Roy Clouser

 Resident Philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at Christian Leaders Institute

Roy Clouser is the professor of religion and Philosophy (Emeritus) at the College of New Jersey. He holds a BA from Gordon College, a B.D. from Reformed Episcopal Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Notable Accomplishments: Dr. Roy Clouser

  • Studied with Paul Tillich at Harvard Graduate School
  • Mentored by Herman Dooyeweerd at the Free University of Amsterdam 1967 and 1971
    • Dissertation: “Transcendental Critique, Ontological Reduction, and Religious Belief

      Herman Dooyeweerd

      Herman Dooyeweerd

      in the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd”.

  • Winner of a Templeton Award for his Science and Religion Course 1997
  • Professor of philosophy & religion, 1991–2002 at The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
  • The Myth of Religious Neutrality (University of Notre Dame Press, revised 2005),
  • Knowing with the Heart  (IVP, 1999), and numerous articles.



Christian Leaders Institute, 2018

Resident Philosopher

The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.

Prof. Emeritus, 2002 – present

Professor of philosophy & religion, 1991–2002.

Assoc. Professor of philosophy & religion, 1973-1991.

Asst. Professor of philosophy & religion, 1968-1973.

Rutgers University, Camden, N.J.

Adjunct Assoc. Professor of philosophy, 1969 – 1984.


Instructor in philosophy, 1966 ‑ 1968.


Instructor in symbolic logic, 1965 – 1966.


University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D. in philosophy, 1972.

Dissertation: “Transcendental Critique, Ontological Reduction, and Religious Belief in the Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd”.

Advisor: James Ross. Harrison Fellowship.

Courses with: J. Ross (phil. of religion, dissertation seminar), G. Morrow (Plato, Aristotle), F. Clarke (British Empiricists), M. Farber (Kant, phenomenology), W. Fontaine (social phil), E. Flower (ethics), B. Grunstra (phil. of science); 1962 – 1966.

Free University of Amsterdam 1967 and 1971:

Ph.D. dissertation conferences with Herman Dooyeweerd, summers 1967 & 1971. Travel grants both years from the Free University.

University of Pennsylvania: philosophy, 1965.

Thesis: “Aristotle’s Theory of Moral Incontinence”.

Advisor: Glenn Morrow

Harvard Graduate School 1961-1962

Studies in the History & Philosophy of Religion with P. Tillich (phil. of religion, The Self- Interpretation of Man), H. Oberman (Medieval Thought), E. Wright (Old Testament), A. Wilder (New Testament), R.R. Niebuhr (19th Century theology); 1961 – 1962.

Reformed Episcopal Seminary: BD. in theology, 1962 (Summa cum Laude).

Dean Prize in theology; Alumni Award to outstanding graduating senior.

Gordon College: BA in philosophy, 1961 (Summa cum Laude).

Drew Scholarship.


TCNJ: Merit Award to outstanding faculty, 2001.

Andreas Foundation: Research grant, 1998.

Templeton Foundation: Course Award in Science and Religion,

TCNJ: Merit Award to Outstanding Faculty, 1987

Andreas Foundation: research grant, 1983.

Institute for Advanced Christian Studies: research grant,