Dr. James J. S. Johnson
Chief Academic Officer, Associate Professor of Apologetics
Bible, Apologetics, Education, Forensic Science, History


Dr. James Johnson serves ICR’s Christian education programs (including ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics, Origins Matter Short Course series, and ACSI lectures). Previously he taught for LeTourneau University, Dallas Christian College, and Concordia University Texas (history, ethics, biosciences, ecology, apologetics, evidence, law, and international studies). Johnson’s forensic science background includes a J.D. (University of North Carolina, 1984), trial attorney and judicial experience, two post-doc certifications, and American Academy of Forensic Sciences membership. As a paternity establishment officer (certified by the Texas Attorney General’s Office), he has provided expert testimony in court proceedings, as well as biogenetic family history analysis used to change Texas birth certificates. Dr. Johnson’s biblical studies background includes biblical languages study (American Bible Society Award, 1982, mostly for Hebrew and Aramaic), a Th.D. (Emmanuel College of Christian Studies, 1996), ACSI credentials, and service as a Protestant chaplain (BSA, National Capital Area). He is a contributor to Guide to Creation Basics and Creation Basics & Beyond.

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Forensic Science / Evidence Analysis / Biogenetic Family History

Volksdeutsche by the Dozen, Part Three: World War II Confronts Jakob and Katarina Webel  (Swabians Face Nazi Invaders and Yugoslavia’s Break-Up),” Journal of the German-Texan Heritage Society, 37 (2): 98-113 (summer 2015).

“Linguistic Aspects of Great Commission Progress Match Noah’s Prophecy,” presented at the Maranatha Biblical Ministries Conference, Hurst, Texas, June 13, 2015; 28 pages (plus appendices).

“To Globally Sow His Word, Did God Use Vikings?,” presented at the Maranatha Biblical Ministries Conference, Hurst, Texas, June 13, 2015; 7 pages.

“Forensic Science Perspectives, for Creation Controversies, with Insights for Creation Science Educators,” presented at the Creation Research Society Conference, Petersburg, Kentucky, August 9, 2014; 61 pages.

“Pine Needles, Limes, and Other Simple Solutions,” Creation Research Society Quarterly, 50 (3): 193-194 (winter 2014).

 “Biogenetic Family History, an Under-Appreciated Creation Science, with Insights for Creation Science Educators,” presented at the Creation Research Society Conference, Petersburg, Kentucky, August 9, 2014; 41 pages.

“DNA Says Manx Viking King, Somerled, the Celebrated Founding Father of Scottish Clans, had a ‘Norse’ Patrilinear Ancestry” presented to the Norwegian Society of Texas (Fort Worth, Texas, March 24, 2012 [Althing meeting]; 16 pages).

“From Germany’s Rhine to the East Texas Pine: How an Immigrating Line of German-Speaking Glattfelders Stretched to East Texas’s Piney Woods,” Journal of the German-Texan Heritage Society, 28 (3): 246-254 (fall 2005).

“From Hohenstaufen to Texas, a Long Journey: From German Roots, through Many ‘Begats,’ Now into the Lone Star State,” Journal of the German-Texan Heritage Society, 33 (1): 50-60 (spring 2011).

“Czech into Texas, at Last! From Bohemian Roots, to a Moravian Log Cabin, to the Lone Star State,” České Stopy [Czech Footprints]. 13 (1): 15-22 (spring 2011).

Volksdeutsche by the Dozen, Part One: Jakob and Katarina Agreed to Marry Before They Ever Spoke to Each Other (A True Example of Love at First Sight…and First Sound),” Journal of the German-Texan Heritage Society, 35 (1): 25-32 (spring 2013).

“Volksdeutsche in Croatia, Before World War II: Jakob and Katarina Webel are Merchants in Marinci (Taking Care of Business and the Business of Life),” Journal of the German-Texan Heritage Society, 36 (3): 154-170 (fall 2014).


Bible / Biblical Philology / Biblical History and Archaeology

“How the Moabite Stone Corroborates a Prophecy in Genesis 49,” Bible and Spade, 27 (3): 68-74 (2014)

“Ruth, the Moabitess within the Messianic Line—or, Redeemed by Love, and Grafted into His Family” presented to the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Fort Worth, Texas, April 7, 2000; 132 pages)

 “King Mesha, King Balak, and Ruth: A Judicial Comparison of How Three Moabites Responded to Providential History-Revealed Truth about God—and a New Translation of the Moabite Stone” presented to the 52nd Annual Evangelical Theological Society Conference (Nashville, Tennessee, November 16, 2000; 208 pages).

“Does Bereshith Mean ‘In a Beginning’?” Creation Matters, 18 (3): 6-7 (May-June 2013).

“When Jesus Took Time Out to Bless the Children,” Biblical History, 1 (3): 50-55 (October 1987).

“Using Scriptural Data to Calculate a Range-Qualified Chronology from Adam to Abraham, with Comments on Why the ‘Open’-or-‘Closed' Genealogy Question Is Chronometrically Irrelevant” presented at the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society,” co-authored with Dr. Thomas D. Ice (Dallas, Texas, March 1 , 2002; 44 pages).

“Rightly ‘Dividing’ the Word about Peleg: Was Earth’s Unusual ‘Division’ in Peleg’s Lifetime a Linguistic Event or a Geological Event?” presented at the Creation Research Society Conference, Lancaster, South Carolina, July 10, 2009; 29 pages).


Biblical Theology / Epistemology / Apologetics

“A Bohemian Goose and a Saxon Swan,” presented at the Maranatha Biblical Ministries Conference, Hurst, Texas, June 13, 2015; 20 pages.

“How Viking History Opened the Door for the Protestant Reformation’s Demographics,, presented at the Maranatha Biblical Ministries Conference, Hurst, Texas, June 13, 2015; 22 pages.

“Collateral Damages from Disbelieving Adam’s Authenticity and the Biogenetic History of Genesis: A Judgmental Analysis” presented to the International Society of Christian Apologetics Conference (Plano, Texas, April 5, 2013; 148 pages).

“Deism Then and Now, A Comparative Review (Or, ‘There and Back Again’)” presented to the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Fort Worth, Texas, March 9, 2012; 46 pages).

“How Should We Then Reply, When Scoffing Critics Claim that the Biblical God Is ‘Impersonal,’ and When Scoffing Critics Claim that Human Suffering Shows that God Is ‘Not Good Enough’?” presented at Master’s International School of Divinity Seminar on Biblical Inspiration, Translation, & Hermeneutics (Grapevine, Texas, July 3, 2013; keynote presentation, 38 pages).

“The Religion-and-Science Connection Between Pseudônumos and Pseudomarturia: How Special Revelation Describes the Limitations of General Revelation, with Epistemological Analysis of the Problem of ‘False Witnesses’ who Promote ‘Science Falsely So-called’” presented at the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Dallas, Texas, March 27, 2009; 83 pages).

“Recognizing Truth in Asia, Africa, and Europe, from Abraham to Zaphenathpa’aneah: Selected Studies in the History of Biblical Epistemology” presented at the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Fort Worth, Texas, March 25, 2006; 106 pages).

“Ethics for Acadians and Orcadians: How Should We Then React When our Neighbors are Having a Civil War? Comparing the 17th Century Civil War in French Acadia with 9th Century Trans-national Conflicts in the Orkney Islands” presented at the 58th Annual Evangelical Theological Society Conference (Washington, D.C., November 15, 2006; 15 pages).

“Did the ‘Good Samaritan’ Doctrine Justify How the Massachusetts Puritans Provided Military Aid during the ‘ragin’ Cajun’ French Civil War of the 1640s?” presented to the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Dallas, Texas, March 13, 2004; 46 pages).

“Defining Evangelicalism by the Evangel, Illustrated at Patmos by Themes in Christ’s Epistles to Seven Congregations in Asia” presented at the 53rd Annual Evangelical Theological Society Conference (Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 16, 2001; 19 pages).

“Epistemological Insights from Daniel 5:7-23—Belshazzar’s Willful Rejection of Extra-Biblical Revelation, Illustrated by Belshazzar’s Exclusion of Babylon’s ‘Magicians’” presented at the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Dallas, Texas, March 21, 2003; 61 pages).

“How has the Reburial of Viking King Harald Bluetooth’s Father Provided an Inerrantist Solution to Abraham’s Supposedly ‘Missing’ 60 Years? (in Acts 7:4)” presented at the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Dallas, Texas, March 1, 2002; 19 pages).

“Jude’s Exhortation regarding Authority, Grace, and Faith: The Soteriological Relevance of Doxological Reverence” presented at the Southwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Dallas, Texas, March 1998; 81 pages). 


Ecology / Conservation Science / Environmental Regulation

“Providential Planting: The Pinyon Jay,” Creation Ex Nihilo, 19 (3): 24-25 (summer 1997).

“Malachite Mountain Majesty,” Creation Research Society Quarterly, 34 (1): 4 (summer 1997).

“Delineating Wetlands: Hydrophilic Plants, Hydric Soils, and Wetland Hydrology,” Proceedings of the Wetlands Scientists 16th Annual Meeting (Boston, Massachusetts, summer 1995).

Introduction to Environmental Studies (Dallas: NWQD Press & LeTourneau University, 1995), textbook on Ecology, Conservation Policy, and Environmental Law, used as undergraduate textbook for ecology courses during the late AD1990s at LeTourneau University and at Dallas Christian College).

“Bogged Down Trying to Define Federal Wetlands,” co-authored with William Lee Logan III & Marshall J. Horton, Texas Wesleyan Law Review, 2:481513 (spring 1996), cited in Kirkorowicz v. California Coastal Commission, 83 Cal. App. 4th 980, 100 Cal. Rptr. 124, 31 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,168 (Cal. App. [4th Dist.] 2000), at footnote 9.

“Can ELVIS [Economic Land Value Impact Statement] Resolve our Wetland Definition Quagmire?” co-authored with William Lee Logan III & Marshall J. Horton, State Bar of Texas Environmental Law Journal, 27 (2): 60-73 (fall 1996).

“How an Uncodified Appropriations Act has Blocked Some Constitutional Challenges to the Process of Wetland Delineation,” co-authored with William L. Logan III, University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law, 182-207 (1994).

“Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” in Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers (Dallas, Texas: NBI, 2007), pages 62-119.

“Anadromous Fish ‘that Swam with Dinosaurs’ Neither Extinct Nor Extirpated,” Creation Research Society Quarterly, 51 (3): 207-208 (winter 2015).


Selected Legal Publications

“The Courts Speak: The Rules of Law and (Some) Judicial Analysis,” in Everything You Don’t Know about E-Discovery (Portland, Maine: NBI, 2013), pages 1-78.

“A Judge’s Perspective on Electronic Discovery: Lessons for Litigators,” in Everything You Don’t Know about E-Discovery (Portland, Maine: NBI, 2013), pages 79-138.

“Post-Judgment Collection,” in Advanced Collection Strategies (Denver, Colorado: NBI, 2010), pages 1-239.

“How Administrative Law Issues Complicate the Bankruptcy Law Process,” State Bar of Texas, 1st Annual International Bankruptcy Law Seminar (Paris, France, spring 2004; 232 pages)

 “Litigating Fraudulent Transfers and Other Avoidance Actions,” State Bar of Texas, 2nd Annual International Bankruptcy Law Seminar (Florence and Rome, Italy, March 8-16, 2005; 35 pages).

 “Litigating Bankruptcy Discharge Denials under 11 U.S.C. § 727 (Especially as Relevant to Legal Ethics),” presented to the State Bar of Texas: 20th Annual Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Law Seminar (Houston, Texas, September 23-24, 2004; 28 pages).

“Unconscionability and the Federal Chancellors: A Survey of U.C.C. Section 2-302 Interpretations in the Federal Circuits during the early 1980s,” Simon Greenleaf Law Review, 5 (1): 115-184 (1985).

How Texas Addresses Administrative Law Issues in School Law Contexts, co-authored with Robert C. Prather, Sr. (Eau Claire, Wisconsin: National Business Institute, 2003), pages 1-129 & 139-143 and 163-166 & 348-380 and 412-415.

“Environmental Claims and the Bankruptcy Process: Claims Advocacy for Private Environmental Torts—Balancing Environmental Restitution Policy with the Debtor’s Fresh Start,” Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, Bankruptcy Briefs, 3 (2): 1, 5-10 (spring 1993), co-authored with William Lee Logan III.

 “Avoiding Ethical Tangles in Collections,” in Collection Law from Start to Finish (Dallas, Texas: NBI, 2010), pages 177-207.

“Ethical Considerations for Employment Law Practitioners,” in Employment Laws Made Simple (Dallas, Texas: NBI, 2012), pages 89-179.

“The Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections,” in Collection Law from Start to Finish (Dallas, Texas: NBI, 2010), pages 85-176.

 “Caveat Debtor: Three New Exceptions to Discharge,” Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, pages 9-13 (August 1996).

“Preservation and Spoliation of Electronically Stored Information: Beware! (Applying Fed.R.Civ.P. Rule 37 to Electronically Stored Information),” in Electronic Discovery Under the Proposed Amendments to FRCP (Eau Clair, Wisconsin: National Business Institute, 2015), pages 219-261.

“Ethical Challenges in Electronic Discovery:  Beware! (Litigating with Electronically Stored Information Can Sometimes Be Illegal),” in Electronic Discovery Under the Proposed Amendments to FRCP (Eau Clair, Wisconsin: National Business Institute, 2015), pages 329-426.