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PHC Faculty Flourishes Academically

October 4th, 2010

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

A busy slate of national and international speaking engagements for members of PHC’s faculty and administration are giving some students a short break from challenging lectures and mind-bending reasoning. The College’s Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, renowned apologetics expert Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, lectured last week on the tiny island nation of Tonga, addressing an international apologetics conference alongside other speakers such as Dr. Steve Kumar, John Heininger, and Dr. Liufau.

“The leaders and people in our churches need to be able to speak intelligently to the modern non-Christian mind, and be adequately armed with the facts for our faith,” proposed leading New Zealand apologist Dr. Steve Kumar concerning the Tonga conference. “Christianity is widely dismissed as an irrelevant belief. Post-modernism is prevalent—this is the belief system which insists truth is what we perceive and create, there being no objective, independent reality.”

Dr. Gene Edward Veith, PHC's Provost

Closer to home, Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith will lecture in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening as the inaugural speaker of the Preaching in the Capital series at Christ Reformed Church (6:30-8:30 p.m., 1611 16th St. NW).

Writes reporter Leah Fabel in her Washington Examiner preview of the event: “Gene Veith is Martin Luther's kind of Lutheran: a professor of literature and the provost of Virginia's Patrick Henry College, and someone who hails the Christian Gospel -- not by tacking his theses to a church door, but through multiple books, and his lively Cranach blog, named after Luther's close friend Lucas Cranach.”

Brian Lee, pastor of Christ Reformed Church, has invited the PHC community to attend this first presentation on October 7, beginning with a reception at 6:30pm. Entitled “Recovering the Lost Art of Reformation Preaching,” Dr. Veith’s talk will explore the Reformation model that established preaching as a skilled art form incorporating theological, literary, and rhetorical elements.

Dr. Veith also spoke this last weekend in Fort Wayne, IN with PHC rhetoric professor, Dr. Jim Tallmon, at a conference on “Lutheranism and the Classics.” Both presented papers on Friday and Saturday concerning the topic of classical education. Touching on one of his favourite topics, Dr. Veith spoke on “Classical Education as Vocational Education: Luther on the Liberal Arts.” Appropriately enough, given his teaching position and role as PHC’s Director of Debate, Dr. Tallmon’s lecture was entitled: “Cultivating Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in Thought, Word, and Deed: Unleashing the Power of Rhetoric.”

Dr. James Tallmon, PHC's Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Debate

For more information about the October 7 event at Christ Reformed Church in D.C., click here.

Prior to coming to PHC, at which he served briefly as Dean of Academic Affairs before becoming Provost, Dr. Veith was the Culture Editor of World Magazine. He is well-known in Christian, conservative, and homeschooling circles through his writing and speaking on various aspects of Christianity and culture.

Dr. Montgomery, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought, holds eleven earned degrees and is the 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 Patrick Henry.

Dr. Tallmon came to Patrick Henry College as Professor of Rhetoric and Director of Debate, having previously served as Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. He contributes regularly to classical liberal arts education conferences and is published in the areas of rhetoric, ethics, casuistry, rhetorical reason, and argumentation.