Schedule + Topics

 

Friday, February 23

Session 1
6:00 PM     Welcome
6:15 PM     Jo Vitale
6:45 PM     JP Moreland
7:15 PM     Hugh Ross
7:45 PM     Break
8:00 PM     Tom Holladay
8:30 PM     Panel Q&A
9:15 PM     Closing Remarks
9:30 PM     End

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Saturday, February 24

Session 2
9:00 AM       Welcome
9:15 AM       Michael Guillen
9:45 AM       Fazale Rana
10:15 AM     Break
10:30 AM     Paul Copan
11:00 AM     Caleb Kaltenbach
11:30 AM     Panel Q&A
12:15 PM     Lunch (included)

Session 3
1:15 PM     Jeff Zweerink
1:45 PM     Cameron McAllister
2:15 PM     Panel Q&A
2:45 PM     Closing Remarks
3:00 PM     Conference Ends

 

JO VITALE

The Apologetics of the Apostles

For many in the church, apologetics may seem like a recent fad for those who love to compete in intellectual gymnastics. Although today we may be living in the “grand age of apologetics,” as Os Guinness put it, apologetics has been a part of our Christian legacy for over 2,000 years. During this talk, we’ll take a closer look at the biblical origins of apologetics, considering both what Christians in the first century understood the task of apologetics to be, and also how apologetics became a tool for sharing our faith with a skeptical world.

J.P. MORELAND

Can We Actually Know Christianity's Central Truth Claims?

This talk aims to clarify and defend the idea that Christianity's central truth claims can actually be known to be true, instead of merely believed. In the process, we will clarify what is at stake in today's three-way worldview struggle, along with defining and illustrating the notions of truth, three kinds of knowledge, and faith.

HUGH ROSS

Addressing an Atheist’s Questions about the Cosmos

In this talk, Dr. Ross shares how a chance meeting with an atheist physicist resulted in a two-hour conversation about the cosmos. The physicist pondered, why would a God intent on designing a home for human beings create such a vast and old cosmos? Doesn’t the mediocrity principle prove that there is nothing special about Earth or humans? And, if there is a God, why would a loving God subject the cosmos and, inevitably, humans to such an enormous amount of decay and to all the natural disasters that such an extreme rate of decay implies?

Discover the answers to these questions and several more, and learn how to use the answers to reach anyone curious about the universe with the great news that the heavens shout the glory and righteousness of God.

TOM HOLLADAY

God Uses Even Our Weaknesses in Our Witness

We’re very aware of our weaknesses when it comes to sharing our faith with others, and many of us feel the challenge of how to overcome those weak points. While it is true that the Lord will grow us in our weakness, it is equally true that he wants to use us in our weakness. This talk will delve into how God uses us even though we are weak, and even more amazingly, how he often uses our weaknesses in such a way that it becomes a strength in our witness.

MICHAEL GUILLEN

Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree

Science is not systematically discrediting the Bible—in fact, exactly the opposite is happening. The more science discovers about the universe, the more its truths sync up with the truths espoused in Scripture. This talk will explore how these shared truths speak loudly and conclusively about the critical importance of taking seriously the study of both the world and the Word given to us by God.

FAZALE RANA

Transhumanism: Human Beings 2.0

Advances in genetic engineering and the development of increasingly sophisticated prosthetic devices make it possible to treat a number of debilitating diseases and injury, mitigating significant human suffering. But these technologies also provide the gateway to enhance human physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities. These emerging capabilities have spawned an intellectual and cultural movement called transhumanism. Some radical proponents of transhumanism see technology as the path to eternal life. This talk will propose a framework to help Christians address questions about this emerging biotechnology, and in so doing, stand with confidence for the dignity and sanctity of human life.

PAUL COPAN

True for You but Not for Me: Responding to Relativism with Truth and Love

When communicating the Christian faith to relativists, it is important to speak the truth in love and build trust where mistrust is quite common. This talk will examine the fallacies, inconsistencies, and selectiveness of relativism, as well as offer guidance to help connect relativists to Christ. Relativists need to know that Christians are authentic and trustworthy more than that they hold self-contradictory beliefs.

CALEB KALTENBACH

Building Bridges with Your LGBTQ Loved Ones

The Bible is pretty clear—God created sexual intimacy for marriage between a man and a woman. However, we have loved ones who believe otherwise. So, what now? If someone disagrees with us, do we push them away or shift our theology? Is it possible to boldly and graciously engage those we love who identify as LGBTQ? Can we keep the relationship while standing firm in our biblical beliefs? In this talk, we’ll find that the answer to all these questions is yes—and thankfully, the Bible shows us how to live in this tension.

JEFF ZWEERINK

Nonbelievers Aren’t the Only Ones with Faith Questions

We all come across skeptics and atheists who have questions about the Christian faith that prevent them from accepting Christ. But what about those in your own church community who have questions—people who grew up in the church and might be too afraid to ask questions for fear of being ridiculed? In this talk, Dr. Zweerink will share what it was like for him growing up in the church and yet questioning the faith when science became more prevalent in his life. His journey of navigating his doubts will show us how we can approach people in similar situations within our own circles.

CAMERON MCALLISTER

The Glamour of Atheism

In our efforts to meet the challenges posed by skeptics, Christians frequently overlook the appeal of atheism. However, this appeal is an indelible part of atheism’s persuasive power; ignoring it constitutes a serious strategic mistake. In this talk, we’ll consider the question, “Why do so many people want to be atheists?”