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Dr. Tawa Anderson

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Honor Program


Dr. Tawa Anderson joined the OBU faculty as Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the fall of 2011, shortly after completing his Ph.D. in Worldview & Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, KY. Before arriving at OBU, Anderson served as a Garrett Fellow at SBTS, guest lecturing in a broad variety of philosophy courses. Prior to that, he served for seven years as the English Pastor of Edmonton Chinese Baptist Church and part-time Baptist Chaplain at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Anderson and his wife, Vanessa, have three children: Mataeo (b. 2000), Alethea (b. 2003), and Keilani (b. 2005) who are all students in the Shawnee public school system.

Anderson is passionate about contemporary Christian philosophy, particularly philosophical apologetics -- explaining and defending the truth of Christian theism in the face of cultural and academic objections, doubts, and challenges. He has led apologetic workshops, seminars, and conferences at churches throughout western Canada, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Anderson also maintains (with intermittent dedication) a blog dedicated to Christian apologetics --


  • B.A. (Hon.) in Political Science, University of Alberta (1997).
  • M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry, Edmonton Baptist Seminary (2000).
  • Additional Graduate Studies in Philosophy, Apologetics, and World Religions: Ambrose Seminary (Calgary, Alberta); Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, Ontario); The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY); ACTS Seminaries (Langley, British Columbia).
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2011).


  • Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS)
  • Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP)
  • American Philosophical Association (APA)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)

Anderson is also a Certified Apologetics Instructor (CAI) with the North American Missions Board (NAMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

Anderson regularly presents lectures and papers at regional and national meetings of professional societies. Some of his presentations include:

  • “Worldview Presuppositions and the Resurrection of Jesus: The Test Case of John Dominic Crossan.” ETS Southwest Regional in New Orleans, LA (2015); EPS Southwest Regional in Ft. Worth, TX (2014).
  • Regular lecturer at Defend the Faith, a week-long conference sponsored by the Institute for Christian Apologetics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Presented three break-out sessions in January 2014.  Presented four break-out sessions and participated in a 2-hour mock lecture with Dr. Gary Habermas in January 2015.
  • “The Importance and Benefits of Worldview.” EPS National Conference in Baltimore, MD (2013).
  • “The Importance and Benefits of Worldview Thought.” EPS Southwest Regional at Dallas Theological Seminary (2013).
  • “Encountering Evil and Suffering in Light of the Resurrection.” ETS Southwest Regional at Dallas Theological Seminary (2013).
  • “Life in the Matrix: The Power of Worldview.” Greer-Heard Pre-Conference Workshop at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2012).
  • “The Apologetics Matrix: A Theoretical Framework for Practical Apologetic Engagement.” ETS Southwest Regional in Ft. Worth, TX (2012); National Conference of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (ISCA) in Wake Forest, NC (2011).
  • “Academic Freedom and the Vow of Scholarly Obedience: The Test Case of John Dominic Crossan.” ISCA National Conference in Wake Forest, NC (2011).
  • “The Myth of the Metaphorical Resurrection: Resurrection Belief in the First Century, the Early Church and Her Opponents.” ETS Southeast Regional in Greer, SC (2010).
  • “The Myth of the Metaphorical Resurrection: How John Dominic Crossan’s Faulty Presuppositions Predetermine Flawed Conclusions.” ETS Southwest Regional in New Orleans, LA (2010); ETS Southeast Regional in Chattanooga, TN (2009); ETS Midwest Regional in Ashland, OH (2009).

Selected Publications

Tawa J. Anderson, W. Michael Clark, and David K. Naugle, An Introduction to Christian Worldview: Pursuing God’s Perspective in a Pluralistic World.

Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, forthcoming (expected Fall 2016).

Contributor to The Worldview Study Bible. Nashville: B & H, forthcoming (expected Summer 2016).  Wrote “Introduction” to books of the Bible; 59 introductory articles altogether, between 160-900 words, 24000 words total.

“A Review of Myron Bradley Penner, The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context.”  Philosophia Christi forthcoming (Winter 2016).

“A Review of James K. A. Smith, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, Cultural Liturgies Volume 2.”  Christian Scholar’s Review 43.2 (2014): 187-91.

“Apologetics, Imagination, and Imaginative Apologetics.”  Trinity Journal 34.2 (Fall 2013): 229-51.

“The Worldview of Islam: Muslim Beliefs & Practices.”  The Baptist Messenger Insight (November 7, 2013): 1.

“Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus.”  The Baptist Messenger Insight (March 29, 2013): 2-3.

“A Review of Douglas Groothuis, Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith.” Christian Scholar’s Review 41.4 (2012): 426-31.

“The Importance and Impact of Worldview.”  The Baptist Messenger Insight (May 24, 2012): 2.

“A Review of Truth Considered and Applied: Examining Postmodernism, History, and Christian Faith, by Stewart E. Kelly.”  Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.4 (2011): 76-77.

“A Review of The Historical Jesus: Five Views, edited by Paul Eddy and James Beilby.”  Calvin Theological Journal 46.2 (2011): 382-85.

“The Myth of the Metaphorical Resurrection: Resurrection Belief in the First Century, the Early Church and Her Opponents.”  Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics Vol. 1 (2010-11): 19-48.

“Review of Contending with Christianity’s Critics and God is Great, God is Good.”  Philosophia Christi Vol. 12.2 (2010): 493-97.

“Does God Exist? An Introduction to Theistic Apologetics.” In Is Christianity True? 23 Essays Exploring the Truth of Christianity (e-book, Apologetics315, 2010), 9-16.  

Selected Interviews and Podcasts