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April 12-13, 2013
Man Made in the Image of God
Is abortion all you know about Defending Life? Although abortion is a crucial concern, it is one of many issues facing our society. What are the other issues and how can the church "voice" its concerns? Is life the random result of unguided processes, colliding molecules, genetic mutations and non-intelligence? Is all we ecperience today the end result of these forces? Is intelligence the result of molecules in motion, neurons firing in response to stimuli from past experiences? Is life meaningless? Can Science provide evidence that life is more than a material-physical phenomena? Are there divine fingerprints on what exists in the material world? Is there life beyond life?
Is there scientific proof for a "real" Adam and Eve?
Do the natural laws of the universe point to the handiwork of something or someone beyond them?
What does DNA evidence tell us?
Can intelligence arise from a material world?
What is life?
We have assembled a stellar group of speakers who can speak to this subject and inform you, not only on the issues, but how to engage people to lead them to the right answers.
Ray will speak on how to defend life in the face of advancements in bioethics in his first session. He will also address how the apologist can use natural law to defend human exceptionalism.
Melissa Travis, M.A.
Melissa Travis earned a Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University. She is a certified Christian apologist and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in general biology from Campbell University. She worked in biotechnology and genetics research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree and has spent nearly a decade studying the science, theology, and philosophy pertaining to cosmic and biological origins. Melissa periodically speaks at college apologetics clubs and Christian apologetics conferences around the country on science and faith topics. Currently, she is developing a book series for young children that integrates key apologetics concepts with fun fiction stories.
Dr. Richard Howe
Dr. Richard G. Howe is an engaging speaker who makes complex concepts understandable. His ability to communicate is often accompanied with humor and his passion to help the church think critically and clearly comes through in all his presentations. Dr. Howe will bring the practical side of apologetics and philosophical underpinnings to the conference.
Dr. Richard G. Howe has taught courses in philosophy at the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Marquette University and the University of Arkansas. He has a B.A. in Bible from Mississippi College, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Howe is Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics and Director of the Ph.D. program at Southern Evangelical Seminaryin Charlotte, NC. He is also a contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal and has contributed to several apologetics books. He has lectured on philosophy and Christian apologetics in the US, Canada, Europe, and Africa.
Dr. Fazale "Fuz" Rana
Fazale "Fuz" Rana discovered the fascinating world of cells while taking chemistry and biology courses for the premed program at West Virginia State College (now University). As a presidential scholar there, he earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry with highest honors. He completed a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Ohio University, where he twice won the Donald Clippinger Research Award. Postdoctoral studies took him to the Universities of Virginia and Georgia. Fuz then worked seven years as a senior scientist in product development for Procter & Gamble.
Today Fuz travels widely, speaking on science-and-faith issues at churches, business firms, and universities. He also participates in RTB's podcasts and daily blog, Today's New Reason to Believe, and has made guest appearances on The John Ankerberg Show, The Harvest Show, and Newsmakers (hosted by Jerry Rose on Total Living Network). Fuz also lectures for the Master of Science and Religion program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University.
Ray Ciervo, M.A.A
Founder and Director of Ray Ciervo Ministries which presents apologetics seminars called No Pat Answers and the New Jersey Christian Apologetics Conference, Ray has been in Christian ministry for almost 40 years. He has pastored, taught Bible college, Christian high school and traveled nationally and internationally teaching apologetics and Bible doctrine.
Ray became aware of the "changing world" and the church's inability to comprehend the change while pastoring. His passion for building the church led him back to school where he earned his masters in apologetics in order to make a difference in his teaching. Ray has taught numerous classes, seminars and conferences on apologetics and the local church. His message reaches people of all ages from junior high to adult learners. His message is clear, cogent, and therefor attainable bringing apologetics to the rank and file of the local church.
Ray presently presents No Pat Answers on the radio on stations in Mobile, AL, York, PA, Omaha, NE, and Scranton, PA.
Ray is married to Joanne and they have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
Each speaker will present two sessions.
Speakershave the perrogative to allow time for q and a. We will continue to update this site with more details.
Friday night is open to the public - no admission charge.
Saturday attendees are required to register.
(SESSION TITLES FORTHCOMING)
FRIDAY EVENING, APRIL 12TH
SESSION ONE RAY CIERVO 7:15 - 8:15PM
Defending Life: The Culture of Death and Bioethics
SESSION TWO DR. R. HOWE 8:30 - 9:30
Bumper Sticker Atheism - How to Answer it.
SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 13TH
SESSION THREE - DR. F. RANA 8:30 - 9:30AM
Should Man Play God: Advances in Biotechnology
SESSION FOUR - M. TRAVIS 9:40 - 10:40AM
Intelligent Design 101
SESSION FIVE - DR. R. HOWE 10:50 - 11:50AM
Why Your Theology Needs Philosophy
LUNCH (ON YOUR OWN) 11:50 - 1:00PM
SESSION SIX - DR. F. RANA 1:15 - 2:15PM
God' Design in the Cell
SESSION SEVEN - M. TRAVIS 2:30 - 3:30PM
Adam and Eve: Fact or Fiction?
SESSION EIGHT - R CIERVO 3:45 - 4:45PM
Human Exceptionalism and Natural Law
$49.00 for early registration
$10.00 for High School Students
$25.00 for full-time pastors, campus workers, and youth group workers. Wives can attend for free.