Professor, Historian, Navy Veteran, Father, Ocean Free-diver



Dr. Adam Francisco

Dr. Adam Francisco is professor of History and chair of the History and Political Thought department at Concordia University, Irvine, California. Dr. Francisco received DPhil (2006) in Historical Theology and the history of Christian-Muslim Relations from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and has authored a variety of books and articles including Martin Luther and Islam, Making the Case for Christianity, and Resurrection Fact.  Adam is a cohost of the 1517 podcast Thinking Fellows.  A veteran of the US Navy, Adam and his wife Rachel have four children and live in Southern California. They spend as much time as possible at the ocean where Adam practices his free-diving and hunts fish (and the occasional shark) with a spear-gun. 





+ Islam: An Introduction and Analysis

Since the turn of the century information on Islam has become widely available and accessible. Yet, public discourse on Islam remains uninformed and at times misleading. This course examines the key historical events and theological motifs that have shaped the contemporary Muslim world. The life of Muhammad, composition and content of the Qur’ān, rise and fall of Muslim empires, and twentieth-century Islamic resurgence are all covered providing Christians with an introduction to Islam so that they might be able to fairly assess the challenges and opportunities its growing presence in the USA present.


Dr. Francisco's Book

As the team did with the book, Making the Case For Christianity (CPH), Drs. Bombaro and Francisco bring together a variety of contemporary Lutheran apologists to respond to a wide array of challenges to the heart of the Christian faith. Each chapter addresses a specific argument from a popular, non-Christian author and offers a clear and concise rebuttal and argument for the resurrection.