Dave Hunt (Christian apologist)
Dave Hunt (September 1926 – April 5, 2013) was a Christian apologist, speaker, radio commentator and author. He was in full-time ministry from 1973 until his death. The Berean Call, which highlights Hunt's material, was started in 1992. Hunt traveled to the Near East, lived in Egypt, and wrote numerous books on theology, prophecy, cults, and other religions, including critiques of Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, and Calvinism, among others. Hunt's Christian theology was evangelical dispensational and he was associated with the Plymouth Brethren movement. Although he was not a Calvinist, he did hold to eternal security.
Hunt was a strict Biblical Creationist - refutations of evolution were a frequent topic of his radio programs, Search the Scriptures Daily and According to God's Word. He has stated that "I think that you would have to be, in my opinion, an idiot to think that this universe happened by chance."
Hunt believed occult or pagan influences are pervasive in modern culture - this includes evolution, as well as all forms of psychology, some forms of entertainment, all forms of science-fiction or fantasy - especially Harry Potter - yoga, some forms of medicine, environmental concern or conservation and much of public education. His book Occult Invasion is dedicated to this area, while several other books mention it in part.
Hunt addressed Calvinism in a book called What Love is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God, published in 2002 and revised in 2004 and 2006. He sought to refute many alleged misconceptions of Calvinism without taking an Arminian stance. He outlined a theological middle ground between Calvinism and Arminianism, where, according to Hunt, one can believe in eternal security but reject Calvinistic teaching. Also published in 2004 was Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views, co-written in a point-counterpoint debate format by Hunt and Calvinist apologist James White.
The Godmakers, which Dave Hunt co-wrote with Ed Decker, and the accompanying film, The God Makers, was an expose on Mormonism, highlighting the Mormon belief that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer and many other facets of Mormonism. Jeremiah Films made a video that is based on the book.
The Seduction of Christianity (co-written with Tom McMahon), which categorized Word of Faith teachings, meditation, and psychology-based counseling as New Age heresies, generated much debate in the 1980s. Responses from meditation proponents and from Calvinist re-constructionist writers include Seduction?? A Biblical Response and The Reduction of Christianity. Hunt has written a rejoinder to the latter critics in his Whatever Happened to Heaven?
Hunt wrote about Y2K with the intent of refuting the fearful predictions being made by other Christian fundamentalist writers (Y2K: A Reasoned Response To Mass Hysteria).
In his most recent book, "Cosmos, Creator and Human Destiny", Hunt supported the Creationist viewpoint and alleged that there were deficiencies in both the Big Bang theory and the theory of evolution.
- America, Israel and Islam, ISBN 1-929125-32-1
- America, the Sorcerer's New Apprentice: The Rise of New Age Shamanism, ISBN 0-89081-651-4
- Battle for the Mind, ISBN 1-928660-09-6
- Beyond Seduction: A Return to Biblical Christianity, ISBN 0-89081-558-5
- Countdown to the Second Coming, ISBN 0-89081-910-6
- The Cult Explosion, ISBN 0-89081-241-1
- A Cup of Trembling: Jerusalem and Bible Prophecy, ISBN 1-56507-334-7
- Death of a Guru, ISBN 0-89081-434-1
- Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views; Dave Hunt and James White, ISBN 1-59052-273-7
- Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist, ISBN 0-89081-831-2
- The God Makers, ISBN 1-56507-717-2
- Honest Doubts, ISBN 1-928660-34-7
- In Defense of the Faith: Biblical Answers to Challenging Questions, ISBN 1-56507-495-5
- Judgment Day! Islam, Israel and the Nations, ISBN 1-928660-32-0
- The Mind Invaders (formerly titled The Archon Conspiracy), ISBN 1-56507-831-4
- The New Spirituality, ISBN 1-56507-121-2
- Occult Invasion, ISBN 1-56507-269-3
- Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust subtitled "The New Age Movement in Prophecy", ISBN 0-89081-331-0
- The Power of the Spirit (by William Law, edited by Dave Hunt), ISBN 0-87508-247-5
- Revelation Hoofbeats (contributing author), ISBN 1-59160-873-2
- Sanctuary of the Chosen, ISBN 1-56507-215-4
- Secret Invasion, ISBN 0-89081-560-7
- Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days, ISBN 0-89081-441-4
- Seeking and Finding God, ISBN 1-928660-23-1
- To Russia With Love (formerly titled Mission: Possible), ISBN 978-1-928660-36-1
- Toward the 7th Millennium: A Penetrating Look into the Future (contributing author), ISBN 0-937422-42-8
- Understanding the New Age Movement, ISBN 0-89081-682-4
- Unmasking Mormonism, ISBN 0-89081-801-0
- An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith, ISBN 0-7369-0313-5
- What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God, ISBN 1-929125-30-5, 2 nd ed: ISBN 1-928660-12-6
- Whatever Happened to Heaven, ISBN 0-89081-698-0
- When Will Jesus Come?: Compelling Evidence for the Soon Return of Christ, ISBN 0-7369-1248-7
- A Woman Rides the Beast, ISBN 1-56507-199-9
- Y2K: A Reasoned Response to Mass Hysteria, ISBN 0-7369-0167-1
- Cowan, Douglas E. (2003). Bearing false witness?: an introduction to the Christian countercult. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-97459-6. OCLC 50339414.
- DeMar, Gary; Peter Leithart (1988). The reduction of Christianity: a biblical response to Dave Hunt. Fort Worth, Texas: Dominion Press. ISBN 0-930462-63-7. OCLC 18172813.
- Bunker, Michael (2002). "Chapter 4 A Jesuit Case Study: Dave Hunt". Swarms of Locusts: The Jesuit Attack on the Faith. IUniverse. p. 318. ISBN 0-595-25297-4.
- Hexham, Irving (1992). "The Evangelical Response to the New Age". In James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton. Perspectives on the new age. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. pp. 152–163. ISBN 0-7914-1213-X. OCLC 24667142.
- Pelphrey, Brant (Fall 1987). "Negative Thinking in a 'Positive' Age (Book Review of The Seduction of Christianity)". Areopagus 1 (1): 42–45.
- Reid, Thomas F. (1986). Seduction??: A Biblical Response. Woy Woy, New South Wales: Peacemakers Ministries. ISBN 1-86263-002-X. OCLC 27631883.
- Spiritual Counterfeits Project (1987). "The Final Threat: Cosmic Conspiracy and End Times Speculation". In Karen Hoyt, J. Isamu Yamamoto and Spiritual Counterfeits Project. The New Age rage. Old Tappan, New Jersey: Power Books. pp. 185–201. ISBN 0-8007-5257-0. OCLC 16465119.
- Scharffs, Gilbert W. (1986). The Truth About "The God Makers". Salt Lake City: Publishers Press. OCLC 14145479.
- Tope, Wally (Advent 1989). "The God Makers". Areopagus 3 (1): 48–50.
- "About Dave Hunt". Chick.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- The Berean Call: About Dave Hunt
- "STARTLING PROOFS - Does God Really Exist? creation vs evolution Darwin". Video.google.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- "The Godmakers". YouTube. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02.