William Edgar

Westminster Theological Seminary


William Edgar holds the Francis Schaeffer Chair of Apologetics at the World Journalism Institute.

Edgar is Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

He was born in Wilmington, N.C., in 1944 and grew up in Paris, France. He studied at St George’s School (secondary), Harvard University (Honors B.A. in Music), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Geneva (D.Th.). He has taught at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., and at the Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée, in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he continues as Professeur Associé. He has been at Westminster since 1989 and is currently Professor of Apologetics, Coordinator of the Apologetics Department, and Chairman of the Faculty.

Dr. Edgar belongs to a number of learned societies, including the American Musicological Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, the American Historical Association, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. He serves on several boards, including the Huguenot Fellowship (President). He is on the editorial committee of La Revue Réformée. He regularly takes part as a speaker in the Veritas Forum programs. He was made a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in 2004 and is a regular moderator at the Trinity Forum. He also serves on the Institutional Review Board and the Medical Ethics Committee of The Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Edgar is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, and has served on several denominational committees. His books include Taking Note of Music (London: SPCK, 1986), Reasons of the Heart (Baker/Hourglass, 1996; P & R, 2003), La carte protestante (Labor et Fides, 1997), The Face of Truth: Lifting the Veil (P & R, 2001), and Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith (P & R, 2004). He has written numerous articles on such subjects as cultural apologetics, the music of Brahms, the French Huguenots, and African-American aesthetics. His favorite avocations are soccer and jazz piano. He plays regularly with a professional jazz band.