Here is information about my scholarly work. It's divided into three sections -- (i) books, (ii) journal articles and book chapters, and (iii) talks.

Books (click on the year above each to go to its page)

                      2005                                                               2008                                                                 2014                                                               2020
My first stab at defending objective             A critical examination of C.S. Lewis's                My second stab at defending objective        Based on my 2018 debate with William
morality without God.  Not too bad!            Christian apologetics. Much of it written            morality without God. Even better               Lane Craig; includes commentary by
                                                                      during my infant son's naps.                                than the first stab!                                         Moreland, Baggett, Linville, Morriston, and Huemer.

Here are some excerpts from reviews of my books. Naturally, I've selected the nice bits:

Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe
Not a review exactly, but I guess I'm honored that this book has been banned by the Iranian government! -- a book so shocking, so outrageous, that the Supreme Leader doesn't want you to read it! -- available in Persian here.

"Even those ... who are out of sympathy with Wielenberg's approach, and his worldview, will find much that is worthwhile in this book. It is written with verve and clarity, and is for the most part highly accessible, yet densely packed with thoughtful and often provocative ideas and arguments. It bears the hallmark of having been forged in the lecture-room through vigorous debate, and it should provoke equally vigorous discussion among students and others. Altogether, it is a useful addition to the new and exciting wave of philosophical writing that is turning the skills of analytic philosophy back upon ancient and central questions about the meaning of human existence." - John Cottingham, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"Erik J. Wielenberg in Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe ... respond[s] to the current malaise in atheism by engaging in respectful and serious debate with [his] opponents. Wielenberg presents an analytical philosopher's argument, beautifully restrained and precise." - Ronald Aronson, Bookforum

"[T]here is plenty in this book to appeal to atheists, theists, and agnostics alike.  It is both readable and rewarding; many interesting questions are raised, and at times novel and compelling solutions to old chestnuts are proposed.  Furthermore, the author keeps things lively by inserting creative stories, passages from literature, and a breadth of commentaries from other thinkers who have wrestled with the issues he addresses.  Anyone interested in the relationship between God, value, and virtue would benefit from adding this book to her collection." - Bradley Sickler, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

"Wielenberg’s rejection of arguments for the conclusion that naturalism is false because of its ethical implications—nihilism, relativism, hedonism, and/or egoism—is both clear and thought-provoking.  Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe is written in a clear and accessible style, such that it could be used as a text in an undergraduate course in philosophy of religion or ethics.  However, it is not overly simplistic; the arguments contained in the book are well-crafted and deserve careful attention.  Those who wish to defend the view that objective morality and meaning require God’s existence will find much to consider in this book." - Michael Austin, Philosophia Christi

"Wielenberg has written a worthwhile book, and he has done this with verve. His arguments are often provocative." - Luc Aerts, Ethical Perspectives

God and the Reach of Reason: C.S Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell
  "Wielenberg's book is clear, precise, insightful, and philosophically rigorous. As someone who ultimately disagrees with his conclusions, I also appreciate the respect and charity towards the other side that is present in the pages of this work. I have used this book as a text in my philosophy of religion course, with much success. Anyone with an interest in the philosophical merits of the theistic arguments given by Lewis will profit from carefully reading God and the Reach of Reason." - Michael Austin, Philosophia Christi

"Today ... there are a slew of books that make the case for Lewis's merits as a philosopher. ... God and the Reach of Reason is a valuable addition to this genre. Wielenberg ... is a clear-headed analytic philosopher who knows Lewis's works and the relevant secondary literature well.  ... Wielenberg's God and the Reach of Reason offers an admiring yet critical appraisal of Lewis's principal arguments for Christian belief.  It is must reading for Lewis fans who value -- as Lewis himself pre-eminently did -- clear prose and rigorous logic." - Gregory Bassham, Faith and Philosophy

"God and the Reach of Reason is an enjoyable and informative read. ... Wielenberg's presentation of what he takes to be the views and arguments is extremely clear, and his criticisms of them fair and charitable. ... [T]he objections he offers are sound. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a critical interpretation and assessment of C.S. Lewis's views on religion." - Bruce Russell, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Readers who have appreciated the work of Lewis will be gratified by Wielenberg's suggestion, which is itself a major point of this book, that Lewis should be taken seriously as a philosopher.  He argues despite often being skeptical of Lewis's success, that Lewis contributed to twentieth-century thought in a number of important areas.  On the whole, God and the Reach of Reason is a thought-provoking work that touches on a number of interesting topics.” - John Giannini, Religious Studies Review

"Wielenberg is not a ranting atheist, but seeks to address these questions in a scholarly manner and with trust in the power of sheer argument. ... Its dialogical style makes this book an engaging read.  Unlike some books on the philosophy of religion in the analytical tradition, this piece is easily approachable, lucid, and intellectually nourishing.  Its introduction of several voices into the discussion helps keep the text going; it (almost) reads like a novel." - Olli-Pekka Vainio, The Journal of Inklings Studies

"A very interesting book creating a dialogue between C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell. ... One of the great strengths of the book is its systematic presentation of the arguments as a series of interrelated propositions, so that the reader can grasp exactly what is at stake.  A very worthwhile book for philosophically minded readers." - David Lorimer, Network Review

Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism
"Two characteristics distinguish Wielenberg's book from other recent defenses of robust realism. First, Wielenberg takes not just naturalistic but also theistic alternatives to robust realism seriously, arguing that non-theistic robust realism 'is at least as plausible' as theistic versions of moral realism (x). Second, Wielenberg engages extensively with recent work in empirical psychology, arguing that, far from posing skeptical challenges to robust realism, this work fits comfortably with an approach to moral knowledge that robust realists embrace. In both these (and other) respects, Robust Realism is a welcome contribution to metaethics. ...  Robust Ethics tackles some long-standing and fascinating problems in metaethics by making some novel moves and venturing into some relatively uncharted territory. For these reasons, it is a book well worth reading." -- Terence Cuneo, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"[E]ven those who doubt its conclusions must acknowledge that Wielenberg’s book is excellent. His writing is extremely accessible, engaging, witty, and clear, he develops various fascinating novel arguments, and skilfully links analytic reflections with the consideration of empirical data. Consequently, Robust Ethics is a highly valuable contribution to metaethics, and in particular ranks among the best defences of robust normative realism so far." -- Thomas Polzler, Ethical Perspectives

"Overall, Wielenberg excels in clearly laying out some of the main objections to nonnaturalist realism in moral metaphysics and epistemology. He is also very good at finding the weak spots of these objections and in presenting philosophically and empirically plausible responses to them." -- Jussi Suikkanen, Ethics

"Robust Ethics is a relevant, worthwhile and well-argued addition to the ongoing debate about robust moral realism and its alleged inability to account for moral knowledge. Moral realists of theist, naturalist and robust inclinations will profit from reading the book, for it provides the outline for a novel way to conceive of the origins of moral beliefs." -- Michael Klenk, dialectica

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
1. "Goodness without Qualification," The Journal of Value Inquiry 32:1 (March 1998), 93-104.

2. "Omnipotence Again," Faith and Philosophy 17:1 (January 2000), 26-47.  Russian translation in Philosophy of Religion: An Almanac 2006-2007, ed. by V.K Schokhin (Moscow: Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2007), 181-211.

3. "Many Are Culled But Few Are Chosen," Religious Studies 36:1 (March 2000), 81-93.

4. "Pleasure as a Sign of Moral Virtue in the Nicomachean Ethics," The Journal of Value Inquiry 34:4 (December 2000), 439-449.

5. "The New Paradox of the Stone Revisited," Faith and Philosophy 18:2 (April 2001), 261-268.

6. "How to be an Alethically Rational Naturalist," Synthese 131:1 (April 2002), 81-98.

7. "Pleasure, Pain, and Moral Character and Development," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 83:3 (September 2002), 282-299.

8. "A Morally Unsurpassable God Must Create the Best," Religious Studies 40:1 (March 2004), 43-62.

9.  "Egoism and Eudaimonia-Maximization in the Nicomachean Ethics," Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 26 (Summer 2004), 277-295.

10.  "Saving Character," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9:4 (August 2006), 461-491.

11. "Response to Maria Antonaccio," Conversations in Religion and Theology 4:2 (November 2006), 219-224 (invited).

12. "In Defense of Non-Natural, Non-Theistic Moral Realism," Faith and Philosophy 26:1 (January 2009), 23-41.

13. "Dawkins's Gambit,  Hume's Aroma, and God's Simplicity," Philosophia Christi 11:1 (Summer 2009), 111-125.

14. "On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality," Ethics 120 (April 2010), 441-464,

15. "Objective Morality and the Nature of Reality," American Theological Inquiry 3:2 (July 2010), 77-84 (invited).

16. "Skeptical Theism and Divine Lies," Religious Studies 46:4 (2010), 509-523.

17. "God, Morality, and Meaning in Cormac McCarthy's The Road," The Cormac McCarthy Journal 8:1 (2010), 1-16.

18. "Aristotelian Love-making," in Adrianne L. McEvoy (ed.), Sex, Love, and Friendship: Studies of the Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love: 1993-2003 (New York: Rodopi, 2011), 365-372.

19. "The Failure of Brown's New Supervenience Argument," Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy (October 2011).

20. "An Inconsistency in Craig's Defence of the Moral Argument," European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 4:4 (2012), 49-58.

21. "Atheism and Morality," in Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 89-103 (invited).

22. "Divine Deception," in Trent Dougherty and Justin McBrayer (eds.), Skeptical Theism: New Essays (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) (invited).

23. "Disgust, Moral Knowledge, and Virtue," in Nancy Snow and Franco Trivigno (eds.), The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness (New York: Routledge University Press, 2014), 91-112 (invited).

24. "Difference-Making and Easy Knowledge: Reply to Comesana and Sartorio", Logos & Episteme 61:1 (March 2015): 141-6.

25. "A Critique of C.S. Lewis's Moral Argument" and "Reply to Baggett," in Gregory Bassham (ed.), C.S. Lewis's Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con (Boston: Rodopi-Brill, 2015), 141-52 and 163-70 (invited).

26. "The Parent-Child Analogy and the Limits of Skeptical Theism," International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 78:3 (2015): 301-14.

27. "Evolutionary Debunking Arguments in Religion and Morality," in Uri Leibowitz and Neil Sinclar (eds.), Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 83-102 (invited).

28. "Plantingian Theism and the Free-Will Defence," Religious Studies 52:4 (2016): 451-460.

29. "Euthyphro and Moral Realism: A Reply to Harrison," Sophia 55:3 (2016): 437-449.

30. "Ethics and Evolutionary Theory," Analysis 76:4 (2016): 502-515 (invited).

31. "Agency and Responsibility in a Natural World," in John Shook and Phil Zuckerman (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Secularism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), pp. 623-637 (invited).

32. "In Defense of Theism-Independent Moral Realism," in Leonard Clapp (ed.), Philosophy for Us (Cognella, 2018), pp. 125-133 (invited). 

33. "The Absurdity of Life in a Christian Universe as a Reason to Prefer that God Not Exist," in Klaas Kraay (ed.), Does God Matter? Essays on the Axiological Consequnces of Theism (Routledge, 2018), pp. 147-163 (invited).

34. "Reply to Craig, Murphy, McNabb, and Johnson", Philosophia Christi 20:2 (2018): 365-375 (invited - part of  forum on Robust Ethics)

35. "Evil and Atheistic Moral Realism", Responses to Richard Brian Davis, Paul Helm, and Michael Ruse, and Reply to Critics, in W. Paul Franks (ed.), Explaining Evil: Four Views (New York: Bloomsbury 2019), pp, 36-40, 72-76, 111-116, 123-139, and 152-158 (invited).

36. "Secular Humility," in Jennifer Cole Wright (ed.), Humility (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 42-107 (invited).

“In Defense of C.S. Lewis’s Soul-Making Theodicy: A Reply to Wolterstorff”, Journal of Inklings Studies 9:2 (2019): 192-199.

38. "Divine Command Theory and Psychopathy," Religious Studies 56:4 (2020): 542-557.

“Craig’s Contradictory Kalam: Trouble at the Moment of Creation”, TheoLogica 5:1 (2021).

40. "A Temporal First Cause? Reply to Craig's Reply", TheoLogica 5:1 (2021).

41. “Three Sources of Human Dignity”, in B. Bussey and A. Menuge (eds.), The Inherence of Human Dignity, Volume I: Foundations of Human Dignity (New York: Anthem Press, 2021) (invited).

42. "Atheism and Meaning in Life," in Iddo Landau (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming) (invited).

43. "Divine Commands are Unnecessary for Moral Obligation", Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, forthcoming.

1. "Comments on 'Why Species Extermination is Wrong', by Ben Bradley," UMass Philosophy Graduate Student Colloquium, October 31, 1997.

2. "A New Approach to Omnipotence," 1998 Eastern Regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, University of Delaware, April 2-4, 1998.

3. "Moral Perfection and the No Best World Defense," 1999 Midwest Regional meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Marquette University, March 25-27, 1999.

4. "Pleasure, Pain, and Moral Character," fall meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association, Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, November 4, 2000.

5. "Aristotelian Love-Making," (i) Fifty-Second Annual Northwest Conference on Philosophy, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, November 10-11, 2000; (ii) Society for the Philosophy of Sex and Love at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in New York, December 27-30, 2000.

6. "Comments on Edward Wierenga's 'Trinity and Polytheism'", Sixth Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference, October 13, 2001.

7. "How to Be an Alethically Rational Naturalist," (i) Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, December 27-30, 2001; (ii) central division meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 7-9, 2002; (iii) 2002 Atlantic Region Philosophy Conference, University of Prince Edward Island, October 18-19, 2002.

8. "C.S. Lewis vs. the Atheists," DePauw University Faculty Research Colloqium, November 22, 2002.

9. "A Morally Unsurpassable God Must Create the Best," (i) 2003 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 12-15, 2003; (ii) Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Cleveland, Ohio, April 23-26, 2003.

10.  "Wielenberg and His Mass (Comments on Kaufman)," Seventh Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference,
October 11, 2003.

11.  "Aristotelian Egoism and Richard Kraut's Argument From Ostracism," Indiana Philosophical Association meeting,
Ball State University, November 1, 2003.

12.  "Egoism and Eudaimonia-Maximization in the Nicomachean Ethics," meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 22-25, 2004.

13. "Aquinasizing the Impeded-Function Argument (Comments on Sullivan)," Indiana Philosophical Association meeting, DePauw University, May 1, 2004.

14.  "Author Meets Critics: Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe," Eighth Biennial UMass Alumni Philosophy Conference, October 8, 2005.

15.  "Having Your Cake and Eating it Too: Objective Ethical Truth without God," (i) Forum on Religious Issues, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, March 6, 2006 (invited); (ii) West Virginia University, March 28, 2006 (invited); (iii) Florida Southern College, March 30, 2006 (invited); (iv) Wabash College, April 6, 2006 (invited); (v) Hanover College, May 17, 2006 (invited).

16.  "Bertrand Russell and C.S. Lewis: Two Peas in a Pod?" Bertrand Russell Society meeting at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 27, 2006.

17. "God and Morality," University School, Cleveland, Ohio, January 9, 2007 (invited).

18. "Objective Ethics in a Godless Universe," (i) Center for Inquiry Transnational, Amherst, New York, April 13, 2007 (invited); (ii) The Jefferson Center, Ashland, Oregon, April 26, 2007 (invited); (iii) Lawrence University, April 30, 2007 (invited); (iv) Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana, February 25, 2008 (invited).

19. "Skeptical Theism and Divine Lies," (i) DePauw Faculty Forum, October 11, 2007; (ii) Fourth Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference, Baylor University, February 5-7, 2009; (iii) Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 8-12, 2009.

20. "On the Evolutionary Debunking of Morality," (i) Second Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, University of Colorado, Boulder, August 6-9, 2009; (ii) Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, California, March 31-April 3, 2010.

21, "Can Sociopaths Make Moral Judgments?" meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia, April 15-17, 2010.

22. "Divine Deception," (i) 2011 Midwest Conference of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Hope College, February 24-26, 2011 (invited); (ii) Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association Meeting, University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 16-17, 2011 (invited); (iii) C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference at Baylor University, November 23, 2013 (invited).

23. "Qualia and the Banality of Queerness," Naturalisms in Ethics Conference, University of Auckland, New Zealand, July 14-15, 2011 (invited).

24. "Objective Ethics in a Godless Universe," Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, April 3, 2012 (invited).

25. "Disgust and Moral Knowledge," meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder, June 21-23, 2012.

26. "Three Ways the Moral Can Supervene," (i) Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference (RoME), University of Colorado, Boulder, August 9-12, 2012; (ii) Syracuse Philosophy Annual Workshop and Network (SPAWN), Syracuse University, August 14-16, 2012 (invited).

27. "Comments on Sharon Street's 'If There is a God, Then Everything (That Happens) is Permitted," Challenges to Religious and Moral Belief: Disagreement and Evolution, Purdue University, September 6-8, 2012 (invited).

28. "Interview with an Atheist" Panel Discussion with Trent Dougherty at the C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference, Baylor University, November 22, 2013 (invited).

29. "Empirical Moral Psychology and Some Challenges to Moral Knowledge," Philosophy Club, University of St. Andrews, October 1, 2014 (invited).

30. "The Absurdity of Life in a Christian Universe," (i) 7th Philosophy of Religion One-Day Workshop, the University of Birmingham, October 9, 2014 (invited); (ii) the Joseph Butler Society, University of Oxford, February 23, 2015 (invited); (iii) Workshop on "What Difference Would (or Does) God's Existence Make?" Ryerson University, September 11-12, 2015.

31. "Secular Humility?", the C.S. Lewis Society, University of Oxford, February 24, 2015 (invited).

32. "Secular Humility," (i) the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the University of Birmingham, May 13, 2015 (invited); (ii) DePauw Faculty Forum, September 2, 2015.

33. "Rowe's Evidential Argument and the Demise of Skeptical Theism," William L. Rowe Memorial Conference, Purdue University, July 26-27, 2016 (invited).

34. "Plantingian Theism and the Free Will Defense," Purdue University, November 12, 2016 (invited).

35. "Comments on 'Happiness, Suffering and Prudential Asymmetry', by Jennifer Hawkins," Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, January 4-7, 2017 (invited).

36. "Comments on God's Own Ethics by Mark Murphy," Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, January 4-7, 2017 (invited).

37. "Reply to Craig, Murphy, McNabb, and Johnson," Evangelical Philosophical Society session titled "Erik Wielenberg's Robust Ethics: Theistic Responses," at the 2017 joint meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, November 20, 2017 (invited).

38. Debate with William Lane Craig, "God and Morality: What is the Best Account of Objective Moral Values and Duties?", North Carolina State University, February 23, 2018 (invited).

39. "Moral Disagreement, Relativism, and the Puzzle of Psychopathy," God and Morality Symposium, North Carolina State University, February 24, 2018 (invited).

40. Co-discussant with Sam Newlands at a Veritas Forum titled "Reckoning with Evil: A Discussion on God, Philosophy, and Hope," Indiana University, February 28. 2018 (invited).

41. Co-discussant with Greg Ganssle at a Thompson Institute event titled "Are You Free?", The Ohio State University, February 28, 2019 (invited).

42. "Three Sources of Human Dignity," Special Workshop on the Inherence of Human Dignity, IVR 2019, University of Lucerne, Switzerland, July 8-9, 2019 (invited).

43. "Life's Meaning in a Godless Universe," Harvard Club, Indianapolis, September 19, 2019 (invited).

44. “Psychopaths in Robert Adams’s Theistic Framework for Ethics”, University of Colorado, Boulder, January 24, 2020 (invited).

45. Discussion with Adam Johnson, "God and Morality", University of Nebraska, September 27, 2020 (invited).