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.
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.
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.
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.
Spiritual Formation and the Life of the Mind
When: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:00pm
Location: Denver Seminary, Classroom 100B
Details: Dr. Douglas Groothuis will explore how philosophy, theology, and the Christian spiritual life relate. There will be a question and answer time after the lecture.
Second Thoughts on Yoga
When: Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:00pm
Location: Denver Seminary, Classroom 100B
Details: Dr. Douglas Groothuis will be joined by Saikrishna Gomatom, a former Hindu who converted to Christianity. They will discuss and critique the widespread acceptance of yoga by evangelical Christians.
Decide For Yourself: A Community Theology Course
When: Tuesdays from February 11 - April 1, 2014. 6:45pm - 8:00pm.
Cost: $15 per person
Location: Denver Seminary
Details: Are you interested in deepening your understanding of the Christian worldview? Sign up for our eight-week class on the fundamentals of Christian theology and philosophy. We will use Dr. Gordon Lewis's excellent book, "Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook," which is included in the cost of the course. This course will be taught by a hand-picked group of some of our very best seminary students, alumni, and professors. The learning level will be geared toward adults, but will also be suitable for high school students. 20 seats available.
Weekly Apologetics Brown Bag Lunch
Details: Every Friday 12:00 - 1:00pm, from February 7th through May 9th, the Lewis Center will host an informal apologetics brown bag lunch in Denver Seminary's student center. This is not just for seminary students, but is also for alumni and anyone else who is interested in discussing apologetics in depth. Bring your own lunch, and we will see you there!
Lewis Center Kick-Off Lectures
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.
Monday, February 3, 2014: "Spiritual Formation and the Life of the Mind," a lecture by Dr. Doug Groothuis.
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.
Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook, Wipf & Stock Pub, October 2012.
Integrative Theology, Zondervan, August 1996.
Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims: Approaches to Christian Apologetics, University Press of America, September 1990.
Confronting the Cults, R&R Publishing, August 1987.
Challenges to Inerrancy: A Theological Response, Moody Press, 1984.
Judge for Yourself: A Workbook on Contemporary Challenges to Christian Faith, IVP, 1977.