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J.L. SchellenbergB.A., M.A. University of Calgary
DPhil Oxford University

Office: Seton 528
Phone: (902) 457-6180

John Schellenberg came to Mount Saint Vincent University in 1994, after teaching stints at Medicine Hat College and the University of Calgary. His central work in philosophy brings reflection in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics to bear on the philosophy of religion. Over the past seven years, he completed a trilogy on that subject:

Prolegomena to a Philosophy of Religion. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005.

The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007

The Will to Imagine: A Justification of Skeptical Religion. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.

He is also known for a book that made ‘the problem of divine hiddenness’ a major issue in contemporary philosophy of religion:

Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993. Reissued in paperback with a new Preface, 2006.

And along the way he co-edited, with Larry Fisk, a popular textbook on peace studies:

 Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2000.

His recent published papers and book chapters include:

‘How To Be an Atheist and a Skeptic, Too: Reply to McCreary,’ Religious Studies 46 (2010). 

‘Philosophy of Religion: A State of the Subject Report,’ the Canadian Theological Society’s Inaugural Jay Newman Memorial Lecture in Philosophy of Religion, Toronto Journal of Theology 25 (2009), 95-110.

‘Why Am I a Nonbeliever? – I Wonder...’ in Udo Schuklenk and Russell Blackford, eds. 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

‘The Evolutionary Answer to the Problem of Faith and Reason,’ in Jonathan Kvanvig, ed. Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion: Volume 2 (Oxford: Clarendon, 2009).

In 1999, Dr. Schellenberg was the recipient of the Mount Saint Vincent University Alumnae Award for Teaching.