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Steven B. Sherman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry

Education

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Simon Greenleaf University/Trinity International University
  • B.A., California State University

Honors and Awards

  • Elected to the Curriculum Committee for the College of Arts & Sciences at Regent University, 2009-2013
  • Rank and Tenure Committee, Regent University College of Arts & Sciences, 2010-2011
  • Received an Outstanding Instructor Award, Santa Ana College Adult Education, 2004
  • National Online Course of the Year Award, Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries, 2003

Classes Taught

  • Biblical Background and Interpretation
  • Christian Ethics
  • Introduction to Christian History & Thought
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Principles of Theology
  • Seminar in Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Systematic Theology II
  • The Making of the Christian Mind
  • Worldviews

Research Interests

Revitalizing evangelical approaches to various disciplines, including theological hermeneutics, ethics, method, convictions, anthropology, and practices; contemporary theological, apologetical, and worldview models/practices within evangelicalism; essential theological and ethical instruction and tools for discipleship and witness.

Teaching Philosophy

All of my courses are taught from a "faith-seeking-understanding" approach: this means beginning with a confessional stance (trusting in God and the veracity of God's self-revelation in Jesus Christ and through the Scriptures) that seeks to grow in grace, knowledge, and genuine understanding of the Christian faith. It is widely recognized that every teacher and learner comes to class with presuppositions and precommitments about what they believe or trust as being true; they do not come with perfect objectivity, which is something only the Triune God possesses. Thus, it is disingenuous to hide one's perspectives; for Christ-followers especially, this would be the opposite of something crucial we want to strive for at Regent (all members of this academic community): authenticity. This applies to our view of God, others, self, world, truth, and so on. What's more, each of us are at a different place in our spiritual and intellectual development and journey—as it must be for various reasons (and seasons) in life. Thus, I seek to encourage a humble, honest, and faithful journey throughout each course and its various learning materials—trusting that we will find ourselves better "kingdom citizens" than when we first began. One main outcome we seek in our expedition is to achieve a renewed life to the glory of God and for the sake of others.

While the subject matter of my courses varies, the ultimate Subject rightly remains our triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit. The Holy Scriptures serve as the central book for all classes, even as lecture/discussion materials and required textbooks provide specific topical direction for inquiry, analysis, synthesis, and the like. Still, it is the subject that draws our attention to itself—and ultimately, toward a theological perspective on the matter—rather than the professor or student, who are fellow learners in pursuit of the Truth. As professor, I work to lead, guide, and facilitate for student learning and apprenticeship to the Master Teacher, Jesus Christ, in various ways, including active spiritual engagement together via lecture, discussion, on-campus and online meetings, prayer, worship, encouragement, exhortation, and service.

Biography

Dr. Sherman was raised in southeast Idaho before moving to southern California as a teen. Leaving behind the LDS (Mormon) tradition, he sought life's meaning and pleasure in ways similar to those expressed by Augustine in Confessions until receiving God's gift of new life in Christ as a young adult through the ministry of John Wimber. Spiritually nurtured and encouraged by various Christian pastors, teachers, and ministries (for instance, Chuck Swindoll, Walter Martin, J.P. Moreland, Dallas Willard), he came to commit to a life of Christian service in the Church and the academe.

Dr. Sherman joined the Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry Department at Regent University in 2009 after having most recently taught at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. His areas of specialization are theology, ethics, worldviews, hermeneutics, epistemology, apologetics, philosophy of religion, and history of philosophy. Dr. Sherman is also a licensed minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Dr. and Mrs. Sherman have been married more than 20 years and have two adult children (including a recent CAS/Regent University graduate!) and one granddaughter. Dr. Sherman enjoys reading, ideas, motivational teaching, redemptive films, jazz, classical, and various other musical genres, statistics, good health, great coffee, and being outdoors.

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