Alan R. Rhoda


Welcome to my website. My name is Alan Rhoda. I am an academic librarian and a Christian philosopher. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, I currently reside in Greenwood, Indiana, along with my wife Heather and our two daughters.

Since the Fall of 2014 I have been the Systems Librarian at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Since it's a smallish institution with only 1 full-time librarian (me!), I have a lot of varied duties, including cataloging, collection development, interlibrary loans, managing access to online resources, updating the library website, and course reserves. It's a fun job that I'm blessed to have.

Before starting library school at Indiana University Bloomington in 2011, from which I earned dual Master's degrees in both library and information science, I was a professional philosopher. From roughly 1999 to 2011 I taught philosophy at various institutions, most notably the University of Notre Dame and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2004 I earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University with a dissertation on the skeptical problem of induction. The main focus of my philosophical research since then has been on the openness of the future as contrasted with the fixity or settledness of the past and present. Of my published papers to date, most of them explore different ways in which the openness of the future may be understood and the epistemological, metaphysical, and theological implications of those ideas. I have a forthcoming book on Open Theism with Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Elements series).