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“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 Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina where he still teaches part-time. Dr. Howe is also President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. Dr. Howe has a BA in Bible from Mississippi College, 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 theses 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. Craig’s important book 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 esse, the primacy of esse 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 at “Gilsonian” Existentical 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 show 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 a contributor to several books including The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, Reasons for Faith, To Everyone an Answer, The Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within, and a forthcoming festschrift in honor of Norman L. Geisler. He has had articles published in the Christian Apologetics Journal, the Areopgaus Journal, the 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. In their free time, Richard and his wife Rebekah enjoy international travel.

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