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What is Truth?: A Response to Pontius Pilate

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Pontius Pilate, the prefect of Judea, before allowing the crowd to sentence Jesus to death asked him, ‘What is truth?’ Was Pilate asking a sincere philosophical question or simply jesting at the mockery of the political system? Whatever the case, for centuries this and many other questions about the universe have been asked. What is truth and how can we know it? Does God exist? Who was Jesus? Come listen to and interact with Christian scholars as they attempt to answer these questions.

Friday, March 28  -  Doors Open at 6:30pm

7:00      Introduction: “What is Apologetics?” - Kurt Jaros

7:15      "The Making of an Atheist" - Jim Spiegel

8:30      Breakout Session #1

 

Saturday March 29 - Doors Open at 8:45am

9:00     "Arguments for the Existence of God" - Jim Spiegel

10:15    Breakout Session #2

11:25    "The Lost World of Scripture" - John Walton

12:25    LUNCH

1:30      "The Gospels as History" - Tim McGrew

2:40      Breakout Session #3

3:50      "Living Apologetically: Truth and Beauty in a Secular Culture" - Sam Welbaum

 

The plenary sessions will be available via live stream! (Register to watch it here.)


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Jim Spiegel

Jim Spiegel, Ph.D., is Professor of Philosophy & Religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where he has taught for the past 20 years. He specializes in ethics, philosophy of religion, aesthetics, apologetics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and popular culture. He has authored a number of books, including the award-winning How to be Good in a World Gone Bad and more recently, The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief. He has been published in Christianity Today, Areopagus Journal, Journal of Religion and Society, and Philosophia Christi.

John Walton

John H. Walton, Ph.D., is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and also taught at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years. He received his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has used his academic training to focus his attention on comparing the culture and literature of the Bible and the ancient Near East. He is author or co-author to more than 20 books including his most recent book published by InterVarsity Press Academic, The Lost World of Adam and Eve.

Tim McGrew

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Dr. Timothy McGrew serves as a Senior Research Fellow with Apologetics.com. He is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He hold a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University (1992). He has published in numerous journals including Mind,The MonistAnalysisBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Philosophia Christi. His most recent publications include “Evidence” in The Routledge Companion to Epistemology, a co-authored anthology in The Philosophy of Science, and co-authored (with his wife, Lydia) an article on the argument from miracles in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology.
He specializes in theory of knowledge, logic, probability theory, and the history and philosophy of science. He is an avid chess player, enjoys the great hymns of the faith, and directs the Library of Historical Apologetics, which can be found online and on Facebook.

Tim has been married to Lydia for 28 years and they have three children, all of whom play chess.

Speaking Topics:

Historicity of the Gospels
Undesigned Coincidences

Sam Welbaum

Sam Welbaum is the Director of Radio and Events at Apologetics.com and is one of the hosts of the Apologetics.com radio show. Sam also serves as the Young Adults Director at Shoreline Baptist Church in Fountain Valley, California.  He presently holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Christian Studies from California Baptist University, an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on his PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University.

Speaking Topics:

Culture
Beauty
Existentialism
Boredom
Aesthetics
Evil
God’s attributes
Secularism

Kurt Jaros

Kurt Jaros is the Founder of Defenders Media, an organization that supports Christian ministries which 1) offer a defense of the Christian worldview, 2) deliver the content in an attractive way through modern media, and 3) honor God through its biblically centered belief and practice.  He is currently a Ph.D. student at Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland. His doctoral dissertation will look at the doctrine of Original Sin in the writings of monks from southern France in the 5th and 6thcentury. He holds two Masters degrees in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and Systematic Theology, from King’s College London.

He likes systematic and historical theology, philosophy of religion, and issues in Christian pop culture. His theological interests include theological anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, divine providence, and other issues in Christian pop culture. Additionally, he enjoys political philosophy, economics, American political history and campaigns. He current resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his lovely wife and daughter.

Speaking Topics:

Original Sin
Free Will
Calvinism – Arminianism – Molinism – Semipelagianism
Problem of Evil
Problem of the Unevangelized
Biblical Basis for Apologetics
Apologetic Methodology
Doctrine of God
Inerrancy
Government and Economics
Divine Responsiveness
Science vs. Religion: Is There a Conflict?

 

Breakout Sessions:

David Haines - "What is Natural Theology?"
"A Response to the Presuppositionalist View of Natural Theology"

Ross Inman - "Does Divine Hiddenness Justify Atheism?"

Kurt Jaros - "What About Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?"

Tim McGrew - "Undesigned Coincidences"

Brad Seeman - "The End of Apologetics?  What We Can Learn from Recent Critiques of Apologetics"
"'No Swimming': God's Communicative Purposes and a Place for Natural Theology in Paul Moser's Religious Epistemology"

John Walton - "The Lost World of Genesis 1"

Sam Welbaum - "The Problem of Evil"

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