Sam Welbaum

Sam Welbaum, M.A., M.T.S.

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-3900
Email: swelbaum@calbaptist.edu
Department: Arts & Sciences
Office Location: Tyler Plaza
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9am-1pm; Thursdays 12pm-4pm


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
B.A. Philosophy, and Christian Studies (Concentration: Theology, and Biblical Languages) California Baptist University 2005
M.A. Christian Apologetics Biola University 2007
M.T.S. Theological Studies Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary 2011
Ph.D (ABD) Philosophy of Religion and Theology Claremont Graduate University

Classes Taught

CST100 - Overview of the Bible
CST110 - Old Testament Survey
CST130 - New Testament Survey
CST200 - Introduction to Christianity
CST302 -  Foundations of Christian Thought
PHI303 - Apologetics
CST353/PHI353 - Comparative Religion
CST382 - Evangelism
CST480 - Pastoral Ministry
HON102 - Honors Seminar
PHI213 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHI233 - Basic Reasoning
WLD181 - Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests


Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Affliate Faculty, Colorado Christian University
    Courses taught:

Adjunct Professor, Pacific Baptist College
    Courses taught:
            Koine Greek I
            Koine Greek II

Teaching Assistant, Claremont Graduate University
    Lectures given in the graduate course Judeo-Christian Knowledge Across the Disciplines

Research, Presentations, and Publications


“Defining Miracle: Hume, Theism and the History of a Concept,” Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, vol. 3 Issue 1, January 2013.

“The Transformed Beholder: Objective Beauty as the Impetus for Sanctification in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Perichoresis, vol. 10 Issue 2, September 2012, pp. 245-265.


“Ungodly Boredom: The Impossibility of Divine Ennui in the Christian Tradition,” in the Evangelical Philosophical Society Far West Regional Meeting 2015, April 10, 2015.

“Boredom and Pop Culture,” in “Apologetics and Pop Culture: Defending the Faith in the Age of Avatar, LOST and Twitter,” Panel Discussion, California Baptist University, March 27, 2012.

“An Apologetic of Love and Beauty,” in “To Convince or Constrain? A Discussion on the Nature of Apologetics,” The First Annual Discussion Panel on Apologetics in the 21st Century, California Baptist University, October 11, 2011.

"Becoming What We Once Were: An Argument for Restorative Revelation and its Symbiotic Relationship with Natural Theology," in Live Options in the Study of Religion, The Society for Philosophy and Religion in Claremont, March 25, 2011.

Church Membership / Activities

Associate Pastor of Connections, Shoreline Baptist Church, 2015-Present
Teaching Pastor, Shoreline Baptist Church 2013-2015
Youth Pastor, Shoreline Baptist Church, 2008-2013
Youth Pastor, Huntington Beach Baptist Church, 2002-2007

Community Service / Involvement

Radio Host with Apologetics.com, 2010-2016                                                              

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family

Traveling with my beautiful wife Tiffany (married 10/11/14)
BBQ and hot wings
Comic books and geek culture
Board games


Personal Quote / Scripture / Philosophy of Education

"Therefore liberty does not mean that we do not do the law, but that we will and desire spontaneously from our hearts that which the law demands" - Philip Melanchthon

"But whereas the frivolous pursuits of grown-up people are called "business," children are punished for behaving in the same fashion, and no one is sorry for either the children or the adults" - St Augustine

"Reason without goodness is not reason, and goodness without reason is not goodness." - Tertullian

"Faith in its full Christian sense can be nothing more than this: to make the whole man a space that responds to the divine content." - Hans Urs Von Balthasar

"It's perfectly reasonable to deny Christianity as long as you can explain how 4 fishermen, a tax collector and a man who had a seizure on the road to Damascus managed to convince the world that a dead Jewish carpenter was God" - John Patrick

"A philosopher is a man who has to cure many intellectual diseases in himself before he can arrive at the notions of common sense" - Wittgenstein