Our world is multicultural, multireligious, multiphilosophical. It ranges from fundamental monotheism to do-it-yourself spirituality to strident atheism. How can Christians engage in communicating across worldviews in this pluralistic and often relativistic society? When Paul visited Athens, he found an equally multicultural and multireligious setting. From Jews to Gentiles, elite to poor, slaves to slave owners, from olive-skinned Gentiles to dark-skinned Ethiopians--the Greco-Roman world was a dynamic mixture. Religious practices were also wide and varied, with the imperial cult of emperor worship being the most prominent. Many also frequented the temples for the traditional Greek pantheon, and participated in the secret rituals of the mystery religions. Join us to learn how to "be more biblically informed, culturally astute, and creatively engaged to winsomely challenge the idols of our time and to point contemporary Athenians beyond 'an unknown God' to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
You've heard about the tribulation, millennium, rapture, and antichrist, but you may wonder, what's all the debating about? Do most Christians agree on the big issues? And what about other topics--dispensationalism, interpretive views, timing of events...are they too complex for most folks to understand? Not at all! Today we tackle the topic of the anti-Christ. Avoiding complex arguments, he highlights the most important biblical passages, summarizes a few of the most popular interpretations, and provides succinct conclusions. He will demonstrate that the Bible's end-times teaching is intended to be a blessing for every believer.
Paul Copan (Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University) is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University (Florida) and holds the endowed Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics. He is author or editor of over 40 books, including works such as Is God a Moral Monster?, Is God a Vindictive Bully?, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, The Naturalness of Theistic Belief, Creation out of Nothing, Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues, A Little Book for New Philosophers, and The Kalām Cosmological Argument (a two-volume anthology). He has also contributed essays to over 50 books, both scholarly and popular, and he has authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He also helped establish the new M.A. in Philosophy of Religion at PBA, which will make available an undergraduate degree in Apologetics starting August 2022.
Dr. Ron Rhodes is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, an apologetics ministry, and the author of over 85 books. Dr. Rhodes is a keynote speaker at conferences across the United States and regularly addresses current issues in the national media. As time permits, Dr. Rhodes teaches cult apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary (Murrieta, Calif.), Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot Seminary and Biola University (La Mirada, Calif.), and other well-known seminaries.