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

John Bloom’s interests center on physics and the integration of science and Christianity. At the undergraduate level he regularly teaches the algebra-based Physics I and Physics II sequence, the First-Year Seminar and the Senior Capstone Seminar for department majors. 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. 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 Advanced Seminar in Intelligent Design for the Master of Arts – Science and Religion and Scientific Apologetics for the Master of Arts – 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. “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. 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

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

Books

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