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Gayne J. Anacker, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Office Phone: (951) 343-4682
E-mail: ganacker@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 248
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Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Philosophy University of California, Irvine 1991
M.A. Philosophy Washington State University 1980
M.T.S. Theology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 1979

Additional Education



Westmont College



Courses Taught

* Basic Reasoning
* Logic
* Ethics
* Philosophy of Religion
* Epistemology


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

* Philosophy of Religion
* Epistemology
* Ethics
* Social and Political Philosophy
* Humanities
* Great Books


Teaching Experience

* Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, 1986-2003
* Founding President, Community Christian College, Redlands, CA, 1995-1999


Research, Presentations, & Publications

“The Popular Problem of Truth.” In preparation.

"Narnia and the Moral Imagination," in The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, eds. Greg Bassham and Jerry Walls, Open Court, 2005.

“A Class-Analysis Model of Analogical Argument.” American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Los Angeles, 1994.

“Logical Distinctions among Design Arguments for the Existence of God.” Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Region Meeting, La Verne College, 1994.

“Logical Distinctions among Design Arguments for God’s Existence.” St. John’s College (Santa Fe, NM) 1993.

“Two Logically Distinct Versions of the Design Argument.” Philosophy Colloquium, Westmont College, 1990.

“Bonjour on Coherence and the Justification of Empirical Knowledge.” Washington/Idaho Philosophy Colloquium, 1980.


Church Membership & Activities

Immanuel Baptist Church, Highland, CA


Community Service & Involvement

* Vice President and Trustee, C.S. Lewis Foundation
* Board of Trustees, Community Christian College, Redlands, CA


Interests & Hobbies

Married in 1977, my wife Karen and I have one daughter, whom we are home-schooling (well, Karen is). As a family, we love to play Boggle, Scrabble, Dominoes, and Yahtzee, and we like reading, politics, and mountain hiking.


Personal Philosophy

The Apostle Paul says, "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself." In his Great Commission to us, Christ has shared his task of reconciliation with those who follow him. This work has many dimensions, but significant among them are those that involve the world of education and ideas. Here at California Baptist University, it is our privilege before God to be a critical part of this exciting ministry of reconciliation in the name of Jesus Christ.