Associate Professor of Philosophy
on faculty since 2004
Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2001
M.A., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 1993
B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, 1991
Professional and Personal Interests
Stephen Lake believes in challenging his students with a Christian philosophical vision for life and strives to model it in both his classroom and scholarship.
“Philosophy,” he insists, “is asking good questions about the things that are most important to us. Since ‘all truth is God’s truth,’ Christian philosophers should seek answers to their questions through the eyes of faith, and acknowledge truth wherever it may be found. That gives us both confidence and humility in our search.
“In class, we have various ways of raising questions—often through discussion as much as traditional lecture, sometimes in presentations, games, or multimedia activities. I believe that writing is also essential for thinking, so I require my students to write analytically and reflectively.”
Lake is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He received his master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy at Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven in Belgium. He started teaching at Trinity in 2004.
“Christian higher education at its finest is a crucible of both mind and heart, where we emerge more thoughtful, responsible citizens of the kingdom of God and stewards of this His world.”
One of Lake’s current scholarly interests revolves around ethics. He has published and given presentations on Just War ethics and is at work on a book project titled Ethics After 9/11.
Lake enjoys spending time with his family and his church. He and his wife, Christina, and son, Donovan, live in Wheaton, Illinois. They worship nearby at Church of the Savior, an Anglican Mission in America parish, where he serves as the senior lay leader and a member of the preaching team.
- Christian Ethics
- History of Philosophy II
- Philosophical Perspective I
- Philosophical Perspective II
- Philosophical Theology
- Topics: Ethics After 9/11
Professional Society Membership
- American Philosophical Association
Papers Published and/or Presented
Book to be submitted for publication in 2007: Ethics After 9/11.
Journal article to be submitted in 2007 to the Journal of Religious Ethics: “On the Presumptions of Just War Tradition.”