Hendrik van der Breggen



Associate Professor of Philosophy

B.A. Philosophy, University of Calgary, 1990
M.A. Philosophy, University of Windsor, 1994
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Waterloo, 2004

Blog: Apologia







Teaching Fields

Critical Thinking/ Logic
Philosophy of Religion
Worldview Studies
Philosophy of Science 
History of Philosophy


Professional Experience

2006 - present: Providence University College, Faculty
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

Pre-academic: soldier, waiter, youth worker


Professional Associations

Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers
Evangelical Philosophical Society
International Society for the Study of Argumentation
International Society of Christian Apologetics



Winner, Battle of Ideas Op-Ed Contest (freedom of speech), Political Animal Magazine, 2017
Winner, General Readership Article (newspaper), The Word Guild, 2005
Canada Study Grant, 1999, 2001
University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship, 1995, 1996
University of Waterloo Department of Philosophy Special Merit Scholarship, 1994
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1994-95
University of Windsor Summer Research Scholarship, 1993
University of Windsor Postgraduate Tuition Scholarship, 1992-93
University of Windsor Department of Philosophy Blue Ribbon Paper (x2), 1992




PhD thesis: "Miracle Reports, Moral Philosophy, and Contemporary Science," University of Waterloo, 2004 (PhD qualification areas: ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion).

MA thesis: "Hume, Miracle Reports, and Credibility," University of Windsor, 1994 (MA concentrations: critical thinking/ logic, Hume).

Journal articles and reviews

"Language, Logic, and the Beginning of Human Life: Francis Collins' Fallacies," Global Journal of Classic Theology (forthcoming).

"Review of Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation by Charles C. Camosy," Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith: Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, Volume 68, Number 2 (June 2016): 133-135.

"It's not interpretation all the way down: A defence of simple seeing," Didaskalia (Spring 2015): 57-74. Republished in Global Journal of Classic Theology, Volume 13, Number 2 (September 2016).

"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

"Canada's Transgender Rights Bill is incoherent -- and that's a concern," Political Animal Magazine (December 2017).

"On Forcing Your Religion Via Canada's Transgender Rights Bill," Political Animal Magazine (November 2017). (2017 Winner, Battle of Ideas Op-Ed Contest, Political Animal Magazine.)

"Questioning Islamophobia," Reformed Perspective, Volume 36, Number 3 (March/April 2017).

"The Good of Disagreement," Alumni Connect (Fall 2015), 12.

"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 articles

"Remembering communism," Winnipeg Sun, 11 November 2017.

"Truth isn't dead, pursuit of it is dying," Winnipeg Sun, 29 April 2017.

"Evidence backs resurrection as real," Winnipeg Sun, 13 April 2017.

"Social solutions should never include killing," Winnipeg Sun, 14 February 2017.

"About outlawing abortions," Winnipeg Sun, 7 January 2017.

"About cakes and conscience," Winnipeg Sun, 24 December 2016.

"Are we being duped by the stupid?" Winnipeg Sun, 15 December 2016.

"Doctor-assisted death a dangerous step," Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 2015.

"Euthanasia holds nasty consequences," Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 2014.

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

"Apologia," The Carillon, 7 August 2008 - present (newspaper column).

"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

Misc. articles

"Men in women's bathrooms?" Illinois Family Institute, 14 April 2017.


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

Radio interviews

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

"Answering Objections to Miracles," Issues, Etc., 7 May 2007. (Begins at 28:00)


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


 Provf Talks

2017: Same-Sex Marriage is Like a Subway Sandwich?

2016: Debunking Dawkins' Objection: Who Designed the Designer?

2014: A Cumulative Case Argument for Christian Faith


Personal Interests

Hanging out with my wife and sons and daughters-in-law
Reading philosophy and apologetics books
Watching movies (Lord of the Rings is my all-time favourite)


Course Information


Course Syllabi

213.11 Introduction to Philosophy

213.13 Critical Thinking

213.21 History of Philosophy

213.22 Ethics

213.23 Philosophy of Religion

213.24 Worldview Studies

213.25 Philosophy of Science

213.33 Special Studies in Ethics: Homosexuality

213.34 Special Studies in Philosophy of Religion: William Lane Craig's Apologetics

213.36 Special Studies in Philosophy: Nietzsche

213.36 Special Studies in Philosophy: Aesthetics

213.36 Special Studies in Philosophy: Miracles

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