rhconf 2020

Rethinking Hell Conference

“Apologetics and the Problem of Hell”

FEATURING Dr. Paul Copan, Dr. Braxton Hunter,
Dr. Clay Jones, Tim Barnett & Chris Date!

Rethinking Hell CONFERENCE 2020, Seattle

November 6-7, 2020 · Christ's Church Federal Way · Federal Way, Washington

Conference Theme

The seventh annual, international Rethinking Hell conference will be held on November 6-7, 2020, at Christ’s Church Federal Way in Federal Way, Washington.

Our conference theme this year is:

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 Speakers

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. Braxton Hunter, President of Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary and author of Core Facts: The Strategy for Understandable and Teachable Christian Defense, 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 (due to likely border restrictions Tim’s presentation may be conducted remotely); and Chris Date, editor of Rethinking Hell and A Consuming Passion.


Dr. Paul Copan

PBA University

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Author of Loving Wisdom: A Guide to Philosophy and Christian Faith


Dr. Braxton Hunter

Trinity College

President of Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary, Author of Core Facts: The Strategy for Understandable and Teachable Christian Defense

Clay Jones

Dr. Clay Jones

Talbot Seminary

Associate Professor of Apologetics at Talbot Seminary, Chairman of the Board of Ratio Christi

Tim Barnett

Tim Barnett

Stand To Reason

Apologist and Speaker
at Stand to Reason

Chris Date

Chris Date

Rethinking Hell

Steward at Rethinking Hell and Editor of Rethinking Hell and A Consuming Passion


Please check back here as our schedule is updated closer to the event.


  • 4:00-5:00pm | Registration, check-in, & book tables
  • 5:00-5:15pm | Introduction & Prayer
  • 5:15-6:30pm | Plenary #1: Tim Barnett–Being Tactical When Talking About Hell
  • 6:30-6:45pm | Break
  • 6:45-8:00pm | Plenary #2: Braxton Hunter–Apologetics for the Hell of It! Everyday Atheists’ Thoughts on Hell and How it Can Inform the Apologist
  • 8:00-8:30pm | Mingle, book tables, etc.
  • 8:30pm | Dismissal and blessing


  • 9:15-9:30am | Welcome & housekeeping
  • 9:30-10:45am | Plenary #3: Clay Jones–Rethinking Hell from a Libertarian Perspective: Naturalist longings, Calvinist Longings, and the Lord’s Longing
  • 10:45-11:00am | Break
  • 11:00am-12:15pm | Plenary #4: Paul Copan–Extinction or Corrosion? Miscellaneous Reflections on Getting One's Divorce from God
  • 12:15-1:30pm | Break (Lunch)
  • 1:30-2:45pm | Breakout Sessions: TBA
  • 2:45-3:00pm | Break
  • 3:00-4:15pm | Plenary #5: Chris Date–Not a Crock of Shirt: The Good Place on the Afterlife in Christian Apologetics
  • 4:15-4:30pm | Break
  • 4:30-6:00pm | Panel discussion with plenary speakers
  • 6:00pm | Final announcements & dismissal


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.



Our conference venue this year is at
Christ's Church Federal Way

941 South Dash Point Road Federal Way, WA 98003

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This year’s conference is sponsored by Logos Bible Software. Our attendees will be able to purchase (or upgrade to) any Logos 8 base package for 15% off.

Please contact us here if you’re interested in co-sponsoring this conference.