(Last updated 4/29/18)
First and foremost, I am a wife, homemaker, mother, and teacher of my children, including young adults. (My husband is Timothy McGrew, chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University.) That is my vocation. Everything else is an avocation to one degree or another.
If you have come to this web page because you are wondering if Iím just a housewife and/or just a blogger, I do suggest that you not interpret the above statement of sociological and ethical principle incorrectly and that you have a look at my publication record before you leave the site. Professionally, Iím a pretty widely published analytic philosopher with a lengthy publication record in such areas as testimony, independence, probability theory, etc. Nor are all of these technical publications, nor even most in recent years, co-written with my husband, Tim. Many are individual publications. Here is my curriculum vitae.
Last year I published a book on the argument from undesigned coincidences, which supports the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. This foray into biblical studies and apologetics publishing is new to me with an official publisher, though I have many blog posts out there on these topics, as well as a few Youtube videos. Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts was released in the spring of 2017 by DeWard Publishing. It is available from their website as well as from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is available in Kindle as well as print. I hope that it will be used by laymen and scholars alike, including seminarians. If you teach a related subject such as New Testament studies, feel free to get in touch with me (lydiamcgrew[at]gmail.com) or with DeWard publishing (dan[at]deward.com) to request a desk copy. If you would like to interview me on radio about the topic of the book, feel free to get in touch by e-mail.
Iím very interested in the intersection of issues in biblical studies and epistemology, and there are many ways in which knowledge about independence, testimony, and evidence can be helpful in biblical studies. This sort of crossover work is desperately needed in a field such as biblical studies that has become, unfortunately, rather inward looking.
Homeschooling is both a joy and a responsibility. I recommend home schooling highly and urge all intelligent parents who love their young children at least to teach them to read, using phonics, even if the hapless children are then turned over to a public school for the rest of their education. I donít write a whole lot about various home schooling methods, but I have written some phonics material for young children, available here. Please do give me credit if you should reproduce the materials or recommend them to others.
I am (as readers of my various blog posts know) politically very conservative and opinionated. The murder of the innocent, born and unborn, seems to me a crux of our time. Another crux is the sanctity of marriage and the nature of human sexuality, and on that issue, too, the skies are very dark in the West. Grousing about the evils in the world (many, but unfortunately not all, caused by leftists and their ilk) is one of the things I do most of in what spare time I have. Probably I should do less of it. I write at two blogs, listed on the main page. My personal blog is Extra Thoughts, and my group blog is What's Wrong With the World. At these blogs I try to offer a good mixture of grousing, informing, and inspiring. I also write a good deal about additional issues in New Testament studies, my interest sparked in part by having written Hidden in Plain View and also by my interest in apologetics.
Iím an entirely traditional Christianódeity of Christ, resurrection, the whole works. Raised a fundamentalist Baptist, Iím now a member of a continuing Anglican church. Continuing Anglicans use the 1928 Prayer Book and do not ordain women. Hymnody is also one of my interests. Iíve had the enormous privilege of learning most of the hymns found in any old-fashioned Baptist hymnal and, since Iíve been in the continuing Anglican church, adding to that many wonderful Anglican hymns that Iíd never known before.
Random fun facts:
I love horses, though I have never owned one and though I'm not a very good rider. My idea of a great outing is going somewhere where I can pat large draft horses and their foals.
I like to make bad puns and persecute my friends and family with them from time to time, interspersing them with lame jokes that I think are funny.
In the last two years I have taken up square dancing as a hobby.
I hold a hymn sing at my house for homeschooling families and other Christian friends every other month.
My doctorate from Vanderbilt University is in English, but nearly all of my publications have been in Philosophy.
I'm on Facebook, but I accept only a limited number of Facebook friends. However, I do a lot of e-mail correspondence, so feel free to write me with a question at lydiamcgrew [at] gmail [dot] com.