Degrees

  • Ph.D., Annenberg Research Institute, Philadelphia
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
  • B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Biography

Dr. John Bloom’s interests center on physics and the integration of science and Christianity. At the undergraduate level he regularly teaches Astronomy and the Science and Origins courses for non-majors and the First-Year Seminar and the Senior Capstone Seminar for department majors. Dr. Bloom has a passion for critical thinking, problem solving, and using hands-on lab experiments to help students gain an intuitive sense for physics concepts.   Dr. Bloom seeks to bring greater theological and historical depth to biblical integration in teaching the Biblical Studies Department’s integration seminar: Christianity and the Natural Sciences.

At the graduate level he teaches Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design, and the Intelligent Design Seminar for the MA, Science and Religion Program and Scientific Apologetics for the MA in Christian Apologetics. He is the author of The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide, which surveys the relationship between Christianity and science, and demonstrates how God’s glory is clearly seen through the discoveries of science.


Affiliations

  • American Association of Physics Teachers.
  • American Scientific Affiliation.
  • Evangelical Theological Society.
  • Sigma XI.
  • Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute (IBRI).

Publications (Selected)

Books

  • Bloom, J. “Did Christianity Help Give Rise to Science?” in The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith, William A. Dembski, Casey Luskin, and Joseph M. Holden, general editors. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2021.
  • Bloom, J. “A Biblical Basis for Science,” in The Worldview Study Bible, David S. Dockery and Trevin K. Wax, general editors. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2018. Also printed in The Christian Worldview Handbook, 2019.
  • Bloom, J. The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015.
  • Bloom, J. “Does Intelligent Design Theory Help Christian Apologetics?" in Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery, William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher, editors. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2008.
  • “Truth Via Prophecy", and “Why Isn't the Evidence Clearer?" in Evidence for Faith: Deciding the God Question, John Warwick Montgomery, editor. Dallas, Texas: Probe Books, Word Publishing, 1991.
  • “Hosea's Adulterous Wife: A Portrayal of Israel." in The Evidence of Prophecy: Fulfilled Prediction as a Testimony to the Truth of Christianity, Robert C. Newman, editor. Hatfield, PA: Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute, 1990.

Articles

  • Bloom, J. “New Radiocarbon Ages of Dead Sea Scrolls? Part 2.” July 29, 2021, https://reasons.org/explore/blogs/voices/new-radiocarbon-ages-of-dead-sea-scrolls-part-2.
  • Invited guest editor for special issue of the open access journal Religions, titled: “Christianity and Science: New Perspectives,” (2021), https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050345, with full contributing article citations: https://drjbloom.com/Public%20Files/Intro_Special_Issue.pdf
  • Bloom, J. “Can Science Answer Life's Big Questions? The Error of Allowing Naturalism to Dictate our Origins Models,” Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies 2:2 (2017), 170-179.
  • Bloom, J. “Science and Faith,” The City (Houston Baptist University), 14 Nov. 2016. https://www.hbu.edu/news-and-events/2016/11/14/science-and-faith/
  • Bloom, J. “The Lost World of John Walton,” Christian Research Journal 38:3 (2015), 58-61.
  • Bloom, J. and Collins, C. J. “Creation Accounts and Ancient Near Eastern Religions," Christian Research Journal 35:1 (2012), 20-24.
  • “The Professor and the Panels", Home Power 103 (2004), 46-51.
  • Robert C. Newman, John A. Bloom, and Hugh G. Gaugh, Jr. “Public Theology and Prophecy Data: Factual Evidence That Counts for the Biblical Worldview", Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46:1 (2003), 79-110.
  • Hugh G. Gaugh, Jr., John A. Bloom, and Robert C. Newman. “Public Theology and Scientific Method: Formulating Reasons that Count Across Worldviews", Philosophia Christi 4:1 (2002), 45-88.
  • “On Human Origins: A Survey", Christian Scholar's Review 27:2 (1997) 181-203.

Presentations

  • “Biblical Archaeology’s Greatest Hits,” Biola on the Road events, 2015-present.
  • “The Case for Intelligent Design,” Biola on the Road events, 2015-present.
  • “Genesis, Ancient Near Eastern parallels, and Consensus Science: Navigating a Lost World.” Annual ETS Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November, 2015.
  • “Evidence for God: A Fine-Tuned Universe.” Apologetics Weekend on Creation, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA, November, 2012.
  • “Is there Science in the Bible?" Annual ASA Meeting, Washington, DC, August, 2010; and Annual ETS Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November, 2010.
  • “Earth: A Privileged Planet?" invited lecture at Cosmology, Science, and Faith conference, Istanbul, Turkey, May 12, 2007. Sponsored by the Istanbul Cultural Affairs Bureau.

Research Interests

  • Science and religion
  • Energy

Courses

  • Physics I and II
  • Astronomy
  • Science and Origins
  • Christianity and the Natural Sciences
  • Scientific Apologetics
  • Intelligent Design Seminar
  • Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design

Books

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Apologetics
  • Archaeology Of Bible
  • Astronomy and Space
  • Computers
  • Creation
  • Energy
  • Evolution
  • Intelligent Design
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Prophecy
  • Religion and Science
  • Science
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