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Greg Welty

Greg Welty

Greg Welty

Professor of Philosophy

Discipline: Philosophy
Teaching Since: 2010
Area: Theological Studies
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Email: gwelty@sebts.edu
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Education

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles
M.Div., Westminister Theological Seminary in California
M.Phil., D.Phil., Oriel College, University of Oxford

 

Bio

Greg Welty is currently Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern (2010-present). He has been married to his wife Rose for twenty-five years, and they have three sons. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., Philosophy), Westminster Theological Seminary in California (M.Div.), and the University of Oxford (MPhil, DPhil, Philosophical Theology; Oriel College, supervisor: Richard Swinburne). He was a teaching assistant for John Frame at Westminster (1993-1997), a stipendiary lecturer in philosophy at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford (2000-2001), and an assistant professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas (2003-2010).

He is also the Program Coordinator for the MA in Philosophy of Religion at Southeastern, and served as a pastor for over ten years. He specializes in the relation between abstract objects and God, the problem of evil, theories of divine providence, theistic arguments, and philosophy of religion more generally. He is the author, most recently, of Why Is There Evil in the World? (Christian Focus, 2018), is co-editor of Calvinism and Middle Knowledge: A Conversation (Wipf and Stock Publishers, February 2019), and co-edits the series of ten apologetics volumes The Big Ten – Critical Questions Answered (Christian Focus). He has contributed to Contemporary Arguments in Natural Theology: God and Rational Belief (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), The History of Apologetics: A Biographical and Methodological Introduction (Zondervan, 2020), Philosophical Essays Against Open Theism (Routledge Studies in Philosophy of Religion) (Routledge, 2018), Calvinism and the Problem of Evil (Wipf and Stock, 2016), Beyond the Control of God? Six Views on the Problem of God and Abstract Objects (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), and Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue (Broadman & Holman Academic, 2008). He has also contributed to Philosophia Christi, Faith and Philosophy, Themelios, the Concise Theology project at The Gospel Coalition, and served as a referee for several journals in philosophy of religion.

 

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.