Dan is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) based in Brisbane, Australia. After a horrific car accident in his childhood that raised a series of barriers to belief in God, Dan became a Christian at 18 through an investigation of the New Testament. Troubled particularly by the problem of evil, it was the towering figure of Jesus of Nazareth and his response to suffering that in part saw Dan’s skepticism give way to faith.
Given this background, and getting involved in speaking to youth, Dan developed a driving passion to study theology in order to help make sense of the Christian faith for sceptics and spiritual seekers. Completing bachelors and masters degrees in ministry and theology in Australia, Dan pursued further training by heading to England, where he completed the one-year course at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in partnership with Wycliffe Hall. Building friendships with Christians in many countries and across the denominational spectrum, and after having preached all over the world, Dan returned to Brisbane to pastor, train Christians, and speak for RZIM.
After serving as an ordained pastor at Ashgrove Baptist for 7 years, and after working at Malyon College leading the Traverse Centre and lecturing in apologetics, Dan joined the speaking team of RZIM in 2015. He now speaks regularly to audiences across the belief spectrum on how the gospel connects to life’s biggest questions, and on the popular objections to the Christian faith. Married to Erin, and with a young son Josiah, Dan loves reading, coffee, movies, the outdoors, and Australian rules football.
Description: Belief in miracles as a meaningful explanation of phenomena has come under heavy fire in the last three centuries on philosophical and empirical grounds. Scientific populism, with its confident belief that science can explain everything, is rumoured to have disproved miracles, whether by definition or through naturalistic alternatives. This paper argues that the philosophy of science inherent to this position is plagued by contradiction and, ironically, tends to close down genuine enquiry by unnecessary reductionism. In making sense of our world and human experience, a richer philosophical paradigm is necessary; one that can explain and embrace scientific success, but remains open to other methods of discovering truth, and to miracles in those rare cases where the evidence and context best fits a non-natural explanation.