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.