Saturday, September 11, 2021
Doors Open for Registration
9:15am – 10:15am
General Session 1: CRAIG EVANS
Reliable Gospels, Reliable Manuscripts
In recent years skeptics have claimed that the New Testament Gospels are unreliable, that they do not give us accurate accounts of what Jesus really said and did. Others claim that the Gospel manuscripts are full of mistakes and therefore we don’t really know what the Gospel writers originally said. Are these claims fair? Are the Gospels unreliable and the manuscripts untrustworthy? Not at all. The evidence tells a very different story. Find out what this evidence is and learn how to respond to the skeptics. – Dr Craig Evans, Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University
10:30 am – 11:30 am
General Session 2: FRANCIS J. BECKWITH
What Was Wrong With Roe v. Wade?
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It concerns a Mississippi statute that prohibits (with a few exceptions) abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade (1973), the case in which the Court declared abortion a Constitutional right, and Casey v. Planned Parenthood (1992), the case in which the Court upheld Roe.
Over the next six to ten months there will be much talk in social and conventional media about the possibility of the Court overturning Roe. Unfortunately, there will be very little discussion about the reasons why critics of Roe believe it was wrongly decided. In this lecture, Professor Francis J. Beckwith explains the numerous problems with Roe and how those of us who believe in a sanctity of life ethic should think about abortion.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm – – – BREAK FOR LUNCH
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
General Session 3: Moderated Dialogue (James Walker and Scott Gordon)
What is the Gospel?
Christian apologist James Walker, a former Mormon with http://www.watchman.org, and Mormon Scott Gordon, of http://www.FairLatterDaySaints.org, will have a moderated dialogue with Q&A on the question “What is the gospel?” Each will present their positions clearly and in doing so open the discussion for where they agree, disagree, and model how such an exchange can take place with civility and respect.