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Phillip Cary

Biographical Information

Phillip Cary

Education

  • B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy, 1980, Washington University (St. Louis)
  • M.A. in Philosophy, 1989, Yale University
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religious Studies, 1994, Yale University

Awards & Honors

  • Included in Dictionary of International Biography, 36th ed. (2011).
  • Included in Marquis Who’s Who (2010).
  • Included in Selected Personalities in Asia (2010).
  • Included in International Profiles of Accomplished Leaders (2010).
  • Included in Dictionary of International Biography, 35th ed. (2009).
  • Included in International Profiles of Accomplished Leaders (2008).
  • Included in The Cambridge Blue Book of Foremost International Intellectuals (2008).
  • Included in Asian Admirable Achievers (2008).
  • First Place award for Critical Review, Evangelical Press Association, 2007 (for “The New Evangelical Subordinationism,” above).
  • Included in Dictionary of International Biography, 34th ed. (2007).
  • Included in Dictionary of International Biography, 33rd ed. (2006).
  • Included in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, 10th ed. (2006).
  • Included in Who’s Who in American Education, 7th ed. (2005).
  • Included in Who's Who among America’s Teachers, 9th ed. (2005).
  • Included in Dictionary of International Biography, 32nd ed. (2005).
  • Included in Who's Who in the World, 22nd ed. (2005).
  • Included in Who's Who in America, 58th ed. (2004).
  • Included in Who's Who among America’s Teachers, 8th ed. (2004).
  • Included in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century (2004).
  • Lindback Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Eastern University, May 2003.
  • Included in Directory of American Scholars, 11th ed. (2003).
  • Included in Who's Who in America, 57th ed. (2002).
  • Included in 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century, 1st ed. (2001).
  • Included in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 1st ed. (2001).
  • Included in Who's Who in the 21st Century, 1st ed. (2001).
  • Included in Who's Who in America, 56th ed. (2001).
  • At Yale University: University Fellowship, Special Dissertation Fellowship.
  • At Washington University: Mylonas Scholarship, Freshman History Award, Phi Beta Kappa.

Books

Journal Articles

Presentations

  • “The Theological Meaning of Persons,” paper for interdisciplinary seminar on Christian Smith's book, What is a Person?, sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Life (publisher of First Things) April 8, 2013.
  • Respondent to Prof. Leo Lefebure's paper “ Vistas on Creation and Theological Anthropology: Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Wisdom,” at the annual meeting of the American Theological Society, Princeton University, March 22, 2013
  • Respondent to Prof. David Myers’ paper, “Positive Psychology and the Scientific Pursuit of Happiness,” in Society for Christian Psychology conference, Regent University, Oct. 28, 2012.
  • “The Inner Word prior to Language: Augustine as Platonist Alternative to Gadamerian Hermeneutics,” invited paper at North American Society for Philosophical Hermeneutics (NASPH) Annual Meeting, Wichita KS, Sept. 26, 2009.
  • "Origins and Alternatives to the Inner Self," invited lecture at 55th Annual Conference of IRAS, The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, Chautauqua NY, June 21, 2009.
  • Respondent to panel of four scholars discussing my book, Inner Grace, at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, Nov. 2, 2008.
  • “The Permanence of Faith and Augustine’s ‘Lost Future,’” paper presented at the 32nd annual Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Villanova University, Oct. 20, 2007.
  • Panelist in “Augustine and Politics” Conference, Villanova University, Feb. 24, 2006.
  • Respondent to papers in “Augustine and Augustinianisms” Consultation, at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, Nov. 19, 2005.
  • “Love and Tears: Augustine’s Project of Loving without Losing” paper presented at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX, Nov. 21, 2004.
  • Closing panelist for “A Legacy of Provocation: Augustine Reconsidered” at Princeton University, October 21-22, 2004.
  • "Inner Vision as the Goal of Augustine's Life," invited paper for conference, "Reflections and Revelations: Reading Augustine's Confessions" at Villanova University, Jan 23, 2004.
  • Panelist in "Teaching Augustine in the Context of the Liberal Arts," part of "Augustine and the Disciplines," a symposium at Villanova University, Nov. 9-11, 2000.
  • "The Divinity of the Soul in Augustine's Early Writings," paper presented at the 23rd annual Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, October 1998.
  • "Outward Signs and the Inner Teacher: Augustine and the Invention of Expressionist Semiotics," paper presented at the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, August 14, 1998.
  • "The Authority of the Other," paper presented at local chapter meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Villanova University, April 18, 1998.
  • "What Licentius Learned: A Narrative Reading of the Cassiciacum Dialogues," paper presented at the 22nd annual Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, September 12, 1997
  • "When Tradition is Interrupted: Students Reading a Strange Bible," at Association for Core Texts and Courses annual conference, April 12, 1997.
  • "Augustine as Core Text Author," at Association for Core Texts and Courses annual conference, April 28, 1996.
  • "Seeing the Incomprehensible God: Toward an Historical Account of the Original Motives of the Medieval Nature/Grace Distinction," paper presented at local chapter meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, April 20, 1996.
  • "The Incomprehensibility of God in East and West," paper presented to the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 1994.
  • "God in the Soul: Or, the Residue of Augustine's Manichaean Optimism," paper presented at the 21st annual Richard R Baker Philosophy Colloquium, on "Augustine and Human Goodness," University of Dayton, April 8, 1994.
  • “The Liturgical Calendar” for Eastern University Theological Society, Dec.6, 2012.
  • “Did God Create Evil?” at Doylestown Presbyterian Church Forum, Doylestown PA, Nov. 20, 2012.
  • Panel discussion with Biblical Studies faculty on reading the Canaanite genocide, sponsored by Eastern University Philosophy Club, Oct. 4, 2012.
  • “Reading the Canaanite Genocide” lecture presented for Windows on the World, Eastern University, Sept. 28, 2012.
  • “Reading the Canaanite Genocide” lecture presented for Eastern University Philosophy Club, Sept. 18, 2012.
  • “Luther and the Gospel in Protestantism: Why Faith Alone?” at Doylestown Presbyterian Church Forum, Doylestown PA, May 15, 2012.
  • “Why Evangelicals Need to Rediscover the Great Tradition,” for University of Georgia Christian Faculty Forum, April 5, 2012.
  • “Not All Religions are the Same: Why a Genuine Religious Pluralism Must Acknowledge Disagreements” at University of Georgia (sponsored by UGA Christian Faculty Forum), April 4, 2012.
  • “Jonah's Altercation with God” at Doylestown Presbyterian Church Forum, Doylestown PA, March 20, 2012.
  • “Augustine: The Education of Desire” for LARC (Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic) day of prayer, St. Augustine FL, March 6, 2012.
  • “Plato and Protestantism,” philosophy colloquium at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton NJ, Oct. 18, 2011.
  • Lecture and discussion at Gettysburg Seminary, “Luther and Augustine: Fleeing to the Grace of God,” April 4, 2011.
  • Wiseman Preaching/Lecture Series at First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa OK, 3/23.  Lecture: “Good News for Anxious Christians,” March 22, 2011; sermon on Job 1:6-11, March 23, 2011.
  • “St. Augustine’s Conversion and its Meaning for Men in the 21st Century,” talk at Sons of Italy Men’s Traditional Retreat, Malvern Retreat House, Malvern PA, Dec. 4, 2010.
  • “More on the Catholic Luther” for local meeting of ROFTERS (Readers of First Things), Feb. 22, 2010.
  • Wiseman Preaching/Lecture Series at First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa OK.  Lecture: “Light in the Darkness: Knowing Jesus in the Gospel of John,” Dec. 8, 2009; sermon on John 1:1- 14, Dec. 9, 2009.
  • "The History of Western Thought," invited lecture for Renaissance Weekend (a quarterly invitation-only gathering of business and professional leaders), July 5, 2009.
  • Panel discussions for Renaissance Weekend: ". . . Understanding Luther, Calvin and Catholic Dogma," with Profs. Martin Marty and Jeff Von Arx, S.J.,  and "Understanding and Differentiating American Religious Evangelicasim and Fundamentalism" with Profs. Martin Marty and Betty DeBerg (U. of Northern Iowa), July 4 & 5, 2009.
  • "Augustine's Invention of the Inner Self," invited lecture for Renaissance Weekend, July 4, 2009. The Fletcher Lectures (annual lecture series on theology given to a gathering of lawyers from Columbus OH), Feb 20-21, 2009.
  • “Conversations That Matter,” public discussion with Mimi Haddad, Ron Sider and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen on women and men in the church, Eastern University, Feb. 12, 2009
  • "Two Rwandan Books and Evangelical Spirituality,” lecture for Windows on the World, Eastern University, Feb. 6, 2009.
  • Presentation on Augustine’s Confessions for Columbia University's Literature and Humanities Core Curriculum faculty,  Feb. 4, 2009
  • “Why the Liberal Arts?” talk for celebration of the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, sponsored by Eastern University Philosophy Program, Jan. 27, 2009.
  • "The Education of Desire in Augustine’s Confessions," lecture for the Humanities Program, Bucknell University, Nov. 10, 2008.
  • “Augustine on Happiness,” lecture for the Augustine and Cultural Studies program at Villanova University, Oct. 22, 2008.
  • “Consumerism: the Ethics of Unfaithfulness” in Windows on the World, Eastern University, Dec. 12, 2007.
  • "The Education of Desire in Augustine’s Confessions," lecture for Humanities Program, Bucknell University, Nov. 12, 2007.
  • Panel discussion on “Two Views of Biblical Interpretation,” Eastern Theological Society, Nov. 8, 2007.
  • "The Education of Desire in Augustine," lectures for the Augustine and Cultural Studies program at Villanova University, Oct. 22 & 29, 2007.
  • Guest scholar at the “Circle of St. Bede” study group, Newman Center, University of Pennsylvania, May 1, 2007.
  • "Why Do We Read?" talk for Friends of the Library annual dinner, Eastern University, April 20, 2007.
  • “From the Depths of Hell: Praying with Jonah” in Windows on the World, Eastern University, Feb. 9, 2007.
  • “Sola Fide: Luther and Calvin” invited lecture at Concordia Theological Seminary annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions, Jan. 17, 2007.
  • “Augustine and the Inner Self,” lecture for the Humanities Program, Bucknell University, Nov. 13, 2006.
  • “Augustine” lectures for the Augustine and Cultural Studies program at Villanova University, October 16, 23, and 30, 2006.
  • "Why Evangelicals Find It Hard to Talk to Muslims" in Windows on the World, Eastern University, March 17, 2006.
  • “Why Faith is not a Work,” lecture for Eastern University Theological Society, Nov. 1, 2005. "Augustine on Happiness, Misery, Love and Community," lecture for Core Humanities Program, Villanova University, Oct. 19, 2005.
  • "The Buried Talent: or, Why God Doesn't Make Your Decisions For You" in Windows on the World, Eastern University, Sept. 9, 2005.
  • “The Essence of Augustine’s Confessions,” lecture at Villanova University, Oct. 27, 2004.
  • Panelist in “The Lord’s Table,” Perspectives forum, Eastern University, April 5, 2004.
  • "What is Intuition?  Thinking about What's in Our Hearts," lecture at Windows on the World, Eastern University, March 26, 2004.
  • "Knowing What's Good for You: The Philosophy of Happiness in Augustine," lecture and discussion at LaSalle University Philosophy Dept., Feb. 20, 2004.
  • "Christ the Wisdom of God: Toward a Christian Philosophy of Life," lecture and discussion at The John Newton International Center for Christian Studies, Dickinson University, Feb. 6, 2004.
  • "Augustine's City of God: Politics and Fallen Social Life," lecture at Villanova University, Nov. 3, 2003.
  • "Anglicanism," at the Eastern University Theological Society, October 7, 2003.
  • Panelist in “Saved or Being Saved? A Forum of Perspectives on the Christian Doctrine of Predestination,” Eastern University, April 15, 2003.
  • “A Post-Christian Future for Evangelicalism?” lecture at Windows on the World, Eastern University, April 4, 2003.
  • "Two Kinds of Freedom," Templeton Visions of Freedom program, Villanova University, Oct.21, 2002.
  • “Welcoming Your Emotions: The Partnership of Reason and Emotion,” lecture at Windows on the World, Eastern University, March 22, 2002.
  • "Fanny and Emma" at local chapter meeting of Jane Austen Society of North America, March 16, 2002.
  • Panelist in "Faith, Reason, Justice Trialogue" at Eastern College, Oct. 5, 2001.
  • "Pride and Prejudice" at local chapter meeting of Jane Austen Society of North America, March 17, 2001
  • "Four Concepts of Freedom," Templeton Visions of Freedom Program, Villanova University, Nov. 7, 2000.
  • "Augustine's Invention of the Inner Self" at Borders Bookstore, Bryn Mawr PA, August 30, 2000. "Pride and Prejudice" at Borders Bookstore, Bryn Mawr PA, August 17, 2000.
  • "Philosophy and the Imagination of Heaven" in Eastern College's "Last Lecture" series, April 11, 2000.
  • Four lectures on St. Augustine, St. David's Church, Radnor PA, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 2000.
  • “Shakespeare on Evil: Richard III vs. Lear" at Borders Bookstore, Bryn Mawr PA February 8, 2000.
  • “Augustine vs. Pelagius: The Road Not Taken,” Templeton Visions of Freedom Program, Villanova University, Oct. 26, 1999.
  • "Augustine on the Self," public lecture at Borders Book Store, Rosemont PA, Aug. 25, 1999. "Grace and the Freedom of Righteousness: St. Augustine's Vision of Freedom in The Spirit and the Letter," Templeton Visions of Freedom Program, Villanova University, Oct. 12, 1998.
  • "Inventing the Inner Self: Augustine's Legacy in the West," in the Ennis Lecture Series at Villanova University, Feb. 2, 1996.
  • Response to Prof. George Lawless, "Augustine's Confessions and Walker Percy's The Moviegoer," lecture at Villanova University, Nov. 1, 1995.
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