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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

"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.

"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

Evangelical Philosophical Society. Member, January 2000

Evangelical Theological Society. Member, June 1998

Society of Christian Philosophers. Member, July 2006


Community Service & Involvement

Member of the study panel on Christ and Culture for the Evangelical Theological Society, fall 2007 — Present.

Director, Classical Liberal Arts program, Patrick Henry College, fall 2004 – spring 2006; redesigned a struggling degree plan, enhancing the curriculum, and expanding the available offerings.

Assistant Editor, Criswell Theological Review, fall 2003 – spring 2004.

Associate Director, Vines Institute of Biblical Preaching, The Criswell College, spring 2001 – fall 2002; organized and led nationwide conferences on expository preaching.

Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee at The Criswell College, spring 2002 – spring 2003; designing and implementing an undergraduate degree in the Humanities.

Director, M.A. degree in Philosophical Theology, The Criswell College, fall 2002 – spring 2004; developing and teaching a degree pedagogically designed to use primary texts and the Socratic method.