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Scott Burson; MA, PhD Asst Prof; Religion scott.burson@indwes.edu


Scott Burson is in his eighth year as a full-time faculty member at Indiana Wesleyan University. Scott teaches courses in philosophy and theology, and serves as the co-coordinator for the sports ministry major. Prior to joining the School of Theology and Ministry, Scott was IWU's Assistant Vice President for Marketing. While working in administration, Scott served as an adjunct professor for both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Scott completed the Ph.D. at Brunel University (London). His Ph.D. thesis is entitled "Apologetics and the New Kind of Christian: An Arminian Analysis of Brian D. McLaren's Emergent Reconstruction of the Faith." 

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., 2014, Brunel University (London, England) 
  • M.A., 2000, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • B.S., 1985, University of Rio Grande (Ohio)


Scott is the author of A New Kind of Apologetics: Brian McLaren and the Goodness of God (Abilene Christian University Press, 2016). He is also the co-author (with Dr. Jerry L. Walls) of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century: Holistic Intelligence and the Apologetic Mandate (Baker Academic, 2017), and C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time (InterVarsity Press, 1998), which has also been translated into Korean, Indonesian and Portuguese. He has published more than 40 articles in a wide variety of periodicals and is a member of the International Society of Theta Phi, an honor society for theological students, scholars in the field of religion, and outstanding religious leaders. He received the Asbury Seminary senior award for excellence in Christian Philosophy. His professional organizations also include the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Wesleyan Theological Society.