Dr. Paul Thigpen Paul Thigpen, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author. Among his most popular titles are The Manual for Spiritual Warfare and the newest book Saints who battled Satan. Dr. Thigpen’s writing reflects a wide variety of genres and subjects: history and biography, spirituality and apologetics, anthologies and devotionals, family life and children’s books, study guides and reference works, fiction and collections of poetry and prayers. In addition to the forty-six books he has authored or compiled, he has published more than five hundred journal, magazine, and newsletter articles in more than forty religious and secular periodicals for both scholarly and popular audiences. His work has been circulated worldwide and translated into twelve languages. A 1977 summa cum laude graduate of Yale University (in Religious Studies), Dr. Thigpen was awarded the George W. Woodruff Fellowship at Emory University, where he earned an M.A. (1993) and a Ph.D. (1995) in Historical Theology. In 1993 he was named as a Jacob K. Javits Fellow.
Fr. Gary Thomas Father Gary Thomas, is the subject of the book The Rite and the 2011 movie of the same name. He is the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, CA and the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose. Evil has not fallen out of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed to meet a need that still exists, due to more people delving into New Age and occult practices. And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality. “They come in the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a ‘black mass.’” He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger and trained his extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion so that they note whether people receiving Communion are actually consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhere for obscene purposes. Fr. Thomas believes just as surely as a person can summon God through prayer, through other rituals, the devil can be called, too.
Jim Burnham As Director of San Juan Catholic Seminars, Jim Burnham has given hundreds of seminars to teach Catholics how to charitably and effectively defend their faith. He is the co-author of more than ten publications, including the popular Beginning Apologetics series and Christian Fatherhood with Steve Wood. Jim is a local Elvis impersonator, builder of trebuchets (which are infinitely cooler and mathematically more complicated than catapults), and he starts planning his Halloween costumes in January. He graduated as valedictorian from Hillsdale College in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. Later he attended Thomas Aquinas College where he met his wife, Lisa. They have been married since 1992 and have six children.