“Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” C. S. Lewis
Richard G. Howe, Ph.D.
Richard G. Howe is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and
university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He is Provost,
Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, and Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics at
Southern Evangelical Seminary
in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Howe is Past President of the
International Society of Christian Apologetics
. In their free time, Richard and his wife Rebekah
enjoy international travel.
Dr. Howe has a BA in Bible from
, an MA in Philosophy from the
University of Mississippi
, and a PhD in
Philosophy from the
University of Arkansas
. Both his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on the issue of
the existence of God.
His master’s thesis is titled “An Analysis of William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument” in which Dr. Howe
defended the argument against objections that had come out against the argument subsequent to the publishing of Dr.
on the subject.
Dr. Howe’s doctoral dissertation is titled “A Defense of Thomas Aquinas’s Second Way” in which he defended Aquinas’s
efficient causality argument for the existence of God against criticisms of theistic arguments in general, against
criticisms of causal theistic arguments more narrowly, and against specific criticisms to Aquinas’s version of the efficient
causality argument for God’s existence—the second of Aquinas’s famous “Five Ways.” The key to this last line of defense
is understanding Aquinas’s notion of
, the primacy of
in his metaphysics, the essence/existence distinction, and
his doctrine of how the essence/existence distinction does not obtain in God (which is to say that God is His own act of
existing). (Thomists should recognize this as “Gilsonian” Existential Thomism.) Once these metaphysical notions are
properly in place, then Aquinas’s theistic arguments (focusing on the “Second Way”) can be put in their proper context
and rightly interpreted. Dr. Howe shows that almost all of the objections to the argument fail to rightly interpret the
argument precisely because they fail to understand the metaphysical context in which the argument is situated.
Dr. Howe is the author of the workbook curriculum and DVD
Intro to God’s Revelation
, an exploration and study of the
doctrines of General Revelation and Special Revelation including inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, transmission,
translation, interpretation, and application.
He is co-author with Dr. Norman L. Geisler of
The Religion of the Force
a contributor to several books including
The Morality Wars: The Ongoing Debate Over the Origin of Human Goodness
Answering the Music Man: Dan Barker’s Arguments against Christianity
The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith:
Exploring the Ultimate Questions about Life and rhe Cosmos
The Harvest Handbook of Apologetics
I Am Put Here for the
Defense of the Gospel: Dr. Norman L. Geisler: A Festschrift in His Honor
The Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within
Encyclopedia of Apologetics
Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith
To Everyone an Answer: A Case for
the Christian Worldview
. He has had articles published in the
Christian Apologetics Journal
Midwest Christian Outreach Journal
, and the
Christian Research Journal
. He has spoken and/or debated in churches and
universities in the US and Canada as well as Europe and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith.
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