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James Stump

James Stump
  • Title Director of Philosophy Program
    Professor of Philosophy
  • Work Phone 574.807.7125
  • Office Administration Building, Room 303 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

James Brent Stump is a graduate of Bethel College (1991) with a B.A. degree in Math and Science Education. After graduation, he and his wife Christine taught at a boarding school in Sierra Leone, West Africa, until their abrupt evacuation due to political unrest. He then pursued Philosophy in graduate school, earning an M.A. from Northern Illinois University (1995) and a Ph.D. from Boston University (2000).

Jim has been teaching back at Bethel since 1998. When the Philosophy major was first established, Jim served as its program director. In 2003 he was asked to be the interim Academic Dean, and then in 2004 was made Vice President for Academic Services. His sojourn into administration lasted until 2008, when he returned to the teaching faculty. Now, as a full Professor of Philosophy, he once again directs the Philosophy major.

Jim generally teaches the upper-level Philosophy courses in Symbolic Logic, Modern Philosophy, and Theory of Knowledge, as well as Introduction to Philosophy and Logic and Critical Thinking in the general education core. He also offers History of Christian Thought in the graduate program.

For three summers, 2003-2005, Jim was Fellow in the Templeton-Oxford Seminars on Science and Religion. There he worked on a project in the Philosophy of Mind which culminated in conference presentations and journal articles. Two more recent projects are Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (Routledge, 2010), which he co-authored with Bethel colleague Chad Meister, and A Companion to Science and Christianity, which he co-edited with Alan Padgett of Luther Seminary.  His current research continues in the exciting and sometimes contentious area of science and religion.

Jim is a frequent speaker both in and outside of Bethel. He and his wife Chris have three boys—Casey, Trevor, and Connor. They value family and friends, good music, international experiences, sport, and books.