John Warwick Montgomery

"Your two lectures did me good and I shall constantly find them useful."

— C.S. Lewis, Personal Letters to John Warwick Montgomery



John Warwick Montgomery is considered to be one of the foremost living apologists for classical, biblical Christianity. A renaissance scholar with a flair for controversy, he lives in France, England and the United States. His international activities have brought him into personal contact with some of the most exciting events of our time: not only was he in China in June 1989, but he was in Fiji during its 1987 bloodless revolution, was involved in assisting East Germans to escape during the time of the Berlin Wall, and was in Paris during the revolutionary "days of May" 1968. He has had personal contact with world leaders such as President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and English Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has been centrally involved in evangelical and Lutheran church affairs such as the Wenham conference on the Authority of Scripture and the inerrancy controversies in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. His public debates with atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Bishop James Pike, death-of-God advocate Thomas Altizer, and situation-ethicist Joseph Fletcher are historic.  Learn More

+ Educational Background & Lectureships

  • University of California, Berkeley, librarian in general reference service,
  • 1954-55 Wittenberg University
  • Springfield, OH, instructor in Biblical Hebrew Hellenistic Greek, and Medieval Latin at the university and at Hamma Divinity School, 1956-59;
  • University of Chicago,Chicago, IL, head librarian at Swift Library of Divinity and Philosophy, and member of Federated Theological Faculty, 1959-60;
  • Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University), Waterloo, Ontario, associate professor of history and head of department, 1960-64;
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, professor of church history, 1964-74, head of Division of Church History and History of Christian Thought, 1965-74, director of European Program at University of Strasbourg, 1967-74;
  • International School of Law, Washington, DC (now at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA), professor of law and theology, 1974-75; Christian Legal Society, consultant, 1975-76;
  • International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, director of studies, 1979-81;
  • Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Anaheim, CA (now Trinity International University School of Law), dean, director of library, 1980-87, professor of jurisprudence, 1980-88;
  • Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Tacoma, WA, distinguished professor of theology and law and director of European program, 1989-91;
  • Bedfordshire University, England, principal lecturer, 1991-92, reader, 1992-93, professor of law, 1993-97, director of Center for Human Rights, 1993-97, professor emeritus, 1997;
  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia, distinguished professor of law, 1997-99;
  • Trinity College and Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN, distinguished professor of apologetics and history of Christian thought and vice president for academic affairs in the United Kingdom and Europe, 1997-2007, also fellow of the college;
  • European Center for Law and Justice, Strasbourg, France, senior counsel (arguing religious liberty cases before the European Court of Human Rights), 1997-2001;
  • Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA, distinguished research professor of apologetics and Christian thought, 1997-2014;
  • Certified Fraud Examiner, 2008;
  • Concordia University Wisconsin, distinguished research professor of philosophy, 2014-.
  • Ordained minister of Lutheran Church in America, 1958, transferred to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1965;
  • Admitted to bars of Virginia, 1978, California, 1979, and U.S. Supreme Court, 1981, England, 1984, 1990;
  • Barrister member of Middle Temple and Lincoln's Inn, England; inscrit au Barreau de Paris. Concordia Theological Seminary, visiting professor, 1964-67, De Paul University, visiting professor, 1967-70;
  • Ritman Library, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Andreae Symposium Lecturer, 1986;
  • University of Waterloo, Pascal Lecturer on Christianity and the university, 1987;
  • University of Puget Sound, adjunct professor, 1990-91;
  • University of Oklahoma, A. Kurt Weiss Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics, 1997;
  • Regent University, Virginia, distinguished professor of law, 1997-1999;
  • University College, London, Law and Religion Colloquim lecturer, 2000. European Center for Law and Justice, senior counsel, 1997-2001;
  • Educational Communication Association, member of panel on the Bible and the new morality, "God and Man in the Twentieth Century" (film series);
  • Lecturer on "Defending the Biblical Gospel" for video-cassette series produced by National Institute of Biblical Studies/Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, and on "Sensible Christianity" and "Defending the Gospel through the Centuries" for audio-cassette series;
  • Appeared in the films Is Christianity Credible?, 1968, In Search of Noah'sArk, 1977, and Christianity on Trial, 1987-93;
  • Featured guest lecturer on national television programs, presenting a lawyer's defense of Christianity;
  • Speaker at international congresses;
  • Lecturer throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Latvia, and Russia.

+ Professional Societies

  • International Bar Association
  • International Real Estate Federation
  • World Society of Law Professors
  • Union Internationale des Avocats
  • International Wine and Food Society
  • European Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (corresponding member),
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society for International Law
  • American Association of Law Libraries (diplomate),
  • American Library Association, American Theological Library Association, American Historical Association
  • American Scientific Affiliation (fellow)
  • National Conference of University Professors
  • Medical Library Association (diplomate)
  • Victoria Institute (fellow)
  • Royal Society of Arts (fellow)
  • Society for Advanced Legal Studies (fellow)
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society for Reformation Research
  • Creation Research Society
  • Lawyers' Christian Fellowship (honorary vice president, 1995)
  • Literary Academy of France
  • Tolkien Society
  • Chaine des Rotisseurs (chevalier)
  • Tyndale Fellowship (England)
  • Manorial Society of Great Britain
  • Stair Society (Scotland)
  • Presbyterian Historical Society (Northern Ireland)
  • Confrerie St-Etienne (Alsace)
  • Societe des Amis des Arts (Strasbourg)
  • New York C. S. Lewis Society
  • California Bar Association (member of human rights commission, 1980-83)
  • Sherlock Holmes Society of London
  • Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia
  • Athenaeum Club (London)
  • Wig and Pen Club (London)
  • Players' Theatre Club (London)
  • Societe Sherlock Holmes de France (honorary member)
  • Club des Casseroles Lasserre (Paris)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Beta Phi Mu.

+ Awards & Honours

  • Post doctoral senior fellowship, Canada Council, 1963
  • Faculty fellowship, American Association of Theological Schools, 1967
  • John Warwick Montgomery manuscript collection established at Syracuse University Library, 1970, and transferred to the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Library, 2000
  • FeIlow of Revelle College, University of California, San Diego, 1970
  • Angel Award, National Religious Broadcasters, 1989, 1990, and 1992
  • Academician, Academie Internationale des Gourmets et des Traditions Gastronomiques, Paris
  • Commander, Ordre des Chevaliers du Saint-Sepulcre Byzantin, Austria
  • Recipient of the Patriarch’s Medal of the Romanian Orthodox Church, 2003
  • Honorary chairman of the academic board of the World Evangelical Fellowship’s International Institute for Religious Freedom, 2005
  • Consultant Editor (Religion and Law), Amicus Curiae: Journal of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies [University of London, England/UK], 2010
  • Keynote speaker, Asia-Pacific Christian Apologetics Conference, Lavengamalie College, Tonga, 2010.


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