Dr Holly Ordway is a poet, academic, and Christian apologist on the faculty of Houston Baptist University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MA in English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. She writes, speaks, and teaches on cultural apologetics, specifically the role of imagination and literature in apologetics, with special attention to the work of CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Charles Williams.


Not God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith. Moody Publishers, 2010.


In this memoir of her conversion from atheism to Christianity, Holly Ordway turns her analytical mind toward the path that leads from darkness to light-from death to life. Simultaneously encouraging and bracing, she offers a bold testimony to the ongoing power of the Gospel.

 ”Some topics in Apologetics are not often given the serious treatment they deserve. Ordway is a careful thinker who has, to her credit, found a pastorally sensitive but interesting approach to a pivotal topic. Though this kind of personal topic is often underserved, Ordway has dealt with it in a rigorous way.”

–  Dr. John Mark Reynolds, author of When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought.


Book in progress: Literary Apologetics: An Introduction.


Selected  Print Articles:

  • “Truth in Darkness: The Hunger Games as an Unexpected Resource for Apologists.”  Christian Research Journal. Vol. 35 no. 2. Spring 2012.
  • “What Has Poetry to Do with Apologetics? T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Journey of the Magi’ for the Apologist.” Christian Research Journal. Vol. 34 no. 6. Winter 2011.
  • “Why Is Atheism Popular and What Can We Do About It?” Rick Warren’s Ministry Newsletter: June 23, 2010.
  •  “The Garden, the Cross, and the Tomb.” Neue Magazine: April 10, 2009.
  • “In Whose Image Are You Made?” ENTSCHEIDUNG (the German edition of DECISION, published by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association): April, 2008.
  • “Teaching Process, Not Product: Two Techniques.” inside english: Journal of the English Council of California Two-Year Colleges. Ed. Darren Chiang-Schultheiss. Fullerton College. 2006.
  • “Guy Gavriel Kay.” Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 251: Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Ed. Douglas Ivison. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2002.


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