Richard G. Howe

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.) Dissertation: A Defense of Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way

Dr. Richard G. Howe is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Howe has a BA in Bible from Mississippi College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Both his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on the issue of the existence of God. His master’s theses is titled “An Analysis of William Lane Craig’s Kalam Cosmological Argument” in which Dr. Howe defended the argument against objections that had come out against the argument subsequent to the publishing of Dr. Craig’s important book on the subject.

Dr. Howe’s doctoral dissertation is titled “A Defense of Thomas Aquinas’s Second Way” in which he defended Aquinas’s efficient causality argument for the existence of God against criticisms of theistic arguments in general, against criticisms of causal theistic arguments more narrowly, and against specific criticisms to Aquinas’s version of the efficient causality argument for God’s existence—the second of Aquinas’s famous “Five Ways.”

Dr. Howe is the past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA). He is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. He has spoken and/or debated in churches and universities in the US and Canada as well as Europe and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Arkansas
  • M.A.,  Philosophy, University of Mississippi
  • B.A.,  Bible, Mississippi College

Book Chapters Authored

  • “The Reliability of the New Testament Writers” and “In Defense of the Supernatural,” in The Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within, 2014.
  • “The New Testament, Jesus Christ, and the Da Vinci Code,” in Reasons for Faith: Making the Case for the Christian Faith, 2007.
  • “Witchcraft,” in Reasons for Faith: Making the Case for the Christian Faith, 2007.
  • “Knowing Christianity is True: The Relationship Between Faith and Reason,” in To Everyone An Answer: A Case For The Christian Worldview, 2004.


  • “Philosophical Antecedents to Thomas Aquinas’ Second Way,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol. 10, no. 1 (Spring 2012)
  • “Two Notions of tthe Infinite in Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae 1, Questions 2 and 46,” Christian Apologetics Journal, vol 8, no. 1 (Spring 2009)
  • “On The Function of Philososphy,” Christian Apologetics Journal (2008)
  • “Dualism” and “Empiricism,” The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (2008)
  • “Are There Historical Errors in the Bible?” Areopagus Journal of the Apologetics Resource Center (2007)
  • “Witchcraft: It May Not Be What You Think, ” Christian Research Journal (2005)Winner of the Evangelical Press Association’s Award of “Higher Goals” and Third Place in General Article (Long) category for 2006.
  • “From the Nature God to the God of Nature: Reaching Out to Wiccans,” Christian Research Journal vol. 28, no. 4 (2005): 10-11
  • “Satanism: A Taste for the Dark Side,” Christian Research Journal, vol. 28, no. 5 (2005): 41
  • “Some Concerns about John C. Maxwell,” Midwest Christian Outreach Journal (2003)
  • “Does the Bible Teach Reincarnation?” Midwest Christian Outreach Journal (1996)
  • “Homosexuality in America: Exposing the Myths,” American Family Association (1994)


  • “Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions,” by Garret J DeWeese and J.P. Moreland.
  • “Find It Quick Handbook on Cults & New Religions: Where Did They Come From? What Do They Believe?” by Ron Rhodes.
  • “Answering the Objections of Atheists, Agnostics & Skeptics” by Ron Rhodes.
  • “Protecting Your Teen From Today’s Witchcraft: A Parent’s Guide to Confronting Wicca and the Occult” by Steve Russo.
  • “Hard Questions Real Answers” by William Lane Craig.
  • “Thinking about God: First Steps in Philosophy” by Gregory E. Ganssle.
  • “God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist” by William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.

Academic Experience

  • Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary (Current)
  • Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary (2008-2014)
  • Director of the Ph.D. program, Southern Evangelical Seminary (2008-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary (2007 – 2008)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Luther Rice University (2007 – 2008)
  • Contributing Writer at Christian Research Journal (2005 – 2011)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Arkansas (2001 – 2004)
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary (1995 – 2001)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Marquette University (1990 – 1992)
  • Instructor in Philosophy, Mississippi State University (1989 – 1990)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Mississippi (1987 – 1989)

Ministry Experience

  • Minister of Youth, Lawndale Presbyterian Church, (1987; 1989- 1990; 1993).
  • Summer Youth Minister, First Baptist Church, (1981).

Professional Memberships

  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • International Society of Christian Apologetics


  • Richard is married to Rebekah Howe. In their spare time, Richard and Rebekah enjoy international travel.