Other Christian philosophical societies, such as the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Philosophical Society, are organized around a common creed or identity. Members must self-identify as Christians or accept a statement of faith. However, the activities of the society are then restricted only by the interests of its members, and their meetings might cover any area of philosophy.

The Society of Reformed Philosophy is organized differently. Its purpose is to facilitate a specific philosophical project: the philosophical development and exploration of the Reformed theological tradition. It is organized around this specific project rather than around the identity of its members. It is a society of Reformed philosophy, not of Reformed philosophers. Because of this, its membership requirements are at once narrower and broader than those of typical Christian philosophical societies.

They are narrower because simply being a Reformed Christian and a philosopher is not sufficient for membership in the Society; the member must be interested in contributing to the project of the philosophical exploration and development of the Reformed theological tradition, even if only through comments on the work of other members. All of the activities of the Society will have this aim.

They are broader because anyone is welcome who is interested in and capable of contributing the project of philosophically developing and exploring the Reformed theological tradition. Membership is therefore not limited to Reformed Christians, or even to Christians – though it is limited to those who have a certain level of philosophical expertise. It is likely that those most interested in contributing to this project will themselves endorse Reformed theology to some degree, but that may not be true universally; philosophical seekers of various stripes who are interested in sympathetically exploring and developing the Reformed tradition are welcome in this Society as well.

Membership is open to anyone who both (1) possesses a graduate degree in philosophy or a related field (like apologetics), or is currently enrolled in such a program, and (2) shares the goal of advancing philosophy in the Reformed tradition. Exceptions to the first membership requirement can be made at the discretion of the leadership of the Society for unusual individuals or circumstances.

If you would like to join the Society, please use the membership application form.