Apologetics Pre-Conference

Note: Admittance to the pre-conference is available to anyone with a Dec 28th Evening Pass or any of the Full Conference Passes or 3-Day Conference Passes.

We live in a complicated world, made even more confusing by messages all around us that challenge the truthfulness of God, reality, morality, science, the nature of right and wrong, and a whole host of other areas related to the ultimate questions we have and hold.

As we hold a Christian worldview, we can feel fear, doubt and insecurity from these questions. However, we can remind ourselves that the Christian faith can offer thoughtful and carefully considered answers to these ultimate questions.

If you are interested in seeking thoughtful answers to these significant questions regarding the foundation of the Christian faith and how you can always be prepared to give an answer for it, then we would like to invite you to the 2018 reMINDing Apologetics, P2C PLUS Pre-conference (December 28th 1pm – 6:30pm), in Toronto, Ontario at the Sheraton Centre. Hear from Shawn Hart, a range of speakers from P2C – Students’ Ultimate Questions Team, and RZIM who will touch on various topics encompassing relevant issues that will help you have confidence, encouragement, clarity, and courage regarding your Christian walk.

Speakers will be touching on subjects such as science, the Bible and many other topics sharing from a biblical point of view as well as from their own research and personal experience, with content that is culturally relevant as well as thought provoking. Our desire is that these topics would help in reminding all of us how we can step out and love the Lord our God with all of our mind; Helping provide thoughtful answers to life’s ultimate questions in order to point to the one who is the ultimate answer.

Attend the Apologetics Pre-Conference with any conference pass or Dec 28th evening pass ticket.

Main Session (1pm)

Longing for Justice in an Unjust World

Where does our longing for justice come from? What is Biblical justice? How does the Christian worldview deal with injustice differently than other worldviews? During this session we will look at these questions as we also consider what took place in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. With Shawn Hart.

Workshops Round 1 (2pm-3pm)

How Two Scientific Discoveries Point Powerfully to God

Does science make belief in God irrational? Not at all! Christians who are scientists have been at the forefront of science from its beginning. More significantly, two scientific discoveries from the last 100 years provide the basis for two substantial arguments for God’s existence.  With Michael Horner.

Christians Behaving Badly and How to Respond

Whether it is the crusades, the inquisition, or the residential school system, Christians have had their hands dirty in activities that we now look back upon with guilt and remorse. We will look at famous accounts of Christians behaving badly and provide insights into how we can respond while honestly confessing our sins. With George Simopoulos.

Is Christianity Intolerant?

Politics today shows that we are deeply divided — even in Canada! Is Christianity part of the problem, with its absolute claims in our culture of tolerance and diversity? Join us as we unpack the heart of true tolerance, and explore how the Christian faith uniquely empowers us to become humble, inclusive people. With Logan Gates.

Workshops Round 2 (3:15pm-4:15pm)

Is Christianity Good for Women?

Exploring the treatment of women in the life and ministry of Jesus, we will discover that women were active disciples of Jesus and instrumental in the leadership and growth of Christianity throughout the Roman empire. We’ll also explore the implications for Christian witness today in reaching women with the radical gospel of Jesus. With Jen Pollock Michel.

God, Science and Scientism: Current Tensions

As a scientist, Dr. Durston has observed many examples of conflict between science and religious belief that are a result of a mixture of bad science, scientism, faulty thinking and religious assumptions. In this seminar we will look at some examples and attempt to plot a course that avoids these pitfalls. With Kirk Durston.

Old Testament as Cultural Flashpoints

The Old Testament is a book that has set off cultural flashpoints for believers and unbelievers alike throughout history. These include violence, holy war, slavery, and women. It is important not to minimize these challenges as they represent the legitimate concerns of thinking seekers and believers and we need to deal with them with integrity and intellectual honesty. With Dr. Marion Taylor.

Workshops Round 3 (4:30pm-5:30pm)

Discernment in an Age of Sound Bites and Fake News

It’s difficult to have deep conversations as we fear possible disagreement. It’s easy to feel like our perspective is misunderstood, or misunderstand others. This workshop will help you have more effective conversations. We’ll dive into logic, patterns in dialogues, fallacies, and understanding others. With Jon Topping. 

Why Does God Care Whether we Worship Him Alone?

The late atheist – Christopher Hitchens – described living under God as a “celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea.” Was Hitchens right about this? Is God narcissistic and selfish for wanting our adoration and exclusive worship? Why does he care whether we worship him or not? with Peter Kupisz.

A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible

The Bible is the world’s number one bestseller every year that records are kept. What is it exactly that continues to make this ancient collection of books so popular? Come and discover why the Bible continues to stay relevant and change people’s lives thousands of years later. With Wes Huff.

Main Session (5:30pm-6pm)

Hospitable Evangelism

We will explore creative ideas for engaging skeptical students, both in personal conversations and in public proclamation of the Gospel. We will emphasize the need for Christians to lead the charge in creating an environment that welcomes questions and objections to our faith in order to engage those who disagree. With Shawn Hart.

This event is done in partnership with RZIM and Wycliffe College