Almost 50 years after his death, C.S. Lewis continues to be one of the most recognized and highly regarded Christian apologists. This series of lectures celebrates the wider scope of Lewis’s contribution to thinking Christianly in numerous areas of life and learning: science, politics, mathematics, education, philosophy, history, and the imagination. Hear how what Lewis had to say about such areas still impacts how Christians should think today.
Harry Lee Poe serves as Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He has written several books and numerous articles on how the gospel intersects with culture; including Christianity in the Academy, The Gospel and Its Meaning, Christian Witness in a Postmodern World, The Designer Universe and Science and Faith: An Evangelical Dialogue, and See No Evil: The Existence of Sin in an Age of Relativism. Poe also serves as president of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum of Richmond, Virginia.
Gene C. Fant, Jr., is the author of The Liberal Arts: A Student's Guide (Crossway) and God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative (B & H Academic), as well as serving as a contributing blogger at First Things and The Chronicle of Higher Education. More importantly, he is husband of Lisa and dad to Ethan and Emily. At Union, he serves as the Executive Vice President for Academic Administration and Professor of English.
Jennifer Gruenke is Professor of Biology and Director of the Hammons Center for Scientific Studies at Union University. She teaches courses in Immunology, Physiology, and the Philosophy of Biology, and serves as a research mentor for Biology majors. Dr. Gruenke earned an undergraduate degree in Biology from Bryan College, and a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Virginia. She is interested in the intersection of Science, Philosophy, and Theology, and has a soft spot for Thomas Aquinas.
Brad Green is Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University. He is the author of The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life, Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine: The Theology of Colin Gunton in Light of Augustine, and editor/contributor to Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy: Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians. He has also contributed essays and reviews to Touchstone, Journal of International Systematic Theology, and Chronicles. Brad is also a co-founder of Augustine School, a Christian liberal arts school in Jackson, Tennessee. Brad is married to Dianne, and they have three children: Caleb, Daniel, and Victoria.
David Thomas (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1993) came to Union in 1994 and currently serves as Professor of History. At Union he teaches the introductory courses in American History, as well as the upper division courses in the early history of the country: Colonial America; American Revolution; and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Dr. Thomas is the author of The Stories We Tell Our Children: How Our Past Is Made Present In Children's Literature (Royal Fireworks Press, 2008).
Micah Watson is Director of the Center for Politics and Religion and Associate Professor of Political Science at Union University. He is a native of the great golden state of California, where he completed his undergraduate degree at U.C. Davis. He completed his M.A. degree in Church-State Studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and holds an M.A. and doctorate degree in Politics from Princeton University, where he was also a 2010-11 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life. His doctoral dissertation focused on the conflict between religion and politics as considered by John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and John Rawls. He is co-editor of Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought, and has contributed to other volumes such as A Second Look at First Things: The Hadley Arkes Festschrift, Political Philosophy and the Claims of Faith: Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order (forthcoming, NIU University Press), and KJV400: The Legacy and Impact of the King James Version.
Dr. Watson teaches Western Political Thought, Christian Political Thought, American Political Thought, and an Honors Community course on Justice. He has taught previously at Villanova University and Princeton University. His broad research interests include political philosophy, politics and religion, politics and literature, and ethics and public policy. When he can get away with it, he loves to study the connections between popular film and political thought. Dr. Watson is married to Julie Watson and together they have four daughters and a son: Abigail, Anastasia, Annika, Alexandra, and John. Accompanied by their faithful dogs Jack and Ripley, the Watsons make their home in Jackson, Tennessee.
Matt D. Lunsford is Professor of Mathematics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he has been a faculty member since 1993. Over the past 20 years, he has served the university in various capacities, including Mathematics Discipline Coordinator, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, and Chair of the Pew Research Selection Committee. His research interests include classical Galois theory, mathematics pedagogy, and the history of mathematics. When he is not reading Lewis, he enjoys the works of Tolkien, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. He and his wife Deanna have three children: Cara, Thomas, and Emma.
Russell Howell is Professor of Mathematics and holder of the Kathleen Smith Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he has been for most of his teaching career. He has had stints along the way at Calvin College (1999), University of Maryland (2000), and Oxford University (Wolfson College, 2006). He has degrees in computer science (MS.C., University of Edinburgh) and mathematics (Ph.D., The Ohio State University). His research area is in Complex Analysis, and he recently received an NSF grant to pursue curriculum reform in that subject at the undergraduate level. He was twice honored with Westmont's "teacher of the year" award, and takes delight in helping students see connections between their faith and academic pursuits. He was the first coordinator of Westmont's faith-learning program for faculty members. He has published in standard mathematics journals, but also in sources usually targeted to the humanities such as Novum Testamentum, Eerdmans, and InterVarsity Press. An article of his was selected as one of 25 to appear in the 40th anniversary edition of Christian Scholar's Review. Russ enjoys tennis, playing the piano, and hiking with his wife (Kay) and yellow lab (Dickens). He is an active member of the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara.
Justin D. Barnard is Associate Dean in the Institute for Intellectual Discipleship and Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Honors Community at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to his appointment at Union, Dr. Barnard was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Crichton College in Memphis, Tennessee, where, from 2005-2007 he served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. From 2002-2004, Dr. Barnard was a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Dr. Barnard holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University. He is an active member of the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Philosophical Society, having served in the former as chair of a committee for Christian-Muslim dialogue. His teaching and scholarship focus primarily in the areas of bioethics, philosophy of religion, and the philosophical legacy of C.S. Lewis. In addition, Dr. Barnard speaks regularly to church and public audiences on issues at the intersection of Christian faith and culture. He and his wife Tracie have two sons.