Philip Tallon, PhD

School of Christian Thought
  • Associate Professor of Theology
  • Dean, School of Christian Thought


  • PhD, Theology, University of St. Andrews
  • MA, Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • BA, English, University of South Florida

Courses Taught

  • Theology and Culture
  • Christian Theology and Tradition
  • Walking to Piraeus: The Ancient Greek World
  • Faith, Reason & Romance: The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds
  • Film, the Visual Arts, and Apologetics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • “Mere Christian Theology” and Apologetics Implications
  • Comedy in the Western Tradition
  • All Roads Lead to Rome: The Ancient Roman and Early Christian Worlds
  • Enlightenment & Modernity
  • The Last 100 Years
  • The Story of Scripture

Teaching Focus

Dr. Tallon teaches in the Theology and Apologetics departments and the Doctor of Ministry program (Culture Track).

Dr. Tallon’s primary areas of research are in Christian theology and theological aesthetics. He is especially interested in doing ‘theology through the arts,’ which examines how the arts can reorient and enrich our understanding of Christian truth.


  • The Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way. Franklin, TN: Seedbed, 2020.
  • “The Argument from Beauty and Play,” in Two Dozen or so Arguments for God. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith: A Quick Sketch of Biblical Beliefs. Franklin, TN: Seedbed, 2016.
  • The Poetics of Evil: Toward an Aesthetic Theodicy. New York:Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. Edited by David Baggett and Philip Tallon. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • “In Defense of The Problem of Pain,” and “Reply to O’Hara.” In C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Christianity: For and Against. Edited by Gregory Bassham. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2015.
  • “Eschatology.” (Co-authored with Jerry L. Walls.) In The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought. Edited by James Beilby and Chad Meister. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Evil and the Cosmic Dance: C. S. Lewis and Beauty’s Place in Theodicy.” In C. S. Lewis as Philosopher. Edited by David Baggett et al. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Academic, 2008.
  • “Pretty, Fair Nonsense: Tolkien’s View of the Arts.” In The Hobbit and Philosophy. Edited by Gregory Bassham. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
  • “Watsons, Lestrades, Adlers, and Moriartys: An Aristotelian Investigation of the Nature of Friends and Enemies.” In The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes. Edited by David Baggett and Philip Tallon. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • “Through a Mirror, Darkly: Art-Horror as Locus for Moral Reflection.” In The Philosophy of Horror. Edited by Thomas Fahy. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010.
  • “Psycho: Horror, Hitchcock, and The Problem of Evil.” In Hitchcock and Philosophy. Edited by David Baggett and Shawn Drumlin. Peru, IL: Open Court, 2007.

In addition, Dr. Tallon is a contributor to the Transpositions blog, maintained by the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts (, and to Seedbed (

Additional Information

Dr. Tallon is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the Wesleyan Theological Society.

Involvement in ministry is important to Dr. Tallon, and he has held a number of full-time positions in youth and college ministry.

He has a large family, who keep him on his toes. He likes outdoorsy sporting activities that don’t involve the application of game theory (e.g. biking, hiking, camping, running, frisbee, etc.).

You can also find him on Twitter (@philiptallon).