Bruce A. Little

Bruce A. Little

Bruce A. Little

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Francis A. Schaeffer Collection

Discipline: Philosophy
Teaching Since: 2001
Area: Theological Studies
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B.R.E., Baptist Bible College
M.A., M.A.R., Liberty University
D. Min., Columbia Biblical Seminary
Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Dr. Little served in several pastorates from 1969 – 2000 before serving as professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary until 2018. Since 1995, he has lectured in numerous universities in eastern Europe, taught courses in seminaries in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has authored numerous articles, two books and edited two books. Also, he has contributed chapters to several books, the latest two published in Europe in 2021. He lives in Maine with his wife Nancy of 53 years. They have one daughter and two grandchildren.


The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.