Information is current as of early 2012 unless otherwise indicated
Dr. William Lane Craig
Chapter: Dawkins’ Delusion
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have two grown children. He holds dual M.A.s from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (England), and a D.Theol. from the University of Munich. From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.
He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
Dr. John M. DePoe
Chapter: The Problem of Evil and Reasonable Christian Responses
John M. DePoe (Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Iowa) is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marywood University. His work in epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion has been published in journals such as Acta Analytica, Philosophical Studies, Philosophia Christi, Southwest Philosophical Studies, and others.
Chapter: Richard Dawkins’ Illusions
Chuck Edwards has a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and has worked in Christian ministry most of his adult life. After spending 8 years on campus staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, he taught on the university level as well as worked as Minister of Education of a large church. For the past 20 years, Chuck has made an intensive study of worldview issues. For 12 years he was a featured conference speaker and writer for Summit Ministries (summit.org), traveling across the U.S. and internationally coaching students (high school and college level), teachers (both public and private), and adults to understand the times in which we live and to pro-actively be “salt and light” Christians in every area of life, from the classroom to the boardroom to the halls of congress.
Chuck is currently developing the Ratio Christi apologetics club at Davidson College, Davidson, NC while pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Philosophy and Culture from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University).
Chuck has written articles for several national media publications and co-authored with David Noebel the Worldviews in Focus Bible study curriculum, comprised of two 12-week studies; Thinking Like A Christian: Understanding and Living a Biblical Worldview and Countering Culture: Arming Yourself to Confront Non-Biblical Worldviews. He also wrote a six-week course titled Responding to Relativism. Chuck and his wife, Pat, live in North Carolina and have two grown daughters.
Chapter: Atheism and the Argument from Reason
Lenny Esposito is president and founder of Come Reason Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization, and author of the popular www.comereason.org web site. He has taught apologetics and Christian worldview for over 17 years, and has authored over 150 articles dealing with topics such as the existence of God, theology, philosophy, social issues and Biblical difficulties. He is a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Southern California Christian Times. He speaks at conferences, churches, and schools across the nation, and his most recent public debate was with well-known atheist and author Dr. Richard Carrier on the question “Does God Exist?”
Dr. Matthew Flannagan
Chapter: Did God Command the Genocide of the Canaanites?
Dr. Matthew Flannagan is an Auckland-based theologian, philosopher and ethicist. He currently works as a teaching elder at Takanini Community Church, in south Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of several articles and has contributed to several books. He and his wife Madeleine together run the MandM blog.
Chapters: The Party of Reason
Unreason at Project Reason
God and Science Do Mix
Tom Gilson is the National Field Director for the Ratio Christi Student Apologetics Alliance. He is the monthly Worldview and You columnist at BreakPoint, and he has written articles for Discipleship Journal, Touchstone Magazine, and Salvo. He blogs at Thinking Christian and The Point. He enjoys canoeing, sailing, and taking long walks in the woods. His two college-aged children are live at home with Tom and wife Sara in Lebanon, Ohio.
Updated January 2014
Chapter: Reason in a Christian Context
Peter Grice is President of Think Christianity, which promotes Christian thought in contemporary life. He also serves as Director of the TELOS Program™, a unique Christian worldview development program for teenagers and young adults. Peter speaks on a variety of topics related to science, culture and worldviews. He lives in Brisbane, Australia with his wife Anchalee and son Lewis.
The Bara Initiative
Chapter: Historical Evidences for the Gospels
Randy Hardman (B.A. Philosophy and Religion, Appalachian State University; M.A. Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker, and the founder of Ratio Christi: Student Apologetics Alliance. He directed the organization for the first three years of its existence before moving into some other areas of ministry. He currently serves as the Producer of The Bara Initiative, an online media ministry geared towards tackling worldview topics in an informed, relational, and creative way. He has worked for Summit Ministries since 2007 as their Director of Classroom and a student counselor. Randy has been published in American Theological Inquiry and is a regular contributor to The Point Radio. He also serves as a college pastor in Wilmore, KY where he lives with his wife and son. He enjoys playing guitar, spending time outdoors, and drinking an exceptional amount of coffee.
Christ the Tao Blog
Chapters: The Marriage of Faith and Reason
John Loftus and the “Outsider-Insider Test for Faith”
Dr. David Marshall is founder of Kuai Mu Institute for Christianity and World Cultures. He has written several groundbreaking books, including The Truth Behind the New Atheism, Jesus and the Religions of Man, and Why the Jesus Seminar Can’t find Jesus, and Grandma Marshall Could. David recently edited Faith Seeking Understanding: Essays in Memory of Paul Brand and Ralph D. Winter, with contributions from leading Christian thinkers like Philip Yancey, Alvin Planginga, Rodney Stark, Oxford historian of science Allan Chapman, philosopher Randal Rauser, and anthropologist Miriam Adeney. Having lived in Asia for much of his life, David Marshall has a doctorate in the Christian theology of world religions from the University of Wales, with a focus on Chinese religions He now lives with his wife and two sons in a small town east of Seattle, where he enjoys cross-country skiing with his boys, and the slow ripening of succulent fruit. He blogs on many topics at christthetaoblogspot.com.
Chapter: Are Science and Christianity at Odds?
Sean McDowell is the Head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Apologetics. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California.
He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences.
Sean is the co-author of Is God Just a Human Invention?, Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the Twelve Essentials of a Relevant Faith, Evidence for the Resurrection and More Than A Carpenter with his father, Josh McDowell. He is the General Editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, and has contributed to YouthWorker Journal, Decision Magazine, and the Christian Research Journal. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at Conversant Life.
In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have two children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University, and he likes to brag about his ping-pong skills.
Chapter: Faith and Reason in Historical Perspective
Tim McGrew (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University. He is the author of several books in epistemology and the philosophy of science, and author of “Miracles” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including Mind, The Monist, Analysis, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, and History of Philosophy Quarterly. In his spare time, he enjoys making exotic paper airplanes with kids, binding books in his basement, playing the piano, and listening to good music. His main hobby is chess, and he was the 2006 Michigan co-champion.
Updated August 2013
Dr. Glenn Sunshine
Chapter: Christianity and Slavery
Glenn Sunshine received his Ph.D. in Renaissance and Reformation History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Professor of Early Modern European History at Central Connecticut State University and a Research Fellow of the Acton Institute. Glenn is the author of Reforming French Protestantism, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, and Why You Think the Way You Do, along with numerous scholarly and popular articles, and has appeared on the Acton Institute’s documentary, The Birth of Freedom, and Doing the Right Thing, an ethics curriculum produced by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Glenn and his wife Lynn have been married since 1980. They have two children.
Reasons for God blog
Chapters: The Irony of Atheism
Carson Weitnauer (M.Div, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the U.S. Director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and the President of the Christian Apologetics Alliance. Previously, he served as a campus minister at Harvard University for seven years. He writes regularly at www.ReasonsforGod.org. Carson lives with his wife and two children in Atlanta, GA.
Updated January 2014
Chapter: The Explanatory Emptiness of Naturalism
David Wood is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy. A former atheist, David converted to Christianity after examining the evidence for God’s existence and the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. He has degrees in biology and philosophy and is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. David lives in the Bronx, NY, with his wife Marie and his three sons—Lucian, Blaise, and Reid.
Chapter: By It We See Everything Else—The Explanatory Value of Christianity for Meaning and Ethics
Samuel Youngs is an instructor in Religion at Chattanooga State Community College and in Christian Thought at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. He took his B.A. from the University of South Florida where he majored in Religious Studies and Literature, and his M.A. in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
He has published reviews and journal articles on religious and philosophical topics in American Theological Inquiry (atijournal.org) and The Journal of Comparative Theology (comparativetheology.org). He and his wife Anna, who works in family and youth ministry, share deep interests in literature, the arts, cultural studies, religion, philosophy, and building edifying relationships with colleagues and students. They live in Dayton, Tennessee.