Stephanie Nordby

San Antonio, TX and Colorado Springs, CO (USA)

PhD in Philosophy, University of Oklahoma (Advisor: Linda Zagzebski)
MA in Philosophy, Virginia Tech (Advisor: Walter Ott, Lydia Patton)

Thesis Topic
Nordby aims to articulate a plausible way of understanding descriptions of God in Scripture that integrates recent work in biblical studies, theology, and philosophy of language. More specifically, she argues that renewed focus on the Incarnation as God’s fullest act of revelation can provide riches of theological insight from which we can see the interwoven problems of divine predication, perfection theology, and anthropomorphic descriptions of God in the Hebrew Scriptures with fresh eyes. Her hope is to produce scholarship that closes what appears to many in the church as a glaring gap between (a) Hebrew ideas of God and a historical Jewish messiah, and (b) a New Testament that seemingly lends itself to classical Greek theology.

Other Interests
Prior to her time at St Andrews, Nordby studied the technical aspects of philosophy of language and philosophy of religion under the supervision of Linda Zagzebski at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on divine predication and attributes, biblical genres and language, and classical theism and the Hebrew Scriptures. Nordby also studied philosophy at Virginia Tech with Walter Ott and Lydia Patton, and she was fortunate to spend a summer at Oxford studying John Henry Newman with Ian Ker. She was awarded a grant from the Classical Theism Project for her paper, “Divine Predication, Impassibility, and Aseity,” and she is a Young Scholar with the Jewish Philosophical Theology Project. In addition to her interest analytic and exegetical theology, Nordby is interested in metaphysics, animal ethics, and virtue ethics. She is married to fellow philosopher Kevin T. Nordby, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, hiking, writing fiction, and oil painting.