Dr. Phil Fernandes is the President of the Institute of Biblical Defense, which he founded in 1990 to teach Christians how to defend the Christian Faith. He is also the Pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship
in Bremerton, Washington, and teaches philosophy, world religions, and
apologetics for King’s West High School, Columbia Evangelical Seminary,
and the Imago Dei Institute (formerly Cascade Bible College).
Note: To engage Dr. Fernandes for a debate or speaking engagement, see bottom of page.
Fernandes has earned the following degrees: a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Greenwich University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University, and a Master of Theology from Columbia Evangelical Seminary.
Fernandes has debated some of America’s leading atheists
(i.e., Dr. Michael Martin of Boston University, Jeff Lowder, Eddie
Tabash, and Dan Barker). He has lectured and debated in defense of the
Christian world view at some of America’s leading universities:
Princeton, the University of Washington, Washington State University,
Oregon State University, and the University of North Carolina (Chapel
Hill). Fernandes is a member of four professional societies: the Evangelical Theological Society, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the International Society of Christian Apologetics, and the Society of Christian Philosophers.
Fernandes is the author of several books: The
God Who Sits Enthroned: Evidence for God’s Existence; No Other Gods: A
Defense of Biblical Christianity; God, Government, and the Road to
Tyranny; and Theism vs. Atheism: The Internet Debate (co-authored with
Dr. Michael Martin); Contend Earnestly for the Faith: A Survey of
Christian Apologetics. Fernandes’ most recent book is The Atheist Delusion: A Christian Response to Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins. Fernandes has also contributed a chapter to The Big Argument: Does God Exist?, edited by John Ashton and Michael Westacott.
Over 1,000 of Dr. Fernandes’ sermons,
lectures, and debates are available for free audio download from
sermonaudio.com, firefighters for Christ, and his websites
philfernandes.com and biblicaldefense.org. His sermons, lectures, and
debates have been downloaded over two million times in over 80 countries throughout the world.
Dr. Fernandes honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps
from 1980 to 1983. Dr. Fernandes and his wife Cathy reside in
Bremerton, WA. They have two grown daughters and three grandsons. We
are delighted to have Dr. Fernandes as a Brother in Christ and Lead Apologist in Christ Led Collaboration for iLoveAtheists.com.
Dr. Phil Fernandes
defends the true Jesus of history and the veracity of the Bible. He refutes the
claims of scholars, such as Bart
, who use well-known New Testament manuscript variants and
controversial verses as an excuse to reject all biblical texts. Original video
at the Institute
of Biblical Defense
Find over 400
apologetics audios by Dr. Fernandes here.Dr. Fernandes' books can be found here.
Can Dr. Fernandes speak (or debate) at my group?
Yes! Dr. Fernandes charges $1000 per day or part of a day away from home (plus plane
fare) and is available Friday thru Sunday on some weekends. (This is very
reasonable given his profile and schedule—he charges mostly for time away from
family.) When you have a few
candidate dates and a few candidate topics, you
may be put in touch with Dr. Fernandes by contacting us here and selecting 'Speaker Engagements' from the drop down menu.