DepartmentsDivision of Biblical and Theological Studies
Talbot School of Theology
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  • D.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.Phil., Oxford University
  • M.A., Denver Seminary
  • B.A., Colorado State University


David Horner has taught at the University of Oxford, Denver Seminary, and served as a Visiting Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Colorado. He has lectured in numerous classrooms and university forums nationally and in Europe, and he has written numerous articles and book chapters on ethics, apologetics and ancient and medieval philosophy. Horner serves as Research Scholar for Centers for Christian Study, International, an effort to develop intellectual Christian communities within secular university contexts. He also serves as Executive Director of The Illuminatio Project, whose aim is to bring the light of a classical biblical vision of goodness, truth and beauty into the thinking of the church and culture through strategic research and communication.


  • American Philosophical Association
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Society of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy



Articles & Chapters

  • “The Virtue of Zeal.” With David R. Turner. Book chapter, Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life, edited by Michael Austin and Douglas Geivett (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2012)
  • “Cardinal Virtues.” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by G.T. Kurian, volume I (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011).
  • “Values, Christian.” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by G.T. Kurian, volume IV (Oxford: Blackwell, 2011).
  • “C. S. Lewis is a Eudaimonist: Response to Goetz,” Invited response to Stewart Goetz, “C. S. Lewis on Pleasure and Happiness,” Christian Scholar’s Review XL:3 (Spring, 2011), 303-310.
  • “Jsou si všechna náboženství rovna,” Czech translation of “Are All Religions Created Equal?,” "The Blind Men and the Elephant," and “Getting Clear About Tolerance” (2010). Originally published in Worldwide Challenge, November/December, 1991.
  • “Whether Augustine's Name Should Be Pronounced AW-gus-teen or aw-GUS-tin?” Philosophia Christi 11 (June, 2009): 249-251.
  • “Aut Deus Aut Malus Homo: A Defense of C. S. Lewis's 'Shocking Alternative.'” Book chapter, C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty, edited by David J. Baggett, Gary R. Habermas, and Jerry L. Walls (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 68-84.
  • “Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?” Apologetics Study Bible (Broadman and Holman Publishers). Gen. ed. Ted Cabal (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2007): 814.
  • “Noted Christian Apologist: Thomas Aquinas.” Apologetics Study Bible (Broadman and Holman Publishers), Gen. ed. Ted Cabal (Holman Bible Publishers, 2007): 957-958.
  • “Is Aquinas an Act-Ethicist or an Agent-Ethicist?” The Thomist 70 (April, 2006): 1-30.

Media Appearances

  • 12/22/11 Point of View, with Kerby Anderson, national syndication
  • 12/12/11 Frank Pastore show, KKLA (Los Angeles)
  • 11/20/11 Stand to Reason radio interview
  • 3/18/10 Featured as subject of Biola Chimes article, “Old Books and Strong Faith,”
  • 2/26/10 Interviewed in Biola Chimes web article on Lent,

Papers and Presentations

  • “Too Good Not to be True: A Call to Moral Apologetics,” Evangelical Theological Society, Christian Ethics Division, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA (November 17, 2011)
  • “The Virtue of Zeal,” with David R. Turner, Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Meetings, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon (March 4, 2011)
  • “Aristotle and the End of Education,” Keynote Address, Humanities Day, Ridgeview Classical Schools, Fort Collins, CO (January 22, 2011)
  • “Virtue and Holiness,” College group, Calvary Church, Santa Ana, CA (March 20, 2011) “O God, Our Help: An Exposition of Psalm 90,” Joint Heirs Class, First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA (June 6, 2010)
  • “Ideas Have Consequences,” Biola University President’s Circle Fundraising Dinner, Fullerton, CA (May 23, 2010)
  • “’Twas Grace that Taught my Heart to Fear,” Joint Heirs class, First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA (April 11, 18, 25, 2010)
  • “Lessons from Le Chambon,” Evening on Mars Hill lecture, North Hills Church, Carlsbad, CA (January 15, 2010)
  • “A Biblical Vision of Worship,” “The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Worship,” “Too Good Not to be True: A Case for Moral Apologetics,” Two plenary sessions and one seminar, Venture 2010, Portland Oregon (December 30, 2009)

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Medieval philosophy
  • Theology of worship


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Abortion
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Apologetics
  • Bible
  • Bioethics
  • Character Development
  • Christianity and Spirituality
  • Christian Thought
  • Christian Worldview
  • Church
  • Church History
  • Ethics
  • Euthanasia
  • Evil
  • Faith and Reason
  • Homosexuality
  • Integration of Faith and Learning
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Morality
  • Moral Relativism
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Postmodernism
  • Religion
  • Religion and American Culture
  • Resurrection
  • Sex
  • Truth
  • Worship
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