B.A., David Lipscomb College; M.Th., Harding University Graduate School of Religion; M.A., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., University of Georgia


Michael Potts has taught philosophy at Methodist University since 1994. He is the author of Aerobics for the Mind: Practical Exercises in Philosophy that Anybody Can Do (Tullahoma, TN: WordCrafts Press, 2014) and has co-edited an anthology, Beyond Brain Death: The Case Against Brain Based Criteria for Human Death, (Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000). He has twenty-three articles in refereed scholarly journals, ten book chapters, seventeen encyclopedia articles, ten book reviews, and eleven letters, including one published in the New England Journal of Medicine. His most recent articles include the following:

Verheijde, Joseph L; Rady, Mohamad I.; Potts, Michael (2018). Reader response: An Interdisciplinary Response to Contemporary Concerns about Brain Death Determination. Neurology 91:11 (September 11):533-534.

Potts, Michael (2017). The Influence of Psi on Marcel’s Views on Intersubjectivity and on Religion. The Christian Parapsychologist New Series 1:17 (September):19-31.

Potts, Michael (2017). Olivier Messiaen on the Metaphoricity of Music. Sacred Music 14:1 (Spring):8-18.

He also has over sixty scholarly presentations, including an invited presentation at The Vatican in 2005. He has written three novels, End of Summer (2011), Unpardonable Sin (2014), and Obedience (2016), all published by WordCrafts Press. His poetry chapbook, From Field to Thicket, won the 2006 Mary Belle Campbell Poetry Book Award of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and his creative nonfiction essay, “Haunted,” won the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Contest the same year. He has also authored Hiding from the Reaper and Other Horror Poems. He enjoys reading, chess, creative writing, vegetable gardening, and canning. Potts, his wife, Karen, and their eight cats live in Coats, N.C.