Harold A. Netland

Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies

Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Netland was a missionary educator for nine years in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Netland was involved in ministries among university students, assisting in church planting, and teaching at Tokyo Christian University. Dr. Netland’s areas of expertise include religious pluralism, epistemology of religion, apologetics, and missions in East Asia. He and his wife, Ruth, live in nearby Vernon Hills.


Affiliations & Achievements


Encountering Religious Pluralism, (InterVarsity Press, 2001)

Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity, ed. Craig Ott and Harold Netland (Baker, 2006)

Buddhism: A Christian Exploration and Appraisal (InterVarsity Press, 2009) with Keith Yandell

A Trinitarian Theology of Religions: An Evangelical Proposal (Oxford University Press, 2014) with Gerald R. McDermott

Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices ed. Terry Muck (Baker Academic, 2014) associate editor

Christianity and Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age (Baker Academic, 2015)

“The Cape Town Commitment: Continuity and Change”, in The Lausanne Movement: A Range of Perspectives, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series vol. 22, eds. Lars Dahle, Margunn Serigstad Dahle and Knud Jørgensen (Regnum Books, 2014) 426-438.

“Jesus is the Only Way to God,”, in Oxford Contemporary Dialogues, eds. J. P. Moreland, Chad Meister, and Khaldoun A. Sweis (Oxford University Press, 2013) 497-508.

“Can Only One Religion Be True?” in Can Only One Religion Be True? Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue, ed. Robert Stewart (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013) 17-54.

“If ‘Personifying Evidence’ is the Answer, What is the Question? A Response to Paul Moser”, Philosophia Christi, 14:2, (2012) 291-304.

“Religious Pluralism as an Explanation for Religious Diversity,” in Philosophy and the Christian Worldview: Analysis, Assessment and Development, eds. David Werther and Mark D. Linville (Continuum, 2012), 25-49.

“Gaining Every Advantage: Wisdom from Intercultural Ministry,” coauthored with Bruce Fields and Elizabeth Sung, in Why the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life’s Challenges, ed. John Kilner (Zondervan, 2011), 144-62.

“Christian Mission Among Other Faiths: The Evangelical Tradition,” in Witnessing to Christ in a Pluralistic Age: Christian Mission Among Other Faiths, eds. Lalsangkima Pachuau and Knud Jøgensen (Regnum Books, 2011), 45-56.

“The Exclusivism / Inclusivism Debate and Evangelical Missiology,” in Occasional Bulletin (The Evangelical Missiological Society) vol. 23 no. 2 (Spring 2010), 1-3.

“On Worshiping the Same God: What Exactly is the Question?” in Missiology: An International Review 45:4 (2017) 441-456.