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Campus hosts apologetics conference

June 6, 2008 : Teresa Dunham

Some of the nation’s top defenders of the Christian faith gathered at Liberty University on Friday, June 6, for the third annual International Society of Christian Apologetics Conference.

The event continues Saturday with the theme “Defending Faith in Faithless Times.” The lineup features presentations from the country’s leading apologetics scholars— and they’re dispelling claims from every alternative belief imaginable, from Scientology to Satanism, Hinduism and Wicca.

“I think there’s nothing better than having a voice out there in the midst of culture,” said conference host Dr. Ergun Caner, President of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, in his opening remarks.

The main speakers are Dr. Winfried Corduan of Taylor University, delivering a Friday evening banquet presentation titled “Being, Non-being, and God: Christian Apologetics and Hindu Philosophy,” and Liberty University’s own Dr. Gary Habermas, presenting a Saturday afternoon session titled “The Plight of the New Atheism: A Response to Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris.”

By the time the conference concludes on Saturday, about 20 presenters will bring their arguments for a Christian worldview. Among those presenters are three Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary faculty members: Dr. Leo Percer, Dr. Fred Smith and Caner. Dr. Thom Provenzola of LU’s School of Religion is also presenting two papers.

About 60 people are attending the event, being held at LU for the first time this year.

The International Society of Christian Apologetics was created by Dr. Norman Geisler to educate the church about theology and apologetics. To find out more, visit the International Society of Christian Apologetics website.