- Ph.D – University of Georgia
- M.Div. – Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- B.A. – Taylor University
- Wade Distinguished Scholar Award
- 2016 Faculty Scholar of the Year, several times
- Ministerial Association, Evangelical Free Church of America;
- International Society of Christian Apologetics (President, 2014-16) ;
- Evangelical Theological Society;
- Evangelical Philosophical Society;
- Southeastern Renaissance Conference
Inklings Studies; Medieval and Renaissance Literature; Christian Apologetics
Scholarly Work and Publications
Abbreviated List: Books and Major Articles Only
- “The Depth of Rightful Doom: The English Reformers’ Concept of Justice and Book V of Spenser’s Faerie Queene,” Diss. Georgia, 1985.
- The Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1994; reprint Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2002).
- Inklings of Reality: Essays toward a Christian Philosophy of Letters (Toccoa, GA: Toccoa Falls College Press, 1996).
- The Disciple’s Prayer (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1999; reprint Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2005).
- Mere Humanity: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2006).
- Credo: Meditations on the Nicene Creed (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2007).
- The Devil’s Dictionary of the Christian Faith (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2008).
- Stars through the Clouds: The Collected Poetry of Donald T. Williams (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2011).
- Reflections from Plato’s Cave: Essays in Evangelical Philosophy (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2012).
- Inklings of Reality: Essays toward a Christian Philosophy of Letters, 2nd ed., revised and expanded (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2012).
- Co-authored with Jim Prothero. Gaining a Face: The Romanticism of C. S. Lewis (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2013).
- Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis (Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2016).
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
- “John Calvin: Humanist and Reformer” (article), Trinity Journal, 5 (1976): 67-78.
- “A New Look at the ‘Unorthodox’ Lewis” (article), Christianity Today, 21 Dec. 1979: 24-27.
- “Regeneration and Right Thinking” (article), Eternity, Oct., 1986: 34-36.
- “Eschatological Verification and Present Faith” (article), Bulletin of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, 9 (1986): 31-41.
- “’Thou Art Still My God’: George Herbert and the Poetics of Edification” (article), Christian Scholar’s Review, 19:3 (March, 1990): 271-85.
- “Some Propositions for a Theistic Argument” (article), Bulletin of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, 14:1 (1991): 70-81.
- “The Objectivity of Value: Properties, Values, and Moral Reasoning” (article), The Bulletin of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, 16 (1993): 49-58.
- “The Candle Rekindled: Hugh Latimer on the Temporal Order” (chapter), in Michael Bauman, ed., Evangelical Renderings: To God and Caesar (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 1994), pp. 61-77.
- “Christian Poetics, Past and Present” (chapter), in The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory, ed. David Barratt, Roger Pooley, & Leland Ryken (Leicester, England: British Intervarsity Press, and Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995), pp. 53-68.
- “John Foxe” (chapter), in Historians of the Christian Tradition: Their Methodology and Influence on Western Thought, ed. Michael Bauman & Marty I. Klauber (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1995), pp. 117-38.
- “Apologetic Responses to Post-Modernism: Panel Discussion” (article), in Philosophia Christi, 19:1 (Spring, 1996): 1-20.
- “Apologetic Responses to Post-Modernism: A Symposium” (chapter), in Michael Bauman, David Hall, and Robert Newman, eds., Evangelical Apologetics: Selected Essays from the 1995 Evangelical Theological Society Convention (Camp Hill, Pa.: Christian Publications, 1996), pp. 319-41.
- “Reflections from Plato’s Cave: Musings on the History of Philosophy” (article–Evangelical Philosophical Society Presidential Address, 1996), in Philosophia Christi 20:1 (Spring, 1997): 71-82.
- “‘Is Man a Myth?’: Mere Christian Perspectives on the Human” (article), Mythlore 23:1 (Summer/Fall 2000): 4-19.
- “Christian Poetics, Past and Present” (chapter, rpt.) in The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing, ed. Leland Ryken (Colorado Springs: Shaw, 2002): 3-21.
- “Repairing the Ruins: Thoughts on Christian Higher Education” (article), Christian Educators Journal 41:4 (April 2002): 19-21.
- “A Prisoner of Jesus Christ” (sermon, Ephesians 3:1), Preaching Magazine 19:1 (July-Aug. 2003): 42-3.
- “The Great Divide: The Church and the Post-Modernist Challenge,” Christian Research Journal, 26:2 (Nov., 2003): 32-41.
- “Poetry” (article), The LampPost 27:1 (Spring 2003): 24-32.
- “How Little We Understand of Truth and Love,” Christian Educator’s Journal 43:4 (April 2004): 26-27.
- “A Larger World: C. S. Lewis on Christianity and Literature” (article), Mythlore 24:2 (Spring 2004): 45-37.
- “Suffering for the Gospel” (sermon), Preaching Magazine 19:6 (May-June 2004): 43-44.
- “Oxford Journal” (article), The LampPost 27:2 (May 2004): 24-26.
- “Interview with Don Williams” (interview), The LampPost 27:2 (May 2004): 29-31.
- “Lions of Succession: On Being a Free Narnian & the Joy of Subordination” (article), Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 18:3 (April 2005): 15-17.
- “Doubt as a Christian Virtue,” Modern Reformation 15:4 (July-Aug. 2006): 19-21.
- “Revenge of the DWEMS: A Socratic Tetralog” (article), Global Journal of Classical Theology (online) 5:3 (October, 2006).
- Journal of Classical Theology (online) 5:3 (October, 2006). “English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama: C. S. Lewis as Literary Historian” (chapter), C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, Legacy, ed. Bruce Edwards, 4 vols. (London: Praeger, 2007): 4:143-62.
- “An Apologist’s Evening Prayer: A Preface to the Psalms” (chapter), C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, Legacy, ed. Bruce Edwards, 4 vols. (London: Praeger, 2007): 3:237-56.
- “The Abolition of Talking Beasts: Christian Perspectives on the Human in The Chronicles of Narnia” (chapter), in Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C. S. Lewis (Proceedings of the 2005 “Past Watchful Dragons” conference at Belmont University, Nashville, Tn.), ed. Amy H. Sturgis (Altadena, CA.: The Mythopoeic Press, 2007): 23-40.
- “Writers Cramped: Three Things that Evangelical Authors can Learn from Flannery O’Connor” (article), Touchstone: a Journal of Mere Christianity 20:7 (September, 2007): 15-18.
- “’The Mind is its Own Place’: Satan’s Philosophy and the Modern Dilemma,” Proceedings of the Georgia Philological Association 2 (December 2007): 20-34.
- “Devil Talk: Milton’s Post-Modern Satan and his Disciples,” Touchstone 21:7 (September, 2008): 24-27.
- “The Everlasting Hobbit: Perspectives on the Human in Tolkien’s Mythos,” Global Journal of Classical Theology (online) 6:3 (July 2008).
- “Humanity and Faerie: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Place of Narrative in Conceptualizing the Christian Life,” The Journal for the Association of Biblical Counselors (online), January 2009.
- “’For the Sake of the Story’: Doctrine and Discernment in Reading C. S. Lewis,” Modern Reformation 18:3 (May-June, 2009): 33-36.
- “The Everlasting Hobbit: Perspectives on the Human in Tolkien’s Mythos,” in The Ring Goes Ever on: Proceedings of Tolkien 2005, Celebrating 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings, ed. Sarah Wells (Cheltenham, U.K.: The Tolkien Society, 2008): 2:2-11.
- “Durable Hymns: Five Marks of Excellence that could End the Worship Wars,” Touchstone 22:6 (July-August 2009): 19-21.
- “Getting Rid of Conversion? A Response to D. G. Hart’s ‘Getting Rid of the Church,’” Modern Reformation 18:7 (Nov.Dec., 2009): 40-41;
- “A Handbook of Prosody,” The Journal of Formal Poetry (online), Oct. 2009;
- “Identity Check: Are C. S. Lewis’s Critics Right, or Is his ‘Trilemma’ Valid?” Touchstone 23:3 (May-June 2010): 25-29.
- “The Praise of Christ in English Devotional Poetry,” The Global Journal of Classical Theology 9:1 (June, 2011), online at http://www.phc.edu/gj_toc9_1.php.
- “The Loves of Learning: Thoughts on Christian Education,” Christian Educator’s Journal, 51:1 (Oct., 2011): 30-32.
- “Wholly Grounded: Donald T. Williams on a Few Facts Learned in the Holy Land,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 25:2 (March/April 2012): 17-18.
- “Lacking, Ludicrous, or Logical? The Validity of Lewis’s ‘Trilemma,’” Midwestern Journal of Theology 11:1 (Spring 2012): 91-102;
- “A Tryst with the Romantics: Wordsworth, Keats, and C. S. Lewis on Beauty and its Relation to Goodness and Truth.” C. S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth. Ed. Salwa Khoddam, Mark R. Hall, and Jason Fisher. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2012: 134-46.
- “Body of Evidence: On Liberal Klingons and the Hard Facts of the Christian Faith,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 26:2 (March/April 2013): 20-22.
- Lacking, Ludicrous, or Logical? The Validity of Lewis’s ‘Trilemma,’” reprinted with permission from Midwestern Journal of Theology, Global Journal of Classical Theology 11:1 (Spring, 2013): 1-13.
- “Hagia Sophia: On the Roots of Holy Philosophy.” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 26:5 (Sept.Oct. 2013): 17-18.
- “The World of the Rings: Why Peter Jackson Was Unable to Film Tolkien’s Moral Tale,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 26:6 (Nov.Dec. 2013): 14-16.
- “’True Truth’: Francis Schaeffer’s Enduring Legacy,” reprinted with permission from Reflections from Plato’s Cave: Essays in Evangelical Philosophy (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2012): 29-45, in The Calvinist International, September 24, 2014. http://calvinistinternational.com/2014/09/24/schaeffertoday/
- Anselm and Aslan: C. S. Lewis and the Ontological Argument.” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 27:6 (Nov.Dec., 2014): 36-39.
- “Pro: A Defense of C. S. Lewis’s ‘Trilemma,’” C. S. Lewis’s Apologetics: Pro and Con, ed. Gregory Bassham (Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2015): 171-89;
- “Reply to Adam Barkman,” C. S. Lewis’s Apologetics: Pro and Con, ed. Gregory Bassham (Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2015): 201-4.
- “The Justice of Hell?” Christian Research Journal 39:1 (Dec. 2015): 46-50.
- “Expressing Emotion in Poetry: Grief and Recovery in Psalm 6,” The Luther Rice Journal of Christian Studies, 1 (Spring 2016) https://issuu.com/akerlin/docs/luther_rice_journal_of_christian_st/1;
- “Text vs. Word: C. S. Lewis’s Doctrine of Inspiration and the Inerrancy of Scripture,” I Am Put Here For the Defense of the Gospel: A Festschrift for Nom Geisler, ed. terry L. Miethe (Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2016): 153-69;
- “Anselm and Aslan: C. S. Lewis on the Ontological Argument” (reprinted by permission from Touchstone), Global Journal of Classical Theology 13:1 (April 2016); Williams 26
“Discerning the Times: Why We Lost the Culture War and How to Make a Comeback” (reprinted by permission from Christian Research Journal), Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics 9:1 (2016): 4-10;
- “Printing Error: On Anscombe’s Final Word on Lewis and Naturalism,” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity 29:3 (May-June 2016): 20-22.
- “Coming Home: The Influence of Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man on C. S. Lewis,” in The Ten Books that Most Influenced C. S. Lewis (proceedings of the conference of the same name), Bloomsbury, April, 2015;
- “The ‘Trilemma’: Pro,” in C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Christianity: For and Against, ed. Gregory Bassham (Amsterdam: Rodolpi, 2015);
- “Cartographer of the Divine: C. S. Lewis as Doctor Ecclesiae,” Inklings Forever IX (2014).
What year did you begin teaching at TFC
What is your favorite aspect of teaching at TFC
The relationships I have with my students.
What courses do you teach at TFC
ENG 113, Freshman Composition I; ENG 123, Freshman Composition II; ENG 203, World Lit. I; ENG 223, English Lit. I;
ENG 303, C. S. Lewis; ENG 313, History and Structure of the English Language; ENG 323, Renaissance Lit.; ENG 333,
Seventeenth Century Lit.; ENL 393, Grammar for Teachers; ENG 413, Shakespeare; ENG 423, Medieval Lit.; ENG 433, Selected Topics;
ENG 443, History and Practice of Literary Criticism; HUM 103, Western Thought and Culture; PHY 213, Intro to Philosophy; THE 353, Biblical Apologetics.
When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy
Music; reading; hiking.
People might be interested to know
I have spent several summers doing mission work (theological education by extension, training local pastors) for Church Planting International in Uganda, Kenya, and India.
Life verse: “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent” (Jn. 17:3).
“If every gnat that flies were an archangel, that could but show us that there is a God; and the meanest worm that creeps tells me that” (John Donne).
“To think well is to serve God in the interior court” (Thomas Traherne).