Science and Religion Faculty

John A. Bloom, Ph.D., Ph.D.

Academic Director of M.A. Program in Science and Religion
Professor of Physics, Biola University

Ph.D., M.S. in Physics, Cornell University; Ph.D., M..A., in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Annenberg Research Institute; M.A., M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary.

Author of articles such as On Human Origins: A Survey, Why Isn't the Evidence Clearer?, Finding Truth in Religion: Is There a Factual Basis.

William Lane Craig, D.Theol., Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer
Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

D. Theol., Ludwig-Maximilliéns-Universität München, Germany; Ph.D., University of Birmingham, England; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Publications include The Kalam Cosmological Argument, 1979; The Historical Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus, 1984; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: The Coherence of Theism I: Omniscience, 1990; and Reasonable Faith, 1994.

William A. Dembski, Ph.D., Ph.D., M.Div

Visiting Lecturer
Research Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Executive Director of the International Society for Complexity Information and Design.

Ph.D. in philosophy, M.S. in statistics, University of Illinois at Chicago. Ph.D. in mathematics, University of Chicago. M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary.

Publications include The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities (1998), No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence (2002).

Garrett J. DeWeese, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Ph.D., M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary; B.S., United States Air Force Academy; Studied at the Sorbonne, Paris.

Author of articles and papers such as Eternal God: Atemporal, Sempiternal, or Omnitemporal?, Cloning Persons: Metaphysical and Ethical Issues, and Timeless God, Tenseless Time.

R. Douglas Geivett, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of Southern California; M.A., Gonzaga University; M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary.

In addition to a number of scholarly articles, Dr. Geivett is the author of the book Evil and the Evidence for God, and the co-editor of the books on Religious Epistemology and In Defense of Miracles. He is also an experienced debater on issues in the philosophy of religion.

Mihretu P. Guta, PhD.

Adjunct Professor

Ph.D., Durham University, UK, M.A. in Philosophy, Biola University, M.A. in Science and Religion, Biola University, BTh in Academic Theology, Evangelical Theological College, Ethiopia

Mihretu P. Guta, PhD., has research interest in a wide range of issues in the area of metaphysics and philosophy of mind. His other research interest areas include: philosophy of religion, philosophy of language/logic, epistemology, ethics, philosophical theology, the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience and the philosophy of quantum physics. After completing his PhD, Guta spent a year at Durham University in the UK as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Durham Emergence Project, set up with cooperation between physicists and philosophers (funded by the John Templeton Foundation). His postdoctoral research was focused on the nature of the emergence of the phenomenal consciousness taken from the standpoint of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, neuroscience and quantum physics. Recently Guta edited (with Sophie Gibb) a Special Issue for the Journal of Consciousness Studies entitled “Insights into the First-Person Person Perspective and the Self: An Interdisciplinary Approach”, (Imprint Academic, 2015). He has published articles, short response commentaries and book reviews in academic journals such as Philosophia Christi, Analysis, Journal of Consciousness Studies and the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation. In the past the places where Guta presented research/public lectures include: Durham University (UK), University of Vienna, University of Finland, Boston University, Biola University, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology and Evangelical Theological College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Currently, Guta is working on a book manuscript entitled: The Metaphysics of Substance and Personhood: A Non-Theory Laden Approach.

Alan Gomes, Ph.D.

Professor of Historical Theology

Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.Div., Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara.

In addition to a range of published articles, Dr. Gomes is the author of two books Unmasking the Cults and Unitarian Universalism and the series editor of the Zondervan Guide to the Cults and Religious Movements.

Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D.

Director of M.A. Program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University
Director of M.A. Program in Science and Religion, Biola University
Professor of Comparative Religion and Apologetics

Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara.

Author of the book The Village Enlightenment in America (Univ. of Illinois Press), Five Sacred Crossings (Harvest House) and a number of articles such as Science Never Fails, The Origins of American Metaphysical Religion, and God and the Law. He is also the editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi.

Kevin A. Lewis, Th.M.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Law

J.D., Whittier Law School; Th.M., Talbot School of Theology; M.Div. in Systematic Theology, Talbot School of Theology; B.A. in Religious Studies, CSULB

Dr. Lewis specializes in the topics of systematic and polemical theology, theology and law integration, jurisprudence, and Christian apologetics. He is the Founder and Director of the Evangelical Legal Socity, an organization dedicated to the task of restoring the theological foundations of law and justice in society and providing Christians with the resources necessary to do law, justice, and public policy from a foundation of evangelical theology. Dr. Lewis is an active lecturer at churches, colleges, and conferences and has appeared on several radio and television shows, addressing a variety of topics.

J. P. Moreland, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of Southern California; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Moreland has published over fifty articles and is the author or editor of twenty books including Scaling the Secular City, Christianity and the Nature of Science, Jesus Under Fire, Does God Exist? and Love Your God with All Your Mind.

John Mark Reynolds, Ph.D.

Regular Visiting Professor of Cultural Apologetics and Founder of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University

Ph.D., M.A., University of Rochester

Co-author of Three Views on the Creation and Evolution Debate and author of Athens and Jerusalem. His articles have appeared in technical journals and periodicals such as New Oxford Review and Touchstone. He is also currently a research fellow at the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture.

Adjunct Faculty

George Hunter

Michael N. Keas, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in History of Science, University of Oklahoma

Co-authored publications include “The Meanings of Evolution,” in Darwinism, Design and Public Education (2003), and auxiliary teaching materials for Discovery Institute’s supplemental curricula.  He is working on a book about historical myths in science textbooks.

Paul Nelson

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Chicago

Paul Nelson is currently a Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the MA Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. Paul’s articles have appeared in Biology & Philosophy, Zygon, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Touchstone, and chapters in the anthologies Mere Creation, Signs of Intelligence, Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics, and Darwin, Design, and Public Education. His forthcoming monograph, On Common Descent, critically evaluates the theory of common descent. Paul is a member of the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) and the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB). Paul is married to Suzanne Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University; they reside in Glenview, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) with their two daughters, Hannah (14) and Olivia (12).

Fazale Rana, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Chemistry, Ohio University

Kenneth Samples

MA in Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology

Kenneth Richard Samples serves as the vice president of theological and philosophical apologetics at Reasons To Believe. An experienced educator and author, Kenneth holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and social science and a masters degree in theological studies. Kenneth is the author of the award-winning book Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions (Baker, 2004) and A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test (Baker, 2007). He has published articles in Christianity Today, Christian Research Journal, and Facts for Faith.