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Gary Habermas

Distinguished Research Professor Chair, Department of Philosophy

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Gary Habermas

Distinguished Research Professor Chair, Department of Philosophy

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Bio

Habermas is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy and chairman of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. (1976) from Michigan State University in the area of History and Philosophy of Religion and an M.A. (1973) from the University of Detroit in Philosophical Theology. He has specialized in cataloging and communicating trends among scholars in the field of historical Jesus and New Testament studies.

In 1985, Dr. Gary Habermas and Antony Flew debated the question of Jesus' resurrection as a literal and historical/physical event, before a crowd of 3000 people. Five philosophers and five professional debate judges judged the debate. Of the philosophers who judged on the content of the debate, four voted that Habermas won and the other was undecided. Of the debate judges who voted on debate technique, three voted for Habermas while two voted for Flew. The debate was published as a book under the title Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? The Resurrection Debate (Harper & Row).

Habermas has authored or co-authored 36 books on religious and philosophical subjects, contributed to over 60 chapters or articles in books, and published over 100 articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals. He continues to do research, publish popular and academic papers, give debates, and he frequently appears on television.

Habermas was married to Debbie for 23 years until her death from cancer in 1995. He then married Eileen. Between them they have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

Education

EDUCATION:

Ph.D., (1976), Michigan State University
Area: History and Philosophy of Religion
M.A., (1973), University of Detroit
Area: Philosophical Theology
B.R.E., (1972), William Tyndale College
Majors: Christian Education, Bible, Social Sciences
Minors: Philosophy, Greek, English and Speech