Phillip Cary

Professor of Philosophy; Scholar-in-Residence, Templeton Honors College

Phillip Cary (Ph.D., Yale University 1994) is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern University and Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors College. He has been philosophy editor of Christian Scholars Review, and is currently editor-in-chief of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology.  

Phillip Cary’s specialty is the history of Christian thought, with particular focus on Augustine and Luther. He is perhaps best known for his book Good News for Anxious Christians, along with his lecture series published by The Great Courses, including courses on Augustine, Luther, the History of Christian Theology, and Philosophy and Religion in the West. In addition to numerous articles and reviews, he has published three books on Augustine with Oxford University Press (Augustine’s Invention of the Inner Self, 2000; Inner Grace, 2008; and Outward Signs, 2008). Another area of interest is theological exegesis, where he has contributed a commentary on the book of Jonah (Brazos Press, 2008).   His most recently published book is The Meaning of Protestant Theology: Luther, Augustine, and the Gospel that Gives Us Christ (Baker Academic, 2019), and his next book is The Nicene Creed: An Introduction (Lexham Press, forthcoming in 2023).

  • Ph.D., Yale University: Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • M.A., Yale University: Philosophy
  • B.A., Washington University, St. Louis: English Literature and Philosophy
Undergraduate Templeton Courses

HON 160  Western Civilization 1: Greece and Rome (3 credits)
This course is the first in a four-course series in which we will read and discuss some of the books which made us who we are, so that we may understand ourselves and our world better. This first course investigates how the Bible was joined by the traditions of Greek and Roman thought and literature to lay a foundation for Western thought and culture. Assuming a knowledge of the Bible, we begin by reading great writers of ancient Greece and Rome, then examine how Augustine used, modified and criticized these writers in forming the tradition of Western Christian thought. (GE indicator addressed: Knowledgeable about the Western Tradition)

Graduate Templeton Courses

Great Conversations I: The True

Along with goodness, beauty, and justice, the nature and pursuit of truth is central to Western culture and civilization. This course engages questions about truth, knowledge, belief, and intellectual virtue as these ideas have been developed within the classical, Christian, modern, and contemporary traditions. Students will dialogue with each other and with representative philosophers and theologians like Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, and Reid, among others. Understanding the nature of knowledge and the intellectual virtues needed to pursue truth in common with others is essential for flourishing in religiously and philosophically plural societies and institutions. Therefore, this class will also address the practical implications of these ideas and their impact on the role of the citizen, student, and teacher.


History of Ancient and Medieval Education

This first course in the history of education explores antiquity to the Medieval Era, emphasizing ancient Greek, ancient Roman, early Christian, Medieval, and Renaissance influences on education.

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