Faculty

portrait of Alan W Gomes

Alan W Gomes

Professor of Historical Theology

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

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Featured Books

  • The Apologetics Study Bible

    by Ted Cabal (editor), Clint Arnold , John Coe, Ed Curtis, Garrett J. DeWeese, Thomas Finley, Douglas Geivett, Alan Gomes, David Horner, Alan Hultberg, Scott Rae, Walt Russell (contributing authors)

  • The Kingdom of the Cults

    by Walter Ralston Martin & Ravi Zacharias (editors), Alan W. Gomes (contributing author)

  • Dogmatic Theology

    by William Greenough Thayer Shedd, Alan W. Gomes

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Dr. Gomes specializes in the history of Christian doctrine and in the theology of American religious cults. Dr. Gomes is series editor of the 15-volume Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements, and wrote three books in the series: Unmasking the Cults (the introductory volume to the series), Unitarian Universalism, and Truth and Error: Comparative Charts of Cults and Christianity. He also edited an updated edition of W.G.T. Shedd's Dogmatic Theology (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishers, 2004). He has contributed articles to numerous journals, including Westminster Theological Journal, Trinity Journal, Presbyterion, and Christian Research Journal. Dr. Gomes has spoken at churches throughout Southern California and has been a featured guest on radio shows across the U.S.

For more information, please visit the personal website of Professor Alan W Gomes.

Affiliations

  • Evangelical Theological Society (member)

Publications

Books

  • “The Baker Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions”. H. Wayne House, General Editor; James Bjornstad, Alan Gomes, Winifred Corduan, and Irving Hexham, Associate Editors. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010 (forthcoming).
  • “The Value of Historical Theology for Apologetics.” Chapter in Reasons for Faith, Norman L. Geisler and Chad V. Meister, eds. Wheaton: Crossway, 2007.
  • “Shedd's Dogmatic Theology.” Edited by William G. T. (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishers, 2004)
  • “Zondervan Guide to Cults and Religious Movements.” (15 volumes). Designer and Editor of volumes Unmasking the Cults, Unitarian Universalism, and Truth and Error and author of following books: Beisner, E. Calvin. Jesus Only Churches. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Bowman, Robert M., Jr. Jehovah's Witnesses. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Ehrenborg, Todd. Mind Sciences. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Gomes, Alan W, author and general editor. Truth and Error. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Gomes, Alan W., author and general editor. Unitarian Universalism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Gomes, Alan W., author and general editor. Unmasking the Cults. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Hawkins, Craig. Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Holley, Terry and Kole, André. Astrology and Psychic Phenomena. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Mather, George A., and Larry Nichols. Masonic Lodge. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Passantino, Robert, and Gretchen Passantino. Satanism. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Rhodes, Ron. New Age Movement. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Van Gorden, Kurt. Mormonism. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. Yamamoto, J. Isamu. Buddhism, Taoism and Other Far Eastern Movements. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Yamamoto, J. Isamu. Hinduism, T.M. and Hare Krishna. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. Yamamoto, J. Isamu. Unification Church. Edited by Alan W. Gomes. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995.
  • “Unitarian Universalism.” Chapter in The Kingdom of the Cults, Hank Hanegraaff, General Editor. Revised, updated, and expanded anniversary edition. Minneapolis: Bethany, 1997.
  • “Lead Us Not Into Deception (A Biblical Examination of Moral Government Theology).” La Mirada: Telion, 1986.

Articles

  • “The Rapture of the Christ: The 'Pre-Ascension Ascension' of Jesus in the Theology of Faustus Socinus (1539-1604),” Harvard Theological Review 101:3 (forthcoming; page numbers not yet assigned)
  • “Faustus Socinus's A Tract Concerning God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit: Introduction, Translation, and Contemporary Relevance,” Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics 1:1 (2008) 37-57.
  • “William Greenough Thayer Shedd (1820-1894) on Evangelical Unity: Some Prescriptions, Theoretical and Practical.” Presbyterion 29/1, Spring 2003. Pp. 9-26.
  • “What is Openness Theology?” (co-authored with Dr. Alan Hultberg). Sundoulos, Spring 2002. Pp. 8-11.
  • “Cult.” Entry in Baker Dictionary of Christian Education, Michael J. Anthony, ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.
  • “Tolerate This! Answering Unitarian Universalist Pluralism.” Michigan Theological Journal, Fall 1998, Forthcoming.
  • “Unitarian Universalists and the Second Law of Theological Thermodynamics: The Rise of Militant Pluralism.” Trinity Journal 17NS, 1996. Pp. 147-166.
  • “Cult-Proofing Your Church and Your Children.” Sundoulos, Spring 1996. Pp. 3-5.
  • “Learning from the Past.” Interest, October 1994. Pp. 12-13.
  • “Winds of Change in the Worldwide Church of God.” Presbyterion 20/2, 1994. Pp. 91-108.
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