“Apologetics and the Problem of Hell”
This will be an occasion for Christians to consider and discuss the various ways in which apologists of the past and present have answered the problem of Hell, and how we all might do so more effectively moving forward, to fulfill our calling to always be prepared “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15).
This year, the theme of the conference is
“Apologetics and the Problem of Hell.”
Bertrand Russell famously wrote, “There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that he believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.”
Sam Harris, one of the infamous “four horsemen” of New Atheism, said the God of Christianity “is cruel and unjust because he visits suffering on innocent people [in hell] of a scope and scale that would embarrass the most ambitious psychopath.”
Such statements are by no means exceptional; skeptics and unbelievers frequently cite the historic doctrine of eternal torment in Hell as a major reason for rejecting the Christian worldview. Our conference speakers will therefore explore how Christian apologists past and present have answered the Problem of Hell, and how those of the future might do so more effectively.
Join us as we reason together from the Scriptures and sharpen one another as iron sharpens iron, representing both conventional and controversial views of Hell while nevertheless united by our shared belief that Christ is the only means of escaping whatever will take place there.
Our plenary speakers this year are: Dr. Paul Copan, professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University and author of Loving Wisdom: A Guide to Philosophy and Christian Faith; Dr. Clay Jones, associate professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot Seminary and board chairman of Ratio Christi; Tim Barnett, apologist and speaker at the ministry Stand to Reason; and Chris Date, editor of Rethinking Hell and A Consuming Passion.
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Author of Loving Wisdom: A Guide to Philosophy and Christian Faith
Associate Professor of Apologetics at Talbot Seminary, Chairman of the Board of Ratio Christi
Apologist and Speaker
at Stand to Reason
Steward at Rethinking Hell and Editor of Rethinking Hell and A Consuming Passion
If you are interested in presenting a paper at our conference in a breakout session, please email us your abstract and brief biographical information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your abstract must be related to our conference theme of Apologetics and the Problem of Hell, and be received on or before the deadline of June 31st. We will be processing applications in July and will get in touch at that time to let you know whether your paper has been accepted.
Please check back here as our schedule is updated closer to the event.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
We have secured a discounted rate for accommodation at a Marriott hotel close to the conference venue. Click this link to access the special price of $89 per night (self-parking is $8 per car, per night). Alternatively, call (800) 321-2211 and ask for the Rethinking Hell Conference room block.
941 South Dash Point Road Federal Way, WA 98003
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