Academic Leaders


“Christian colleges must put more resources into developing leading programs in philosophy. In my opinion, Tyndale’s philosophy program is on the cutting edge of a movement to meet this need. If you want to learn how to think as a Christian, if you want to learn the skill-set essential to philosophy, look no further than Tyndale. It is a program for such a time as this.”
J.P. Moreland, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University

paul“I have had the privilege of speaking at Tyndale University College, and I have found their philosophy faculty and students to be first-rate. This engaged community takes philosophical reflection and Christian commitment very seriously. This makes Tyndale a unique place in all of Canada to study undergrad philosophy and to make a singular impact for God’s kingdom there and around the world. I wholeheartedly recommend their remarkable program!”
Paul Copan, Ph.D., Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic Univeristy

nick“I visited Tyndale University College … in order to give the Honeyman Memorial Lectures. The occasion provided me the opportunity to talk quite a bit with the philosophy department staff, and also with students in the philosophy department. I was exceedingly impressed with both. The staff are very talented, well-trained, and energetic young philosophers, active in their discipline. And not only was it evident to me that the students were being very well taught, I was also impressed with their esprit de corps. The question and answer sessions after my lectures were among the best I have ever experienced.”
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Ph.D., Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University

habermas“C.S. Lewis reminds us that good thinking needs to exist in order to counter poor thinking. At Tyndale University College, this is more than a one-liner. From the Great Books tradition to the best in contemporary thought, the philosophy department offers a wide variety of courses, combined with personal interaction. Tyndale’s resident philosophers provide the community with a broad offering of classes that integrate learning with vibrant faith. It is this combination that forms the central basis of their strong program.”
Gary Habermas, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University

wlc“Canada needs a new generation of scholar activists…who can speak out intelligently on issues of cultural concern. In this regard, I am impressed by what I see happening in Tyndale’s philosophy department. I believe they have the faculty and programs to really make a difference.”
William Lane Craig, Ph.D., Th.D., Professor of Philosophy, Houston Baptist University

Alumni & Students

“Tyndale’s philosophy department is an excellent center for the integration of faith and philosophy, a place where my mind was expanded, challenged, refined, and inspired. Dr. Davis and Dr. Franks prepared me to engage with issues both at the forefront of current cultural dialogues and in the recondite halls of academia. Through courses in metaphysics, epistemology, ethical theory, logic, and the history of philosophy, they provided a foundation for my research, career, and worldview. Through their high academic standards and ability to present challenging concepts in ways accessible to students at any level, they have crafted a department and student community of intellectual rigour and a passion for learning. All of this would be meaningless without the work they do as mentors and exemplars of intellectual virtue: they exhibit a characteristic clarity and charity in the presentation of arguments, care and diligence through many hours of direction in class and their office hours, and creativity and open-mindedness in their integration of new concepts with faith, life, and culture.” –  Zach Reimer (BA ’17; MA (in progress), Ryerson)

“Early in my university career, I became sure that the Tyndale Philosophy Department was the academic community for me. Dr. Davis, Dr. Franks, and the entire department create an atmosphere that welcomes budding philosophers of every level. Regardless of how challenging the subject matter may be, our professors are never condescending or unapproachable when a student needs extra guidance. I have spent many (many, many,) office hours asking for help, and I consistently leave more confident than I came. Furthermore, Dr. Davis and Dr. Franks constantly strive to create fellowship among the majors so we are able to mentor each other as we learn and grow. I recommend the Tyndale Philosophy Department to absolutely everyone I can, as this is truly a special place. Nowhere else will you find a kinder, more dedicated, or more intelligent cohort of scholars than you will here.” –  Marina Hanna (3rd Year Philosophy Major; Concentration in Christian Apologetics)

“Tyndale is a place of serious scholarship emphasizing a love for learning, community development, and spiritual growth. I can think of no faculty that exemplifies these values better than the faculty of philosophy. As a philosophy student at Tyndale, I was taught to think critically and analyze my own beliefs alongside competing truth claims. I was also introduced to important debates that are ongoing in philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and many other areas. The tools provided to me by Tyndale philosophy have allowed me to engage in these discussions with confidence and rigour. I wholeheartedly recommend studying philosophy at Tyndale.” –  Luke Teeninga (Tyndale, BA, ’13; MA, Ryerson)

“My time in the philosophy program at Tyndale had great impact on my life both intellectually and spiritually. This is due to the opportunity to be taught by exceptional philosophers who are disciples themselves. The teaching delivered by Dr. Davis and Dr. Franks provided rigorous academic training that has prepared me for the graduate studies I am currently in, and also continually connected the philosophical content to my own life and the world around me. Tyndale’s philosophy program has instilled in me the value of a Christian engaged in academic thought, and has given me practical tools to love the Lord with all of my mind.” –  Catherine Klausen (Tyndale, BA, ’14; MA, Waterloo)

“During my first semester at Tyndale, I realized that I needed to be in the philosophy program. The professors sincerely care about the intellectual development of their students, and it shows in their dedication. I was introduced to many new ideas, and was taught how to think critically. They have very high academic standards, which drove me to excellence. While in the program, I was able to fully achieve my potential, and developed a passion for learning. I would say the most valuable part of my education was that I learned how to think well. I have found this to be an incredibly helpful skill, not just in my work, but in every aspect of my life.” – Jonathan Topping (Tyndale, BA, ’12; MA, BIOLA)

“I do not say it lightly when I say that the Philosophy program at Tyndale University changed my life. It was early in my first semester that I knew I needed to become a Philosophy major. The professors presented complex ideas in interesting and captivating ways. They were approachable and funny and always had time for students. They introduced me to important topics and taught me how to think critically about them. Through them I developed a passion for accurate thought within the context of life’s biggest questions. I’m convinced this only happened because of their superior tutelage, mentorship, and encouragement.” – Timothy Blank (BA, ’12; MA, Ryerson)

“By far, the best part about the department here is the amount of assistance and interaction students get to have with the professors. They are always willing to sit down and help their students, no matter what the problem is. The number of times the professors…have helped me out with problems is far too many to count.” – Spencer Johnston (BA, ’08; MSc, Amsterdam)




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