Clifford Williams

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Trinity College of Trinity International University
Deerfield, IL 60015

cwilliam at trin dot edu

Education:

BA 1964 Wheaton College (Illinois)
PhD 1972 Indiana University


Positions:

Instructor, Assistant, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, 1968 - 1982
Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy, Houghton College, Houghton, New York, Spring 1980
Associate Professor and Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College, 1982 – 2012
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College, Illinois, 1998 - 1999
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Trinity College of Trinity International University, 2012
Lecturer in Philosophy, Trinity College of Trinity International University, 2012 – 2015
Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College, 2013 – 2018
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, North Central College, Spring 2019
Adjunct Faculty, Elmhurst College, Fall 2019


Books:

Free Will and Determinism: A Dialogue (Hackett Publishing Co., 1980)
Singleness of Heart: Restoring the Divided Soul (Eerdmans Publishing Co.,1994; Regent College Publishing, 2001)
On Love and Friendship: Philosophical Readings (Jones and Bartlett Publishers,1995; Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1997) Editor
The Life of the Mind: A Christian Perspective (Baker Academic, 2002)
Personal Virtues: Introductory Essays (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005) Editor
The Wisdom of Kierkegaard: A Collection of Quotations on Faith and Life (Wipf & Stock, 2009)
The Divided Soul: A Kierkegaardian Exploration (Wipf & Stock, 2009)
Existential Reasons for Belief in God: A Defense of Desires and Emotions for Faith (IVP Academic, 2011}
Religion and the Meaning of Life: An Existential Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2020)


Articles:

"Does God Exist Successively?" The Personalist, XLIX (Spring, 1968), 197-214
"'Now', Extensional Interchangeability, and the Passage of Time,"
The Philosophical Forum, V (Spring, 1974), 405-423
"Meaning, Reference, and Tense," Analysis, XXXVI (March, 1976), 132-136
"Encouraging Student Creativity,"
Journal for the Improvement of Instruction, III (Spring, 1976), 16
"Pure Becoming and the Concept of Time,"
The Personalist, LVIII (January, 1977), 52-58
"The Irrelevance of Nonmaterial Minds,"
Christian Scholar's Review, XII (1983), 310-323
"Indeterminism and the Theory of Agency,"
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, XLV (September, 1984), 111-119
"Teaching Virtues and Vices,"
Philosophy Today, 33 (Fall, 1989), 195-203
"The Date-Analysis of Tensed Sentences,"
The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 70 (June, 1992), 198-203; reprinted in The New Theory of Time, edited by L. Nathan Oaklander and Quentin Smith (Yale University Press, 1994), 104-110
"The Phenomenology of B-Time,"
The Southern Journal of Philosophy, XXX (Summer, 1992), 123-137; reprinted in The New Theory of Time, edited by L. Nathan Oaklander and Quentin Smith (Yale University Press,1994), 360-372
"Kierkegaardian Suspicion and Properly Basic Beliefs,"
Religious Studies, 30 (September, 1994), 261-267
"Christian Materialism and the Parity Thesis,"
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 39 (February,1996), 1-14
"The Metaphysics of A- and B-Time,"
The Philosophical Quarterly, 46 (July,1996), 371-381
"A Bergsonian Approach to A- and B-Time,"
Philosophy, 73 (July,1998), 379-393
"B-Time Transition,"
Philosophical Inquiry, 20 (Summer-Fall, 1998), 59-63
"Topic Neutrality and the Mind-Body Problem,"
Religious Studies, 36 (June, 2000), 203-207
"Beyond A- and B-Time,"
Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel, 31 (October, 2003), 75-91


Online articles:

“A Philosopher’s Reflections on Peacemaking and the Just War Theory,” Sacred Tribes Journal, 4 (2009), 53-75; reprinted in The Peaceable Christian, edited by Michael T. Cooper and Clifford Williams (Libertyville, IL: Timothy Center Press, 2011)
“Emotions and Christ-Shaped Philosophy,” Evangelical Philosophical Society Web Site (September, 2012)
Interview on Existential Reasons for Belief in God, Evangelical Philosophical Society Web Site (September 25, 2012)
“Existential Apologetics: A Survey” (January, 2012): http://www.cliffordwilliams.net/existentialapologetics
“Virtues and the Seven Deadly Sins: A Potpourri of Thoughts” (2012): http://www.cliffordwilliams.net/sinsandvirtues1
"Chasing the Wind: A Dialogue on Meaning and Illusion" (2014): http://www.cliffordwilliams.net/chasingthewind
"Boredom, Death, and the Meaning of Life," FifteenEightyFour, Cambridge University Blog, June 10, 2020
“Existential Arguments for Believing in God,” The Worldview Bulletin Newsletter (July 26, 2020).


Other books:

With All that We Have, Why Aren't We Satisfied? (Sorin Books, 2001)
Daybreakers (Sorin Books, 2002)
One More Train to Ride: The Underground World of Modern American Hoboes (Indiana University Press, 2003)
Choosing to Live: Stories of Those Who Stepped Away from Suicide (Charles C Thomas Publisher, 2017)
The Uneasy Conscience of a White Christian: Making Racial Equity a Priority (Wipf and Stock, 2022)

Other articles:

"The Other Side of State Street," The Reformed Journal (January, 1977), 4-5
"Gears, Bearings, and the Like,"
The Reformed Journal (February, 1977), 5-6
"Roots and Reparations,"
The Reformed Journal (September, 1977), 3-5
"Not Your Usual Christmas Card,"
The Covenant Companion (December 15, 1977), 6-7
"Jobs and God,"
The Reformed Journal (May, 1979), 16; reprinted in Young Adult Ministries Newsletter (July, 1980) and in The Christian Leader (September 8, 1981), 8
"Bombs and Taxes,"
The Reformed Journal (July, 1980), 5
"God’s Clowns,"
The Evangelical Beacon (February 1, 1983), 14
"'I Cannot Accept God's Forgiveness',"
Seek (June 26, 1983), 2-3
"Affluence, Power and Violence,"
Mennonite Brethren Herald (March 9, 1984), 32
"Vulnerable People--Victims Forever?"
The Marian Helpers Bulletin (October-December, 1984), 21
"A Case for the Christian College,"
The Evangelical Beacon (September 2, 1985), 24-25
"The Man with the Crooked Head,"
The A. M. E. Zion Quarterly Review (October, 1986), 23-25
"Silence,"
Christian Standard (November 23, 1986), 14-15
"When Mercy Hurts," Christianity Today (February 3, 1989), 16-19
"Visit Leaves Indelible Mark," The A. M. E. Zion Quarterly Review (July, 1989), 46-47
"Moral Beauty," Spirituality Today, 42 (Spring, 1990), 4-14; reprinted in Catholic Digest (August, 1990), 44-48
"Spiritual Handicaps,"
The Standard Bearer, 26 (No. 4, 1990), 15 (coauthor)
"Listening,"
Faith at Work, 103 (March/April, 1991), 10
"Pretending, Self-Justification, and Grace," Best Sermons 4 (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991), 258-263
"Is Christianity Reasonable?" Pulpit Digest, 75 (September/October, 1994) 68-74
"Diary of a Mad Professor," Trinity Magazine (Spring, 2012), 20-23
“Betrayal,”
New Scriptor: A Forum for Illinois Educators, XIII (2012), 52-54
"When Christians Contemplate Suicide," Christian Feminism Today (August, 2013)
"Racial Microaggressions and Whiteness on Christian Campuses: Making the Invisible Visible" Faithfully Magazine, October 25, 2019
"Black and Wild, Like a Bear: Police Brutality and Moral Perception," Faithfully Magazine, June 3, 2020


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