Anton Hein is the founder of Apologetics Index, which he co-publishes together with his wife, Janet, and the Apologetics Index Team.
Anton Hein founded Apologetics Index in 1996. Before that he was the ‘co-sysop’ of Christian BBS ABBA II (long before the World Wide Web came into existence).
They also publish several commercial websites on various topics. And they host a number of third-party websites.
Janet is a licensed social worker and counsellor. She works with an organisation that provides shelter and other practical help to male and female victims of domestic violence and other forms of spousal abuse.
Janet Hein was born in England and raised in Ireland (and truly is Irish in heart and nature). She has lived and worked in Amsterdam for nearly 30 years.
Anton Hein, was born and raised in Amsterdam.
We married in September, 2012, and are still very much in love with each other.
Much to the bemusement of friends and neighbors we speak Denglish — a mixture of Dutch and English. Nowadays with a few Spanish and Catalan words and phrases thrown in.
We are followers of Jesus Christ, trying to put into practice the two greatest commandments.
Many Christians only seem prepared to love those who meet their own standard of moral excellence, but we believe that is not in line with what Jesus teaches us to do. Therefore we try to love people regardless of their background, religion or lifestyle.
Our ministry is to help Christians and non-Christians alike move from a life of legalism to a life of grace and mercy.
Among other things we love life, good friends, excellent coffee, great music, and spicy food (including home-made Mexican salsas). We’re lovers of Spanish tapas and dishes, as well as the cuisines of India, Indonesia, Mexico and Suriname. As for drinks: quality wine, good beer, Glenfiddich, and Baileys help us deal with the Dutch (wet) climate. We’re really into high-quality coffee.
We believe in, and promote, religious freedom. At the same time we denounce extremism — including the countless excesses found in various expressions of what passes for Christianity — and instead promote balance.
Both of us are dealing with long-time health issues: I, Anton have CFIDS — Chronic Fatigue and Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and Janet has Fibromyalgia (which feels like the same thing, but with pain).
That is why we’re not as active nowadays as we used to be.
We live and work in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We’ve enjoyed meeting up with many Apologetics Index readers who have visited our fantastic city.
If you’re coming to Amsterdam, let us know, because we may just be able to meet with you as well.
Contact Janet and Anton Hein