Gary Habermas (born 1950) is a professor and department chairman in the areas of philosophy and theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is best known for his work in Christian apologetics. In recent history Gary Habermas is considered the foremost Christian apologist for defending the resurrection of Jesus. Habermas wrote his doctoral thesis on this subject. What is notable was that he did so at a secular school (Michigan State University), using his "minimal facts" method in which he defends the Resurrection using only historical facts that the vast majority of historians agree with.
Dr. Habermas had a debate against the philosopher Antony Flew regarding the resurrection which was chronicled in the work Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? The Resurrection Debate and the debate had a panel of debate judges. J. Hampton Keathley, III , Th.M. in his essay Evidences for the Resurrection wrote: "The decision of the judges were as follows. The panel of philosophers judging content cast four votes for Habermas who argued for the fact of the resurrection, none for Flew, and one draw. The panel of professional debate judges voted three to two, also in favor of Habermas, this time regarding the method of argumentation technique.".
Habermas, who went through a ten-year period of religious uncertainty in his youth, has also written two books on the issue of religious doubt: Dealing With Doubt and The Thomas Factor: Using Your Doubts to Grow Closer to God. The texts of both books are available on his personal website.
Habermas was interviewed by Lee Strobel for a chapter of the book The Case for Christ, and has recently offered on his website an extensive response to filmmaker James Cameron's claim to have found the "lost tomb of Jesus".
- Resurrected? : An Atheist and Theist Dialogue, 2005
- Gary Habermas and Michael Licona, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Kregel, 2004
- The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ, College Press: Joplin, MI, 1996.
- Gary R. Habermas and Antony G. N. Flew, Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? The Resurrection Debate, ed. Terry L. Miethe (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987; Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003).
- Ancient Evidence for the Life of Jesus: Historical Records of His Death and Resurrection, (New York: Nelson, 1984)
- Dr. Gary Habermas's Website
- Why I Believe The New Testament Is Historically Reliable by Dr. Gary Habermas
- Jesus's Resurrection and Contemporary Criticism: An Apologetic (Part I)
- Jesus's Resurrection and Contemporary Criticism: An Apologetics (Part II)