Dave Hunt (Christian apologist)

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David Hunt in 2008 in Canada

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.[1] Although he was not a Calvinist, he did hold to eternal security.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Hunt was born in 1926 and raised in a Christian family. He was an alumnus of UCLA and was married with four children. He worked as a CPA before his entry into full-time ministry.[2]

Positions[edit]

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."[3]

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[citation needed] - 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.

Calvinism[edit]

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.

Catholicism[edit]

In A Woman Rides the Beast, he identified the Roman Catholic Church as the Whore of Babylon from the prophecies in chapters 17 and 18 of the Book of Revelation.

Mormonism[edit]

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.[4]

Other[edit]

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.

Bibliography[edit]

Critical Assessments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Dave Hunt". Chick.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. ^ The Berean Call: About Dave Hunt
  3. ^ "STARTLING PROOFS - Does God Really Exist? creation vs evolution Darwin". Video.google.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  4. ^ "The Godmakers". YouTube. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 

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