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 universities. It was during his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Princeton that Vince took an unexpected journey from skeptic to evangelist. He then pursued 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. Vince’s second book, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ, is also co-authored with Ravi Zacharias and is scheduled to be released in January 2017. 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 speaks about the Christian faith and takes Q&A regularly on university campuses and in church and conference settings. He is very grateful to be married to Jo, who also works with RZIM as the Dean of Studies for the Zacharias Institute.