HBU Apologetics Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9am – 3pm
The Woodlands United Methodist Church
Come learn how philosophical and cultural apologetics help us share the good news about Jesus. Some of HBU’s top scholars will be presenting at this one-day event that will help you to effectively communicate and defend the Christian faith. This one-day conference will cover topics such as arguments for the existence of God, contemporary challenges to Christian ethics, worldview apologetics, and arguments for the trustworthiness of scripture.
This one-day conference will feature William Lane Craig, Nancy Pearcey, and Louis Markos, who will be speaking about the existence of God, the Christian theology of the body, and the objectivity of truth, beauty, and goodness. In addition, breakout sessions will be offered in a wide range of apologetics topics, including a student track aimed at middle- and high-schoolers, and a Spanish-language breakout session.
Featured speakers will include Dr. William Lane Craig, Prof. Nancy Pearcey, Dr. Louis Markos, Prof. Melissa Travis, Prof. Kristen Davis, Dr. Tyler McNabb, Dr. Phil Tallon, and Mr. Richard Houston.
William Lane Craig – Arguments for God’s Existence – The existence of God is one of the most important topics in human life, and one of the richest areas of philosophical study. World-famous apologist and philosopher William Lane Craig will share three arguments for God’s existence and why it matters. It will be a substantive-yet-entertaining and practical presentation of evidence for God.
Louis Markos – Sophists v. Plato: How to Escape from the Dark Cave of Relativism and Nominalism – As far back as the Sophists of ancient Athens, critics of religion have declared that goodness, truth, and beauty are all relative terms, that words like justice have no fixed meaning and shift wildly from city to city and culture to culture. Plato played a vital role in establishing the reality of absolute Ideas, a key Platonic notion that was echoed by such great Christian thinkers as Augustine and Aquinas, and that helped Christian Realists to resist the Nominalists of the Middle Ages. C. S. Lewis added his own defense of Realism by arguing that a universal, cross-cultural moral code exists and is binding on us.
Nancy Pearcey – Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality – Nancy Pearcey, professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, takes on the headline issues of our day: abortion, assisted suicide, homosexuality, transgenderism, and more. We often treat these issues separately, but Pearcey shows that we will be much more effective if we realize they are all linked by a radically dehumanizing secular worldview that denigrates the body and demeans the person. She then shows how to make the case that the biblical ethic is more positive, more appealing, more attractive.
Cost: $35.00 for individuals / $45.00 for couples / $15.00 students (there will be an additional $10 door fee for registering at the event the day of)