Available for talks, discussion, and debates on the reasonableness of Christian faith, in relation to science and general evidence.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Evolutionary microbial genomics at Technical University of Munich.
Will Science Bury Atheism?
Arguing that the principles and findings of science support theism over atheism.
God, gods, or Nothing?
Examining the evidence for a single personal God in comparison to polytheism, deism, and atheism.
Why do Many Scientists Believe in God?
Presenting the personal stories of some leading scientists, and reasons why they believe in God.
Evolution and God
Explaining why biological evolution does not provide strong evidence for atheism.
Presented for groups in NZ including churches, Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (IFES) campus groups, Christian highschools, ‘Thinking Matters’ apologetics conferences and small groups, and ‘Skeptics in the Pub’. Previous formal debates with sceptics are online.
- BA|BSc conjoint, Economics, Philosophy & Biology – University of Auckland (UoA)
- PGDipSci endorsed with Merit, in Biological Sciences, UoA
- PhD, Biological Sciences – theory and analysis in experimental evolution
- Previously Tutor for biology, critical thinking, and metaethics courses at UoA.
- Board member of New Zealand Christians in Science
Bruce is a Software Architect and technology evangelist by day; by night, a father of two preschoolers and husband to a Kiwi he met while volunteering with Wycliffe Associates in Kenya. He’s passionate about seeing people love God with their whole heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving others well, inside and outside the church.
He is a lay evangelist and apologist who got to spend several years fusing apologetics with evangelism alongside good friends Mike Licona, Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood and Mary Jo Sharp. He learned much about the arguments and demeanor necessary to communicate the Great News of Jesus to those hostile to Christianity, presenting the truth of Jesus in a way that respects their intellect, but loving them too much to let them suffer under their misconceptions about Jesus.
He’s available to speak in Christchurch, and elsewhere as needed.
Has Science Buried God?
Are science and faith natural enemies? Does naturalism provide sufficient grounding for the success of science? Does the evidence from science point away from or towards a creator God? Can you be a scientist and a Christian?
Does Life Have Meaning?
Is this life just a lucky accident? Do our lives have purpose or should we invent our own? Does having an answer to this question make any difference?
Is the New Testament Reliable?
Is the New Testament an unreliable translation of a translation of a translation, as Bart Ehrman claims? If we don’t have the originals, how do we know what we have a faithful copy? Do contradictions mean that we should reject the contents of these 2000 year old manuscripts?
Did Jesus Really Claim to be God?
Muslims and modern religious studies scholars tell us that Jesus never actually claimed to be God; that this was the creation of followers who later invented claims of Jesus’ deity. Since Jesus never said “I am God,” who should we believe?
Jesus: Man or Myth?
C. S. Lewis famously said that Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic or Lord. But some people have opted for a fourth option: Legend. Jesus never really existed, the stories of him were stolen from Pagan mystery religions. Was Jesus the first “Dying and rising” god? Nope. Osiris, Horus, Dionysius and Mithras all beat him to it. Or did they?
Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
“Yes,” says the Christian. “It’s in the Bible, so it’s true.” The skeptic says, “Obviously not. People don’t rise from the dead. If that happened, we’d know about it.” If someone doesn’t start by assuming the Bible is true, is there evidence that would convince them Jesus rose from the dead?
Trevor earned his Master of Divinity under Dr Norman Geisler with an emphasis in classical Christian apologetics and understanding world religions at the Southern Evangelical Seminary in the United States.
He is involved in Christian education around New Zealand including teaching apologetics courses and world religions at many organisations, colleges, churches, camps, and home groups. Trevor teaches high school Physics and Science in Auckland and has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) from Auckland University. He attends Greenlane Presbyterian Church in Auckland.
Trevor has an unique ability to communicate complex concepts making them easy to understand. Combining his enthusiasm and humor with a sprinkle of “absent minded professor”, Trevor keeps his audience engrossed with effortless learning.
He is available for speaking engagements of any length both within New Zealand and internationally.
Course: The Logic behind the Love
Are you able to answer the common objections to Christianity? Are you ready to confront any nagging doubts you harbour? When witnessing can you quickly discern the world view of the person you are speaking with? Do you know how to best answer them? In this modern world Christians need to be able to give a clear reason for their faith.
The Logic Behind The Love is an introduction to Christian Apologetics. After the course you will have a broad understanding of all areas of apologetics. You will know where to go for further study and you will be a much stronger Christian.
Some of the subjects we cover include:
- Why ideas have consequences?
- What is apologetics?
- Why do apologetics?
- What is truth?
- Does God exist?
- What about evolution?
- What about cults?
- What about other religions?
- If God exists, why evil?
- Are miracles possible?
- Can we trust the New Testament?
- Is Jesus God?
- Did Jesus rise from the dead?
- Is the Bible the Word of God?
Testimonies and Comments
- I’ve learnt so many things I never fully understood and it has helped my my faith grow Immeasurably. (Michelle)
- This is a wonderful course, I would recommend this to anyone. (Grant)
- I found this course really helpful in learning to defend my faith. (Kimberley)
- Fantastic to help you reason with people you rub shoulders with everyday. (Trevor)
- I used what I learnt on the first night, the next day at work. (Roy)
- Marvelous!! Recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of Christianity, or wants to know what to say when someone asks you “who is God”. (Dave)
- Have enjoyed the relaxed laid back learning. Have learnt and all ready stared using stuff learnt; in work environment. (Shona)
- A great learning experience. Really opens your eyes to the Logic behind Christianity. (Michael)
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