Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

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Robert M. Bowman Jr. (born 1957) is an American Evangelical Christian theologian specializing in the study of apologetics.


Bowman received the M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1981, and is married with four children.[1] In 2008 he was the manager of Apologetics and Interfaith Evangelism for the North American Mission Board (based in Alpharetta, Georgia), an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.[2]


Bowman is the author of nearly sixty articles and of a dozen books. Five of those books he co-authored with Kenneth D. Boa, an Oxford-trained scholar; two of these books (An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World and Faith Has Its Reasons) won the Gold Medallion Book Award.[3] Four of his earliest books were theological critiques of the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  • Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (2007, with J. Ed Komoszewski; ISBN 978-0825429835)
  • Sense and Nonsense about Heaven and Hell (2007, with Kenneth D. Boa; ISBN 978-0310254287)
  • Sense and Nonsense about Angels and Demons (2007, with Kenneth D. Boa; ISBN 978-0310254294)
  • Faith Has Its Reasons: Integrative Approaches to Defending Christian Faith (2001, 2006, with Kenneth D. Boa; ISBN 978-1932805345)
  • 20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists (2002, with Kenneth D. Boa; ISBN 978-1589193062)
  • The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel (2000; ISBN 978-0801063442)
  • An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World (1998, with Kenneth D. Boa; ISBN 978-0785273523)
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses (1995; ISBN 978-0310704119)
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy: A Biblical Guide to Doctrinal Discernment (1992; ISBN 978-0801010248)
  • Understanding Jehovah’s Witnesses: Why They Read the Bible the Way They Do (1991; ISBN 978-0801009952)
  • Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Jehovah’s Witnesses (1989; ISBN 978-0801009815)
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel of John (1989; ISBN 978-0801009556)

Christian countercult movement[edit]

Since 1984, Bowman has been associated with the Christian countercult movement. Besides working at the Christian Research Institute, he has also been employed by Watchman Fellowship (1999-2000).[4] In his 1991 book Orthodoxy and Heresy, Bowman recommended that evangelicals drop the use of the word cult as a term of theological criticism in view of its associations in the media with socially deviant groups.[5]


  1. ^ About Rob Bowman at the Wayback Machine (archived October 23, 2008), Center for Biblical Apologetics.
  2. ^ "Group/Interfaith Evangelism Team at NAMB". North American Mission Board. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ Curtis, Carolyn (December 1998). "Unchanging Faith in a Changing World". North American Mission Board. Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ “Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Publications Editor,” 2000, Watchman Fellowship ministry
  5. ^ Bowman, Robert M. (1992). Orthodoxy & heresy : a biblical guide to doctrinal discernment. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House. pp. 113–114. ISBN 978-0801010248. 

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