Spring Apologetics Lectures
UPCOMING: 2018's 8th Annual SAL
Dr. John Parker - The Literary Superiority of the Bible as Evidence of Its Divine Origin
Leland Ryken, Professor Emeritus of English at Wheaton College, was the literary stylist for the English Standard Version of the Bible published by Crossway in 2001. He has written, "Christianity is the most literary religion in the world and the one in which the word has a special sanctity. The clearest evidence of this literary emphasis is the Bible, which is not only the repository of Hebraic-Christian belief but is also a book in which literary form is of overriding importance" (The Literature of the Bible 9). The literary dimension of the Bible is supreme. Professor William Lyon Phelps was the Lampson Professor of English Literature at Yale University for more than three decades. In his book, Reading the Bible, consisting of the L. P. Stone lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary, Phelps wrote: "The poetry of the Bible is not only the highest poetry to be found anywhere in literature, it contains the essence of all religion, so far as religion consists in aspiration. . . . The Bible contains not only the finest historical prose, and the finest lyric and epic poetry; in philosophy, practical wisdom, and political economy it is also supreme" (37).
The 2018 Spring Apologetics Lectures will contain information to support the divine nature of Scripture through its literary superiority. The Bible is the word of God and has within its pages the power to engage the mind of the greatest of intellectuals, as well as the power to build up and strengthen the mind and faith of the common man, regardless of education or economic status.
Dr. Parker is a recognized English Literature scholar with special expertise in Shakespeare. He once served as chair of the Department of Languages and Literature, Freed Hardeman University, and for the last several years has taught English at Lipscomb University. Dr. Parker is a minister of the gospel of Christ, and serves as an Elder with Granny White Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.
New Venue: Charleston Ballroom at the Historic Blennerhassett Hotel
WCAC is pleased to announce the historic Blennerhassett Hotel in downtown Parkersburg, WV as the new host venue for the 2018 Spring Apologetics Lectures. In operation since 1889, it is a nationally recognized historical landmark. Being just four miles from the WCAC offices, its location makes it the perfect venue for this year's event. As always, seating is limited so be sure to reserve your seat today!
2017: 7th Annual SAL
Dr. Doug Burleson -
Once Delivered, Forever Established: The Certainty of the Holy Scriptures
How do we know God gave us the Bible? How do we know we have the writings God intended for us to have? How do we know that the Bible has been accurately passed along to us? How do we know that our English Bible reflects the original text?
Addressing these questions in four chapters (Inspiration of the Text, Canonization of the Text, Transmission of the Text, and Translation of the Text), Dr. Burleson thoroughly furnishes the reader with the evidence affirming that the Bible we hold in our hands is trustworthy in all respects.
2016: 6th Annual SAL
Dick Sztanyo - Is Worldview only a Buzzword?
This series of lectures, delivered 12 May 2016, bring worldview into focus and give tools needed to determine which worldview is actually correct.
2015: 5th Annual SAL
Dr. Dale W. Manor - Digging Deeper Into The Word:
THe relevance of Archeaology to Christian apologetics
In the classical tradition of apologetics relating to the proof for the inspiration of the Bible appeal is made to what are called external and internal evidences. External evidences are confirmatory in nature while internal evidences possess a primary significance in demonstrating the Bible to be of divine origin. . . . In harmony with the awareness of the classical apologetical distinction between external and internal evidences, and how the “science” of archaeology is relevant to apologetics through its confirmatory value, Professor Dale W. Manor and Warren Apologetics Center have partnered in the publication of this book. Dr. Manor’s expertise and scholarship in archaeology are recognized and respected by many. This, in conjunction with his respect for, and faith in, the biblical text evidences why we believe this book he has authored is of significant value and worthy of great circulation and careful study.
2014: 4th Annual SAL
Nobie H. Stone -
Genesis 1 and Lessons From Space: Faith, Reason, and Nature
This unique book reviews some of the most compelling scientific observations obtained from more than 45 years of space research and exploration. We will tour the Solar System-looking down on the planets from orbiting probes and peering out at alien landscape from rovers placed on the surface of distant worlds-and we will look through the NASA Hubble and Chandra Space Telescopes almost to the limit of the visible universe. We will then consider the creation account given in Genesis Chapter One in the light of what has been observed, together with some of the most fundamental laws of nature and current scientific theory. The results will speak for themselves, but suffice it to say at this point, that they should shed serious doubt on the present consensus of scientific thought and suggest that perhaps one should look beyond the universe itself for an explanation as to how and why it came into being.
2013: 3rd Annual SAL
Roy Abraham Varghese - Dr. Robert M. Price - Dr. Ralph Gilmore - and Dick Sztanyo:
The Case for the Christ of the New Testament:An Adversarial Dialogue Concerning the Existence of Jesus Christ
The third Annual Spring Apologetics Lectures conducted 9 May 2013. A unique opportunity to sit in on a discussion of the very propositions upon with the Christian faith stands or falls--propositions relating to the person and work of Jesus Christ. It is a high-level adversarial dialogue in both substance and spirit--the pursuit of the truth with emphasis on drawing conclusions warranted by the evidence.
2012: 2nd Annual SAL
Rolland W. Pack - Truth Acknowledged, Rejected, and Applied:
Engaging Moral Philosophy for Contemporary Apologetics
By Rolland W. Pack, Professor of Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Freed-Hardeman University. Being the Second Annual Spring Apologetics Lectures held 10 May, 2012. Learning from an Encounter with Greek Moral Philosophy/Moving Back to the Knowledge of God/Insights from Heroes of Faith, plus extensive notes and bibliographical data.
2011: Inaugural Spring Apologetics Lectures
Thinking-Living-Dying: Early APologists SPeak to the 21st Century
Early Apologists Speak to the 21st Century. Unique apologetics material. Read what writers of the 2nd & 3rd centuries believed and defended regarding Christian living, moral questions, and intellectual challenges to Christian faith.