William Edgar (apologist)

William Edgar at European Leadership Forum in Eger, Hungary, 2012
For other people with the same name, see William Edgar.

William "Bill" Edgar (born 1944 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American apologist and professor at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has been called by Charles Colson “one of evangelicalism’s most valued scholars and apologists”.[1]


Edgar grew up in Paris, New York and Geneva. He studied at Harvard University (Honors B.A. in Music 1966), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1969), and the University of Geneva (Dr. Théol. 1993). He served as Home missionary of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, 1969–1970. Between 1970-1978, he taught at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, and 1979-89 at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée, in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he continues as Professeur Associé.

Since 1989, he is Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also Coordinator of the Apologetics Department and Director of the Gospel and Culture Project. He was Chairman of the Faculty until 2010. He is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America since 1978.[2]

Edgar is married to Barbara Smyth Edgar. They have two children, William Keyes Hill-Edgar and Deborah Boatwright Edgar.

Learned societies, boards and ministries

Edgar is a member of American Musicological Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Forum on Music and Christian Scholarship, the American Historical Association and the Society for Ethnomusicology.

He is President of the Huguenot Fellowship Director of the Gospel & Culture Project and serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Medical Ethics Committee of the Chestnut Hill Hospital. He is a Fellow at the Wilberforce Forum and at Colson Center, Honors Trustee at the Greenwood School, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum. He is on the editorial advisory committee of La Revue Réformée. He speaks regularly at the Veritas Forum programs. He frequently participates in the China Christian Scholars Association, and often travels to China. He has taught in French-speaking Africa in several countries.[3]


Bill Edgar and Os Guinness at the CICCU main event 2013, St Andrew the Great, Cambridge

In his books and articles, Edgar has treated topics such as cultural apologetics, the music of Brahms, the Huguenots, and African-American aesthetics.

Edgar is a jazz pianist and regularly performs an evening concert combined with a lecture on the history of jazz. In 2007, it was recorded live on a double-CD, Heaven in a Nightclub, during a benefit concert for Chesterton House, a Center for Christian Studies at Cornell University. The concert and recording feature Edgar, vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd, saxophonist Joe Salzano, and bassist John Patitucci. His compositions include La Sainte Victoire, which premiered in Aix-en-Provence, June, 2007. He has also set the Psalms to music in an African mode. He manages a professional jazz band, Renewal.[3]



  1. William Edgar: Christian Apologetics, back cover.
  2. William Edgar Professor of Apologetics Westminster Theological Seminary, presentation of faculty.
  3. 1 2 William Edgar cardus.com.
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