Matthew Bates, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology

Matthew Bates
  • 1800 College Ave
  • Quincy, IL 62301
  • Francis Hall 406
  • 217-228-5432 ext:3620

Matthew W. Bates (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is a Professor of Theology at Quincy University. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature. He also teaches courses in Western Religion, Church History, and Christian Spirituality. Dr. Bates is an award-winning author. His popular and influential books include Gospel Allegiance (Brazos, 2019), Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic, 2017), and The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2015). Current book projects on salvation and christology are underway. Dr. Bates also co-hosts OnScript, a Bible and theology podcast. He enjoys family life, hiking, baseball, and good conversation. More info on Dr. Bates, his publications, and his availability for speaking can be found at

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University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Degree Ph.D. (August 2010)
Dept./Area: Theology / Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
Dissertation: “Paul and the Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Kerygma: Reassessing Paul’s Scriptural
Interpretation in Light of His Hermeneutical Statements and His Prosopological
Committee: David E. Aune (director); John P. Meier and Brian E. Daley (readers)
Grad. Honor: The Winner of The Shaheen Graduate School Award in the Humanities—
The Top Graduation Prize, Competitive Across All Disciplines

Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
Degree: M.C.S. (April 2004)
Concentration: Biblical Studies
Project (Dual): O.T. Comprehensive Exams and N.T. Comprehensive Exams
Grad. Honor: The Biblical Studies Prize

Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington
Degree: B.S. (May 1999)
Major/Minors: Physics; Mathematics, Chemistry
Grad. Honor: Summa Cum Laude