Faith and Society series continues Oct. 18 with presentation by Brandon Rickabaugh

Published on Oct. 04, 2022

ASHLAND, Ohio – Brandon Rickabaugh, a research scholar in public policy, will present “Knowing Jesus in a Culture of Disillusionment” during the latest edition of Ashland University’s Faith and Society lecture series on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The presentation will take place inside Ronk Auditorium at the Dwight Schar College of Education, starting at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Rickabaugh is an assistant professor of philosophy and research scholar in public philosophy at Palm Beach Atlantic University, as well as the Franz Brentano Fellow of the Cultural Initiative at The Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture in Santa Barbara, Calif. His research focuses on the nature of consciousness and how it informs our understanding of human nature, the reality and activity of God and human flourishing.

Rickabaugh has given lectures at some of the top universities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, including Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado Boulder and Oriel College, a constituent college of Oxford University. He has published several articles in scholarly journals on topics such as the nature of human consciousness and intentionality, the reality of the human soul, natural theology, interpersonal knowledge of God, neuroscience and Christian spiritual formation, and is a co-author of “Neuroscience, Spiritual Formation, and Bodily Souls: A Critique of Christian Physicalism,” a 2018 winner of the Dallas Willard Research Center book award program.

Rickabaugh’s dissertation, “The Conscious Mind Unified,” was awarded outstanding dissertation of the year by both the department of philosophy and the school of humanities at Baylor University. In addition to earning a Ph.D. in philosophy at Baylor, he also holds a master’s degree from Baylor, a master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Biola University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine.

The ongoing Faith and Society lecture series, sponsored by the Hilda E. Bretzlaff Foundation, is designed to give Ashland students and the Ashland community the opportunity to hear experts discuss critical topics of faith and its implications in contemporary society.

For more information, contact Dennis Monokroussos at or 419-289-5154.

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