The Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture

The Lewis Center is an educational resource for the greater Denver area that seeks to train and equip believers, proclaim the truth of Christianity to unbelievers, and engage culture for the redemptive cause of Christ.


The Gordon Lewis Center for Christian Thought and Culture exists to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scritpure. The Center is focused on serving the greater-Denver community by using the disciplines of theology, philosophy, and apologetics to explore the question of what it means to be a Christian in our world. Driven by the Mission of God, the Center serves as both an outreach to those who do not believe as well as to Christians in need of assurance of their faith. This means that the Lewis Center seeks to engage the Denver community in ways that emphasize the objectively true and subjectively transformational nature of Christianity.

Components of the Center

Annual Theme

After the inaugural year, each subsequent year will be dedicated to an important theme. The theme will be specific enough to provide direction for the year, but broad enough to allow for diversity of topics within the theme.

Lecture Series

Due to to the world-class scholars on campus at Denver Seminary, we will host at least two lectures per semester on topics within the broader areas of apologetics, philosophy, cultural criticism, and theology.

Community Courses

Since our community needs access to robust Christian education, and our theology and apologetics students desire to participate in this educational mission through teaching, we therefore plan to host a lay learning series which would be taught by students.

Online Database of Outstanding Student Papers

Papers written by students in the Apologetics and Ethics program and alumni are valuable resources. At the discretion of the professors, some of these will be topically arranged and made available to the public on this website.

Upcoming Events

Worldviews: Encountering a World of Differences

When: Tuesdays from June 23 - August 11, 2015. 7:00 - 8:15 pm.
Cost: $15 per person or couple if sharing a book (cost of book included)
Location: Denver Seminary, Classroom 103
Details: This eight-week course will explore various worldviews, such as theism, deism, naturalism, and existentialism, among others. The course will use James Sire's book, The Universe Next Door, and will be taught by Doug Groothuis, Sarah Geis, and various alumni and students.


Audio and Video of Past Events

Lewis Center Kick-off Lectures

Monday, September 23, 2013: "Is Faith Beyond Knowledge?" by Dr. Douglas Groothuis.   stream | download

Tuesday, September 24, 2013: "Understanding the Secular Landscape" by Mark Mittelberg. Audio is not available.

Postmodernism and the Church

Tuesday, November 19, 2013: "Trojan Horse, Translator, or Traitor: Postmodernism and the Church" a panel discussion.  View the video

Spiritual Formation and the Life of the Mind

Monday, February 3, 2014: "Spiritual Formation and the Life of the Mind," a lecture by Dr. Doug Groothuis.  View the video

Decide for Yourself: A World Religions Course

This was an eight-week course on Tuesday evenings that ran from June 3 - July 22, 2014. The text used was Dean Halverson's book The Compact Guide to World Religions. To either stream or download the audio, click the links below.

How Do We Know Christianity Is True?

This was a seven-week course on Thursday evenings that ran from October 2 - November 13, 2014. The text used was William Lane Craig's book On Guard: Defending Your Faith With Reason and Precision. To watch the videos, click the links below.

Christianity & Science: Enemies, Strangers, or Friends?

Monday, October 22, 2014. Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Douglas Groothuis, gives a lecture on the relationship between Christianity and Science. View the video.

Logic and the Mind of God

A lecture given on February 13, 2015 by Dr. Doug Groothuis that discusses the connection between logic and the mind of God. View the video.

Difficult Subjects Made Interesting: Academic Teaching Demystified

A brown-bag lunch seminar on the art and science of teaching challenging subjects co-taught by Sarah Geis and Dr. Doug Groothuis on February 25, 2015. Topics covered include the theology of teaching, classroom materials, student interaction, and more.

  • To access the audio, please click here.
  • To view an outline of the talk, click here.

Thinking Through the Soul and Death

This was a seven-week course from February 5-March 19, 2015 that explored the Christian concept of the soul in relation to death. The course used J.P. Moreland's book, The Soul: How We Know It's Real and Why It Matters, and was taught by Dr. Doug Groothuis, Sarah Geis, and Chad Ellison. Click the links below for video streaming.


About Dr. Gordon Lewis

We are proud to name our Center after Dr. Gordon R. Lewis. We seek to model and encourage the kind of scholarship for which he is known, in both philosophy and theology. Dr. Lewis's passion to reach the lost though biblical truth inspired us to create a center dedicated to this kingdom-focused end. We also know Dr. Lewis as man who speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). He is deeply committed to making biblical truth known, but in a loving and caring way.

Dr. Gordon Lewis, senior professor of Christian philosophy and theology, joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1958. He earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and also studied at Baptist Bible Seminary, Gordon College, Faith Theological Seminary, and Cornell University.

Dr. Lewis served as a president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1992) and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He founded Evangelical Ministries to New Religions. He served as a visiting professor at Union Biblical Seminary, Yeotmal, Maharashtra, India. He published one of the earliest evangelical critiques of transcendental meditation in What Everyone Should Know about Transcendental Meditation, which has been republished in Bombay. 

Dr. Lewis’ books include Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook, Confronting the Cults, Judge for Yourself, Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims and, with colleague Dr. Bruce Demarest, Challenges to Inerrancy, and the three-volume Integrative Theology.

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