The Division of Budding Lope-Philosophers Overview
This division is committed to thinking Christianly about life’s big-ticket questions (in general) and Christian doctrines (specifically) through the discipline of analytic philosophy. Even though the parameters of Orthodox Christianity have been established through different councils, Christians still wrestle in their quest of practicing a “faith that seeks understanding.” How to better understand the coherency of the Trinity, the incarnation, and God’s relation to creation (including humans) are just some of the general theological areas the tools of analytic philosophy will be employed to investigate. How to better understand the nature of human persons, knowledge, and values are some of the general philosophical areas the tools of analytic philosophy will be employed to investigate. The fruit of this inquiry will bring about papers that rigorously argue for why some answers to philosophical and/or theological questions are better than others. Providing Christian answers to philosophical and/or theological questions that can withstand scrutiny and provide greater clarity and understanding in service to both Christian and non-Christian intellectual communities is the goal of this division.
Dr. Osmundsen is from Cape May, New Jersey. He is married to Julie Grace Osmundsen and has four children: Emmafaith (15), Joel (13), Avagrace (11), and James (6). Dr. Osmundsen received a B.A. in Sociology from Eastern University (2001), an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University (2006), and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma (2014). Dr. Osmundsen’s dissertation defended an account of knowledge against skeptical threats from disagreement (in general) and expert disagreement (in particular). His interests include epistemology, religious epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind and action theory.