Dr. Richard A. Knopp

Curriculum Vitae

CURRENT POSITIONS
  • Professor of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics, Lincoln Christian University (LCU).
  • Program Director and Presenter for Room for Doubt, a grant-funded apologetics project at LCU whose purpose is to encourage questions, address doubts, and strengthen faith. The project began in August 2013.  Its initial three-year phase was funded by a $675,000 grant from the Loftis Foundation.
  • Program Director for WorldViewEyes, a grant-funded program for youth and adults administered through LCU. The program is designed to help Christian youth and adults EXPAND their minds, ENGAGE their culture, EVALUATE non-Christian beliefs; and EMBRACE a consistently-lived Christian worldview. Over 76,000 adults and youth have attended a WorldViewEyes or Room For Doubt multimedia presentation. The program has received six grants from the Lilly Endowment totalling over $1,000,000.
  • Board member since 1992 for the Christian Campus Foundation, a campus ministry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Illinois, 1991.
    Dissertation: “Religious Belief and the Problems of Cognitivity and Commitment: A Reappraisal Based on Contemporary Philosophy of Science.”
  • M.A. in Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1983.
    Thesis: “Karl Popper’s Concept of Rationality in Science.”
  • M.Div. in Philosophy and Theology, Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1979.
  • B.A. in Christian Ministries, St. Louis Christian College, 1973.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND TEACHING
  • Philosophy of Religion; Apologetics; Worldview Studies; Philosophy of Science; Ethics.
  • Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Worldviews; Christianity and Science; Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; Introduction to Apologetics; Logic; The Contemporary Pluralistic World (lecturer).
  • Graduate/Seminary Courses: Christianity and the Philosophy of Religion; Science, Theology, and Philosophy; Understanding Contemporaray Mindsets; Ethics; Types of Apologetics.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & SERVICE
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society.
  • Evangelical Theological Society.
  • Founding Editorial Board Member for the Stone-Campbell Journal (1998-2002).
GRANTS/AWARDS
  • Program Director for Room For Doubt, a $675,000 grant program for Christian apologetics.
  • Grant writer and Program Director for WorldViewEyes, a program funded by six grants totaling $1,027,530 from Lilly Endowment Inc. (2000-present).
  • Athletic Hall of Fame (basketball), St. Louis Christian College (inaugural class inductee, 2013).  Currently ranked 2nd all-time scorer (2,225 points. 22.7 pts/game; all-time leader in freethrows attempted and in free throws made).
  • 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, St. Louis Christian College.
  • 2007 Wolford Award from St. Louis Christian College. Granted to former SLCC students "who exhibit Christian character and have made significant impact on SLCC athletics and in ministry."
  • $10,000 award winner from the Templeton Foundation for developing model courses in science and religion (1991). Course entitled “Science and Theology: Problems, Perspectives, and Possibilities.”
PUBLICATIONS
  • "Understanding and Engaging the 'Nones.'"  Forthcoming in the Stone-Campbell Journal (Fall 2018).
  • "Lessons from the Philosophy of Science for the Restoration Movement Heritage." Chapter in Restoration and Philosophy: New Philosophical Engagements with the Stone-Campbell Tradition (tentative title). Edited by J. Caleb Clanton. Forthcoming by University of Tennessee Press.
  • "Review of Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller.  Requested book review for the Christian Standard (February 2017 issue on Christian Apologetics). http://christianstandard.com/2017/02/helping-the-skeptical-see-god.
  • "Moral Absolutes and Moral Worth: A Proposal for Christian Ethics Inspired by Norman L. Geisler."  In I AM Put Here for the Defense of the Gospel: Dr. Norman L. Geisler: A Festschrift in His Honor, 317-345. Edited by Terry Miethe. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.
  • Easter is On!: Resurrection Resources.”  Christian Standard 150 (March 2015): 30–31. Additional resources to accompany the article can be found HERE.
  • "Where Will We Go Without God?Christian Standard 149 (June 2014): 38-40.  For a webcast interview regarding this special issue on apologetics, see "Beyond the Standard--Apologetics is Different Now" accessible at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/standardpublishing.
  • "On the Conceptual Relationship Between Religion and Science: Considerations from a Christian Perspective." In Theology in the Present Age: Essays in Honor of John D. Castelein, pp. 73-99.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013.
  • Review of Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion by Paul Copan. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2007, submitted by request to Encounter.
  • Review of The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath and Daniel Dennett in Dialogue. Edited by Robert Stewart. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008. In The Stone-Campbell Journal (Spring 2010): 108-110.
  • Co-editor with John Castelein, Taking Every Thought Captive: Essays in Honor of James D. Strauss. Joplin , MO: College Press, 1997.
  • “On the Value of the Philosophy of Science for Christian Faith and Ministry,” chap. in Taking Every Thought Captive: Essays in Honor of James D. Strauss. Joplin , MO : College Press, 1997.
  • "Apologetics in Our Modern Postmodern Age: Some Insights from the Philosophy of Science. The Journal of Campus Ministry 2 (1996): 1-4.
PRESENTATIONS:
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Professional/Academic Papers & Presentations:

    • "Understanding and Engaging the 'Nones.'" Plenary Presentation.  Stone-Campbell Journal Conference at Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Milligan College, TN. (April 7, 2018).
    • International Christian Evidence Conference at York College, Nebraska (June 19-21, 2015). Plenary session ("Rethinking Worldview: A New Paradigm for Christian Discipleship") and one workshop ("Dealing with Doubt").
    • "Is There Room for Doubt in Christian Apologetics?" Stone-Campbell Journal Conference (April 10-11, 2015).
    • "Using Media to Illustrate Christian Worldview Ideas."  Stone-Campbell Journal Conference (March 14-15, 2014).
    • "The Legacy of the Kuhn-Popper Debate: Some Lessons for Evangelicals." 2013 National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological/Philosophical Society. (Nov. 19, 2013).
    • "A New Paradigm for Worldview: Locating Its Basis in Deuteronomy 6." Stone-Campbell Journal Conference. (April 5-6, 2013).
    • "What I've Learned from Worldview Assessments: A Critical Appraisal for the Academy and the Church." Midwest Evangelical/Philosophical Society Meeting. (March 9, 2013)
    • "Teaching Them to Love Wisdom: The Christian Philosopher in the Classroom: Effective Tools and Strategies for Teaching Well." Midwest Evangelical/Philosophical Society Meeting panel presentation with Dr. Bryan O'Neal (Moody) and Dr. James Stump (Bethel College). (March 8, 2013).
    • Lessons from the Philosophy of Science on the Perceptions and Practice of Science” - Invited lecture for the Center for Research in Science (CRIS), Azusa Pacific University (Nov. 29, 2011).  See http://www.apu.edu/cris/. Lecture video available on iTunes-U at:
      http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/center-for-research-in-science/id421902830#ls=1.
    • “Philosophy of Science and Christian Concerns: Reflections on a 20-Year-Old Dissertation” – Plenary presenter for the Midwest Evangelical Theological-Philosophical Society Meeting (March 2011).
    • K. T. Norris Lectures at Maritime Christian College, Prince Edward Island, Canada (January 2010).
      • "Digesting God's Call to a Christian Worldview"
      • "Discovering the Implications of a Christian Worldview"
      • "Detecting Clashing Worldviews in Our Culture"
      • "Developing a Christian Response to Competing Worldviews"
      • Sermons: "Living a Biblical Worldview: Monitoring Moses"; "Living a Biblical Worldview: Principles from Paul; "Detecting and Deciding on the Influences in Your Life" (youth).
    • “Apologetic Cartography in a Postmodern World: Does Anyone Have a Compass?” - The Theological Forum, North American Christian Convention (2004) [text of paper in htm format or pdf format].
    • “The Compatibility of Faith and Science” - Faith, Science, and Medicine Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine and the Christian Medical and Dental Society Continuing Education Seminar, Peoria, Illinois (2000) [available on videotape].
    • “The Nature of Science and Christian Commitment” - University of Illinois Christian Faculty Colloquium (2000) .
    • Lectureship on "Science and Christian Faith" - Manhattan Christian College and Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas (1998).
    • “On the Value of the Philosophy of Science: Some Implications for Theology and Apologetics” - Wheaton Theology Conference, Wheaton College , Wheaton , Illinois (1993) .
    • “Contemporary Philosophy of Science and Its Implications for Theology” - Fellowship of Christian Professors’ Meeting, St. Louis (1992).
    • “Christianity and Science” - Lecture at Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois (1990) .



Presentations for Churches,
Christian Schools, and Campus Ministries:

    • Sermon and Room For Doubt Q&A Event. Central Christian Church, Streator, IL (May 20, 2018).
    • "Worship Celebrates Jesus ... As the Incarnate Word: The Gift of God."  Chapel sermon for Lincoln Christian Seminary (Nov. 29, 2017).
    • Room For Doubt Q&A Event. Greencastle (IN) Christian Church (Nov. 5, 2017).
    • "Why Believe (or Continue to Believe) in God?" Sermon. Mt. Pulaski (IL) Christian Church (Sept. 10, 2017).
    • "Biblical Worldview Conference."  12 hours of instruction. China.  Summer 2017.
    • "Truth, Tolerance, and Acceptance" (video, slides, & handouts available)
      2017 Vine Conference for High School Youth (April 2017).
    • "Developing Conviction When There Is Room For Doubt." Sermon. Fort Des Moines Church of Christ (Feb. 26, 2017).
    • "Learning to Love God, Not the World." Sermon for Lincoln Christian Seminary chapel (Jan. 25, 2017)
    • "Room For Doubt at a Christian University?"  Sermon to introduce the Room For Doubt Six-Week Series for undergraduate chapel, Lincoln Christian University (Jan. 10, 2017).
    • Workshop and Q&A for Room For Doubt area-wide campaign. Shelbyville, IL area (Nov. 20, 2016).
      • "Biblical Guidelines for Defending the Christian Faith in a World of Alternatives"
      • "Key Considerations for Defending (and Living) Your Faith"
    • "Dealing with Doubt While Making Disciples."  Senior Saints presentation. Jefferson Street Christian Church, Lincoln, IL (Nov. 10, 2016).
    • "Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?" and Q&A Event (Mar 20, 2016). Chillicothe, IL
    • "Thinking about the Elephant in the Room: A Christian Approach to Science" (Feb. 24, 2016). High School at Westside Christian Church, Springfield, IL..
    • "Encountering God Who Sometimes Doesn't Make Sense" (Feb. 17, 2016). Chapel sermon at Lincoln Christian Seminary. Click HERE for video.
    • "Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?"; workshop on "Room for Doubt, Yet Reaons for Hope;" and Q&A Event (Jan 31, 2016).  Minier, IL.
    • "The Cultural Demise and the Demands of a Christian Worldview" (Oct. 20, 2015).  Illinois State Ministers' Retreat.
    • "Who Are You?  A New Way of Thinking about Following Jesus." High School Worship Message (April 19, 2015). Eastview Christian Church, Normal, IL.  
    • Apologetics Conference at Cincinnati Christian University (March 20-21, 2015).  Four sessions. For a video of the session on "Room for Doubt, yet Reason for Hope," CLICK HERE.
    • "Addressing Doubts about Faith."  Winter Retreat for Illinois/Iowa Campus Ministries.  Springfield, IL  (Feb. 27-28, 2015). Three sessions.
    • "Faith: Is There Room for Doubt?" Illinois Christian Teen Convention (Nov. 8, 2014).
    • "The Demise and the Demands of the Christian Worldview."  Area Men's Meeting.  Macomb, IL (Oct. 27, 2014).
    • "Love God, Not the World" (1 John 2:15-17).  Message for College Church, Illinois State University, sponsored by Eastview Christian Church, Bloomington, IL (Oct. 23, 2014).
    • "The Day God Left" (Ezek 9:1-11; 10:1-22). Message for chapel, Lincoln Christian Seminary. Click HERE for just audio recording.  Click HERE for audio with slides.
    • "If You Continue in the Faith" (Colossians 1:21-23).  Presentation for high school camp, Little Galilee Christian Camp (June 18, 2014).
    • "We Are The Church."  Sermon at Lincoln Christian Church. Lincoln, IL (May 25, 2014).
    • Room For Doubt Seminar, Madison Park Christian Church, Quincy, IL (March 7-8, 2014).  Four sessions.  Click HERE for resources.
    • Room For Doubt Seminar, Christian Church of Clarendon Hills, IL (March 1-2, 2014). Four sessions and sermon.  Click HERE for resources.
    • "Grace Fights for Deliverance" (2 Cor. 10:1-6): Message for Lincoln Christian University chapel (Feb. 11, 2014).  Audio only recordingAudio with Slides
    • 2013 Commencement Address for St. Louis Christian College. CLICK HERE for audio.
    • "An Introduction to Christian Apologetics": Special Study at Lincoln Christian Church (5 sessions, April-May, 2013).
    • "Living a Christian Worldview in an Age of Alternatives" - Taylorville Christian Church, Taylorville, IL (Oct, 2012)
      • "God's Call to a Christian Worldview"
      • "Worldview Lessons from the Apostle Paul"
      • "Being a Confident Christian in a Culture of Competitors"
    • "The Story: Beginnings": West Side Christian Church, Springfield, IL (Sept-Oct, 2012)
      • "The Beginning of the Story" (Gen 1-9)
      • "The Origin of God's Nation" (Gen 12-35)
      • "Joseph: From Favored Son, to Slave, to Egyptian Sovereign"
    • Learning to Love God with Your Worldview”: Northview Church, Carmel, IN (and West Lafayette campus by video). Six presentations (April-May, 2011).
    • “Singing in Our Celebration (Psalm 19): Chapel sermon for Lincoln Christian Seminary (Nov. 2010). Click HERE for audio and slides.
    • “Genesis, Science, and the Christian Worldview”: Mahomet (IL) Christian Church, scheduled for Oct. 15-16, 2010.
    • “The Story of One Universe (Genesis 1)”: Lincoln Christian University, Undergraduate Studies chapel (Sept. 2010).
    • K. T. Norris Lectureship at Maritime Christian College, Prince Edward Island, Canada (January 2010). Four lectures and two sermons on developing and applying a Christian worldview.
    • “Science, Genesis, and the Christian Worldview”: Madison Park Christian Church, Quincy, IL (2010).
    • "An Orientation to Worldviews and a Biblical Worldview": leadership training event for Lincoln (IL) Christian Church (2009).
    • "Being Truly Christian in a World with Clashing Worldviews": 3 sessions at Westbrook Christian Church in Bolingbrook, IL (2009).
    • "A Christian Perspective on Science and Evolution": Bible & Worldview Institute presentation at Morris (IL) Christian Church (2009).
    • "The Need for a Biblical Worldview in an Age of Options": Bible & Worldview Institute presentation at Morris (IL) Christian Church (2009).
    • "The Need for a Biblical Worldview in an Age of Options": Bible & Worldview Institute presentation at Lincoln (IL) Christian Church (2008).
    • "Developing and Living a Biblical Worldview in an Age of Options" (5 weeks): Lincoln Christian Church Crusaders' Sunday School (2007).
    • "Me, My World, and My Worldview" (3 weeks): Lincoln Christian Church Senior High Fusion (2007).
    • "Biblical Ethics and Absolutes": Madison Park Christian Church, Quincy, IL (2006).
    • "Starting to Think about BIGGER Things": Eastview Christian Church, Bloomington, IL (2006).
    • "Evolutionism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design": Southside Christian Church, Springfield, IL (2006).
    • "Learn 2 See: Understanding and Developing a Biblical Worldview" - Staff development workshop at Lincoln Christian College & Seminary, Lincoln, IL (2005).
    • College Park Christian Church, Normal, IL (2005):
      • "A Christian Orientation to Competing Worldviews"
      • "Evolutionism and Creationism"
      • "Intelligent Design: Is It an Intelligent Movement?"
    • Lincoln Christian College & Seminary Staff Retreat (2005)
    • Western Illinois University Campus Ministry Retreat (2005)
    • LeRoy Christian Church, LeRoy, Illinois (2004): “Worldview Vaccination”
    • Cornerstone Christian Academy, Bloomington, Illinois (2004): “Learning to Do and Teach ‘Worldview Thinking’”
    • First Christian Church of Champaign (2001): Apologetic Series
    • First Christian Church of Mattoon , Illinois (2001): Christianity & Science Series
    • Eastview Christian Church, Bloomington, Illinois (1993): Seminar on "World Religions"

Church Conference & Convention Presentations (All multimedia in nature):

Youth & Youth Leader Events (all multimedia in nature):

    • "Fighting the Forces You Face" (2 Cor. 10:1-5).  Message for Eastview Christian Church high school (July 8, 2018). Video HERE.
    • "Putting It B4 God" (Romans 12:1-2).  Message for Eastview Christian Church high school (July 1, 2018).  Video HERE.
    • High School Worldview Camp at Pine Haven Christian Assembly.  August 2017.  3 sessions.
      • "God's Word in Nature: What About Science?"
      • "God's Word Incarnate"
      • "Loving Others with Truth AND Tolerance"
    • "Truth, Tolerance, and Acceptance." Workshop. The Vine high school event at Lincoln Christian University (April 1, 2017).
    • "Your Faith is in Danger: Prepare for the Assault." Lincoln Christian University high school Fall Campus Challenge (Oct. 29, 2016).
    • "Who Are You? A New Way to Think about Following Jesus." The Vine high school event at Lincoln Christian University (April 2, 2016).
    • American Baptist Youth Conference (Pontiac, IL): Workshop on World Religions (2010).
    • Illinois Christian Teen Convention (2003): “Worldviews in the Bible and Your Culture”
    • Christ in Youth Summer Conferences (2004): “Through God’s Eyes"
    • Little Galilee Family Camp (2003): Presentations for youth & adults on worldviews
    • Christ in Youth Summer Conferences (2003): Produced three multimedia presentations.
    • Christ in Youth Discipleship Retreats (2002): “A Christian Response to Muslim Terrorism and 9-11”
    • Christ in Youth Summer Conferences (2002): “A Christian Response to Islam and Muslim Terrorism” and “The God of Hollywood vs. The God of the Holy Book”
    • Indiana Christian Youth Convention (2002): “Developing Worldview Eyes by Cultivating a Christian Mind”
    • Indiana Christian Youth Convention (2002): “Developing Worldview Eyes by Comprehending Competing Worldviews in Contemporary Culture”
    • Christ in Youth Discipleship Retreats (2001): “The Spiritual Disciplines in Today’s World”
    • Christ in Youth Summer Conferences (2001): “Right or Wrong: Tough Ethical Issues for Teenagers”
    • Tennessee Christian Teen Convention, Knoxville, Tennessee (2000): “In a World of Worldviews and Not of It: Worldviews and Your Christian Mission”
    • Christ in Youth Discipleship Retreats (2000): “A Christian Response to a Culture of Confusion and Competing Worldviews”
    • Christ in Youth Summer Conferences (2000): “Ancient Questions—Competing Answers”

     

CURRENT RESEARCH AND WRITING INTERESTS:

  • Learning to Love God: A Christian Worldview Apologetic - A text that offers an innovative approach to worldview; surveys prominent worldviews; provides strategies for evaluating worldviews; and discusses what it means to live a Christian worldview.
  • Designing and offering multimedia presentations on Christian worldview and apologetics.
CHURCH & PARACHURCH MINISTRY EXPERIENCE
  • Board member, Christian Campus Foundation Campus Ministry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1992-present); Board chairman (2004-2009, 2011-2015).
  • Soloist for church choir and ensembles, Lincoln Christian Church.
  • Interim Preaching Minister, Bethel Church , Farmer City , Illinois (1999).
  • Deacon, First Christian Church, Champaign , Illinois (1982-1983).
  • Interim Preaching Minister, First Christian Church, West Frankfort , Illinois (1980-1981).
  • Preaching Minister, McLean Christian Church, McLean , Illinois (1974-1979).
  • Youth & Bus Minister, First Christian Church, Florissant , Missouri (1972-1974).
  • Youth Minister, First Church of Christ, Wood River, Illinois (1970-1971).
PERSONAL TIDBITS
  • Married since 1971. Three children and 7 grandchildren.
  • Wife, Paula, teaches psychology at Lincoln College, a private college in Lincoln, IL that was established by some of Abraham Lincoln's friends in the 1860s.
  • Preacher's son. Lived in Kentucky, Iowa, Wyoming, Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina.
  • Had 2 retina detachments in my left eye, several eye surgeries in 2005-2006, and spinal fusion surgery in 2016.
  • Enjoy golf, pingpong, tennis, and billiards (though I could do those things a lot better when I could see with two eyes and before I blew out my left ALC.  Before that, I also loved volleyball, basketball, and wiffleball).
  • Played The King in Lincoln Community Theater's 1991 production of "The King and I." In 2015, I sang "It's a Puzzlement" from this show for LCT's fund-raising production, "LCT: An Encore."
  • Former all-time scoring leader in basketball (22.7 pts/game) at St. Louis Christian College: record held for about 20 years (before the use of the 3-point line).
  • Played second base for a high school AAA State Champion baseball team (North Carolina).
  • High school all-state second baseman (North Carolina).
  • Played trumpet and was drum major in high school band.

 

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