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EPS Apologetics Conference 2022

Denver, CO

Cost and Admission

This is a paid event.

$34.00Early Bird - Adult
Vailid until 11/11/22
$39.00General Attendee
$20.00Student/Alumni
$20.00Active Military
$68.00Couples (2 tickets)
$30.00Group Rate
Must purchase a minimum of 10 tickets

The annual EPS Apologetics Conference is back! Join us for the highly anticipated three-day apologetics conference this November! The biggest event in apologetics will be held November 17 through 19 in Denver, CO. Biola Apologetics is partnering with the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) and Mission Hills Church to bring over 20 of the top apologists and philosophers in the world together for the goal of better equipping Christians. By attending this conference you will have the opportunity to learn from the leading Christian scholars of our time!

This is a fantastic time to unpack what it looks like to be a believer in today’s culture. We hope that each individual will gain the knowledge and confidence to have impactful conversations with those they encounter. We hope to build up a new generation of believers to speak the truth of Christianity in love. If you have questions, love apologetics, are doubting your faith or just want to know more, join us on November 17 through 19 for this year’s EPS Apologetics Conference! 

Register today to be a part of the movement! 

This conference will not be live streamed but recordings will be made available after the event on apologetics-store.biola.edu.

If you are interested in sponsoring the EPS Apologetics Conference and would like to have a vendor table at this event, please fill out our Vendor Agreement Form and we will contact you with the next steps.


Questions?

Contact Megan Clark at:
562.906.4570
conference.coordinator@biola.edu


Thursday, Nov. 17

6 p.m. Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Event Begins
7-7:50 p.m. William Lane Craig — The Case for God
7:50-8:05 p.m. Break
8:05-9 p.m.

Breakout Session A

  • Jana Harmon — Anything but Christianity: How Skeptics Become Seekers
  • Melissa Cain Travis — Thinking God's Thoughts: The Miracle of Cosmic Comprehensibility
  • Scott Smith — Understanding and Responding to Critical Race Theory
  • Guillaume Bignon — Confessions of a French Athiest
  • Robert Stewart — A-Paul-ogetics: How the Apostle Paul Commended and Defended the Faith
9-9:10 p.m.Break
9:10-10 p.m.Gary Habermas — The Historical Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Friday, Nov. 18

6:30 p.m. Doors Open
6:45 p.m. Event Begins
7-7:50 p.m. John Bloom — Archaeological Confirmations of Scripture
7:50-8 p.m. Break
8-9 p.m. Breakout Session B
  • Robert Bowman — The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
  • Douglas Groothuis — Fire in the Streets: How You Can Confidently Respond to Incendiary Cultural Topics
  • Sam Raju — The Problem of Pain and the Goodness of God
  • Alan Shlemon — Answering Islam
  • David Horner — Too Good Not to Be True: A Call to Moral Apologetics
9-9:10 p.m.Break
9:10-10 p.m.Greg Koukl — Effective Tactics in Defending Your Faith

Saturday, Nov. 19

8:15 a.m. Doors Open
8:30-9:25 a.m. Craig Hazen — Fearless Prayer: Why We Don't Ask and Why We Should
9:25-9:35 a.m. Break
9:35-10:30 a.m. Breakout Session C
  • Paul Copan — Is God a Vindictive Bully? Reconciling Views of God in the OT and NT
  • Sarah Geis — The Benefit of Doubt: Examining Skepticism
  • Brett & Erin Kunkle — Raising Kids with Confident Faith
  • Kevin Lewis — Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Evidence
  • Mihretu Guta — Does the Brain Think?
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10-:45-11:35 a.m. Breakout Session D
  • John Bloom — Responding to Evolution through Intelligent Design
  • Megan Almon — Reforming the Abortion Narrative: Pro-Life Answers to Common Abortion Arguments
  • Robert Bowman — The Historical Unreliability of the Mormon Scriptures
  • Matthew Mittelberg — Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Messiah
  • Timothy Stratton — The Apologetic Significance of "Molinism"
11:35-11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mark Mittelberg — Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others

Plenary Speakers

John Bloom

John A. Bloom, Ph.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Bloom holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from the Annenberg Research Institute (now the Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Pennsylvania). He is the Director of Biola’s M.A. - Science and Religion degree program and former Chair of the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department.

William Lane Craig

William Lane Craig, Ph.D.

William Lane Craig is Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University and a Visiting Scholar at Talbot School of Theology. With two earned doctorates in philosophy and theology, he has authored or edited over forty books, including On Guard and his signature book Reasonable Faith. In 2021 he was ranked by academicinfluence.org as the world's tenth most influential philosopher and third most influential theologian over the last 30 years (1990-2020). He is the founder and president of the ministry Reasonable Faith. Visit the website at www.reasonablefaith.org.

Craig Hazen

Craig Hazen, Ph.D.

Craig is the founder and director of the M.A. in Christian Apologetics and Director of the M.A. in Science and Religion at Talbot School of Theology. Craig has written and edited several books and articles including Five Sacred Crossings and Fearless Prayer.

Gary Habermas

Gary R. Habermas, Ph.D.

Gary R. Habermas (Ph.D., Michigan State University) has authored or edited some 43 books, half of which center on various aspects of Jesus’ resurrection, including Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? and The Risen Jesus and Future Hope. He has been a Visiting or Adjunct Professor at more than 15 different graduate schools and seminaries in the United States and other countries, having taught dozens of graduate courses in these contexts. He is currently a Distinguished Research Professor at Liberty University, teaching full-time in the Ph.D. program at Liberty's Theological Seminary.

Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl

Greg has spoken on more than 70 college and university campuses both in the U.S. and abroad and has hosted his own call-in radio show for 27 years advocating “Christianity worth thinking about.” An award-winning writer and best-selling author, Greg has written seven books, including The Story of Reality and Tactics. Greg received his Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, graduating with high honors. He is an adjunct professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.

Mark Mittelberg

Mark Mittelberg

Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, international speaker, and the Executive Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University (StrobelCenter.com). Mark recently completed the all-new book and training course, Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others. Prior to that, he authored training courses that were translated into more than twenty languages and helped nearly two million people around the world share Christ, in natural ways. He then wrote the leadership-oriented book and many other helpful materials.

Breakout Speakers

Megan Almon

Megan Almon

Megan Almon, a former University of Georgia gymnast, worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008 when she decided to pursue a career speaking and teaching about Christian apologetics — especially in the areas of bioethics and beauty. She joined Life Training Institute in 2009 and was awarded an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011.

Megan and her husband, Tripp — Director of Summit Semester, a gap year program for Summit Ministries — have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at home in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and is still known to practice handstands in her kitchen. She has spoken to high school-and-college assemblies and classrooms, youth organizations, women’s groups, pregnancy care centers, congregations, and legislators both nationally and internationally.

Guillaume Bignon

Guillaume Bignon, Ph.D.

Dr. Guillaume Bignon was born and raised in France, where he studied math, physics, and engineering science. He currently works as a software engineering manager. After a wholly improbable conversion from atheism to Christianity, Guillaume earned a master's in biblical literature with an emphasis on the New Testament, and a Ph.D. in philosophical theology. His areas of interest include the metaphysics of free will, natural theology, and soteriology. Guillaume is an executive committee member of Association Axiome, a society of French-speaking Christian scholars. He and his wife, Katherine, have five young (and adorable) children.

Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

Robert M. Bowman, Jr., Ph.D.

Robert M. Bowman Jr. is the executive director of the Institute for Religious Research (IRR.org), an evangelical apologetics ministry. He holds MA and Ph.D. degrees in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and South African Theological Seminary. Rob is the author of 15 books, most recently Jesus’ Resurrection and Joseph’s Visions: Examining the Foundations of Christianity and Mormonism. He has taught courses and lectured extensively in biblical studies, apologetics, and religion at Biola University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and elsewhere.

Paul Copan

Paul Copan

Paul Copan is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University and holds the endowed Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics. He is the author of a range of books including Is God a Moral Monster? and Is God a Vindictive Bully?

Sarah Geis

Sarah Geis

Sarah holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary, where she taught apologetics and ethics for eight years. She has published many articles for publications such as The Christian Research Journal and Bibliotheca Sacra. She currently is an independent scholar who also trains and shows horses professionally.

Douglas Groothius

Douglas Groothius

Douglas Groothuis is a professor of philosophy at Denver Seminary, where he has served since 1993. He is the author of fifteen books, including Christian Apologetics, 2nd ed. (InterVarsity Academic, 2022) and Fire in the Streets (Salem Book, 2022). Web page: DouglasGroothuis.com. Twitter: @DougGroothuis.

Mihretu P. Guta

Mihretu P. Guta, Ph.D.

Mihretu P. Guta holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Durham University, UK. He subsequently worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Durham Emergence Project (funded by the John Templeton Foundation). His main research focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of mind, the philosophy of neuroscience, with special emphasis on the emergence of consciousness and its relation to the brain, the philosophy of physics and the philosophy of Artificial Intelligence. His recent publications include Selfhood, Autism, and Thought Insertion edited with Sophie Gibb (Academic Imprint, UK, 20210); Studies); “E. J. Lowe’s Metaphysics and Philosophical Theology,” a Special Issue edited with Eric LaRock (TheoLogica, 2021); Consciousness and the Ontology of Properties (Routledge, 2019); and Taking Persons Seriously: Where Philosophy and Bioethics Intersect edited with Scott Rae (forthcoming, Pickwick Publications, Wipf and Stock Publishers). Guta has presented research/public lectures over 80 times in Europe, USA and Africa. Currently, he teaches philosophy, ethics and apologetics both at graduate and undergraduate levels at Biola University and at Azusa Pacific University. Guta is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity of the Academy of Fellows at Trinity International University. He is also working on a manuscript entitled: The Metaphysics of Substance and Personhood: A Non-Theory Laden Approach.

Jana Harmon

Jana Harmon, Ph.D.

Jana Harmon hosts the Side B Stories podcast where former skeptics and atheists tell their stories of conversion from disbelief to belief in God and Christianity. She is a Teaching Fellow for the C.S. Lewis Institute of Atlanta and a former adjunct professor in Cultural Apologetics at Biola University where she received an M.A. in Christian Apologetics. Jana also holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Theology from the University of Birmingham in England. Her research focused on religious conversion of atheists to Christianity.

David Horner

David Horner, Ph.D.

Dr. David Horner is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Biola University and President of the Illuminatio Project, an effort to bring a classical biblical vision of goodness, truth, and beauty into the thinking of the church and culture through strategic research and communication. Prior to teaching, Dr. Horner worked as a laborer in an iron foundry, as an underground missionary in communist Eastern Europe, and as a pastor. He is an avid guitarist, hiker, and fly-fisherman. Dr. Horner and his wife, Deborah, have two grown daughters and three grandchildren and live in Fullerton, California.

Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle is the founder and president of MAVEN (www.maventruth.com), a movement to equip the next generation to know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty for the cause of Christ. He has more than 25 years of experience working with youth and parents. In addition, Brett is a Teaching Fellow at the Impact 360 Institute. He was an associate editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and co-authored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World and A Student’s Guide to Culture. He received his master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology. Brett lives with his wife and five kids in Southern California.

Erin Kunkle

Erin Kunkle

Erin Kunkle is the co-founder of MAVEN (www.maventruth.com). She is a speaker and co-host of the MAVEN parent podcast. She has spoken to parents, mom’s groups, homeschooling groups and at women’s retreats. In addition, Erin runs the entire Kunkle household, as a master chef, nurse, referee, counselor and laundry connoisseur. She’s also a veteran homeschooling mom of 12 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology/political science from Biola University. Erin lives with her husband and their five kids in Southern California.

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis is a professor of theology, law, and apologetics at Biola University. Professor Lewis’s research interests include the fields of polemical & elenctic theology, systematic theology, Christian apologetics, theology and law integration, and jurisprudence & public policy. Professor Lewis is the Founder and President of the Institute for Theology & Law. Professor Lewis is an active lecturer and seminar speaker at churches, colleges, and conferences and has appeared on many radio programs, both as a guest and a host, and television shows addressing a variety of theological, legal, political, and apologetics topics. Professor Lewis is also a practicing attorney and a partner in the Law Office of Lewis & Lewis and is an affiliate attorney with the Pacific Justice Institute.

Matthew Mittelberg

Matthew Mittelberg

Matthew Mittelberg is an experienced Christian teacher and apologist who has spoken to thousands at universities, churches, conferences, and youth events in both the US and the UK. He has led international missions teams in Europe and Asia. His talks have been seen online over 150,000 times. Matthew is passionate about helping people break through their intellectual barriers to belief, understand that faith in God makes sense, and begin a real relationship with Jesus. He completed a certificate of theological studies at Oxford University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Philosophy of Religion at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Alan Shlemon

Alan Shlemon

Alan Shlemon is an author and speaker for Stand to Reason. Known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time, he tackles topics such as abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics, and Islam. Alan has been a guest on both radio and television, and has spoken to thousands of adults and students across the country at churches, conferences, and college campuses.

R. Scott Smith

R. Scott Smith, Ph.D.

R Scott Smith, Ph.D. (USC), is Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics in Biola’s M.A. in Christian Apologetics program. He is the author of Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity, In Search of Moral Knowledge, and Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality.

Robert Stewart

Bob Stewart

​​​​Robert (Bob) Stewart is Professor of Philosophy and Theology and Greer-Heard Professor of Faith and Culture at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also directs the Apologetics and Philosophy programs. He has authored or edited 12 books and numerous articles or book reviews in various journals or magazines. He is the general editor of Studies in Christian Apologetics, a monograph series published by B&H Academic. His academic work focuses on philosophy of religion, Christian apologetics, Christian theology, and historical Jesus research. He lives in New Orleans, LA with his wife, Marilyn. They have three grown children.

Tim Stratton

Tim Stratton, Ph.D.

Timothy A. Stratton (Ph.D., North-West University) is a professor at Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. As a former youth pastor, he is now devoted to answering deep theological and philosophical questions he first encountered from inquisitive teens in his church youth group. Stratton is the founder of FreeThinking Ministries, a web-based apologetics ministry. Stratton speaks on church and college campuses around the country and offers regular videos on FreeThinking Ministries’ YouTube channel. Check out his book Human Freedom, Divine Knowledge, and Mere Molinism.

Melissa Cain Travis

Melissa Cain Travis, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis serves as Affiliate Faculty at Colorado Christian University's Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics. She earned a Ph.D. in Humanities with a Philosophy concentration from Faulkner University's Great Books program, a Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, and a Bachelor of Science in general biology from Campbell University. Dr. Travis is the author of Thinking God's Thoughts: Johannes Kepler and the Miracle of Cosmic Comprehensibility (forthcoming, 2022), Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God (Harvest House, 2018), and a contributor to The Story of the Cosmos: How the Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Harvest House, 2019). She is a member of the Contributing Writers team at Christian Research Institute as well as the core writers team at The Worldview Bulletin. She presides over the Society for Women of Letters and is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society's Executive Council.

Sam Raju

Sam Raju

Sam is the Founder and President of Engage International. As an itinerant apologist, he has spoken extensively in several countries on a wide range of topics such as, “Does God Exist?” “Why Suffering,” “Truth in a Postmodern World,” “The Discovery of True Love,” “Has Science Buried God?” “Enchanting a Disenchanted Culture With The Beauty of The Person of Christ”, “Meaning in a Meaningless World,” “Leadership in a Fragmented World,” and “The Historicity of the Resurrection.”

His bout with a rare and aggressive form of cancer has fueled his interest to study the age-old question of God and suffering. His passion lies in reaching people for Christ and seeing them grow in understanding God’s love, ways, and purposes. Sam holds a Master’s in Psychology with Highest Honors from Mahatma Gandhi University following which he enrolled for pre-doctoral studies in Rehabilitation Psychology with the hopes of pursuing a doctorate in Neuropsychology. However, his growing interest in apologetics led him to secure a Master’s in Philosophy with Honors at Biola University.

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