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Bradley L. Sickler, Ph.D.

J. Edwin Hartill Endowed Professor (2020-22)
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Program Director for Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Ph.D., Philosophy, Purdue University

MA, Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

BS, Physics, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N3041
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


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.

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.

Dr. Sickler was appointed to serve a two-year term as J. Edwin Hartill Endowed Professor starting July 2020. Dr. Sickler's research will build on his recently published book, God on the Brain, an analysis of cognitive science from a philosophical and theological perspective. His two-year project will consist of writing an article series demonstrating that cognitive science research, on the assumption of a reliabilitist approach to epistemology, raises the probability that three theses are true: that God exists, that we have immaterial souls, and that life continues after death of the body.

Specialty Areas

  • Science and Christianity
  • History of Philosophy in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Philosophy of Religion

Professional Accomplishments

  • "Does Cognitive Science Undermine Religious Belief?" University of Northwestern Scholarship Symposium, May 2021.
  • God on the Brain: What Cognitive Science Does (and Does Not) Tell Us About Faith, Human Nature, and the Divine. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020.
  • “Must Immortality be Tedious?” British Society for the Philosophy of Religion, University of Oxford, Sept. 2019.
  • "Laws of Nature and God's Existence," Loving God With Your Mind, University of Northwestern, March 2017.
  • "Laws of Nature and Natural Theology: Why Probabilistic Arguments From Laws to God Don't Work," Society of Christian Philosophers Conference, September 2016.
  • Oxford University – Funded participant in Templeton-sponsored seminar, “Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities,” SCIO (Wycliffe Hall) 2015-2016.
  • “Pascal’s Wager” and “Wesley Salmon” in Dictionary of Christianity and Science, Zondervan, 2016.
  • Review of Benjamin E. Zeller, Prophets and Protons: New Religious Movements and Science, New York University Press, 2010, in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, Fall 2014.
  • “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
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • "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.

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