“There is nothing new under the sun”, wrote King Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes (1:9). Thousands of years later, this is still the case as new thinkers trot out theories and ideas that are, in fact, old ideas with simply a different light shed on them. Modern apologists (meaning those who have entered the field since its revival about 60 years ago) owe most of their work to those who came before them. Occasionally, those in the past get remembered in a footnote or two, but what happens if a person who contributed to the field in the past was never acknowledged for their work in the first place? They become lost to history. This happened to many women in the field, not because women of the past were never interested in the intelligent side of the faith, but because they were denied a seat at the table of theological ideas for hundreds and hundreds of years, simply for being women. There have been many accounts throughout history of deep-thinking women of faith, yet until about ten years ago, the idea of women being Christian apologists was mostly unheard of. This is due to the fact that many in the past published anonymously, or under pseudonyms, or their works were simply ignored and not given the attention they deserved, simply because they were women in a field dominated by men.
When I started working in the field of historical apologetics two years ago, I was so shocked you could have pushed me over with a slight breeze when I found out there were women who did Christian apologetics before this generation came along. I was shocked because I considered myself a pioneer in the field for pursuing apologetics as a woman, even just 17 years ago. To my knowledge, there was maybe about ten of us at the time. Now due to the ministries like WomenInApologetics.com, which includes those ten women, there are more and more starting to pop up everyday, and there are at least fifty of us who use the term apologist, and many, many more who simply practice it without an official title. We owe a lot to the women of the past who went toe-to-toe with men like Hume, Strauss, Tindal, Darwin, and others, and it’s time they got their due.
That is what Women in Historical Apologetics is all about. It’s about introducing the world to these forgotten women, these unsung heroines of historical apologetics. I hope that by putting a spotlight on the women of the past that stepped courageously into arenas like Philosophy, Theology, Apologetics, and Biblical Studies, it may encourage future women of faith to do the same. This is also an official project of The Library of Historical Apologetics.
About the Admin
Hi all, my name is Sarah. If I had to describe my career in one word, I would call myself a scholar - a title that, to me, encompasses being a historian, teacher, apologist, librarian, writer, and a lifelong learner. At this point, I have been in college over half my life, with degrees in History, Theology, Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Teaching, and Leadership. For work I am a Digital Library Specialist for the Dept. of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and a Writer/Editor for The Special Divine Action Research Database (a joint grant project between WMU and Oxford University). I am also the Apologetics Professor at Maranatha Bible College in San Diego, CA and teach History in both, Private and Public, Middle and High Schools. I also founded WomenInApologetics.com. If you have any questions regarding this project, or need anything else, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.