The Dabar Conference is a by-invitation event gathering 60+ 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 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.

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. Located on TEDS Campus
  3. Conference & Lodging Covered
  4. June 12–15
  5. 10+ disciplines represented


“God said . . . and it was so”

Divine Action, Contingency, and Modern Science

The whole of the Christian tradition has affirmed that God freely acts in the world; that he created and continually sustains it, that it is subject to his providential care and miraculous intervention—and most importantly, that God acted decisively in the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ. Yet, in spite of this commonly held belief, there is no clear consensus among evangelicals—theologians and scientists alike—about what it means to affirm that God acts in the world. This simple affirmation is taken by some to either support or rule out various scientific proposals. More often, the affirmation is taken for granted, and the implications of affirming divine action for our theological and scientific belief goes unexplored. This year of the Dabar Conference explores how these classical affirmations bear on issues and questions raised by the natural sciences.

Past Years

Reading Genesis in an Age of Science (2016)

Affirming the Doctrine of Creation in an Age of Science (2017)

Reclaiming Theological Anthropology in an Age of Science (2018)

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. Located on TEDS Campus
  3. Conference & Lodging Covered
  4. June 12–15
  5. 10+ disciplines represented


Madison Pierce
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Thomas H. McCall
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Kirsty Birkett, Nathan Chambers, C. John Collins, Marc Cortez, William Lane Craig, Paul Gould, Ken D. Keathley, Alan Love, Jason Runyan, Andrew B. Torrance, Daniel J. Treier, Mary L. VandenBerg, Stephen Williams, K. Lawson Younger


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: Thomas McCall


7:30 Breakfast begins

9:00am Richard Averbeck, “Literary Expression for Divine Action in Genesis 1–11 and the Ancient Near East”

Respondents: C. John Collins, Mary L. VandenBerg

10:45am  Craig Bartholomew, “Sinai as a Paradigm of Special Divine Action”

Respondents: Daniel J. Treier, K. Lawson Younger

12:15 Lunch

1:45pm  Madison Pierce, “The World Spoken through the Son: Divine Speech and Creation in the Epistle to the Hebrews”

Respondents: Marc Cortez, Nathan Chambers

3:30pm Disciplinary Discussions

5:30pm Dinner


7:30am Breakfast begins

9:00am  Jeff Koperski, “The Nature of the Laws of Nature”

Respondents: William Lane Craig, Paul Gould

10:45am  Erica Carlson, “A Crash Course on Quantum Physics and Emergence for Non-Specialists”

Respondents: Andrew B. Torrance, Alan Love

12:15 Lunch

1:45pm Panel Discussion

3:30pm Disciplinary Discussions

5:30pm Dinner


7:30am Breakfast begins

9:00am Denis Alexander, “Divine Action and Concordism”

Respondents: Kirsty Birkett, Jason Runyan

10:45 Doug Sweeney, “The Evangelical Supernatural in Early Modern Europe: Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards on the Miracles of Jesus”

Respondents: Ken D. Keathley, Stephen Williams

12:15 Lunch


All papers will be posted on or around May 15. The page is password protected for the Dabar participants only. If you believe that you should have access to the papers, but don’t know the password, please email [email protected]

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The conference will begin at 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 12, and conclude at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 15.




Conference expenses, including lodging and meals, is provided for all participants. First-time conference participants and those with a formal program responsibility will also be reimbursed for travel expenses, whether flying or driving. Below is further information about lodging, travel arrangements, and reimbursement specifications. HCTU travel grant is also available upon request (limited availability).


The Dabar Conference will take place in the Waybright Conference Center, on the campus of Trinity International University (Deerfield, Illinois), from June 12–15, 2019.


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. Participants also have the option of registering their spouse/guest for the conference with their personal registration (fee may apply). Please note: lodging will be provided June 12-15 (and up to one additional day on both ends of the conference for international guests).

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

Airport Information

Please book your own flights. The Henry Center will reimburse both first-time conference participants and those participating in the formal program 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 and/or airport transfer arrangements.
• 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.
• Please note: Other incidentals, such as meals at the airport, transportation to departing airports, personal rental cars (for those flying), and airport parking are not expenses the Henry Center can reimburse.

Driving Information

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.

Quick Facts

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


The Creation Project is about fostering 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]).

Participating Organizations

Baker Academic, BioLogos, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, IVP Academic, Reasons to Believe, Zondervan Academic



Quick Facts

Register Organization

 Free for organizations of invited participants
 $250 for other organizations
Setup begins at 2pm on 6/12
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.


[email protected]

If your inquiry is specifically related either to conference logistics or to the exhibition area, please email Heather Cordero at [email protected]

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. Located on TEDS Campus
  3. Conference & Lodging Covered
  4. June 12–15
  5. 10+ disciplines represented

This project is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. 

The opinions expressed throughout this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation

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