Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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TEDS Faculty Since 1993

Harold A. Netland, PhD

Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies


BA, Biola University
MA, PhD, Claremont Graduate University


Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Netland was a missionary educator for nine years in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Netland was involved in ministries among university students, assisting in church planting, and teaching at Tokyo Christian University. Dr. Netland’s areas of expertise include religious pluralism, epistemology of religion, apologetics, and missions in East Asia. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Vernon Hills, IL.

Selected Publications


  • Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth (Eerdmans, 1991).
  • The Evangelical Dictionary of World Religions (Baker, 2000), associate editor.
  • Encountering Religious Pluralism (InterVarsity Press, 2001)
  • Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity, ed. Craig Ott and Harold Netland (Baker, 2006).
  • Buddhism: A Christian Exploration and Appraisal (InterVarsity Press, 2009) with Keith Yandell.

Recent Articles:

  • “Can Only One Religion Be True?” in Can Only One Religion Be True? Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue, ed. Robert Stewart (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013) pp. 17-54.
  • “If ‘Personifying Evidence’ is the Answer, What is the Question? A Response to Paul Moser”, Philosophia Christi, 14:2, (2012) pp. 291-304.
  • “Evangelical Protestantism and Global Christianity” and “The Bible and Other Religions,” in The ESV Study Bible, English Standard Version (Crossway Bibles, 2008), pp. 2622, 2625-2628.
  • “The Exclusivism / Inclusivism Debate and Evangelical Missiology,” in Occasional Bulletin (The Evangelical Missiological Society) vol. 23 no. 2 (Spring 2010), 1-3.
  • “Gaining Every Advantage: Wisdom from Intercultural Ministry,” coauthored with Bruce Fields and Elizabeth Sung, in Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges, ed. John Kilner (Zondervan, 2011), 144-62.
  • “Christian Mission Among Other Faiths: The Evangelical Tradition,” in Witnessing to Christ in a Pluralistic Age: Christian Mission Among Other Faiths, eds. Lalsangkima Pachuau and Knud Jøgensen (Regnum Books, 2011), 45-56.
  • “Religious Pluralism as an Explanation for Religious Diversity,” in Philosophy and the Christian Worldview: Analysis, Assessment and Development, eds. David Werther and Mark D. Linville (Continuum, 2012), 25-49.
  • “Interreligious Apologetics,” in Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources, ed. Khaldoun Sweis and Chad Meister (Zondervan, 2012)

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

Referee, American Philosophical Quarterly, Sophia

Contributing editor, Cultural Encounters

External examiner for dissertations at Fuller Theological Seminary, Southern Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania

2003=2006 Member, Executive Committee of the Evangelical Philosophical Society


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