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William Reddinger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Government, History and Criminal Justice

Education

  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University
  • B.A., Grove City College

Honors and Awards

  • Regent University Faculty Research Grant Recipient, 2010-2011
  • Earhart Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship, 2008-2009, 2009-2010

Classes Taught

  • GOVT 196: Introduction to the Study of Government
  • GOVT 240: American Government and Politics I
  • GOVT 245: American Government and Politics II
  • GOVT 300: The Legislative Process
  • GOVT 327: Ancient Political Philosophy
  • GOVT 329: Modern Political Philosophy
  • GOVT 330: Political Ideologies
  • GOVT 334: Christian Political Philosophy

Research Interests

Religion and the American Founding, Reformed Political Theology

Teaching Philosophy

A number of features of my classroom contribute to student learning, but only a few can be mentioned here. First, critical thinking is emphasized. Students who take my classes not only learn a collection of political facts but learn to make good political judgments about those facts. To this end, students in my classes are required to defend their thoughts; I always ask questions to help students to learn to articulate their views, defend their views, and to think critically. This has significant practical value as well, since employers always want employees to be able to think critically and to communicate well.

Second, students in my classes will read a number of "great books" of western civilization. Although textbooks and contemporary writings are assigned, students are exposed chiefly to some of the great works of some of the great thinkers in history of western political thinking. The idea is that we try to engage in a conversation with some of the greatest minds in western thought. This serves to contribute to the critical thinking mentioned above.

Third and finally, I always apply biblical principles, and right reason within the bounds of those principles, to my teaching of politics. The most important biblical idea that I incorporate throughout my teaching is a proper biblical anthropology. Without a right understanding of man, one necessarily must be in error in their opinions on particular public policies. This is because all policy positions include at least some assumptions about the nature of man.

A biblical view of man is one that acknowledges that man is made in the image of God (Genesis 2) - and therefore inherently has dignity-and yet is sinful even from the moment of conception (Psalm 51) and therefore is prone to wickedness. In addition, we learn from the Genesis account that man is not God and therefore is not omniscient-a basic principle implicitly denied in some public policies. Finally, we learn from the Scriptures that man is not only matter but is body and spirit; public policies which treat only man's material nature are policies that treat men no differently than one would a beast.

By emphasizing the teaching of these biblical principles, Regent hopes to graduate students who not only think critically-and therefore are attractive to potential employers-but students who have the ability to make an important impact for the Lord in their spheres of influence.

Biography

Prior to coming to Regent University, Dr. Reddinger was Visiting Instructor in Political Theory at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He has also taught at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas. In his free time, Dr. Reddinger enjoys fly fishing, camping, and playing tennis. Originally from New Bethlehem, PA, he now lives in Virginia Beach with his wife Joyce.

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