If one were to peruse recent theological collections on the doctrine of creation, two things become readily apparent: First, the breadth of sources is conspicuously thin. Second, of what resources are available, many are a response to intellectual challenges pressed upon traditional modes of thought by the advancement of modern science.

The modern doctrine of creation has too often vacillated between a complete accommodation to the received standards of modern science on the one hand, or a rejection of the findings of science as having any bearing on the claims of theology on the other. In this conference, our nine speakers will explore how the diverse concerns and questions raised by modern science appear within a range of theologians, from Hodge and Schleiermacher to von Balthasar and T. F. Torrance.

Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. February 2–3, 2018


hector-135x135 Kevin Hector
University of Chicago
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Gundlach-135x135 Brad Gundlach
Trinity International University
B. B. Warfield
Sanders-135x135 Fred Sanders
Biola University
William Burt Pope
Sonderegger---135x135 Katherine Sonderegger
Virginia Theological Seminary
Karl Barth
Long-135x135 D. Stephen Long
Southern Methodist University
Hans Urs von Balthasar
vanhoozer-135x135 Kevin Vanhoozer
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
T. F. Torrance
Schwobel-135x135 Christoph Schwöbel
University of Tübingen
Wolfhart Pannenberg
williams---135x135 Stephen N. Williams
Union Theological College
John Polkinghorne
rae-135x135 Murray Rae
University of Otago
Colin Gunton


This event is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this lecture are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.


Conference Schedule

The conference will consist in three sessions, each containing three lectures. Each speaker will be given an hour, allowing for some Q&A after each lecture. The three speakers will then return to the stage for a brief group discussion, closing out the session.


     7:00am  Conference Check-in

Friday Morning Session (8:30-12:30)

8:30am  Kevin Hector, “Friedrich Schleiermacher”

9:45am  Bradley Gundlach, “B. B. Warfield”

11:00am   Fred Sanders, “William Burt Pope”

12:00pm Q&A

     12:30pm  Lunch

Friday Afternoon Session (1:30-5:30)

1:30pm  Katherine Sonderegger, “Karl Barth”

2:45pm  Stephen D. Long, “Hans Urs von Balthasar”

4:00pm  Kevin Vanhoozer, “T. F. Torrance”

5:00pm Q&A

     5:30pm  Dinner


     8:00am  Continental Breakfast

Saturday Morning Session (8:30-12:30)

8:30am  Christoph Schwöbel, “Wolfhart Pannenberg”

9:45am  Stephen N. Williams, “John Polkinghorne”

11:00am  Murray Rae, “Colin Gunton”

12:00pm Q&A

     12:30pm Lunch


Public Registration opens November 1st at 9:00am.


The conference will begin at 8:00am on Friday, February 2nd, and conclude at 12:00pm on Saturday, February 3rd.




Conference participants will receive a discounted rate at LaQuinta Inn and Suites, located adjacent to the TEDS campus. Below is further information about lodging and travel.


The Conference will take place in the Waybright Conference Center, on the campus of Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois), from February 2-3, 2018.


Lodging is available for conference participants at LaQuinta Inn & Suites in Bannockburn. The hotel is directly across the street from Trinity and is an easy walk to Trinity’s Rodine Building for conference activities. If needed, conference staff will request an early check-in or check-out, but we cannot guarantee that the hotel will be able to accommodate all requests.

LaQuinta check-in: 3:00pm
LaQuinta check-out: 12:00pm

Driving Information

The event will be located in Waybright Conference Center at Trinity International University. Trinity’s address is located at 2065 Half Day Road in Deerfield, IL.

Quick Facts

  1. Fly to ORD
  2. Book flights before registering
  3. Business-casual


If you have any questions or feedback about the Dabar Conference, or would simply like to talk with someone in person, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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If your inquiry is specifically related to conference logistics, please email Joel Chopp at [email protected]

Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. February 2–3, 2018

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