I’m speaking at an online apologetics conference

Do you like to go to conferences–say, a big conference on apologetics–but don’t have the time or the money to take off and fly somewhere for several days?  But why should anyone have to travel for a conference, what with online technology?

I’m going to be giving a lecture on Christianity & Comedy at an online apologetics conference to be held April 19-21.  The overall topic will focus on “Literary Apologetics,” the use of stories (including literature, films, music, and other expressions) to convey the truth of the Christian faith.  The conference is being put on by Athanatos Christian Ministries, an apologetics organization led by Anthony Horvath (a Lutheran teacher and a former student of mine!).

You can sign up for the conference here.   The following are the speakers and the topics.  Go here for a schedule of the actual times.  (Mine will be at 9:00 a.m. Central on Friday, April 20.)  Notice that most of the conference is for paid registrants (a mere $30) but that the sessions on the 19th are free.

Athanatos Christian Ministry’s Third Annual

Online Apologetics Conference

2012 Theme:

Using Story to Defend, Promote, Explain, and Transmit the Faith

Keynote:

Dale Ahlquist

President of the American Chesterton Society

 Other Speakers:

Dr. Gene Edward Veith | Dave Sterrett | Paul Hughes | Dr. Holly Ordway | Anthony Horvath | Brian Auten  | Stephen Bedard | Glenn Jones | James D. Agresti | Mikel Del Rosario | Mark Riser | Tom Gilson | Joseph Keysor | Bruce Hennigan, M.D. | Dr. Ryan MacPherson | Paul Nowak

An apologetics conference held… entirely online! (Click here to see what a session is like)

April 19th,  20th, and 21st, 2012.

Access on April 19th is FREE!

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2012 Conference Goals:

  • Build off of visions of ACM’s previous conferences, encouraging Christians to defend the faith through the arts.
  • Call attention to the power of Story and Narrative in the formation of world views.
  • Argue that the Gospel Story is superior to all of them, if only because it is the Truth.
  • Encourage Christians to use video, movies, literature, and music to mount a defense of Christianity in general and the Biblical model for the family in particular.
  • Connect Christian artists with each other and with those who can help propel them to success.
  • Remind Christians that they each have a responsibility to be ready to give a defense in their own lives.
  • Raise awareness of the fact that competing ‘stories’ are promoting beliefs and values that must be critically analyzed, not just mindlessly absorbed.

Conference Framework

ACM’s 2012 conference will be a little different than previous years.  The main part of the conference (being held on the 20th and 21st), the plenaries, will present a number of short stories that have some bearing on the Christian worldview.  Each presenter will take one of those stories, digest it, and apply it to contemporary issues in apologetics.   The stories and presenters will be announced in due time.

On the 19th, credible apologists will be invited to present on the topic of their choice (subject to ACM approval).   Up to 20 presenters are expected, and the topics will vary.  Note:  all presentations on the 19th will be open to the public!  Only the sessions on the 20th and 21st require paid registration.

Friday-Saturday (Apr. 20-21st, paid registrants only)

Keynote:

Others:

  • Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Author, “Christianity and Comedy”
  • Dave Sterrett, Author and Apologist, Spokesperson for “I am Second“, “Using Story for Christ:  Reflections on ‘I am Second.’”
  • Paul Hughes, Author and Apologist, “Tim Gautreaux and the Apologetics of Real Life” and “5 by Flannery [O'Connor].”
  • Dr. Holly Ordway, “Finding God in Fairy Tales” (Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel) and “The Importance of Excellence in Christian Fiction: A Lesson from CS Lewis”
  • Jason Jones, MovietoMovement, producer of movie Bella, “Topic TBA”
  • Anthony Horvath, Athanatos Christian Ministries, “An Analysis of ‘The Birthmark’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne” and “How 3 Stories Got Under the Skin of PZ Myers and the New Atheists.”
  • Bruce Hennigan, M.D., author. “Speculative Fiction and Apologetics.”
  • Paul Nowak, author.  “It’s the Fight that Matters” [based on Chuck Palahniuk's original short story "Fight Club" (later a novel and movie by the same title)].

Guest Lectures (Thursday, Apr. 19th – Free Access)

  • Brian Auten, Apologetics315, “Avoiding Apologetics Pitfalls”
  • Glenn Jones, apologist. “Reading Genesis as History: Implications for Science and the Age of the Universe.”
  • James D. Agresti, author of Rational Conclusions.  “Cosmology, the science of the origin and development of the universe.”
  • Stephen Bedard, author and apologist, “Reading the New Testament in Context.”
  • Mikel Del Rosario, apologist, “Defending the Resurrection in Everyday Conversations.”
  • Mark Riser, apologist.  “Why I Am An Old-Earth Creationist: A Personal Journey”
  • Tom Gilson, apologist.  “How Arrogant Are We, Anyway?’
  • Joseph Keysor, author. “Hitler, the Bible, and the Holocaust.”
  • Bruce Hennigan, M.D., author.  ” CSI: Golgotha”
  • Dr. Ryan MacPherson, author.  “The Culture of Life: The Redemptive Power of Conversion Narratives”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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  • Rose

    This is very wonderful. I’m sorry I’ll be preparing for a Christian Mardi Gras. Keep us all informed of your upcoming events. I’d love to hear you speak again, Dr. Veith.
    PS Did you know masks are a symbol of Mardi Gras b/c the king and nobles were traditionally masked; this was symbolic of our Lord’s leaving His throne to become one of us in humility.

  • Rose

    This is very wonderful. I’m sorry I’ll be preparing for a Christian Mardi Gras. Keep us all informed of your upcoming events. I’d love to hear you speak again, Dr. Veith.
    PS Did you know masks are a symbol of Mardi Gras b/c the king and nobles were traditionally masked; this was symbolic of our Lord’s leaving His throne to become one of us in humility.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    This would be VERY cool to sit in on! If I can I will get in on this!

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    This would be VERY cool to sit in on! If I can I will get in on this!

  • MHB

    The first six minutes of the sample session from ’11 may not be indicative of the others or of this year’s approach, but its focus on being “subversive” in order to trick people into considering the Gospel seems dangerous. We risk further alienation with that kind of talk.

    I’ll listen further.

  • MHB

    The first six minutes of the sample session from ’11 may not be indicative of the others or of this year’s approach, but its focus on being “subversive” in order to trick people into considering the Gospel seems dangerous. We risk further alienation with that kind of talk.

    I’ll listen further.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “Christianity and Comedy”, eh? I’m curious what that means.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “Christianity and Comedy”, eh? I’m curious what that means.

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    On those dates I’ll be traveling to Florida for my in laws 60 wedding anniversary.
    I’m especially interested in Mark Riser’s “Why I Am An Old-Earth Creationist: A Personal Journey” I’ve been making the case for Biblical Old Earth-ism.
    Is there a way of accessing this at a different time?

  • http://gslcnm.com Pastor Spomer

    On those dates I’ll be traveling to Florida for my in laws 60 wedding anniversary.
    I’m especially interested in Mark Riser’s “Why I Am An Old-Earth Creationist: A Personal Journey” I’ve been making the case for Biblical Old Earth-ism.
    Is there a way of accessing this at a different time?

  • http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/ Anthony

    To answer Pastor Spomer’s question, yes, all sessions are archived, and all paid registrants have unlimited viewing to catch up at their leisure.

  • http://onlineapologeticsconference.com/ Anthony

    To answer Pastor Spomer’s question, yes, all sessions are archived, and all paid registrants have unlimited viewing to catch up at their leisure.

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