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Apologetics Conference – POSTPONED
March 17 at 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“Bringing the Truth of Christianity to Our Neighbor”
Designed to help Christians – especially young adults as they venture into the world with new vocations – make the case for the truth of Christianity to unbelievers, and to do so reasonably, compassionately, with boldness and courage.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Gene Edward Veith
>> FREE and open to all students and adults! <<
- 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction, Chaplain Donald Moldstad
- 2:05 p.m. “The Real Jesus behind the Gospels: Promise and Problems” – Rev. Dr. A. Andrew Das
- 3:30 p.m. “The Challenge of Our Day: Sharing the Truth When Truth Doesn’t Exist” – Rev. David Thompson
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
- 7:00 p.m. Keynote: “Fictional Literature as a Tool for Christian Apologetics: The Reading and Writing of C.S. Lewis” – Dr. Gene Edward Veith
*Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A period and a break.
“The Real Jesus behind the Gospels: Promise and Problems” – Dr. A. Andrew Das
- Summary: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all admitted documents of faith. Their authors were “sold” on Jesus Christ as the Savior from sin. Two hundred years ago began the first quest for the “historical” Jesus, the Jesus who stands behind these documents of faith. The quest was a welcome one. Secular historians tell us about Jesus—just not very much. We must rely on the biblical gospels. Placing the gospels on the witness stand, scholars have treated them as hostile witnesses to cull a critically assured portrait of the real Jesus, a Jesus that may be very different from the biblical Jesus. What are their methods? How successful have these ventures been? What value is there in this scholarly enterprise? We will have to sort the wheat from the chaff—lots of chaff.
Dr. A. Andrew Das is professor of Religious Studies and Assistant Dean of the Faculty at Elmhurst College in Illinois. An internationally recognized New Testament scholar, he is the author of numerous books, including Galatians (Concordia Commentary Series, CPH) and Baptized into God’s Family (NPH). His expertise in the New Testament is reflected in his many articles, presentations, and works, including his contribution to the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), where he continues to serve on its Translation Oversight Committee. Dr. Das received graduate degrees from Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, Concordia Theological Seminary, and has done doctoral work at Duke University.
“The Challenge of Our Day: Sharing the Truth When Truth Doesn’t Exist” – Rev. David Thompson
- Summary: In a culture where diversity reigns, fewer and fewer think truth is or can be absolute. The non-Christian neighbor (friend, family member, fellow student) often assumes that each person’s belief about religion, morality, and life-style is nothing more than a personal or social construct, reducing Christianity to one of many relative choices (and often the worst choice because of its claims of exclusivity and superiority). If Christianity is true in an absolute and eternal sense, if Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and salvation is found nowhere else but in him, how can biblical Christians communicate this truth with those who deny truth?
David Thompson has served as pastor of several congregations and as professor/administrator at BLC. He is currently at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois, and director of the Biblical Worldview Conference. He is the author of What in the World Is Going On? Identifying Hollow and Deceptive Worldviews (NPH). He received his M. Div. from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary.
“Fictional Literature as a Tool for Christian Apologetics: The Reading and Writing of C.S. Lewis” – Dr. Gene Edward Veith
- Summary: Fiction, paradoxically, can be a vehicle for conveying truth. This is because the imagination, for better and for worse, occupies our minds more and on a deeper level than our intellects. Fiction played an important role in the conversion of C. S. Lewis, and his own fictional writing has been instrumental in converting others. We will discuss how the imagination works, how it can set up obstacles to the faith, and how engaging the imagination can break through those obstacles with the Gospel.
Dr. Gene Edward Veith is a retired English professor and college administrator, most recently at Patrick Henry College Virginia and Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of 27 books, including Spirituality of the Cross, Authentic Christianity, and Post-Christian. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and currently lives in Oklahoma.