(Last updated 11/15/2020)

 

I am a wife, homemaker (household manager), mother, and home schooler. (I am in the last year of home schooling my youngest daughter.) My husband is Timothy McGrew, full professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. These activities have been my first vocation for much of my adult life and continue to be my priority.

 

If you have come to this web page because you are wondering if Iím just a housewife and/or just a blogger or just a home schooling mom, I do suggest that you not interpret the above statement of sociological and ethical principle incorrectly. Be sure to have a look at my publication record before leaving the page. Professionally, Iím an analytic philosopher with a lengthy publication record in such areas as testimony, independence, probability theory, etc. Nor are all of these technical publications, especially in recent years, co-written with my husband, Tim. Many are individual publications. Our joint publications were mostly written longer ago. Here is my curriculum vitae.

 

In 2017 I published a book on the argument from undesigned coincidences, which supports the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. Hidden in Plain View: Undesigned Coincidences in the Gospels and Acts was released in the spring of 2017 by DeWard Publishing. In December, 2019, I published The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices. Both books are available in both print and kindle versions from Amazon. 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 (nathan[at]deward.com) to request a desk copy of either book.

 

Iím very interested in the intersection of issues in biblical studies and epistemology (theory of knowledge), 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. Iím doing a lot more of this at my new Youtube channel.

 

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 those issues, too, the skies are very dark in the West.

 

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. The only ones that are really funny are generally the puns I make by accident.

 

In recent years I have taken up square dancing and contra 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, and you are welcome to follow my public content here. I accept only a limited number of Facebook friends for my private content but publish announcements of new posts and some other content set to ďpublic.Ē I also do a lot of e-mail correspondence, so feel free to write me with a question at lydiamcgrew [at] gmail [dot] com. Be sure to introduce yourself if you write.

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