Ross D. Inman

Ross D. Inman

Ross D. Inman

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Discipline: Philosophy
Teaching Since: 2015
Area: Theological Studies
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B.A., Philosophy and Biblical Studies, San Diego Christian College
M.A., Philosophy, Biola University
M.A., Theology, Biola University
Ph.D., Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin


I currently serve as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I also have the privilege of being the editor of Philosophia Christi, the academic journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
My academic research to date has focused primarily on metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, analytic theology, and the philosophy of mind and the nature of human persons. I am the author the book Substance and the Fundamentality of the Familiar: A Neo-Aristotelian Mereology (Routledge, 2018) and my work has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Philosophical Studies, American Philosophical Quarterly, Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysica, and Philosophia Christi, in addition to edited volumes like the T&T Clark Handbook of Analytic Theology, and The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism. I currently teach philosophy at both the master’s and doctoral levels, in addition to great books classes at the College at Southeastern. I am deeply committed to equipping the church in the task of creating a cultural milieu that is increasingly receptive to the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Gospel.
Prior to joining the faculty at Southeastern Seminary, I was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the department of philosophy at Southwestern Seminary (Fort Worth, TX). I’ve held Templeton Research Fellowships at both the University of Notre Dame, Center for Philosophy of Religion (2013-2014), Saint Louis University (2014-2015) with the Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project, and was a visiting scholar at Oxford University working alongside the Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies project directed by Anna Marmodoro. I completed a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Philosophy at San Diego Christian College, an M.A. in Philosophy (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in Theology (summa cum laude) from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014, I had the honor of being awarded the Marc Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion, an award that aims to recognize younger scholars working in the area of philosophy of religion.
I am married to Suzanne, my high school sweetheart, and together we have the joy of raising our three young children Hudson, Declan, and Verity. When I’m not engaged in teaching and writing philosophy, I enjoy traveling, hiking, running, coffee, reading dead theologians, spending precious time with my family, and learning to become a better husband, father, and more faithful follower and student of Jesus of Nazareth.


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.