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.

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. Located on TEDS Campus
  3. All Expenses Covered
  4. June 13–16
  5. 10+ disciplines represented




Reclaiming Theological Anthropology in an Age of Science

No topic within the doctrine of creation has been more unsettled by modern science than theological anthropology. Increased knowledge of the physical world has made traditional views of the human person more difficult to affirm—our minds do not appear to be quite as separable as previous ages believed. Is belief in the soul scientifically naïve? More recently, genetic research has raised new questions about our biological origins and whether belief in a historical Adam and Eve is warranted. But what exactly is at stake in affirming (or not) a “historical Adam”? What are we to make of original sin, for example, if one removes historical referentiality from the opening chapters of Genesis? In this third year of the Creation Project we’re seeking wisdom about the origin, nature, and ultimate purposes of human life.

Past Years

Reading Genesis in an Age of Science (2016)

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

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  3. All Expenses Covered
  4. June 13–16
  5. 10+ disciplines represented


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John Kilner
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


J. Richard Middleton
Northeastern Seminary


Matthew Levering
Mundelein Seminary


Richard Averbeck, C. John Collins, Paul Copan, William Lane Craig, Ann Gauger, Daniel Houck, Dru Johnson, Richard Lints, Sean McDonough, Madison Pierce, Gavin Ortlund, John Peckham, Ryan Peterson, Anjeanette Roberts, John Sodon, Andrew Torrance, Stephen Williams


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.


3:00pm Conference check-in begins

6:00pm Evening Banquet

Evening Keynote address: Thomas McCall


7:30 Breakfast begins

9:00am Bill T. Arnold, “Adam and the Challenges of a Twenty-First Century Reading”

Respondents: Richard Averbeck, Ryan Peterson

10:45am  Douglas Moo, “ ‘The Type of the one to come’: Adam in Paul’s Theology”

Respondents: Sean McDonough, Madison Pierce, Gavin Ortlund

12:15 Lunch

1:45pm  Joshua Swamidass, “The Genealogical Adam and Eve”

Respondents: C. John Collins, Andrew Torrance

3:30pm Disciplinary Discussions

5:30pm Dinner

Evening Keynote: Graham Cole, “Living with the Great Divide”


7:30am Breakfast begins

9:00am  John Kilner, “Liberation or Devastation? Humanity in the Image of God”

Respondents: John Peckham, John Sodon

10:45am  Jeff Hardin, “Science and Christian Anthropology: Friends or Foes?”

Respondents: Anjeanette Roberts, Stephen N. Williams

12:15 Lunch

1:45pm Michael Murray, “Reverse Engineering the Emergence of the Divine Image”

Respondents: Paul Copan, William Lane Craig

3:30pm Disciplinary Discussions

5:30pm Dinner

Evening Keynote address: Ephraim Radner, “Spirit of Life and Death: Modern Pneumatology and the Struggle against Mortality”


7:30am Breakfast begins

9:00am Richard Middleton, “Death, Immortality, and the Curse: Interpreting Genesis 2–3 in the Context of the Biblical Worldview”

Respondents: Andrew Johnson, Richard Lints

10:45am Matthew Levering, “The Necessity of a Historical Adam and Eve and of a Historical Fall”

Respondents: Daniel Houck, Ann Gauger

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 4:00 on Wednesday, June 13, and conclude at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 16.




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 13–16, 2018.


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.

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

Airport Information

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.

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 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]).

Participating Organizations

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



Quick Facts

Register Organization

 Free for organizations of invited participants
 $150 (includes all meals) for other organizations
Setup begins at 2pm on 6/13
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], or call 847-317-7071.

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. Located on TEDS’s Campus
  3. All Expenses Covered
  4. June 13–16
  5. 10+ disciplines represented

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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