Clifford Williams

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

cwilliam at trin dot edu


BA 1964   Wheaton College (Illinois)
PhD 1972   Indiana University


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


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)
The Uneasy Conscience of a White Christian: Making Racial Equity a Priority (Wipf & Stock, 2021).


"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
"Suffering and the Meaning of Life," in Handbook of Suffering and the Problem of Evil, edited by
        Matthias Grebe and Johannes Grossl (T & T Clark, 2023), 440-448.

Online articles:

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)

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

Home page