Hendrik van der Breggen


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Associate Professor, Philosophy

B.A. (Philosophy) University of Calgary, 1990
M.A. (Philosophy) University of Windsor, 1994
Concentration areas: Informal Logic & Critical Thinking
Thesis: "Hume, Miracle Reports, and Credibility"
Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Waterloo, 2004

Contact Information

Teaching Fields

Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
History of Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Worldview Studies
Philosophy of Science 

Professional Experience

2013 - Present: Providence University College, Associate Professor
2006 - 2013: Providence University College, Assistant Professor
2006: St. Jerome's University, Lecturer
1996 - 2006: Emmanuel Bible College, Adjunct Instructor
1999 - 2004: Heritage College, Adjunct Instructor
1994 - 1995: University of Waterloo, Teaching Assistant
1991 - 1994: University of Windsor, Teaching Assistant
1990 - 1991: University of Calgary, Logic Tutor

Professional Associations

Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture
Evangelical Philosophical Society
International Society for the Study of Argumentation
International Society of Christian Apologetics


Dissertation: "Miracle Reports, Moral Philosophy, and Contemporary Science"

In the works

"Language, Logic, and the Beginning of Life: Francis Collins' Fallacies."

"Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking on Intelligent Design: An Examination of My Critical Thinking Textbook."

Journal Articles and Reviews

"Faith Statements Impinge on Academic Freedom? A Response to the Canadian Association of University Teachers," Biblical Higher Education Journal, Volume 6 (Winter 2011): 35-41.

"Review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins," Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, Volume 3, Number 1 (2010): 119-122.

"Dawkins' Logico-Philosophical Blunder: A Reply to a Dawkins Apologist," Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, Volume 2, Number 1 (2009): 41-48.

"Review of Philosophy of Science by Samir Okasha," Philosophia Christi, Volume 5, Number 1 (2003): 314-318.

"Hume's Scale: How Hume Counts a Miracle's Improbability Twice," Philosophia Christi, Volume 4, Number 2 (2002): 443-453.

Magazine Articles

"Being a Christ-Centred Teacher: What It Means (to me)," Eye Witness, Providence University College & Theological Seminary, Volume 5, Number 1 (Winter 2013): 12-14. 

"The Image of God: Why Life is Worth Defending Against Physician-Assisted Suicide," Focus: Faith and Practice, Christian Medical and Dental Society, Volume 31, Number 2 (Spring 2011): 8-13.

"Awakening from the Nightmare: A Critical Overview of Friedrich Nietzsche's Philosophy," Christian Research Journal, Volume 34, Number 1 (January/February 2011): 32-41.

"Reasonable Skepticism about Radical Skepticism," Christian Research Journal, Volume 31, Number 5 (September/October 2008): 30-38.

"The Seeds of Their Own Destruction: David Hume's Fatally Flawed Arguments against Miracle Reports," Christian Research Journal, Volume 30, Number 1 (January/February 2007): 30-38.

Newspaper Column
"Apologia," The Carillon (August 2008 - present). 
Newspaper Articles

"Why not anti-bully clubs?" Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 2013.

"Don't reject Intelligent Design without exploring evidence," The Record, 14 November 2005.

"There's an intelligent defence for intelligent design," The Record, 23 August 2005.

"Did the Easter miracle happen?" The Record, 10 April 2004. (2005 Winner, General Readership article, The Word Guild.)

"Miracles can and do happen," The Record, 24 December 2001.


An Enquiry Concerning Human Abortion (Burlington, ON: Crown Publications, 1988).

Radio Interview
"The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche," Issues, Etc., 25 February 2011.

"Hume and Miracle Reports." Philosophical Friday, Department of Philosophy, University of Manitoba, March 16, 2012.

"Language, Logic, and the Beginning of Human Life: Francis Collins' Fallacies." Evangelical Philosophical Society, San Francisco, 16 November 2011.

"Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion: A Philosophical Review." Faculty Forum, Providence College, 7 February 2008.

"Comments on Dumsday on Locke and Competing Miracles." Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers/ Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 30 May 2007.

Course Syllabi

213.13 Critical Thinking

213.22 Ethics

213.23 Philosophy of Religion

213.34 Special Studies in Philosophy of Religion

213.33 Special Studies in Ethics

213.11 Introduction to Philosophy

213.23 Philosophy of Science

213.21 History of Philosophy

213.24 Worldview Studies


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