David Charles "Dave" Haddon Hunt (September 30, 1926 – April 5, 2013) was an American Christian apologist, speaker, radio commentator and author. He was in full-time ministry from 1973 until his death. The Berean Call, which highlights Hunt's material, was started in 1992. From 1999 to 2010, he also hosted Search the Scriptures Daily radio ministry alongside T.A. McMahon. Hunt traveled to the Near East, lived in Egypt, and wrote numerous books on theology, prophecy, cults, and other religions, including critiques of Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, and Calvinism, among others. Hunt's Christian theology was evangelical dispensational and he was associated with the Plymouth Brethren movement.
David Charles Haddon Hunt was born on September 30, 1926, in Riverside, California, to Lillie and Albert Hunt. He was raised in a Christian family, with two other siblings. As a young man, he also spent time in the military, at the end of World War II. He was an alumnus of UCLA. From June 24, 1950, until his death, Hunt married his college sweetheart, Ruth Klaussen (1926–2013), who together raised four children: David Jr., Danna, Karen and Jon. He worked as a CPA before his entry into full-time ministry.
Hunt believed occult or pagan influences are pervasive in modern culture - this includes evolution, as well as all forms of psychology, some forms of entertainment, yoga, and some forms of medicine. His book Occult Invasion is dedicated to this area, while several other books mention it in part.
Hunt was a strict Biblical Creationist - refutations of evolution and theistic evolution were a frequent topic of his radio programs, Search the Scriptures Daily and According to God's Word.
Hunt addressed Calvinism in a book called What Love is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God, published in 2002 and revised in 2004 and 2006. He sought to refute many alleged misconceptions of Calvinism without taking an Arminian stance. He outlined a theological middle ground between Calvinism and Arminianism, where, according to Hunt, one can believe in eternal security but reject Calvinistic teaching. Also published in 2004 was Debating Calvinism: Five Points, Two Views, co-written in a point-counterpoint debate format by Hunt and Calvinist apologist James White.
In A Woman Rides the Beast, he identified the Roman Catholic Church as the Whore of Babylon from the prophecies in chapters 17 and 18 of the Book of Revelation.
The book The Godmakers (1984), which Dave Hunt co-wrote with Ed Decker, and the accompanying film The God Makers (1982) by Jeremiah Films were an exposé of Mormonism, highlighting the Mormon belief that Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer and many other disturbing facts.
In 1973 he wrote the screenplay for Time to Run, a Christian film produced for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Hunt later criticized Graham's ministry for its open ecumenism).
The Seduction of Christianity (co-written with Tom A. McMahon), which categorized Word of Faith teachings, meditation, and psychology-based counseling as New Age heresies, generated much debate in the 1980s. Responses from meditation proponents and from Calvinist re-constructionist writers include Seduction?? A Biblical Response and The Reduction of Christianity. Hunt has written a rejoinder to the latter critics in his Whatever Happened to Heaven?
Hunt wrote about Y2K with the intent of refuting the fearful predictions being made by other Christian fundamentalist writers (Y2K: A Reasoned Response To Mass Hysteria).
In his final book, "Cosmos, Creator and Human Destiny", Hunt supported the Creationist viewpoint and alleged that there were deficiencies in both the Big Bang theory and the theory of evolution.Cowan, Douglas E. (2003). Bearing false witness?: an introduction to the Christian countercult. New York: Praeger. ISBN 0-275-97459-6. OCLC 50339414.
DeMar, Gary; Peter Leithart (1988). The reduction of Christianity: a biblical response to Dave Hunt. Fort Worth, Texas: Dominion Press. ISBN 0-930462-63-7. OCLC 18172813.
Bunker, Michael (2002). "Chapter 4 A Jesuit Case Study: Dave Hunt". Swarms of Locusts: The Jesuit Attack on the Faith. IUniverse. p. 318. ISBN 0-595-25297-4.
Hexham, Irving (1992). "The Evangelical Response to the New Age". In James R. Lewis and J. Gordon Melton. Perspectives on the new age. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. pp. 152–163. ISBN 0-7914-1213-X. OCLC 24667142.
Pelphrey, Brant (Fall 1987). "Negative Thinking in a 'Positive' Age (Book Review of The Seduction of Christianity)". Areopagus. 1 (1): 42–45.
Reid, Thomas F. (1986). Seduction??: A Biblical Response. Woy Woy, New South Wales: Peacemakers Ministries. ISBN 1-86263-002-X. OCLC 27631883.
Spiritual Counterfeits Project (1987). "The Final Threat: Cosmic Conspiracy and End Times Speculation". In Karen Hoyt, J. Isamu Yamamoto and Spiritual Counterfeits Project. The New Age rage. Old Tappan, New Jersey: Power Books. pp. 185–201. ISBN 0-8007-5257-0. OCLC 16465119.
Scharffs, Gilbert W. (1986). The Truth About "The God Makers". Salt Lake City: Publishers Press. OCLC 14145479.
Tope, Wally (1989). "The God Makers". Areopagus. 3 (1): 48–50.