Curriculum Vitae

Department of Philosophy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 455028
Las Vegas, NV  89154-5028

email: shandonguthrie AT

Vocational Posts:


Doctoral Thesis:

A New Metaphysics of Christian Demonology: Psychodynamic Immaterialism
Director:  Dr. Lloyd Strickland

Research Interests/Specialties:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Coherence of Theism
  • Existentialism
  • Biblical Studies
  • Protestant Theology/History
  • Ethics

Papers and Publications:

  • Books
    • Gods of this World (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018).
  • Book Chapters
    • Forthcoming: “Angels, Early Theories,” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, ed. by Charles Taliaferro and Stewart Goetz (Wiley-Blackwell; 2019).
    • “Christian Demonology: A New Philosophical Perspective,” in Philosophical Perspectives of Demonology, ed. by Robert Arp and Benjamin McGraw (Routledge, 2017).
  • Conference Papers
    • "A Philosophical Assessment of the Extra-dimensional Hypothesis" (2018; paper to be read at the southwest division of the Evangelical Philosophical Society).
    • “An Ever-lacking Punishment? A Response to the Ethical Argument from Justice against Eschatological Annihilationism” (2018; paper to be read at the annual Evangelical Philosophical Society).
    • “A Reply to David Kyle Johnson: On Justified Belief” (2018; paper to be read at the southwest division of the Evangelical Philosophical Society).
    • “Can Demons Do the Extraordinary, Or Is It All In Your Head?” (2016; paper read at the pacific regional division of the Society of Christian Philosophers).
    • “The Implausibility of a Diabolical Theodicy” (2015; paper read at the mid-western regional division of the Evangelical Philosophical Association).
  • Journal Articles
    • A New Challenge to a Warfare Theodicy,” International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, 5.2 (December, 2017).
    • "Rationalism and the Historical Mind-Body Controversy," Quodlibet, 4 (2002).

 Other Professional Talks/Speeches:

  • Panel Debate on “Lust: How to Own our Sexuality” at the Center for Science and Wonder (April 28, 2018; forthcoming).
  • “What Hath Philosophy to do with Me?” speech for Phi Theta Kappa, the College of Southern Nevada’s local Honor Society (April 22, 2016).
  • “The Meaning of Life as a Tool for Evangelism” speech for the UNLV Christian Graduates Organization (April 25, 2014).
  • “Reasoning the Resurrection: Where Athens Meets Jerusalem” presentation in UNLV’s Phil: Reason & Religion course (Fall 2012).
  • Public debate with Dr. William Ramsey: “Which is More Reasonable: Christianity or Atheism?” at UNLV (April, 2011).

Membership in Professional Organizations:

  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • American Philosophical Association

Awards Received:

  • 1997:  The International Honour Society’s Certificate of Outstanding Scholastic Achievement

Courses Taught:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Logic & Critical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • American Philosophy
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Introduction to Philosophy

      In my areas of expertise, I try to bring to the table both dynamic and integrative teaching methods that combine both a dispassionate, analytical approach with a passionate, constructive outcome.  And I always concern myself with ways others can improve and clarify personal thinking in their own endeavors.