Michael Palmer, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy


Dr. Michael Palmer serves as professor of philosophy in the School of Divinity. His scholarly interests include moral theory and the history of philosophy, with special emphasis on the way classical philosophy has influenced Christian thought. He is the author of three scholarly books and numerous journal articles, book chapters and other professional writings.

Palmer came to Regent University in 2006 to serve as the dean of the School of Divinity. Prior to coming to Regent he was at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, where he served as professor of philosophy (1985-2006); chair of the Theology Department (1991-2001); and director of Project Envision (2002-2006), an initiative funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment under the auspices of its Theological Exploration of Vocation program.

At Regent, Palmer teaches courses on Christian ethics, Christian social teaching, history of philosophy (ancient and medieval), theology of call, and the theology and practice of Sabbath-living.


2002 E.M. and Estella Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service; Arthur J. Schmitt Fellowship; Smith Family Traveling Scholarship.


Published Books:

The Wiley–Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice. Editor with Stanley M. Burgess (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). In 658 pages, The Wiley–Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice brings together a team of distinguished scholars to provide a comprehensive and comparative account of social justice in the major religious traditions.

Elements of a Christian Worldview, editor and contributing author (Logion Press, 1998), a 512-page volume of essays. The book describes a Christian worldview and discusses the relationship of a Christian worldview to various academic disciplines and certain facets of personal life and popular culture.

Names, Reference, and Correctness in Plato's Cratylus (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1989), 207 pp.

Published Chapters and Journal Articles:

"Leadership Principles that Wear Well." Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership 1, no. 2 (Summer 2007), 154-157.

"Cultural Influences on Ethical Decisions of Students Enrolled in European Hospitality Programs." Robert A. Brymer, Lynda March, Michael Palmer and Raymond S. Schmidgall. Tourism and Hospitality Research, The Survey Quarterly Review, Vol. 5, no. 4 (Aug. 2005), 346-357.

"Social Ethics in the Classical Pentecostal Tradition." In Stanley M. Burgess (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire/Routledge, 2006.

"Philosophy and Theology in the Classical Pentecostal Tradition." In Stanley M. Burgess (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire/Routledge, 2006.

"Scripture Study in the Age of the New Media." In Charles Ess (Ed.) Critical Thinking and the Bible in the Age of New Media. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004.

"Orienting Our Lives: The Importance of a Liberal Education for Pentecostals in the 21st Century." Pneuma, The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 23.2. Fall 2001,197-216.

"Ethics in the Pentecostal Tradition" In The International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Stanley Burgess (Ed). (Zondervan, 2000).

"A Burden Tender and In No Wise Heavy." In Wilderness and the Heart, edited by Edward F. Mooney (University of Georgia Press, 1999).

"Developing a Classroom Community," (co-authored with Stanley Burgess). This essay is the keynote chapter of a document titled The Teacher as Decision Maker (1990). The document was developed as part of a United States Innovation in Education Grant (R215A 93008) in cooperation with the Center For Research and Service, College of Education and Psychology, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65804

"Bibliography on Plato's Cratylus," Philosophy Research Archives 8 (1982) microfiche supplement 1-27.

"On Language and Intersubjectivity," Dialogue (PST) 24 (April 1982) 47-56.

Published Reviews:

Paul D. Spears and Steven R. Loomis. Education for Human Flourishing: A Christian Perspective. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. Christian Worldview Integration Series, Fall 2010.

Anderson, Thomas C. A Commentary on Gabriel Marcel's The Mystery of Being. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2006. Religious Studies Review, vol. 33, no. 4 (October, 2007), 319.

DeYong, Curtiss Paul. Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. Religious Studies Review, vol. 33 (July, 2007), 217.

Nanaz, Rick M. Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God's Gift of the Intellect. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2005. Religious Studies Review, Vol. 32 (No.3, July 2006), 182.

Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant, Worldview as a Concept. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004. Reviewed in Religious Studies Review, Vol. 31 (no. 1 & 2, 2005), 66.

King, Stephen M. God and Caesar: The Biblical Keys to Good Government and Community Action. Fairfax, VA: Xulon Press, 2002. Reviewed in Pneuma, The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Vol. 25, Number 2, 2003, pp. 324-326.

Snyder, T. Richard. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Punishment. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2001. Reviewed in Religious Studies Review, Fall 2001.

Short, Melton. The Old Testament Made Simple. 1994. Reviewed in Pentecostal Evangel, December 11, 1994.

French, Peter. Corporate Ethics. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1994. This comprehensive prepublication review and was written in November, 1993, for the author at the request of the publisher.

Arts, Herwig. God, The Christian, And Human Suffering. Tr. Helen Rolfson. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1993. (Originally published as Waarom Moeten Mensen Lijden? Leuven, Belgium: Davidsfonds, 1985). Reviewed in Paraclete, Spring 1994.

Loder, James E. and W. Jim Neidhardt. The Knight's Move, the Relational Logic of the Spirit in Theology and Science. Reviewed in Paraclete, Fall, 1993.

Rottmann, Larry. The Bicycle Doctors of Vietnam. This comprehensive review was written in April, 1993, for the Missouri Humanities Council which sponsored the project. The review was written for the purpose of auditing compliance with MHC standards.

Henigan, Julie, et. al. Health and Healing in the Ozarks: Historical Perspectives. This review was written in February, 1992, for the Missouri Humanities Council which sponsored the above named day-long conference for purpose of auditing compliance with MHC standards.

French, Peter, et.al. Corporations in the Moral Community. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1991. This comprehensive review was written in August, 1991, as a pre-publication editorial evaluation to the authors and for the publisher.

Dyrness, William A. How Does America Hear the Gospel, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1990. Reviewed in Advance, December, 1990.

Special Projects, Seminars, and Grants:

"Pathways Toward Becoming Human: A Symposium on the Thought of John Lawry." July 11, 2008, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. I served as the principal organizer for this symposium.

"Worldview Seminar." A seminar for theology students and faculty at Sekolah Tinggi Teologia International Harvest in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 7–10, 2007.

"Helping Students Understand Their Call" An eight day seminar for faculty (July 5 – July 14) funded by Lilly Endowment. I designed and directed the seminar.

"Sustaining the Theological Exploration of Vocation, 2006." This document is a grant proposal that will be submitted to Lilly Endowment, Inc., in February 2006. It seeks $500,000 in support of continuing an earlier grant-funded program. I authored the proposal.

"On Worldview." A workshop for the faculty of Regent University, August 19, 2005. This half-day workshop explored questions about the nature and structure of a worldview.

"Enhancing the Conversation about the Call." A two-week seminar for faculty (June 20—July 1, 2005) funded by Lilly Endowment. I designed and directed the seminar.

"Cross-Disciplinary Team Teaching: A Strategy for Exploring the Theological and Moral Dimensions of Vocation." A two-week seminar for faculty (June 14-25, 2004) funded by Lilly Endowment. I designed the seminar and served as the seminar leader.

"Project Envision: Discovering a Life of Christian Service and Leadership." A five-year initiative funded for $2,000,000 by Lilly Endowment. I co-authored the grant proposal and am currently serving as the Director of the programs that comprise the initiative.

"Do It Not With Poison: Abusive Strategies in Ethics." A four-part public discussion series (during the months of Jan.-Apr., 1995) co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and Southwest Regional Library, Bolivar, MO. I was one of four visiting scholars asked to lead a public discussion of ethical decision-making as related to gender, race, religion, family, and politics. My topic (Feb. 16, 1995) centered on themes in Robert Penn Warren's All The King's Men.

"Conduct and Character: An Inquiry into Moral Life," a two-week summer seminar for public school teachers, June 1994, Springfield, MO. I was the author, project director, and primary scholar in this seminar, which was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council (the Missouri State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities).

"The Spectrum of Responsibility," a six-week summer seminar for college teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by Peter French at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, 1990. I was one of twelve scholars selected to participate in this seminar.

"The American Religious Experience through the Writings of Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, and Flannery O'Connor," a ten-week discussion series in March, April, and May 1989. This program was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Missouri Humanities Council (the Missouri State affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities). I was the project director and co-author (along with Francis Bixler of Southwest Missouri State University), as well as a contributing scholar.

Papers Presented Before Professional Organizations:

"Ameliorating Ivan Karamazov's Anguish: Sketches of an Unsolved Problem," presented at Pathways toward Becoming Human: A Symposium on the Thought of John Lawry," July 11, 2008, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.

"Justice" presented to plenary session of doctoral students for the School of Education, July 9, 2007.

"Seminar on the Call," July 14, 2007, a one–day enrichment seminar for clergy and lay persons, sponsored by Project Bridges, Landover, Maryland.

"The Importance of Worldview for Leaders" presented to Biblical Perspectives in Leadership Roundtable, May 7, 2007, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"Leadership Challenges for Congregations and Church Leaders" presented at Seminar: Advanced Leadership Strategies for a Church Pastor. November 16, 2006, Washington, D.C.

"Bioethical Questions of Commodification and Justice at the Beginning of Life," a response to Suzanne Holland at the Symposium on Bioethics and Human Excellence, Missouri State University, March 5, 2005.

"Orienting Our Lives: The Importance of a Liberal Education for Pentecostals in the 21st Century," presented as a plenary address at the annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March, 2001.

"Reading and Critical Thinking: Pentecostal Traditions vis-à-vis New Media," presented at New Faces, New Voices: Thinking about Bible Study in the 21st Century,a conference hosted by the Research Center for Scriptures and Media of the American Bible Society, New York, New York, February 11, 2000.

"Moral Issues Centering on the Beginning of Life," Roman Catholic - Assemblies of God Dialogue, Springfield, MO, October 31, 1994.

"The World Classroom: A Look to the Future," Conference on Intercultural Communication, Branson, MO, June 1991.

"Plato and Contemporary Platonism," International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, annual meeting, New Orleans, LA, April, 1989.

"Intentionality and Literary Meaning in the Phenomenological Tradition," Colloquium on Literary Theory, Springfield, MO, January 1989.

"Scholarship at a Small Liberal Arts College," Midwest/Modern Language Association, annual meeting, St. Louis, MO, November, 1988.

"The Morally Weak Person and the Morally Weak State," American Catholic Philosophical Association, annual meeting, New York, NY, April 1983.

"Interpreting Wayfaring: Vincent Van Gogh and Aesthetic Creativity," regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Eugene, OR, May 1976.

"Interpreting the Lukan Narrative of the Ten Lepers: A Study in Structural Analysis," regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Tacoma, WA, May 1975.

Meet Our Faculty

Jeffrey Anderson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology

Larry K. Asplund, D.Min.

Instructor, Practical Theology & Internship

Patrick J. Bopp, D.Min.

Instructor, Practical Theology

Dana J. Cavallaro, D.Min.

Instructor, Practical Theology & Formation

Diane J. Chandler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Christian Formation & Leadership

757.352.4417 diancha@regent.edu
Dale M. Coulter, D.Phil.

Associate Professor of Historical Theology

757.352.4183 dcoulter@regent.edu
Mara Lief Crabtree, D.Min.

Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality & Women's Studies

757.352.4421 maracra@regent.edu
Bradley J. Embry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

757.352.4303 bembry@regent.edu
James Flynn, D.Min.

Associate Dean of Operations & Teaching

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

757.352.4527 jamefly@regent.edu
Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D.

Director of Master’s Programs

Assistant Professor

Mark A. Jumper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theological and Ministerial Studies

757.352.4903 mjumper@regent.edu
Alemayehu Mekonnen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Missions

Julie Reams, D.Min.

Instructor, Practical Theology & Formation

Uwe C. Scharf, Ph.D.

Instructor, Biblical Studies & Theology

Kevin Spawn, D.Phil.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

757.352.4409 kspawn@regent.edu
J. Lyle Story, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Languages & New Testament

757.352.4402 lylesto@regent.edu
Joseph Umidi, D.Min.

Executive Vice President for Student Life

Professor of Practical Theology

757.352.4401 joseumi@regent.edu
Archie T. Wright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

757.352.4532 awright@regent.edu


Johnathan Alvarado, Ph.D.
Antoinette Alvarado, Ph.D.
Miguel Alvarez, Ph.D.
Eugene Austin, D.Min.
Lewis Brogdon, Ph.D.
Ewen Butler, Ph.D.
Robert Carpenter, D.Min.
Kristina Chalfin, Ph.D.
Elmer Chen, Ph.D.
John Dooley, D.Min.
Charles Fox, Ph.D.
Dan Goff, D.Min.
Susan Hares, Ph.D., (A.B.D.)
Antipas Harris, D.Min.
Donald Hartley, Ph.D.
Robert Hill, Ph.D.
Ray Houk, D.Min.
Jeff Jibben, D.Min.
Mwambazambi Kalemba, Ph.D.
Benjamin Laird, Ph.D.
William Langford, D.Min.
Robert Mack, Ph.D.
Lee Martin, Ph.D.
Patricia Mercier, Ph.D.
Lisa Millen
Seth Moore, Ph.D.
Eric Newberg, Ph.D.
Adam Nigh, Ph.D.
Louis Oliverio, Ph.D.
Jeremy Perigo, Ph.D.
John Plake, Ph.D.
Steven Pounds, Ph.D.
Daniel Rollins, D.Min.
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Dwight Sheets, Ph.D.
Roger Starner, Ph.D.
Carl Sweatman, Ph.D.
Daniel Tomberlin, Ph.D.
Graham Twelftree, Ph.D.
William Victor, Ph.D.
Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D.
Brandon Walker, Ph.D.
James Wall, D.Min.
Steven Ware, Ph.D.
Robert Webster, Ph.D.
Sara Wells, Ph.D.
Mark Wilson, Ph.D.