Chris Firestone, PhD

Chair, Philosophy Department
Professor of Philosophy

Faculty Since 1999


BA, BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
PhD, University of Edinburgh


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Dr. Firestone joined the Trinity community as faculty in 1999. The years prior, he studied, taught, and researched in Hong Kong and Scotland. At Trinity, he has worked at developing the annual “Trinity Debates” through Trinity College and the Henry Center for Theological Understanding and regularly led short-term outreach trips to Eastern Europe. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Summer 360 Program for high school students interested in leadership and education in the university context.

Dr. Firestone enjoys writing poetry, mountain biking, and collecting Legos. He also enjoys making and watching films. He is the co-writer and co-producer of the short film Last Wish (2010) and the feature film Killing Poe (2017).

Selected Publications

Kant and the New Philosophy of Religion, coedited with Stephen R. Palmquist, Indiana University Press, 2006.

Theology at the Transcendental Boundaries of Reason, Ashgate Publications Ltd., 2007.

In Defense of Kant’s Religion, coauthored with Nathan Jacobs, Indiana University Press, 2008.

Kant and Theology at the Boundaries of Reason, Ashgate Publications Ltd., 2009.

The Persistence of the Sacred in Modern Thought, coedited with Nathan Jacobs, Notre Dame University Press, 2012.

Kant and the Question of Theology, coedited with Nathan Jacobs and James Joiner, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Immanuel Kant: A Companion to His Philosophy and Its Prospects for Theology, Wipf &Stock, forthcoming 2021.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Former Member, the Executive Board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Member, American Academy of Religion
  • Member, American Philosophical Association
  • Member, the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS)
  • Winner, Trinity College’s inaugural Regent’s Prize for Teaching and Scholarship in 2007 & 2018
  • American Academy of Religion, “Textual Analysis Prize.” nomination, In Defense of Kant’s Religion
  • American Philosophical Association, “Book of the Year”, In Defense of Kant’s Religion


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