Graduating at the top of his class, Prof. Webb was one of two students selected to give the 1983 Wabash commencement speech. After earning his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago in 1989, he returned to Wabash to teach in the religion and philosophy departments. He is the author of 11 books on topics such as the musical philosophy of Bob Dylan, theological critiques of the theory of evolution, the importance of the doctrine of providence in American history, the role of religion in public education, and the history of vegetarianism. His book The Divine Voice, an analysis of the role of sound in Christian history, was named the Religious Communication Association’s Book of the Year for 2005. He has published over 50 journal and national magazine articles (including First Things, Books & Culture, and Touchstone) and over 80 book reviews. His many contributions to books include chapters on C.S. Lewis, the philosophy of basketball, and John Updike. His essay on all male education in the Fordham Urban Law Journal has been cited in several federal court cases and his essay tracing the origins of the Indiana state nickname to Harry Hoosier, the first great African American preacher, has received national attention and is taught in many Indiana schools. He has given invited lectures at Hope College, Valparaiso University, Calvin College, the University of Aberdeen, Wheaton College, Arizona State University, the University of Southern Indiana, Pepperdine University, Hartford Seminary, Creighton University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Loyola University, Rivier College, Kalamazoo College, and Purdue University.
Prof. Webb is married to Diane Timmerman, Professor of Theatre at Butler University, a nationally acclaimed expert in voice training for the stage and a professional actress and director. In 2010 they taught on the Semester at Sea program, a floating university that circumnavigates the globe. They have four children.
Religion 171—History of Christianity to the Reformation
Religion 196—Religion and Literature
Religion 270—Theological Ethics
Religion 370—Contemporary Theology
Philosophy 299—Philosophy of Religion
Jesus Christ, Eternal God: Heavenly Flesh and the Metaphysics of Matter (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
The Dome of Eden: A New Solution to the Problem of Creation and Evolution (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010).
Dylan Redeemed: From Highway 61 to Saved (NY: Continuum, 2006).