John Warwick Montgomery

International Apologetics Academy

For more than twenty-five years, Dr Montgomery has provided opportunities to study theology and related subjects in Strasbourg, France-the heart of the Alsatian Rhineland. After receiving his theological doctorate from the University of Strasbourg in 1964, he organised a term-abroad programme for the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in cooperation with the University's Faculty of Protestant Theology. Later, when founding the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (now a division of Trinity International University), he created a Christian human rights programme which benefited from the summer offerings at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. That programme continued under the auspices of the University of Luton, England, during Dr Montgomery's professorship there.

In 1997, a new summer study programme came into existence-one focusing on the defence of Christian truth: the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights. Its reason for existence? To provide "a unique opportunity to learn to defend historic biblical faith in an increasingly secular age devoid of a solid basis for human rights." For two weeks in mid-July, a maximum of 20 students benefit from the instruction of the world's foremost apologists, who teach in nine areas:

  • The Apologetic Task Today
  • Philosophical Apologetics
  • Scientific Apologetics
  • Historical Apologetics
  • Biblical Authority Today
  • Legal Apologetics
  • Human Rights and the Defence of the Faith
  • Cults, Sects, and the World's Religions
  • Apologetics and Medical Issues

The faculty and advisory board include over twenty apologists, including such notables as Josh McDowell, Michael Horton, J. P. Moreland, Gary Habermas, Harold O. J. Brown, Rod Rosenbladt, Frank Beckwith, Craig Hazen, and John Ankerberg-two of whom teach each summer, together with the American director, Craig Parton (author of The Defense Never Rests) and Dr Montgomery. The Academy is the world's only "institute of advance studies" in apologetic evangelism!