Peter S. Williams (b. 1974, England) is an Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, Norway (2009).
Williams studied philosophy at Cardiff University (BA), Sheffield University (MA), and at the University of East Anglia, Norwich (MPhil). In his MPhil, he defended objective accounts of truth, goodness, and beauty. He studied the interrelationship between these concepts and applied them to the nature of God who he argues is a maximally beautiful being. He was also a student pastor at Holy Trinity church in Leicester for three years before moving to Southampton in 2001 to work along-side Christian educational charity Damaris Trust, until its closure in 2015. While working for the Damaris Trust, Williams lead philosophy (“that’s a Good Argument”) and ethics (“Ethics in an Age of Science”) conferences for school students.
Williams is also, perhaps foremost, a Christian apologist and author who has penned several works on the subject. Many of his works provide a critique as well as a reasoned response to atheists, the New Atheists, and skeptics of the truth of Christianity. He has written on the relationship between philosophy and Christianity, and has contributedto the likes of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism (2009) is a substantial engagement with arguments forwarded by atheists against the existence of God and Christianity. It openly examines the ideas presented by atheist writers and provides an evaluation and assessment of them. Understanding Jesus: Five Ways to Spiritual Enlightenment (2011) provides a historical and cumulative case for thinking that God revealed himself in Jesus Christ. A Faithful Guide to Philosophy: An Introduction to the Love of Wisdom (2013) engages philosophy from a Christian perspective, examines philosophical arguments for and against belief in God, and shows why philosophy is of importance for Christians living in an increasingly secular society. C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists (2013) focuses on the 20th century apologist C.S. Lewis, his conversion from atheism to Christianity, how contemporary New Atheists fail to provide a proper intellectual engagement with religious arguments, and how their criticisms of religion and Christianity are weak and unsound.
Williams can be found on his website.