8th Annual TRUTH REVEALED Conference

8th Annual Truth Revealed Apologetics Conference 2016

Conform or Transform? (Rom. 12:1-2)

Community Baptist Church, La Grange, NC

 

FRIDAY SCHEDULE, September 23

7:00-8:30pm

Main session

Speaker: Dr. Richard Howe

Topic: The Truth About Truth
The days are gone when we could be confident that our claim that Christianity is true would be taken to mean what we intend it to mean. This is so because the notion of truth is being eroded in our culture. In this talk I clarify the difference between a theory of truth and a test for truth, opting for a correspondence theory of truth. I contrast it with other theories, showing how they fail to capture what truth is. I then deal with the laws of logic and with common objections to the use of logic. Last, I talk about tests for truth, showing how different types of claims require different tests for the truth of those claims.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE, September 24

9:30-10:00 10:00- 10:55

Registration (for those not yet registered) Coffee & Pastries/meet & greet

Main session

Speaker: Dr. Richard Howe
Topic: How Morality Depends on God
The standard option one hears in Christian circles is that God is necessary for morality to be objective. In this talk, I argue that the matter is much more exciting than this by exploring how morality does and does not depend upon God. The result yields a more robust understanding of human morality which can actually strengthen not only our argument for God's existence, but also our arguments with non-believers regarding public moral concerns. 

11:00-11:55

Workshop Session #1

  1. Speaker: Dr. Mel Winstead

    Topic: Responding to Gay Interpretations of the Bible The historical and commonsensical understanding of the several Bible passages that directly address homosexuality are currently being challenged by those who want to make the Bible support the homosexual lifestyle. We will investigate these passages in context and examine why the arguments being made by those supporting homosexual behavior simply do not work.

  2. Speaker: Cynthia Suffern

    Topic: Gender Wars: The Cultural Ideology of Gender The idea of gender identity is a hot topic today. But what determines one’s gender? Is it determined by biology or changeable all of one’s life? Is there a difference between the words sex and gender? If so, what difference do these distinctions make when thinking about one’s gender identity? We will examine the ideology behind the current gender identity movement in contrast with traditional ideas of essential gender distinctions of male and female. All evidence we have for the origin of the universe exists in the present. How shall we evaluate it? How old is the earth and can we even know? This presentation on Biblical Creationism is a primer on the some of the iconic arguments in the evolution/creation debate and an explanation of the biblical material. In this lecture, I will simply lay out the arguments and the evidence and leave the deciding to the audience. While including icons from Scientific Creationism, I will focus on the biblical teaching of origins. 

                             

 

3. Speaker: Ramon Margallo

Topic: General Revelation & The Cults: Breaking
the Stalemate

How do we break the stalemate created by Bible-verse ping- pong? That is, when both sides of the discussion claim to have a passage of Scriptures to prove their Theology, Christology, and Soteriology---three of the essentials of the historic Christian faith. This session will center on the necessity of General Revelation (Roman 1:20) as an all-important pre-condition.

Lunch (served in Gymnasium)

11:55- 12:45

12:45-1:45

Workshop Session #2

  1. Speaker: Dr. Mel Winstead

    Topic: Responding to Gay Interpretations of the Bible The historical and commonsensical understanding of the several Bible passages that directly address homosexuality are currently being challenged by those who want to make the Bible support the homosexual lifestyle. We will investigate these passages in context and examine why the arguments being made by those supporting homosexual behavior simply do not work.

  2. Speaker: Cynthia Suffern

    Topic: Gender Wars: The Cultural Ideology of Gender The idea of gender identity is a hot topic today. But what determines one’s gender? Is it determined by biology or changeable all of one’s life? Is there a difference between the words sex and gender? If so, what difference do these distinctions make when thinking about one’s gender identity? We will examine the ideology behind the current gender identity movement in contrast with traditional ideas of essential gender distinctions of male and female. All evidence we have for the origin of the universe exists in the present. How shall we evaluate it? How old is the earth and can we even know? This presentation on Biblical Creationism is a primer on the some of the iconic arguments in the evolution/creation debate and an explanation of the biblical material. In this lecture, I will simply lay out the arguments and the evidence and leave the deciding to the audience. While including icons from Scientific Creationism, I will focus on the biblical teaching of origins.

  3. Speaker: Ramon Margallo

    Topic: General Revelation & The Cults: Breaking
    the Stalemate

    How do we break the stalemate created by Bible-verse ping- pong? That is, when both sides of the discussion claim to have a passage of Scriptures to prove their Theology, Christology, and Soteriology---three of the essentials of the historic Christian faith. This session will center on the necessity of General Revelation (Roman 1:20) as an all-important pre-condition.

Break 

 

1:55-2:55

Main Session

Speaker: Dr. Richard Howe

Topic: God Fading Away
Throughout most of church history, the classical attributes of God have been affirmed and cherished. With the increasing influence of certain streams of contemporary philosophy, these classical attributes are under assault and are being discarded one by one, even within evangelicalism. In this talk, I contend both for the necessity of philosophy to ground these attributes as well as its need to clarify literal from figurative speech in the Bible about God.


3:00-4:00 Q&A Session 


SUNDAY SCHEDULE, September 25

9:45 am

Workshop Session #3

  1. Speaker: Dr. Mel Winstead

    Topic: Responding to Gay Interpretations of the Bible The historical and commonsensical understanding of the several Bible passages that directly address homosexuality are currently being challenged by those who want to make the Bible support the homosexual lifestyle. We will investigate these passages in context and examine why the arguments being made by those supporting homosexual behavior simply do not work.

  2. Speaker: Cynthia Suffern

    Topic: Gender Wars: The Cultural Ideology of Gender The idea of gender identity is a hot topic today. But what determines one’s gender? Is it determined by biology or changeable all of one’s life? Is there a difference between the words sex and gender? If so, what difference do these distinctions make when thinking about one’s gender identity? We will examine the ideology behind the current gender identity movement in contrast with traditional ideas of essential gender distinctions of male and female. All evidence we have for the origin of the universe exists in the present. How shall we evaluate it? How old is the earth and can we even know? This presentation on Biblical Creationism is a primer on the some of

       3. Speaker: Ramon Margallo

            Topic: General Revelation & The Cults: Breaking the Stalemate
           

            How do we break the stalemate created by Bible-verse ping- pong? That is, when both sides of the discussion claim to                            

            have a passage of Scriptures to prove their Theology, Christology, and Soteriology---three of the essentials of the      

            historic Christian faith. This session will center on the necessity of General Revelation (Roman 1:20) as an all-important  

             pre-  condition.

Worship time

Speaker: Dr. Richard Howe
Topic: On Building a Worldview

It is my contention that much of the worldview conversation within Christian apologetics inadvertently lends itself to a form of relativism. A worldview is not merely something that is chosen (as the common glasses metaphor might suggest). Instead, a worldview is something that should be built upon the foundation of objective reality. In this talk I discuss the failings of the common glasses metaphor, the nature of truth, the nature of religion, the nature of faith and reason, and the nature of experience as a source for truth about God and his creation.

Dinner on the Grounds 

SPEAKER BIOS

Dr. Richard Howe

Richard Howe earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. He is the Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary, a contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal and the Christian Apologetics Journal, and has contributed to several apologetics books. He speaks and writes widely on philosophy and Christian apologetics.

 

Dr. Mel Winstead

Dr. Mel Winstead holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Piedmont Baptist College, a M.Div with Biblical languages, and a Ph. D. in Biblical studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. In addition to being the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Dr. Winstead is also the Assistant Professor of New Testament and Dean of Students at Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has taught courses such as Introduction to World Religions, New Testament, New Testament Greek, New Testament book studies, Old

Testament Introduction, and Christian Literature. Dr. Winstead has also published several essays/articles and book reviews, and is a contributor to the Lexham Bible Dictionary in Logos.

 

Cynthia Suffern

Cynthia teaches English to speakers of other languages, leads a women’s Bible study, and enjoys supporting international ministries. She has a passion to encourage others to love God with their hearts and minds, and to think about the uniqueness of Christianity and the nature of the Triune God. As a member of the International Society of Women in Apologetics, she holds a B.A. from the UNC-Chapel Hill, a

certificate in teaching ESL from Duke University, and an M.A. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

 

Ramon Margallo

Ramon has an Electrical Engineering degree from Mapua Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. An ordained minister, he authored the book The Manger, the Cross, and the Empty Tomb: Christian Apologetics for Young Readers – A Short Story with a Foreword by Norman Geisler. He is currently the Regional Director for Ratio Christi Philippines. He ministers at youth camps in the area of Christian apologetics. Professionally, he holds several insurance/investment

licenses in multiple states. He has done hundreds of seminars both in Christian Apologetics and Financial Planning. Ramon is married to Nini, and they live in Indian Trial, NC.