TB Maston Lecture
University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University
Dr. C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, director of the Baylor Center for Christian Philosophy and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion. He also holds appointments as a Professorial Fellow at the University of St. Andrews and at Australian Catholic University. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and received his Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1969 and his PhD from Yale University in philosophy in 1974. Dr. Evans’ most recent books are Why Christianity Still Makes Sense (Baker Academic, 2015), and God and Moral Obligation (Oxford University Press, 2013). His other published works include Natural Signs and Knowledge of God: A New Look at Theistic Arguments (Oxford, 2010), Kierkegaard’s Ethic of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Obligations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), and Passionate Reason: Making Sense of Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1992). More popular recent works include Why Believe? (Eerdmans) and Pocket Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics (InterVarsity Press).
Evans has published many professional articles and has received two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is the PI on a new grant on “Accountability as a Relational Virtue” awarded to Baylor’s ISR by the Templeton Religion Trust. Prior to coming to Baylor, Evans taught at Wheaton College, St. Olaf College, where he served as Curator of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library as well as a member of the Philosophy Department, and at Calvin College, where, besides teaching philosophy, he served as Dean for Research and Scholarship and was the inaugural holder of the William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair. He is a past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Soren Kierkegaard Society. He is married to Jan Evans, who teaches Spanish at Baylor, and has three grown children.