Peter S. Williams

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Based in Southampton, England, Christian philosopher and apologist Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil) is ‘Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews’ at NLA University College at Gimlekollen, Kristiansand, Norway. He speaks internationally on behalf of the truth, goodness and beauty of being a disciple of Jesus.

Peter is a trustee of the Christian Evidence Society, a Montgomery Trust Lecturer and both a Mentor and Travelling Speaker for the European Leadership Forum.

Peter has authored various books, including: A Universe From Someone: Essays on Natural Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2022), Apologetics in 3D: Essays on Apologetics and Spirituality (Wipf and Stock, 2021), Outgrowing God? A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate (Cascade, 2020), Getting at Jesus: A Comprehensive Critique of Neo-Atheist Nonsense About the Jesus of History (Wipf & Stock, 2019), A Faithful Guide to PhilosophyA Christian Introduction to the Love of Wisdom (Wipf & Stock, 2019), and C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists (Paternoster, 2013). His peer reviewed papers have appeared in journals including Philosophia Christi, Linguaculture, Theofilos and Think.


After a substantial author’s Preface recounting the author’s life-journey with the question of God’s existence, A Universe From Someone: Essays on Natural Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2022), pulls together Essays and Opening Speeches from debates (including the 2011 ‘God is not a delusion’ debate at the Cambridge Union) that jointly cover a wide variety of theistic arguments. Together with a foreword by noted philosopher J.P. Moreland, an annotated bibliography highlighting ‘Four Dozen Key Resources on Apologetics and Natural Theology in an Age of Science’, and other recommended resources, A Universe From Someone offers an informed overview of the contemporary case for God.

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‘A truly excellent primer on arguing for God’s existence.’ – W. David Beck, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Liberty University, and author of Does God Exist?: A History of Answers to the Question (IVP Academic, 2021)

‘In this crisp and lucid book, Peter Williams provides an accessible and informative account of the current case for God.’ – Rick Peels, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religion & Theology at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

‘an excellent introduction and guide to natural theology… and the author’s weaving together his personal story into the book to show the relevance of these natural theological arguments.’ – Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and co-editor of The Naturalness of Belief: New Essays on Theism’s Rationality (Lexington, 2019)

‘In my opinion [A Universe From Someone] is the top work currently available that (1) provides an insightful overview of the re-emergence of (especially Christian) natural theology for the last seventy-five years or so; (2) offers a readable, but quite substantive presentation of updated versions of the key arguments that have constituted this re-emergence. Along the way, Williams offers new development of important, but less popular arguments in natural theology. As if that were not enough, the well-selected, large, annotated bibliography is alone worth the price of the book. Williams knows the literature well and he has well-developed skills in taking hard material and making it accessible to a wide audience in an engaging way.’ – J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)


Apologetics in 3D: Essays on Apologetics and Spirituality (Wipf & Stock, 2021)

This collection of papers and other materials from English philosopher Peter S. Williams, with a foreword from philosopher Paul Copan, develops a holistic vision for Christian apologetics centred around a biblical understanding of spirituality. Grounded in two decades of practical experience, this book offers a vision of apologetics that’s interested in communicating through beauty and goodness as well as logic and arguments.

‘This short book is packed with insight and will stimulate discussion for years to come.’ – Gregory E. Ganssle, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University


Outgrowing God? A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate (Cascade, 2020), is a response to Richard Dawkins’ book Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide (2019). Join a cast of characters, with different perspectives, thinking through some of the biggest questions in life, as they discuss atheist Richard Dawkins’ book Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide. Written in the form of a dialogue between members of a student book club, Outgrowing God? A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate encourages critical thinking about Professor Dawkins’ arguments concerning God, Jesus and the Bible.

Praise for Outgrowing God?

“[a] delightful dialogue/critique of one influential atheist’s philosophy…” – Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

“[A] solid, readable response to the New Atheism [with] an engaging, dialogical format.” – Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University

“Excellent work… engaging, interesting and insightful.” – Dr Lars Dahle, Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Christian Apologetics at NLA University College, Norway

Outgrowing God? is an important and insightful book… I highly recommend it.” – J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University

“provides many stimulating arguments on an introductory, easy-to-understand level… William’s communicative approach quickly capture’s one’s attention, tackling decisive philosophical, theological, historical and scientific arguments, and providing many useful resources…” – Martin Heide, Professor of Semitic Languages, Phillip University in Marburg, Germany

Podcast: Introduction to Outgrowing God? A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate (Cascade, 2020)


 

A Faithful Guide to Philosophy is the only British Christian introduction to philosophy, a book that will be used as a course textbook and by church study groups and individual readers alike. Covering subjects of central importance to the Christian worldview and containing the broadest range of topics covered by any Christian introduction to philosophy it will be prized by many. Now available from Wipf and Stock (2019) with a new author’s preface & a foreword by philosopher Angus Menuge.

This is the introduction for a 17-part series of videos (videoed and edited by Peter Byron, with music by Peter S. Williams) about the chapters in Peter S. Williams’ A Faithful Guide to Philosophy.

Praise for A Faithful Guide to Philosophy

“a practical, readable guide to leading philosophical questions, showing how the Christian faith brings illuminating answers to them. This volume is accessible and incisive, and it furnishes the reader with a wide array of resources in order to delve more deeply into these matters. Highly recommended!”
 – Dr Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and author of A Little Book for New Philosophers

“an invaluable text for Christians who wish to engage with philosophy. This isn’t the usual abstract overview, but rather provides the reader with a human experience where their commitment to Christ is nurtured and their needs as a learner are embraced whilst also achieving academic rigour. Every Christian student of philosophy ought to have this book both on their desk and at their bedside.” – Dr Trevor Cooling, Professor of Christian Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and co-editor of the Journal of Education and Christian Belief

“A Faithful Guide to Philosophy is faithful, not only in the sense of being reliable, but also in the sense of being infused with a Christian world and life view. It is encouraging to see that this text is centered in natural theology and the philosophy of mind, for these are two areas of vital importance to the Christian faith, for which we must contend vigorously in our increasingly secular society. Williams’ focus is well chosen and his arguments interesting and persuasive.” – Dr William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology

“a sure-footed guide to philosophy in general, and philosophy of religion in particular… The addition of detailed bibliographies including YouTube videos and Web resources make this book a sure-fire winner for students and for Christian ministers and laypeople alike.” – Dr Daniel J. Hill, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Liverpool University

“Peter S. Williams… makes the complex accessible and interesting, without distorting the issues.” – Stefan Gustavsson, Director of Credo Academy, Stockholm

“an excellent book for introduction to the study of philosophy from the perspective of the Christian faith… The writer models the “love of wisdom” he recommends by his open, engaging and balanced approach… The book clearly shows the importance of philosophy for Christians, and the relevance of the Christian faith to philosophy.” – Bjørn Hinderaker, Assistant Professor at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway

“a highly accessible, stimulating introduction to logic, the nature of argument and philosophy written from a Christian perspective by an author who understands his subject and knows how to communicate it at the right level. This book, which is a delight to read and is full of useful references to books, articles, websites and other media, has the potential to de-mystify philosophy for a generation of young people and provide an excellent resource to enable them to articulate their faith in God with renewed confidence in a way that demonstrates its reasonableness against all New Atheist claims to the contrary.” – Professor John C. Lennox, Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford

“A Faithful Guide to Philosophy is an extremely well-researched book that is tightly argued, excellent in topic selection, deep in coverage yet readable in style. Williams had done a masterful job of producing a book that is now a must read for Christians who want to explore the intellectual underpinnings of their faith. I highly recommend this delightful volume.” – Dr J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Biola University in La Mirada, California and author of Love Your God With All Your Mind

‘This book . . . is simply brilliant and as far as I know, a complete original – the first UK textbook to offer an introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective . . . It is a real tour de force, combining conciseness with crystal clarity and yet avoiding superficiality . . . I particularly love the way in which Williams show his gift of explaining really slippery concepts in an easily understood phrase or illustration . . . Many popular contemporary philosophers such as A C Grayling do tend to be very unsettling to Christian believers and give the impression that their agnostic or atheist stance is intrinsic to the subject. Williams blows that myth right out of the water and I found my own faith really built up and affirmed by reading this book. “All truth is God’s truth” and Williams ably demonstrates that philosophy is no exception.’ – Trevor Stammers, Programme Director in bioethics and medical law at St Mary’s University, Twickenham