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Pastor Terry Defoe

Emeritus Clergy, Lutheran Church – Canada 

Terry Defoe has served Lutheran congregations in Canada’s three Western provinces since 1982. Educated at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia (BA, Sociology, 1978), Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon Saskatchewan (M.Div., 1982), and the Open Learning University, Burnaby British Columbia (BA, Psychology, 2003). He has served as a chaplain at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. He has been interested in the science / faith dialogue for more than 30 years. In 2018, he published Evolving Certainties: Resolving Conflict at the Intersection of Faith and Science which received positive reviews from scientists affiliated with the BioLogos Association as well as the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). Since his retirement, he has focused on his writing, publishing articles on academia.edu. as well as his denomination’s national publication and an online ASA journal, God and Nature. A lifelong evangelical, Pastor Defoe is interested in the radical politicization that has been occurring among many of its members.

Featured Publications

“A Sociological Analysis of Neo-Pentecostalism.” Academia, 1978. https://www.academia.edu/44779394/A_Sociological_Analysis_of_Neo_Pentecostalism

“Perspectives on the Sociology of Science.” Academia, 1978. https://www.academia.edu/42800585/PERSPECTIVES_ON_THE_SOCIOLOGY_OF_SCIENCE 

“The Ethics of Abortion circa 1982.” Academia, 1982. https://www.academia.edu/51163773/The_Ethics_of_Abortion_Circa_1982

“The Psychology of Shame.” Academia, 1996. https://www.academia.edu/45094111/THE_PSYCHOLOGY_OF_SHAME

‘Perspectives on Depression in Women Issues and Strategies in Counseling Women.” Academia, 1998. https://www.academia.edu/45094152/PERSPECTIVES_ON_DEPRESSION_IN_WOMEN_Issues_and_Strategies_in_Counseling_Women

“Perspectives on Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory.” Academia, 2000. https://www.academia.edu/58269006/Perspectives_on_Mezirows_Transformative_Learning_Theory

“Perspectives on Science and Faith: Organized Skepticism.” Academia, 2000. https://www.academia.edu/43461494/Perspectives_on_Science_and_Faith_Organized_Skepticism 

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: An Overview.” Academia, September 21, 2001. https://www.academia.edu/44803853/Cognitive_Behavioral_Therapy_for_Depression_An_Overview

“Highlights From Evolving Certainties: Resolving Conflict at the Intersection of Science and Faith.” Academia, 2018. https://www.academia.edu/43607557/Highlights_from_Evolving_Certainties_Resolving_Conflict_at_the_Intersection_of_Faith_and_Science

“Science and Faith: An Overview.” Academia, 2020. https://www.academia.edu/43320372/SCIENCE_AND_FAITH_AN_OVERVIEW

“The Power of Ideology 1 Evangelical Science Denial.” God and Nature Magazine, 2020. https://www.academia.edu/42324922/THE_POWER_OF_IDEOLOGY_1_Evangelical_Science_Denial   

“Gentletleness and Respect: Scriptural Strategies for Respectful Discussion.” The Canadian Lutheran, November 3, 2020. https://www.canadianlutheran.ca/scriptural-strategies-for-respectful-discussion/

“A Pastor’s Journey In Search of Consensus.” God and Nature, Winter 2020. https://godandnature.asa3.org/defoe-a-pastors-journey.html

“A Time for Renewal.” The Canadian Lutheran, March/April 2021, p.8-9/36. https://issuu.com/thecanadianlutheran/docs/cl3602-web  

 “Bernard Ram’s Influence on Young-Earth Creationism.” God and Nature, Summer 2021.  https://godandnature.asa3.org/defoe-bernard-ramm.html

 “Perspectives on an Evangelical Identity Crisis.” Academia, 2021. https://www.academia.edu/49481078/PERSPECTIVES_ON_AN_EVANGELICAL_IDENTITY_CRISIS

“Perspectives on an Evangelical Paradigm Shift.” Academia, 2021. https://www.academia.edu/54663995/PERSPECTIVES_ON_AN_EVANGELICAL_PARADIGM_SHIFT