Senior Research Fellows

Prior to joining the Logos Institute, Dr. Bruce Ellis Benson was the recipient of a planning grant from the Templeton Religion Trust (TRT). With the help of that grant and the support of the Logos Institute, he is currently putting together a multi-year grant proposal for TRT designed to bring analytic and continental philosophers of religion together with neuroscientists. The project is titled “Varieties of Spiritual Practice” and focuses on everyday spiritual phenomena such as love, forgiveness, and suffering. Among other projects, he is working on a book on forgiveness.

Dr. Benson has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College (IL), Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at Union Theological Seminary (NYC).

He is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida and Marion on Modern Idolatry (IVP), The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue: A Phenomenology of Music (Cambridge), the award-winning Pious Nietzsche: Decadence and Dionysian Faith (Indiana), and (with J. Aaron Simmons) The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction (Bloomsbury). He has published over ninety book chapters, articles, and reviews.

In addition to TRT funding, he has received funding from the Lilly Endowment, the Fieldstead Corporation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He has been a Belgian-American Fellow, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Flemish Community Fellow.

Dr. Benson serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology, an organization he co-founded in 1997. He is co-editor of the series “Prophetic Christianity” (Eerdmans) and a Philosophy of Religion editor for Syndicate.

Professor Douglas Campbell’s main research interest is the life and theology of the apostle Paul, with particular reference to an understanding of salvation informed by apocalyptic as against justification or salvation-history. However, he is interested in methodological contributions to Paul’s analysis from any disciplinary angle, ancient or modern, whether Greco-Roman epistolary and rhetorical theory, or insights into human networking and conflict-resolution discovered by sociologists. His recent book-length publications include Paul: An Apostle’s Journey (Eerdmans, 2018), Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography (Eerdmans, 2014), The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul (Eerdmans, 2009), and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel: A Suggested Strategy (T & T Clark, 2005). A book of essays has been published analyzing his critical approach to justification: Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: Reflections on the Work of Douglas Campbell (ed. Chris Tilling, Wipf & Stock, 2014).

He is currently a Professor of New Testament at the Divinity School at Duke University (2003- ), having taught previously in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London (1996-2003); and in the Department of Religious Studies at his alma mater, the University of Otago (1989-2003). He received a BA (Hons) in Political Philosophy from the University of Otago, and an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto.
Professor Campbell’s teaching interests centre on the apostle Paul, and on others aspects of the New Testament, but include an ongoing concern to research alternatives to the current prison system, and to foster practical concrete engagements with people currently caught within that system.