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Episode 104 The Myrtlefield Trust, with Joshua Fitzhugh

Joshua Fitzhugh, executive director of The Myrtlefield Trust, in Northern Ireland, joins David Capes on The Stone Chapel. They discuss his mentor, David Gooding, and his work at The Myrtylefield Trust and Myrtlefield House (the publishing arm of the trust.). 

This American born scholar has made his home in Northern Ireland the last 18 years.

After discussing a bit about his life and call, Fitzhugh shares how important John Lennox and David Gooding have been to his intellectual development. 

Upon finishing his PhD  at Queens College, Belfast, he went to work at the Myrtlefield Trust to help archive the extensive writings, lectures, sermons, and notes of David Gooding. 

David Gooding (1925-2019), was born in Suffolk, England.  Because of his reading of Scripture, he became a conscientious objector in WWII and did national service on a farm in England.  

He studied classics at University of Durham and Queens College in Belfast.  In 1959 he began teaching at Queens College and spent his entire life as professor, teacher, author, and speaker. 

His primary research area was the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. 

The Myrtlefield Trust was established in 1986 to organize Gooding’s travel, speaking, and to help in writing ministry.  It was about this time that David Gooding joined forces with Oxford mathematician and apologist, John Lennox, to visit to the former Soviet Union.

When the wall came down in 1989, many opportunities arose for this team to speak, lecture and write in Russia and former Soviet States. 

Essentially the question was raised: What can replace Marxism?  Gooding and Lennox began to address these issues and taught teachers in Russia and Ukraine to compare world views.

Finally, their thoughts were distilled into an important book entitled, The Quest for Reality and Significance

The Myrtlefield House Is the publishing arm of the Myrtlefield Trust.  They give away most of their books as ebooks.  If you’re interested in knowing more about David Gooding and Myrtlefield Trust take a look at their website:  They are funded by donations, so be generous. 

To learn more about John Lennox, go to

John Lennox is schedule to speak at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston on September 10, 2022.  To read more go to

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