Dr. Tom Woodward


Thomas E. Woodward is Research Professor at Trinity College of Florida. He also directs Trinity’s University Center as well as the C.S. Lewis Society--a re-launching of the original C.S. Lewis Society which began on the Princeton University campus in 1975. Both groups are based at Trinity College in Trinity, Florida at the north end of Tampa Bay.

Dr. Woodward writes and lectures on topic in apologetics, the legacy of C.S. Lewis, and the history of scientific debate over evolution. Especially he has probed the arguments for and against a newer scientific theory known as “intelligent design.” He also teaches on philosophy, theology, and communication theory.

After graduating from Princeton University (B.A. in the Department of History and Program of Latin-American Studies, 1972), he completed his Ph.D. in the Rhetoric of Science in 2001 at the University of South Florida. His dissertation—“Aroused from Dogmatic Slumber”—was revised and published in 2003 as Doubts about Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design, receiving recognition from Christianity Today in 2004.i In 2006, Baker Books brought out a sequel: Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design.

Dr. Woodward’s focus on DNA and epigenetics was inspired by the research of the renowned eye surgeon, Dr. James P. Gills. Together, they wrote in 2012 The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA.  Earlier, they had collaborated as authors and co-editors of Darwinism under the Microscope.

Before coming to Trinity College, Woodward served with CrossWorld in the Dominican Republic, speaking on apologetics and evolution in universities in Santo Domingo. Prior to this, he enjoyed the twin adventures of completing a Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary, and in 1978, marrying a widow (Normandy) with three children! The Woodwards and their (now) four children enjoy additional blessings of 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

i In the spring of 2004 Doubts about Darwin received Christianity Today’s “Book of the Year” award in the category of “Christianity and Culture.”