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T. Ryan Byerly, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry

Education

  • Ph.D. Baylor University
  • M.A. Baylor University
  • B.A. The College at Southeastern

Honors and Awards

  • Funded participant in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on Metaphysics and Mind 2013
  • Analytic Theology Cluster Group Grant 2013
  • Analytic Theology Summer Stipend 2012, 2013
  • Analytic Theology Course Grant 2012
  • Funded participant in St. Thomas Summer Seminar in Philosophy of Religion 2012
  • Funded participant in Analytic Theology Summer School and Conference 2012

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion

Research Interests

Philosophical Theology, Epistemology, Virtue Ethics

Teaching Philosophy

Today is perhaps the most exciting time to study philosophy as a Christian since the Medieval period. In a community of brilliant and diverse peers, faithful students enjoy abundant opportunities to pursue deep understanding of God, His world, and their relation to one another. Philosophy courses at Regent aid students in pursuing such understanding by deploying an integrative approach to faith and learning. The core commitments of the Christian faith shape the subject matter, sources of evidence, and manner of investigation whereby we contemplate enduring questions concerning the nature of truth, knowledge, human nature, and ethics. And likewise the outcomes of our study—what we learn—helps us refine and appreciate the faith with which we began our inquiry. By helping students gain and display a refined understanding of God, His world, and their relationship, philosophy courses at Regent will enable students to herald the precious good news of a biblical, Christian worldview as coherent, powerful, and beautiful.

My personal teaching style has three proximate aims for students as I mentor them in the discipline of philosophy. The first aim is that students acquire and practice implementing liberal skills such as attentive interpretation, charitable exposition, detailed clarification, and persuasive argumentation. These skills are fostered through narrowly-tailored writing assignments on which I offer students extensive feedback. The second aim is that students strengthen a complex of intellectual virtues such as intellectual perseverance, cautiousness, comprehensiveness, and open-mindedness. Virtues such as these are strengthened most effectively through larger, more demanding projects where I offer the guidance of a coach. My third goal for students, alluded to in the first paragraph above, is that they develop a deep understanding of God, His world, and their relation to one another. This aim is achieved through methodical, collective reflection on a carefully selected subject matter. My hope and prayer is that Regent students equipped with such understanding, virtues, and skills will be powerful agents of service, leadership, and change for a world in need and that they will have the tools necessary for life-long flourishing in their professional and personal projects.

Biography

When most of my high school classmates in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, were applying to Ivy League universities, I nearly decided that higher education wasn't for me. But, with a little prodding, I ended up studying the History of Ideas in a Great Books program at the undergraduate school of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. It was through studying the Great Books that I first encountered philosophy and eventually discovered what I wanted to do with my life.

Studying the Great Books introduced me to the questions that have captivated me thus far in my career--questions about the nature of reality, rationality, personhood, and happiness. It also introduced me to the analytical method of philosophical inquiry, which has become the road I travel every day. After graduation, that road took me to the Ph.D. program in Philosophy at Baylor University in Waco, TX. I cherish the time I was able to spend at Baylor. It was my privilege to be a part of a department of philosophers united by a love of wisdom and by a common Christian faith. I watched the program grow by leaps and bounds while I was there and it continues to rise in the philosophical ranks.

My philosophical journey has most recently taken me to Virginia Beach, VA, where I have taken up the position of Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Regent University. My wife Meghan, dog Tilly and I made the trek half-way across the States in the summer of 2012. It is my joy to teach philosophy and philosophically-oriented courses to the excellent undergraduate students at Regent, and to continue pursuing my research in the areas of Philosophical Theology, Epistemology, and Virtue Ethics.

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