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Why Believe

A Reasoned Approach to Christianity

A Reasoned Approach to Christianity





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Chemist and Christian Apologist Neil Shenvi Explores the Evidence for Christianity

For centuries, skeptics have disputed the claims of Christianity―such as belief in an eternal God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ―arguing that they simply cannot be accepted by reasonable individuals. Furthermore, efforts to demonstrate the evidence and rational basis for Christianity through apologetics are often deemed too simplistic to be taken seriously in intellectual circles.

Apologist and theoretical chemist Neil Shenvi engages some of the best contemporary arguments against Christianity, presenting compelling evidence for the identity of Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels, his death and resurrection, the existence of God, and the unique message of the gospel. Why Believe? calls readers from all backgrounds not only to accept Christianity as true, but also to entrust their lives to Christ and worship him alone.

Accessible without Being Simplistic: Ideal for intellectuals and academics, as well as high school and college students
Well-Researched: Interacts with skeptical arguments against Christianity and God’s existence
Biblical: Grounded in Scripture and centered on the claims of the gospel

About the Author:

Welcome! My name is Neil Shenvi. Whether you’re a Christian seeking a better understanding of the evidence for Christianity, an agnostic who isn’t sure what he believes, or a committed atheist, I hope you’ll find this site helpful.

About me:

I grew up in Delaware and attended Princeton University as an undergraduate where I worked on high-dimensional function approximation with Professor Herschel Rabitz. I became a Christian in Berkeley, CA where I did my PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at UC – Berkeley with Professor Birgitta Whaley. The subject of my PhD dissertation was quantum computation, including topics in quantum random walks, cavity quantum electrodynamics, spin physics, and the N-representability problem. From 2005-2010, I worked as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. John Tully at Yale where I did research into nonadiabatic dynamics, electron transfer, and surface science. I moved down to Durham in 2010 to do research into nonadiabatic dynamics and electronic structure theory with professor Weitao Yang at Duke University.

A list of my publications can be found here.

A few days after arriving in Durham, I had a seizure caused by an undiagnosed 5cm brain tumor between my cerebellum and occipital lobe. By God’s grace, the emergency surgery was a success and I’ve been healthy ever since.

In 2015, I quit my job at Duke to homeschool my four children, although I still fiddle with quantum mechanics now and then for fun. In addition to my duties as the principal of the South Durham Academy for Math and Science (also known as Daddy Academy), I tutor the Master’s class at our local Classical Conversations homeschool co-op. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, weight-lifting, and video games.

My wife and I are members at the Summit Church. If you have questions about Christianity or anything else, feel free to email me at:

Or follow me on Twitter: @NeilShenvi
Or Facebook: Neil Shenvi – Apologetics

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