The Dabar Conference is a by-invitation event gathering 50+ evangelicals together from different disciplines, denominations, and institutions with the goal of orienting evangelical theologians to the relevant recent work in the natural sciences and to promoting scholarship in the field of the doctrine of creation.
In the sensationalized, polarizing, and vocationally hazardous terrain of North American culture, honest, well informed, humble, and open conversation on the doctrine of creation is very important. The Dabar (Heb. “word”) Conference aims to be just such a venue.
Affirming the Doctrine of Creation in an Age of Science
Classical Christian creeds begin with a confession about the doctrine of creation, declaring that God is “Creator of heaven and earth.” Yet, within many evangelical and Protestant contexts, the doctrine has received scant theological and pastoral attention, having been subsumed under the more important (and supposedly separable) matters of redemption and sanctification. Evangelical theological reflection on the doctrine of creation has often so narrowly focused on questions of cosmological and biological origins that key elements of the doctrine have remained underdeveloped. Accordingly, year two of the Creation Project aims to recover a comprehensive doctrine of creation that attends to biblical and theological topics like creation ex nihilo, the primordial goodness of the created order, and nuanced accounts of divine action (among others) as essential areas of theological inquiry.
Past and Future Years
Reading Genesis in an Age of Science (2016)
Reclaiming Theological Anthropology in an Age of Science (June 13-16, 2018)
William J. Abraham
William Lane Craig
Talbot School of Theology
Nogent Bible Institute
Asbury Theological Seminary
John C. Peckham
As a “working” conference, papers will be circulated before the conference, and all participants are expected to have read and reflected upon them in advance of the conference.
The conference will largely consist in interdisciplinary discussions of pre-circulated essays with the bulk of each session dedicated to discussion and interaction. Please come prepared to discuss the papers.
4:00pm Conference check-in begins
6:00pm Evening Banquet
Evening Keynote address: Deborah Haarsma, “Christ and the Cosmos”
7:30 Breakfast begins
9:00am Adonis Vidu, “From the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit: Divine Action and Trinitarian Description”
Respondents: Kevin Vanhoozer, Jitse Vandermeer
10:45am William J. Abraham on Divine & Other Agents
Respondents: J. Richard Middleton, Richard Lints
1:45pm Marc Cortez, “The ‘End’ of the World as We Know It: Jonathan Edwards and Sergius Bulgakov on the Contingency of Creation“
Respondents: Doug Sweeney, Devin Gouvêa
3:30pm Disciplinary Discussions
7:30am Breakfast begins
9:00am John Oswalt, “Creatio ex Nihilo: An Exploration of the Biblical Message”
Respondents: John Hilber, John Bloom
10:45am William Lane Craig, “Creation Ex Nihilo: Theology & Science”
Respondents: Thomas Oord, Jack Collins
1:45pm Lydia Jaeger, “The Contingency of science and theology”
Respondents: Andrew Torrance, Fuz Rana
3:30pm Disciplinary Discussions
7:00am Breakfast begins
9:00am John C. Peckham, “The Goodness of Creation and the Problem of Evolutionary Evil”
Respondents: Dana Harris, Jim Stump
10:45am Jeff Schloss, “Cosmos or Chaos?: Evolution, Scientific Nihilism, and the Goodness of Creation”
Respondents: Chrystol Ho Pao, Hans Madueme
The conference will begin at 4:00 on Wednesday, June 14, and conclude at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 17.
Conference participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses, whether flying or driving, and lodging is provided. Below is further information about lodging, travel arrangements, and reimbursement specifications.
The Dabar Conference will take place in the Waybright Conference Center, on the campus of Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois), from June 14-17, 2017.
Lodging will be arranged 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 Waybright Center 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. Also, if a guest is traveling with you, he or she can stay in your room at the hotel free of charge. However, due to limited space at the conference, we cannot guarantee that guests will be able to participate in conference events. In the additional comments field of the registration, please indicate that a guest will be accompanying you.
LaQuinta check-in: 3:00pm
LaQuinta check-out: 12:00pm
Please book your own flights. The Henry Center will reimburse conference participants for standard, economy flights to Chicago. Before you book your flight, please note the following:
- Please be sure to fly into O’Hare International Airport (ORD), not MDW. O’Hare is less than 30 minutes south of Trinity’s campus.
- Please save an electronic copy of your flight receipt or confirmation. This will be submitted with your Dabar Conference registration for reimbursement.
- Airport transportation to and from the hotel/conference will be arranged for you by Henry Center staff. Further information about transportation to and from O’Hare will be sent to you in the weeks prior to the conference.
The event will be located in the Waybright Center at Trinity International University. Trinity’s address is located at 2065 Half Day Road in Deerfield, IL. Please note the following:
- Mileage driven to the conference will be submitted through the Dabar registration link for reimbursement.
- Once you arrive, you can park either at LaQuinta Inn & Suites or at designated conference parking near Trinity’s main campus entrance on Half Day Road.
The Creation Project has no pretensions or long-term aspirations of being a new voice in a growing conversation. Our role is more modest: We’d like to foster a collaborative, interdisciplinary conversation from within the theological disciplines and informed by the state of modern scientific inquiry, providing clear and public guidance for the evangelical church.
One way that we’d like to represent this collaborative spirit is by hosting an exhibition area at the conference, which provides a space for the many organizations represented by our participants to present the work that they’re doing. Please note: This is not the usual exhibition area. There won’t be representatives “working” their tables. Rather, the tables represent the participants themselves and the organizations that they’re affiliated with. This means both that the focus is much more informational than promotional and that the people affiliated with the tables will simply be part of the event (rather than tied to the exhibition area).
If you think that your organization might be a good fit for the exhibit area, or if you’re interested in learning more about the exhibit area, please contact Heather Cordero ([email protected]edu).
Baker Academic, BioLogos, Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Center for Pastoral Theologians, Discovery Institute, IVP Academic, Reasons to Believe, Solid Rock Ministries, Zondervan
Free for organizations of invited participants
$150 (includes all meals) for other organizations
Setup begins at 2pm on 6/14
Open throughout the conference
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.
If your inquiry is specifically related either to conference logistics or to the exhibition area, please email Heather Cordero at [email protected], or call 847-317-7071.
- By-Invitation Conference
- Located on TEDS’s Campus
- All Expenses Covered
- June 14—17
- 10+ disciplines represented