Dr. James Bruce

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Dr. James Bruce

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.A., Baylor University
M.A., University of Oxford
B.A., University of Oxford
A.B., Dartmouth College


Dr. James (Jay) Bruce’s current research interests include ethics, philosophy of religion, Reformation-era ideas and institutions, and the history of philosophy, especially the relationship between philosophy and theology in the seventeenth century.
Dr. Bruce has given papers at the American Philosophical Association, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the Evangelical Theological Society, and he has commented on papers at both the American Philosophical Association and the Southwestern Philosophical Society. In 2010, he delivered the Logos Lecture at Dartmouth College, and, in 2011, the Balzer Lecture here at JBU. Unlike many of his regular lectures at JBU, Dr. Bruce actually wore proper dress shoes when he delivered these papers (so he tells us).
Dr. Bruce’s academic work has taken him throughout the United States and to Scotland, France, and China—greatly helped (or hindered) by his working fluency in English, his meager competency in French, and his almost total ignorance of Chinese.

Dr. Bruce has been recognized for his work by JBU since arriving here in 2008. He is a JBU Summer Scholar, and he has received both a Shipps grant and a summer minigrant for his research. Passionate about teaching, Dr. Bruce was awarded a Rookie of the Year award for the first year in which he was eligible (2009), and, for the academic year of 2010–2011, he was named the JBU Student Choice Awards Professor of the Year. 

For 2011–2013, Dr. Bruce is a McGee Chair of Biblical Studies, given to support his research on the relationship between God and morality, especially in the work of Francis Turretin. His book, Rights in the Law: The Importance of God’s Free Choices in the Thought of Francis Turretin, is forthcoming from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht this year.

Dr. Bruce, his wife, and their two children live near downtown Siloam Springs. He walks to work, hates television, and loves coffee.



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