Douglas Blount to join SBTS faculty July 1 as philosophy professor

Communications Staff — June 25, 2015

Douglas K. Blount will join the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics July 1. The Board of Trustees unanimously elected Blount at their April 20-21 meeting. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. told trustees Blount is a “spectacular” addition to the faculty.

Before Southern, he was professor of theological studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also taught at Criswell College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Douglas K. Blount, professor of Christian philosophy and ethics, will begin teaching at Southern Seminary July 1.
Douglas K. Blount, professor of Christian philosophy and ethics, will begin teaching at Southern Seminary July 1.

“Dr. Douglas Blount is well known and well respected among Southern Baptist and evangelical scholars,” said Gregory A. Wills, dean of the School of Theology. “He is deeply committed to the truth of the scriptures, and is humble and engaging. He arrives with a wealth of classroom experience. Students will profit greatly from his courses.”

Blount earned degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He completed his Ph.D. in 1998 at Notre Dame, where he studied under a faculty that included noted philosopher and theologian Alvin Plantinga.

He has contributed to numerous books, including the Exploring Christian Theology series, the Holman Illustrated Study Dictionary, The Apologetics Study Bible, and Why I Am a Baptist.

“I’m honored and pleased to be joining the faculty of Southern Seminary,” Blount said. “It’s a great privilege to serve at an institution so well known for both its confessional integrity and commitment to excellence at every level, a privilege that brings with it the responsibility to continue and contribute to both those institutional distinctives. I take that responsibility quite seriously and am committed to fostering those ends.”

While at Notre Dame, his dissertation, “An Essay on Divine Presence,” explored God’s relation to space and time. Blount’s academic interests include the divine attributes, theoretic and applied apologetics, hermeneutics, faith and science, and faith and culture.

“My passion is to help students develop their ability to think Christianly, especially in a culture increasingly hostile to our faith and its Founder,” Blount said.

Blount will be joined at Southern Seminary by his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Katie and Andrew.

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