God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.” Ecclesiastes 7:30

The Christian tradition has historically maintained that Adam and Eve, our first human ancestors, were created in a state of innocence and righteousness that was lost through an act of disobedience. These affirmations played orienting and supporting roles for a significant number of related doctrinal judgments, such as the primordial goodness of the created order, the corruption of human nature, and the necessity of God’s gracious initiative in salvation. In different ways, Marcionism, Manichaeism, and Pelagianism rejected some aspect of the above affirmations.

Recent advancements in the fields of genetics and paleoanthropology have called these traditional affirmations into question. In light of these developments some theologians have argued for dehistoricizing both Adam and the fall. Others suggest reconciling strategies that seek to preserve historical referentiality for the persons and events depicted in Genesis 1-3 while maintaining basic congruence with the current scientific consensus. Still others have rejected the scientific consensus outright.

This conference aims to clarify the theological stakes of the debate in a manner faithful to scripture and in earnest dialogue with modern scientific research. What are the exegetical, philosophical, and theological consequences of the various models of Adam and the fall? How might the judgments and debates of the early church surrounding the doctrine of creation offer guidance to the current discussion? What does Scripture, properly interpreted, require that we believe about Adam and the fall?

Quick Facts

  1. $75 Regular Admission
  2. $25 Student Admission
  3. Meals Included
  4. Located on TEDS Campus
  5. March 22–23, 2019
  6. Seating Is Limited.




Douglas J. Moo
Wheaton College

Paul M. Blowers
Emmanuel Christian Seminary


Bill T. Arnold
Asbury Theological Seminary

Mickey L. Mattox
Marquette University

Sean M. McDonough
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Fred Sanders
Biola University

C. John Collins
Covenant Theological Seminary

Edward B. Davis
Messiah College



Conference Schedule

The conference begins at 9:00am on Friday morning, March 22, and ends at 5:00pm on Saturday afternoon. Lunch and dinner on Friday, as well breakfast and lunch on Saturday will be provided.


8:00–9:00am Conference Check-in

Friday Morning Session (9:00-11:30am)

9:00–10:00am  Bill T. Arnold, “Adam in Canonical Perspective: the Old Testament”
10:30–11:30am  Douglas J. Moo, “‘The Type of the one to come’: Adam in Canonical Perspective: the New Testament”

Lunch (11:30 am)

Friday Afternoon Session (1:00-5:00pm)

1:00–2:00pm Edward B. Davis, “Historical Roots of the American Evangelical Encounter with Natural History”
2:30–3:30pm  Fred Sanders, “Systematic Adamology in Trinitarian Perspective”
4:00–5:00pm  Response by a Raymond Lewis and Panel Discussion

Dinner (5:30 pm)


7:30–9:00am Continental Breakfast

Saturday Morning Session (9:00-11:30am)

9:00–10:00am  C. John Collins, “The Place of the ‘Fall’ in the Overall Vision of the Hebrew Bible”
10:30–11:30am Sean McDonough, “Among the Fallen: The Estrangement of Humanity from God in the New Testament”

     Lunch (11:30 am)

Saturday Afternoon Session (1:00-5:00)

1:00–2:00pm  Mickey L. Mattox, “Goodness that Abides? Martin Luther’s Adam, for Today”
2:30–3:30pm  Paul M. Blowers, “Three Dimensions of Patristic Interpretation of the Adamic Fall: Prophecy, Apocalypse, and Tragedy”
4:00–5:00pm  Response by Jitse van der Meer and Panel Discussion

Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. March 22–23, 2019



The conference will begin at 8:00am on Friday, March 22nd, and conclude at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 23rd.




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.


There are many hotels in the Deerfield / Bannockburn / Lincolnshire area, and here are a few of our favorites. Please book as early as possible, and make sure to ask if they offer a Trinity rate when you call to make your reservation.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
2000 S. Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, IL 60015
0.2 miles/37 seconds from campus (within walking distance)

Reservations: 847.317.7300

Homewood Suites
10 Westminster Way
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
0.8 miles/4 minutes from campus

Reservations: 847.945.9300

Marriott Suites Deerfield
2 Parkway North
Deerfield, IL 60015
3.8 miles/8 minutes from campus

Reservations: 847.405.9666

Hampton Inn & Suites Lincolnshire
1400 Milwaukee Avenue
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
4.1 miles/8 minutes from campus

Reservations: 847.478.1400



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. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. March 22–23, 2019

Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. March 22–23, 2019



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


[email protected]

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. March 22–23, 2019


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Quick Facts

  1. Registration Required
  2. Meals Included
  3. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  4. March 22–23, 2019

TRT_black-01This event is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.



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