Wm Curtis Holtzen D.Th.

Professor of Philosophy and Theology

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EDUCATION

  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA - 2013, Master of Arts in Philosophy                                                                            
  • University of South Africa, Pretoria, S.A. - 2008, Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology. Thesis: “Dei Fide: A Relational Theology of the Faith of God”
  • University of South Africa, Pretoria, S.A. - 2005, Master of Theology in Systematic Theology (with Honors). Dissertation of limited scope: “A Critical and Constructive Defence of the Salvific Optimism of Inclusivism”
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA - 1998, Master of Arts in Religion. Thesis: “Clark H. Pinnock: A Paradigm Shift in the Doctrine of God”
  • Pacific Christian College, Fullerton, CA - 1989, Bachelor of Arts in Church Growth and Biblical Studies (double major)                                                                

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Hope International University, Fullerton, CA
  • Professor of Philosophy and Theology  -  1998 - Present

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Apologetics
  • Biblical Theology
  • Christian Worldview and Contemporary Living
  • Critical Thinking and Argumentation
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Early Christian History & Literature
  • Ethics & Contemporary Issues
  • Film & the Human Condition
  • Foundations for Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Postmodernism & the Cinema
  • Theology of Religions

ACADEMIC INTERESTS

  • Doctrine of God
  • Relationship between faith and science
  • Postmodernism and faith               

PUBLICATIONS

  • “‘So You're Calling God a Liar!’ An Unbiased Comparison of Science and Religion.”  In Essays in Honor of the Simpsons. (Forthcoming)
  • The Faith of God (IVP Academic) (Forthcoming 2018)
  • Connecting Faith and Science: Philosophical and Theological Inquiries editor (with Matthew Hill) (Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press) (Forthcoming 2018).
  • “Is There Anything Natural about Methodological Naturalism?: An Assessment of Plantinga’s Critics” in Connecting Faith and Science: Philosophical and Theological Inquiries, eds. Mathew Nelson Hill and Wm. Curtis Holtzen (Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press,) (Forthcoming 2018).
  • “The Sincerity of St. Linus” in Peanuts and Philosophy: You’re a Wise Man, Charlie Brown, eds. Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene (Chicago: Open Court, 2016).
  • “Gadamer’s Hermeneutic of Trust—Ontological and Reflective” (with Matthew Nelson Hill) in In Spirit and in Truth: Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship, eds. Wm. Curtis Holtzen and Matthew Nelson Hill (Claremont, CA: Claremont School of Theology Press, 2016).
  • Philosophical Reflections on Worship and Liturgy editor with Matthew Hill. (Claremont School of Theology Press, 2016).
  • “Review of Trust of People, Words, and God: A Route for Philosophy of Religion” by Joseph J. Godfrey, in Philosophy in Review Vol. 33, No. 4 (2013): 291-293.
  • “Review of Divine Humanity: Kenosis and the Construction of a Christian Theology” by David Brown, in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring 2013): 107-108.
  • “Faith in Relations.” In Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction, eds. Brint Montgomery, Thomas Jay Oord, & Karen Winslow. (San Diego: Point Loma Press/Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2012).
  • By Faith and Reason: The Essential Keith Ward, editor (with Roberto Sirvent) (London: Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 2012).
  • “Bruce (not so) Almighty: Divine Limitation and Human Transformation” in Essays of Hope, ed. Joseph Grana. (Fullerton, CA: Hope International University Press, 2012).
  • “Review of One God of All? Probing Pluralist Identities,” by Garth Hallett, in Philosophy in Review Vol. 31, No. 6 (2011):  417-419.
  • “Review of Creation Made Free: Open Theology Engaging Science,“ by Thomas Oord, in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 14, No. 1 (2011): 93-95.
  • “Review of Religion and Science: An Introduction,” by Brendan Sweetman, in Philosophy in Review Vol. 31, No. 2 (2011):  153-155.
  • “Review of Perspective on the Doctrine of God: 4 Views,” by Bruce A. Ware, Paul Helm, Roger E. Olson, and John Sanders, in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 13, No. 1 (2010): 105-108.
  • “God’s Restless Heart.” In Love Among Us, eds Darrin L. Grinder and Thomas Jay Oord. (Denver, CO: Outskirts Press, Inc., 2009).
  • “Review of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Introduction to His Thought,” by Sabine Dramm, in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 12, No. 1 (2009): 87-89.
  • “Review of C.S. Lewis and Human Suffering: Light among the Scholars,” by Marie A. Conn, in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 11, No. 2 (2008): 263-264.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • “Faith, Hope, and Love: Human and Divine Virtues” – 2016 Heythrop College, London University, Faculty Research Seminar
  • “’So You Are Calling God a Liar?’ An Unbiased Comparison of Springfield’s War over Science and Religion” - 2016, Point Loma Nazarene University, Wesleyan Philosophical Society
  • “God Believes what God does not Know,” Dallas, TX - 2014, The Randomness and Foreknowledge Conference                                
  • “Bruce (not so) Almighty: Divine Limitation and Human Transformation” - Johnson Christian University, Stone Campbell Journal Meeting
  • “We Can’t Go On Together with Suspicious Minds: Gadamer and the Hermeneutics of Trust,” - 2013, Arizona State University, American Academy of Religion Western Regional
  • “Losing Faith in Suspicion: Gadamer and the Hermeneutics of Trust” - Seattle Pacific University, Wesleyan Philosophical Society
  • “‘Was it Good for You?’ Religious Experience and the Virtuosity Test,” - 2012, Trevecca Nazarene University, Wesleyan Philosophical Society
  • “Universal Love - Particular Knowledge: In Search of an Open and Inclusive Theology” - Trevecca Nazarene University, Wesleyan Theological Society
  • “Bruce (not so) Almighty: Divine Limitation and Human Transformation,” - 2011, Southern Methodist University, Wesleyan Philosophical Society Meeting
  • “Bruce (not so) Almighty: Relational Theism Hits the Big Screen,” - 2009, Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities, Faith, Film and Philosophy 
  • “Genesis 1-3: A Narrative Interpretation,” CSU Fullerton, for the class Creation/Evolution - 2000- Present. Lecture given every semester.
  • “Rocked by Doubt,” California Youth Workers Convention - 1998                                                                                      

SCHOLARLY CHURCH LECTURES

  • “Unity, Not Unanimity,” Sunny Hills Church of Christ, Fullerton CA - 2009
  • “Community: Is There Really Safety in Numbers?” Sunny Hills Church of Christ, Fullerton CA - 2009
  • “What is Theology?” First Christian Church, Fullerton CA - 2009
  • “Theism or Atheism: A Panel Discussion,” Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton CA - 2009
  • “Certainty v. Faith: A Christian Dilemma,” Sunny Hills Church of Christ, Fullerton CA - 2008

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

  • First Christian Church, Monrovia, CA - 1994-1998, Associate Pastor                                                                                                     
  • First Christian Church, Santa Ana, CA - 1987-1989, Youth Worker                                                                                                         

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Wesleyan Philosophical Society (President 2015-2016) - 2010-present
  • Wesleyan Theological Society - 2012-present
  • Open and Relational Theologies Steering Committee - 2011-present
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR) - 2003-present
  • Society of Christian Philosophers - 2015-present

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