John Laing

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Education

  • Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div. B.L., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.S., University of North Carolina

Presentations at Scholarly and Professional Societies/Conferences

  • "Middle Knowledge, Inerrancy, and the Problem of Libertarian Freedom" Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, Houston, TX, 2012.
  • "Middle Knowledge, Inerrancy, and the Problem of Libertarian Freedom" Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Fort Worth, TX, 2012.
  • "Praying in Jesus' Name" Chaplaincy conference ("Ministering in Caesar's House") sponsored byInstitute for Faith and the Public Square, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 2011.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains: Responding to the Repeal of DADT" Houston Baptist University Philosophy Conference, Houston, TX, 2011.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains: Responding to the Repeal of DADT" Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Dallas, TX, 2011.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains, Ceremonial Deism, and the Establishment Clause" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, 2010.
  • "The Bible and U.S. Military Chaplains" Dunham Bible Museum Lecture, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, 2010.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains, Ceremonial Deism, and the Establishment Clause" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Dallas, TX, 2009.
  • "Intelligent Design and Middle Knowledge" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Houston, TX, 2008.
  • "Middle Knowledge, Biblical Covenants, and the Basis of Predestination/Election" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, RI, 2008.
  • "Evangelicals, the Global War on Terror, and the Changing Face of Military Chaplaincy" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Fort Worth, TX, 2007.
  • "Online Education, Ecclesiology, and Christian Education" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, 2007.
  • "Molinism: The Biblical Evidence (Part II)" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Philosophical Society, New Orleans, LA, 2005.
  • "Jesus Driving an SUV?: A Theological Appraisal of Some Evangelical Responses" Southwest Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Dallas, TX, 2004.
  • "Plantnga's Reformed Epistemology, Evidentialism, and Evangelical Apologetics" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, 2004.
  • "The Compatibility of Calvinism and Middle Knowledge" National Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Colorado Springs, CO, 2001.
  • "The Trinity and Divine Temporality" Southeast Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Jackson, TN, 2001.
  • "Molinism: The Biblical Evidence" Mountain-Plains Regional Meeting of Society of Christian Philosopers, Boulder, CO, 2000.
  • "The Doctrine of Middle Knowledge" Boyce Society, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000.
  • "Allegory or Typology: The Relationship Between Text and World in George Lindbeck's Theology" Southeast Regional Meeting of Evangelical Theological Society, Wake Forest, NC, 1999.

Church & Community Presentations

  • "Calvinism and Arminianism:  The Orthodox Consensus" Nassau Bay Baptist Church, 10-week study, 2012.
  • "Why Do Bad Things Happen (if God is so Good)?" Collide Youth Conference, Heritage Park Baptist Church, Webster, TX, 2012.
  • "Ethical Systems, Personhood, and the Right to Life" Right to Life Student Organization, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2012.
  • "Philosophical Anthropology, Ethical Systems and the Right to Life Debate" Right to Life Advocates student organization, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX; 2011.
  • "Has Science Made Belief in God Impossible?" Confident Christianity Youth Apologetics Conference, Nassau Bay, TX, 2011.
  • "Thank You for Our Freedom" Daughters of the American Revolution, Northwest Houston chapter, 2008.
  • "Debunking the Da Vinci Code" Peacekeeper's Chapel, Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, 2006.
  • "Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection" InterVarsity Fellowship, Rice University, 2003.

Review Essays & Book Reviews

  • Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris; Southwestern Journal of Theology 51:1 (Fall 2008): 91-94.
  • A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology: Defending the Tri-Unity of God by Edward Daleour;Southwestern Journal of Theology 49:2 (Spring 2007): 227-229.
  • The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity by Carl Raschke;Southwestern Journal of Theology 49:2 (Spring 2007): 240-243.

Publications

  • "Evolution and Death" Biologos Forumwww.biologos.org, 2012.
  • "Evangelical Chaplains, Ceremonial Deism, and the Establishment Clause"  Global Journal of Classical Theology 9:3 (February 2012), http://www.phc.edu/gj_toc9_3.php
  • Issue Editor, "The New Atheism" Southwestern Journal of Theology 54:1 (Fall 2011).
  • "Introduction to the New Atheism: Apologetics and the Legacy of Alvin Plantinga" Southwestern Journal of Theology 54:1 (Fall 2011): 6-12.
  • "The New Atheists: Lessons for Evangelicals" Southwestern Journal of Theology 54:1 (Fall 2011): 13-28.
  • "Plantinga's Reformed Epistemology, Evidentialism, and Evangelical Apologetics"  Global Journal of Classical Theology 9:2 (October 2011), http://www.phc.edu/gj_toc9_2.php
  • In Jesus' Name:  Evangelicals and Military Chaplaincy.  Eugene, OR:  Wipf & Stock, 2010.
  • Contributor.  Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words.  Ed. William Mounce.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2006.
  • "Middle Knowledge," Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophywww.iep.utm.edu, 2004.
  • "The Compatibility of Calvinism and Middle Knowledge"  JETS 47:3 (Sept. 2004): 455-67. http://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/47/47-3/47-3-pp455-467_JETS.pdf
  • "Heavenly Council," "Archangel," "Sons of God," in Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, C. Brand, C. W. Draper, A. England, Eds.  Nashville:  Broadman & Holman, 2003.
  • Editor. 1 & 2 Kings, The Leader's Bible, Military Bible Association, forthcoming.
  • "The Doctrine of the Resurrection"  The Leader's Bible Discipleship Manual, Military Bible Association, forthcoming.
  • "Praying in Jesus' Name" Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, forthcoming 2012.

Experience

  • Associate Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1997; 2002-03
  • Adjunct Professor, Bellarmine University, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Baptist College of Florida, online program, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor, Boyce College, 2001
  • Garrett Fellow, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary & Boyce College, 1995-2001

Military Experience

  • United States Army Chaplain (1997 - Present)
  • United States Army (1986 - Present)
  • United States Army Chaplain Candidate (1994 - 1997)
  • Deployments
    • Noble Eagle 1 (2001-2002)
    • KFOR7 (2005-2006)
    • Operation Iraqi Freedom (2009-2010)

Honors/Service

  • Chair, Molinism Consultation, Evangelical Theological Society, 2011-present
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Southwest Region, Evangelical Theological Society, 2010-present.
  • Chairman/President, Southwest Region, Evangelical Theological Society, 2008-2009
  • Program Chair, Southwest Region, Evangelical Theological Society, 2007-2008
  • Who's Who Among American Intellectuals, 2001
  • Who's Who Among American Graduate Students, 1997

Professional Memberships

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Military Chaplains Association of America
  • U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association

Church Membership

  • Nassau Bay Baptist Church, Nassau Bay, Texas

Personal

  • Spouse: Stefana Dan Laing
  • Children: Sydney Elise Laing (2005); Sophia Constance Laing (2007); Alasdair David Laing (2008)
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