People Brian Austin Brian Austin Director of QEP & Professor of Philosophy Dr. Brian Austin, Associate Professor and Director of the Philosophy program earned his B.A. in Philosophy, Spanish, and Religion from Samford University (1982), his Master of Divinity (1985) and Ph. D. (1989) degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published articles and books in the philosophy of religion, specializing in the intersections of science and religion. He teaches courses in critical thinking, logic, history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, Christian ethics, and non-Western religious thought. Dr. Austin is also the director of the Carson-Newman College Honors Program, for which he teaches the course “Humanity and the Cosmos.” He has just completed a paper responding to the “new atheism” in which he argues that the natural sciences are unable to provide a grounding for human values.