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DepartmentsChristian Apologetics
Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering
Talbot School of Theology
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Office LocationLim Center 312


  • 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


John Bloom serves as chair of the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department and as the academic director for Biola's Master of Arts (Science and Religion) (MASR), which he founded in 2004. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in physics and graduate courses in the MASR. His research interests include the integration of Christianity with the sciences and apologetics. Bloom also has an interest in viable alternative energy sources, and equipped his home with photovoltaic solar panels that supply most his home's electrical needs. He lives in La Mirada with his wife and son.


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

Publications (Selected)


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • “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


  • Physics I and II
  • Physics of Sound
  • Astronomy
  • Christianity and the Natural Sciences
  • Scientific Apologetics
  • Advanced Seminar on Intelligent Design
  • Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design


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