Holly Ordway, PhD

Holly Ordway


Office Address: ATWD I 214
Phone: (281) 649-3664

Director, Master of Arts in Apologetics - Cultural Track
Professor of English


  • PhD, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • MA, Christian Apologetics, Biola University
  • MA, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, English, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Courses Taught

  • Apologetics Research and Writing
  • Medieval Culture and Philosophy
  • Modern and Post-Modern Culture
  • Creative Writing and Apologetics

Teaching Focus

Cultural and imaginative apologetics, specifically literary apologetics, with special attention to the intersection of reason and imagination; poetry; and the works of C.S. Lewis.

Additional Information

Dr Ordway is the author of Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press, 2014) and is a published poet.

Dr Ordway's academic work focuses on imaginative apologetics and on the writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. She is the Charles Williams Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies, and is currently working on a book on Tolkien and modern fantasy. Her favorite poet is Gerard Manley Hopkins, and she considers a good cup of coffee to be one of life’s great pleasures.

Her personal website is hieropraxis.com. You can also find her on Facebook or Twitter (@hollyordway)