Education: M.A. Southern Evangelical Seminary, Religious Studies. I am planning on doing more graduate studies work.
Graduate of Cross Examined Instructors Apologetics Academy, 2008-see http://www.crossexamined.org
Memberships: The Evangelical Philosophical Society
Primary Interests: Motivating God’s people to understand the need for outreach and apologetic training, contemporary issues in the culture, the need for Christians to engage the university, confronting the current intellectual crisis in the local congregation, philosophy of religion, epistemology, the resurrection, Christian origins, the relationship between early Christology and Jewish monotheism, the relationship between the Tanakh (acronym that is formed from the first three parts of the Hebrew Bible: Torah (the first five books of the Bible), Nevi’ im (the Prophets), and K’ tuvim (the Writings) and the New Testament, the relationship between Israel and the church, Christian theism and other worldviews, apologetic systems, historical method, the genre of the New Testament, the relationship between science and theology, and biblical hermeneutics.
Ministry Experience: Campus outreach minister since 2004.
Founder and Director of Ratio Christi, an apologetics ministry at the The Ohio State University. Website: http://ratiochristi.org/. We have had several well known speakers to the campus such as William Lane Craig, Frank Turek, Michael Licona, Michael Brown, Paul Nelson and others. We have also done students debates on the campus.
William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith Chapter in Columbus, Ohio
Wright State University
Ohio Northern University
University of Alabama at Huntsville
Rio Grande Community College
UMJC Conference (2012) on Messianic Apologetics
The National Apologetics Conference in Charlotte, NC (2013)
Churches: I have spoken in several churches. You can see the list of some of the current ones under the schedule tab. To see some endorsements, see here:
Alex McFarland’s radio show “Truth Talk Live!” To see more about Alex McFarland, see here: http://alexmcfarland.com/
Ryan Dobson: High Ground: Listen here: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/grounded/custom-player/grounded-222817.html
Evidence 4 Faith: The Resurrection: Listen here: http://www.evidence4faith.com/rss.xml
Nontheology skeptical radio broadcast: Listen here
Speaking Experience: Midwest Representative for CJF Ministries- 2005 to present. See http://www.cjf.org.
Teaching Experience: Instructor: The Messianic Studies Institute- see http://www.messianicstudiesinstitute.org/course/courses/
The Messianic Studies Institute is an adult education program that has had visiting scholars such as Craig Evans, Darrell Bock, Michael L. Brown, Walter Kaiser, Craig Keener and others.
The following courses are offered by Eric at the Messianic Studies Institute:
The Jewish Essence of the Faith: This class is designed to help Christians from all different denominational backgrounds understand the need to understand the Jewish essence of our faith. This course requires students to read the following text book: Marvin Wilson. Our Father Abraham: The Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B.Eerdmans Publishing Co.1989.
Early Understanding of Messiah: This course is an overview of how the earliest Messianic community understood Jesus as the Messiah. Messianic titles such as “Son of God,” “Son of Man,” “Lord,” “Wisdom,” and “Word” are discussed, with an emphasis on their Hebraic versus Hellenistic origin.
Messianic Apologetics: This course addresses the historical, cultural, and theological Jewish objections to Jesus as the Messiah and introduces students to apologetic thinking and methodologies. Many Christians are surprised to hear how many objections Jewish people have to the Messiahship of Jesus. Read more here: http://www.isca-apologetics.org/Jewish Apologetics.pdf. Students are encouraged to read the following books for the class:
Brown, M. Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Vol 1: General and Historical Objections
Brown. M. Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Vol 2: Theological Objections
Brown. M. Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Vol 3. Messianic Prophecy Objections
Brown, M. Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Vol 4: New Testament Objections
Copan, P. and C.A. Evans. Who Was Jesus? A Jewish- Christian Dialogue
The Resurrection- Myth or Fact? An overview of the notion of resurrection as found in the Hebrew Scriptures, select writings of the 2nd Temple period, and the New Testament. Particular emphasis will be placed on the centrality of the resurrection in the NT, the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, and how the resurrection should affect our daily lives.
Messianic Prophecy: An overview of God’s wonderful promise of the coming of the Messiah in the Jewish Scriptures. Particular emphasis will be placed on the New Testament use of messianic prophecy.
Writing: Eric blogs for his own blog at Thinkapologetics.com, The Christian Apologetics Alliance and the Apologetics Bloggers Alliance. His articles have been featured on The Poached Egg and Apologetics 315.
Publications: Messianic Literature Outreach:
Messiology and Jewish Monotheism/Fall 2006
The Impact of Philosophy on the Jewish Community/Winter 2006
The Resurrection/Spring 2007
The Messianic Task/Spring 2008
The Kingdom Of God/Spring 2009
What is Apologetics?/Spring 2009
The Messiah: A Complex Issue: Fall/ 2009
The Jewish Background of the Incarnation In The Gospel of John/ Spring 2010
Prayer in the Book of Acts/Spring 2010
A Defense Of The Four Gospels/Spring 2010
Historical Causation: The Birth Of The Messianic Jewish Community/Autumn 2010
The Reliability Of The Brit Chadasha/Spring 2011
Is Yeshua The Only Way? Summer 2011
God, Are You There? A Cumulative Case For The Existence of God? Fall 2011
Women in the Gospel of Mark: Fall 2012
Yeshua’s High Priestly Ministry In The Book of Hebrews; Explanation and Application: Fall 2012
Learning From Our Master: The Apologetics of Yeshua: Spring 2013
Who Were the First Apologists? Spring 2013
A Theology of Mission: Fall 2013
Who is the One True God? Prophecy as a Verification Test: Winter 2014