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PHC Professor Guest Lectures at Oxford University

April 24th, 2009

By Sarah Pride

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
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Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought

Many know the story of C. S. Lewis and his famous Inklings group, formed during his time as a student at Oxford University. That heady literary club included Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Williams, and others. Understandably, Oxford University today boasts perhaps the most prestigious C.S. Lewis Society. And this April 28, the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society welcomes PHC’s own Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, as a guest lecturer.

Montgomery was invited a year ago to present this lecture, but was forced to postpone it until the spring because of his fall teaching responsibilities at PHC. The lecture, entitled “Did Christ Die for E.T. As Well As for Homo Sapiens? ,” won the Victoria Institute prize in 2003-2004 and was published in their Faith and Thought journal (No. 36, October, 2004). 

This will be Dr. Montgomery’s first time presenting it as a public lecture. The Victoria Institute, which initially published his essay, was founded in England in 1865 and has welcomed presidents such as the Earl of Shaftesbury, Sir Ambrose Fleming, Sir Frederic Kenyon, Professor F. F. Bruce, and Professor Sir Norman Anderson.

PHC Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith notes that Montgomery was one of the first people to write on C. S. Lewis, having edited a book entitled Myth, Allegory, and Gospel in 1974.

“Dr. Montgomery is recognized around the world as a scholar of great importance and has done a lot in England, France, Switzerland, and other nations,” says Veith. “It is hardly surprising that he would be invited to Oxford.”

One of contemporary Christianity’s leading apologetics experts, Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is an author of more than fifty books in four languages on the issues of human rights and biblical apologetics.  He lives in France and England and spends each fall semester teaching the core course in apologetics at PHC, as well as an upper level course entitled Philosophy of Law and Human Rights.