Welcome to the International Society of Christian Apologetics

 

International Society of Christian Apologetics

The ISCA fulfills a longfelt need to have an academically-oriented society that brings together conservative Christian scholars from a variety of fields engaged in the task of apologetics. Apologetics, from Greek (apologia) "to defend", is the discipline of defending a position (in our case the historic Christian Faith) through the systematic use of reason.

 The ISCA holds an annual meeting in the spring and publishes a printed journal.

The purpose of the Society is stated in the bylaws as:

"To foster scholarly discussion of ideas among evangelical scholars relevant to the defense of the historic Christian Faith in accordance with the Doctrinal Statement of the Society."   The Society also provides encouragement and fellowship for scholars across the disciplines working to underscore the truth of Bible-based Christian belief, as they seek to strengthen the Church in its task of upholding the Saviorhood and Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Inerrancy and Evangelical Identity

Meeting Date: 
Fri, 04/10/2015 - Sat, 04/11/2015
Meeting Info: 

Our annual meeting is going to be very accessible to many in the Southeast, at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC, Fri-Sat., April 10-11.  The theme is “Inerrancy and Evangelical Identity.”  How essential is a full view of biblical authority to who we are as Evangelicals?  It is a doctrine that is under renewed assault, even from within what purports to be Evangelicalism.

We are going to have a stellar line-up of plenary speakers to address such an important topic.

Paige Patterson 

Paige Patterson

First we have as a one-two punch two giants from the Southern Baptist Convention, Richard Land and Paige Patterson, who will talk about the struggle for inerrancy in that denomination and what we can learn from it for the struggles ongoing in other Evangelical churches and organizations.  Nobody has had more personal experience with such things than these two.  Land will talk about the history of the struggle for inerrancy in the SBC, and Patterson will focus on the practical lessons to be learned from it.  This will be balanced by rising star Sarah Geis, Doug Groothuis’s protégé at Denver Seminary, who will speak on making the case for inerrancy, not so much to the church as to the world.  Their titles are as follows:

Richard Land 

Richard Land

Richard Land, “The Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-1993: What Happened, and Why” (To learn more about Richard Land, go to http://www.drrichardland.com/about. )

Paige Patterson, “The Consequences of Revolution: The Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention: A Case Study” (To learn more about Paige Patterson, go to http://www.paigepatterson.info/. )

Sarah Geis, "The Apologetics of Inerrancy: Making Our Case to the World" (To learn more about Sarah Geis, go to http://justifiedfaith.com/author/scgeis/. ) 

Sarah Geis 

Sarah Geis

Then Don Williams will do a presidential address on “Discerning the Times: Why We Lost the Culture War and How to Make a Comeback,” in which he will address the related area of how subjectivist hermeneutics undermines biblical authority and our ability to apply it to the world around us.

Donald T. Williams 

Donald T. Williams

This is a great opportunity that many of us should take advantage of.

 

Call for papers deadline is February 15. Don't wait, you can submit yours today.

Registration:

Early registration is $50 before March 15.
Groups of 6 or more $40.
Presenters are free before March 15.
The banquet meal can be included for an extra $12. Catering will be good southern fare from NC BBQ.

The price goes up to $55 on March 15 and $60 at the door.

 

Hotel:

There are a number of hotels available in the area and we have group rates with several. We have put together a one page hotel reference that shows available rates, amenities, distances from the conference, and cut-off dates.

 

Restaurants:

Go left out of SES and drive for about 2 miles and you find a shopping strip on the left with at least 3 places (Jerusalem Café, Subway, and an Italian restaurant), or go right out of SES and drive about 2 ½ miles, and you find four or five places (Showmars, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, etc.).

 

Upon receiving and considering a short presentation by first president, Dr. Norman Geisler on "Ten Reasons for the Historicity of the Resurrection of the Saints Passage in Matthew 27 and Six Reasons Why Denying the Historicity of this Text is Contrary to the ISCA Doctrinal Statement" (see www.normangeisler.com), the ISCA executive Committee voted a motion to go on record saying "we believe denying historicity of Matthew 27:50-53 is in conflict with ISCA doctrinal statement."


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