Sean McDowell Joins Biola’s Christian Apologetics Faculty

Popular speaker and author will serve as a professor in graduate program

Aug. 15, 2013 By Jason Newell

Internationally known speaker and writer Sean McDowell will join the faculty of Biola University’s Master of Arts Program in Christian Apologetics beginning this fall, the university announced today.

McDowell, who joins the program as an assistant professor of Christian apologetics, is a prolific apologist who has authored, edited and contributed to 15 books and has written dozens of articles in the fields of apologetics, philosophy, culture and ethics. He is also an award-winning teacher who has logged over a decade of classroom experience.

“Professor McDowell will be a magnificent addition to our team,” said Craig J. Hazen, founder and director of Biola’s Christian apologetics program. “He certainly brings the excellence in scholarship for which we are always striving, but he also brings first-rank communication skills, a profound desire to share the gospel with the lost, and Christian character that any of our students would do extremely well to emulate.”

McDowell is a familiar face at Biola. He received an undergraduate degree from Biola in 1998 and two master’s degrees from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology in 2003: an M.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in theology, both summa cum laude. He is currently in the final stage of a Ph.D. program in apologetics and worldview studies, completing a historical study on the fate of the New Testament Apostles.

He is also the son of Biola alumnus and well-known Christian apologist Josh McDowell (’66, M.Div. ’71), with whom he has co-authored several books, including The Bible Handbook of Difficult Verses and the recently updated version of More Than a Carpenter.

“We have worked with Sean for over a decade, so he is a known quantity for us,” Hazen said. “Although his father is a world-famous apologist and evangelist, Sean stands firmly on his own merits of mind and character.”

As a Biola faculty member, McDowell will join a renowned apologetics team that includes R. Scott Smith, Kevin A. Lewis, Clay B. Jones, John A. Bloom, Paul Nelson, Craig J. Hazen, J.P. Moreland, William Lane Craig, Scott B. Rae, David A. Horner, Greg Koukl and a host of others.

McDowell will begin with the department full time on Aug. 19, about a week before the start of the fall semester. During his first term, he will be devoted to research, writing, conference speaking and the development of a proposal for a Ph.D. in Christian apologetics for the department. In the spring term, he will begin regular teaching of graduate students in courses such as “Scripture, Authority, Canon, and Criticism,” “In Defense of the Resurrection,” “Comparative Religions” and others.

Since its formation 16 years ago, Biola’s Christian apologetics graduate program has become the largest of its kind in the world. The program was recently ranked No. 1 in the world by “The Best Schools” website and is the only program of its kind at a university ranked in the top tier of national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information about apologetics education and events at Biola, visit the Christian apologetics website.


  • Elliott Aug. 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Congrats, Sean! Ph. D. in Christian apologetics at Biola? What would that look like? Real excited for both Sean and Biola.

  • Jeffrey Aug. 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Big news! Great stuff coming out of Biola. Would love to do a Ph.D. in apologetics!!

  • Wayne Detzler Aug. 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Great choice. Biola is an example to apologetics programs worldwide.

  • Scott Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    We are blessed in California to have two great Apologetics schools, both with well-known faculty (Biola University and Veritas Evangelical Seminary). Sean will be a great addition!

  • Patsy Momary Aug. 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    My daughter, Janis Momary Bice, graduated the same day Sean did. Josh McD. rose to give the address to the grads, saying, "Sean asked me to keep it short! Thank you!" , and sat down...probably set an all-time record...

  • Wayne C Cooper Aug. 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    As an alumni of Biola's Christian Apologetics program, I am excited about Sean McDowell being added to the faculty staff. While I have done the first year of the DMin program at Talbot, I would easily change course and pursue the Ph.D. in Christian Apologetics as that is where my heart really is, and I might add as an African-American pastor, I would love to introduce Christian Apologetics to many Black Seminaries and Congregations around the Country. May God bless this new spiritual marriage of Biola University and Sean McDowell.

  • Drew Hall Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Patsy Momary, you missed the most important thing Josh McDowell said! His speech was "Love your future spouse and spend time with your children" I believe he repeated it twice. Anyway, congratulations to Sean!

  • Andrew Jul. 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Where are you getting your Ph.D?

  • Jessy solomon Oct. 25, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    I got your letter dated 16 October 2014

  • Brad Davis Apr. 1, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Sean, perfect fit! I will be praying for you as you challenge and mentor students at BIOLA.

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