Vince Vitale


Vince Vitale is Director of the Zacharias Institute. He was educated at Princeton University and the University of Oxford, and he later taught philosophy of religion as a faculty member at both of these universities. It was during his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Princeton that Vince took an unexpected journey from skeptic to evangelist. He then completed masters and PhD studies at Oxford, receiving a Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Scholarship (awarded annually to one graduating Princetonian) and a Clarendon Scholarship (supported by Oxford University Press).

While researching at Oxford, Vince developed a new response to the problem of evil. This response—termed the Non-Identity Defense—is discussed in Vince and Ravi Zacharias’s book Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. In 2017, Vince and Ravi released a second co-authored book, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ. For his work on Søren Kierkegaard, Inter-Varsity Press and Tyndale House awarded Vince the title IVP Young Philosopher of Religion of the Year 2013.

Vince also has an interest in the intersection of faith and sport. He played varsity soccer at Princeton, was a “double Blue” at Oxford (competing for the university in soccer and boxing), and has traveled with Athletes in Action mission teams to four continents. While teaching at Princeton, Vince served as Faculty Director of the Athletes in Action ministry on campus.

Vince has commended the Christian faith at many universities, including UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, Oxford, and Cambridge. This past year he had the privilege of speaking at Google Headquarters and Passion City Church. 

Vince is incredibly grateful to be married to Jo, who also works with RZIM as the Dean of Studies for the Zacharias Institute.

Articles / Broadcasts

  • God at Terminal Five

    I wrote one of the last sections of the book Why Suffering? on a plane flight from London to....

    - September 7, 2017  |  Posted In: A Slice of Infinity Article

  • Everyone Believes in a Virgin Birth

    In correspondence with an old friend, a retired Princeton University professor, he detailed his objections to the Christian faith.....

    - June 16, 2017  |  Posted In: A Slice of Infinity Article

  • The Trajectory of Truth | 25.2

    We live in a post-truth society—that’s what The Economist claimed at the close of 2016 when Oxford English Dictionary....

    - February 23, 2017  |  Posted In: Just Thinking Article

  • “Science Has Disproved God”

    The following essay from Vince Vitale is an excerpt from his newly released Jesus Among Secular Gods, coauthored with....

    - January 12, 2017  |  Posted In: A Slice of Infinity Article

  • Truth or Love: What’s Your Choice?

    We live in a post-truth society—that's what The Economist claimed two months ago. Two weeks ago, Oxford English Dictionary....

    - January 11, 2017  |  Posted In: A Slice of Infinity Article