Bradley L. Sickler

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Sickler has been teaching at University of Northwestern since 2008.  Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University. Besides his teaching ministry, he is an ordained minister and has been involved in a variety of ministry settings, including youth ministry, camp ministry, and the pastorate. Any chance he gets, he loves to be outside – preferably with his wife, daughter, and son.

His areas of academic interest include issues in science and Christianity, the history of philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries, and philosophy of religion. He has worked on issues surrounding arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, challenges to faith from science, and the metaphysics of causation. He is currently working on a project that lays out a philosophical foundation for an approach to apologetics.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Philosophy, Purdue University
MA, Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
BS, Physics, University of Minnesota – Duluth


  • “How Hume’s Miracles Argument Undermines His Atheology,” Evangelical Theological Society, Midwest Conference, March 2010
  • “Kant and Newton on Forces and the Nature of Matter,” American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, April 2008
  • Respondent to Richard Swinburne, “The Trinity and the Incarnation”, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute Fall Colloquy, Arlington TX, November 2007
  • “Religious Diversity, Infernal Voluntarism, and the False Hope of Universalism”, Society of Christian Philosophers session at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division meeting, Washington D.C., December 2006
  • “Down and Up and Back Down Again: Alexander Bird and the Necessity of Natural Laws”, American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, Chicago, April 2005
  • “A Failed Proposal for a Self-Caused Universe”, Society of Christian Philosophers Eastern Regional Meeting, Wilmore KY, Dec. 2004
  • “Could a Better God Have Made a Better World? A Reply to William Rowe”,
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society National Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2003


  • “Infernal Voluntarism and ‘The Courtesy of Deep Heaven’” in The Problem of Hell: A Philosophical Anthology, Joel M. Buenting (ed.), Ashgate Publishing, 2010.
  • “Conflicts Between Science and Religion” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2009, Significant expansion completed October, 2012
  • Review of Erik Wielenberg, Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe, Cambridge University Press, 2005.  International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (2006) 59:179-182.

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