@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Eugene and Billie Yeager Center B210
Office Hours: By appointment

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy University of Texas, Arlington 2001
M.Div. Master of Divinity Beeson Divinity School, Samford University 1995
B.A. Psychology University of Central Florida 1992
  • Teaching Experience

    Assistant Professor of Classical Liberal Arts
    Patrick Henry College; Purcellville, Virginia
    August 2004–July 2006

    Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology
    The Criswell College; Dallas, Texas
    August 2000–July 2004

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    “'Looking is not the Same as Seeing': Teaching the Intellectual Virtues through St. Augustine’s Soliloquies," Augustine Across the Curriculum, Samford University, fall 2014

    "Liquid Culture, Transposition and Unending Desires: Bauman and Lewis on Contemporary Culture," Evangelical Theological Society, fall 2013

    "Creation as Tutor," Evangelical Theological Society, fall 2012

    "The Limits of Happiness and the Happiness of Limits: Augustinian Reflections on Virtue and Human Flourishing," Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers, fall 2012

    "Truth as Skill: An Examination of Ancient Virtue Tradition through Anselm’s On Truth," Houston Baptist University, spring 2011.

    “Pathos,” in Aristotle on Preaching, edited by C. Richard Wells and Roger Duke. Border Stone Press, forthcoming.

    Baker Dictionary of Cults and World Religions, to be released.

    Articles include: Ethics and Cults; The Problem of Evil; Cosmology; Archetype; Transmigration; Anthropocentrism; Divine Mind; American Gnostic Church; Church of Metaphysical Christianity; Church of Illumination.

    “Logic and Argumentation in Homiletics.” Criswell Theological Review, NS vol.1, no.1, fall 2002, pp 81-85.

    "In the Middle of the Story: What You and Jason Bourne Have in Common," Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society of Sociology annual meeting at California State University at Fullerton, fall 2015

    "Lady Gaga and the Beatific Vision: What Pop-Culture Tells us about Ourselves," Apologetics Panel, California Baptist University, spring 2012

    "Apologetics and Human Flourishing," Apologetics Panel, California Baptist University, fall 2011

    "Duplex Cognitio: What I need to Know and How the Liberal Arts Can Help Me Know It." Inaugural Lecture on Faith and Reason, Patrick Henry College, fall 2005.

    "On the Sublime: God and Beauty in a Postmodern Age." Faculty Lecture, The Criswell College, fall 2001.

    "The Reconstitutive Rhetoric of St. Augustine." Rhetoric and Theory division, National Communications Association National Convention, fall 1999.

    Culture: Friend or Foe. Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, fall 2007.

    Point of Contact: Cultural Engagement and Apologetics. Evangelical Philosophical Society Annual Meeting, fall 2006.

    Great Books and the Great Commandment: Timeless Answers to Contemporary Questions. Pruit Memorial Symposium, Baylor University, fall 2003.

    The Descent of the Sublime: The Authenticating of the Inauthentic. Evangelical Philosophical Society, Regional Meeting, spring 2002.

    The Epistemology and Ontology of Invention in Classical and Augustinian Rhetoric. Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Texas, Arlington, fall 2001.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    American Philosophical Association, member since September 2013

    Evangelical Philosophical Society, member since January 2000

    Evangelical Theological Society, member since June 1998

    Society of Christian Philosophers, member since July 2006

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Study group, Christ and Culture for the Evangelical Theological Society, fall 2007–present

    Director, Classical Liberal Arts program, Patrick Henry College, fall 2004–spring 2006

    Assistant editor, Criswell Theological Review, fall 2003–spring 2004

    Associate director, Vines Institute of Biblical Preaching, The Criswell College, spring 2001–fall 2002

    Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee at The Criswell College, spring 2002–spring 2003

    Director, M.A. degree in Philosophical Theology, The Criswell College, fall 2002–spring 2004