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Hendrik van der Breggen





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Hendrik van der Breggen

Dr. van der Breggen received a B.A. in Philosophy from University of Calgary, an M.A. in Philosophy from University Windsor, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Waterloo. His study and writing interests include logic, ethics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science—done with the goal of getting closer to the true, the good, and the beautiful. Hendrik is husband to Carla and together they have two sons, two daughters-in-law, a grandson, and a cat (see Rupert the cat here!). Hendrik greatly enjoys time spent with his family. He also enjoys watching movies, with Lord of the Rings being an all-time favourite.


  • 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 (e.g. Abortion, Homosexuality)
  • 213.34 Special Studies in Philosophy of Religion (e.g., Miracles, William Lane Craig's Apologetics)
  • 213.36 Special Studies in Philosophy (e.g. Nietzsche, Aesthetics, Plato's Republic)

University of Waterloo

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Philosophy


University of Windsor

Master's Degree (M.A.), Philosophy


University of Calgary

Bachelor's Degree (B.A.), Philosophy



  • Providence University College, Faculty (since 2006)


  • St. Jerome's University (Waterloo, ON), Lecturer (2006)
  • Emmanuel Bible College (Kitchener, ON), Adjunct Instructor (1996-2006)
  • Heritage College (Cambridge, ON), Adjunct Instructor (1999-2004)
  • University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON), Teaching Assistant (1994-1995)
  • University of Windsor (Windsor, ON), Teaching Assistant (1991-1994)
  • University of Calgary (Calgary, AB), Logic Tutor (1990-1991)
  • Pre-academic: soldier, waiter, youth worker

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • International Society of Christian Apologetics


  • Winner, Battle of Ideas Op-ed (theme: freedom of speech), Political Animal Magazine (November 2017).
  • Winner, General Readership (newspaper article), 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)
  • Commandant's Shield, Canadian Forces Recruit School, Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis (26 November 1971)


Journal Articles and Reviews

Magazine Articles

Newspaper Articles

Miscellaneous Articles

  • "Men in Women's Bathrooms?" Illinois Family Institute, 14 April 2017.
  • "Apologia" (blog articles) at, blog posts since January 2018. For blog posts since August 2008, see here.


  • An Enquiry Concerning Human Abortion (Crown Publications, 1988).

Book/Booklet Chapter

  • "Continuing and Commending Belief: An Apology Doesn't Always Mean Saying Sorry!" in Holy Wanderings: A Guide for Deeper Discipleship (Christian Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Conference: January 2019), pp. 103-110.

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