GENERAL

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. In-Person Event
  3. June 8–11
  4. 10+ disciplines represented

THEME TOPIC

“In the image of God he created them”

Theological and Scientific Explorations in Human Personhood

Few phrases in the Bible have stood as persistently at the head of theological reflection as “the image of God”—both as created and fallen “in Adam” and made anew “in Christ.” For generations, this shorthand expression has guided the church’s reflections on the question of what it means to be human. Meanwhile, old readings of Genesis aren’t as stable as they used to be. Beyond exegetical quibbles, some of these discussions reveal a more profound uncertainty about one of the most intimate and fundamental questions that we can ask: who and what are we? Specifically, the 2022 Dabar conference will explore what it means to be a person, and we’ll do so in light of the Christian logic of redemption—created, fallen, and redeemed.

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)

Divine Action, Contingency, and Modern Science (2019)

Uniting the Natural and Moral Order (2021)

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. In-Person Event
  3. June 8–11
  4. 10+ disciplines represented

PARTICIPANTS

J. Todd Billings
Western Theological Seminary

Susan Eastman
Duke Divinity School

Thomas H. McCall
Asbury Theological Seminary

Erin Smith
California Baptist University

John C. Cavadini
University of Notre Dame

Lydia Jaeger
Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne

John Swinton
University of Aberdeen

Alan Torrance
University of St Andrews

William Lane Craig
Houston Baptist University

Christina Bieber Lake
Wheaton College

J. Richard Middleton
Northeastern Seminary

Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

 

 


SCHEDULE

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. (Note: all times listed are Central Daylight Time.) This schedule is subject to change.


Wednesday: Pre-conference

8:30am-4:00pm William Lane Craig, Pre-conference Workshop: “In Quest of the Historical Adam”


Wednesday: Opening Evening

4:00pm Registration

6:00pm Banquet

7:00pm Kevin Vanhoozer, “Personhood, a brief account”


Thursday: Persons Created

9:00am J. Richard Middleton, “Human Personhood in Biblical Perspective”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

10:45am Alan Torrance, “Pershonhood, Divine and Human”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

12:15 Lunch Break

1:15pm Erin Smith, “Personhood in the Psychological Sciences and Beyond”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

3:00pm Discussion Groups

5:30pm Dinner


Friday: Persons Corrupted

9:00am Susan G. Eastman, “Personhood and Human Sin in Pauline Perspective”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

10:45am John C. Cavadini, “An Augustinian Account of Sin”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

12:15 Lunch Break

1:15pm John Swinton, “Mental Illness Between Psychiatry and Theology”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

3:00pm Discussion Groups

5:30pm Dinner

7:00pm Social Hour


Saturday: Persons Redeemed

9:00am J. Todd Billings, “On Healing, Hope, and Resurrection”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

10:45am Christina Bieber Lake, “By the Renewing of Your Minds: Sanctification and Imagination in Christian Accounts of Personhood”

Respondents: tba

Moderator: tba

12:30 Lydia Jaeger and Thomas McCall, Interdisciplinary Reflections (during lunch)

Papers

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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CONTACT US

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.

847-317-8066

[email protected]

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

Quick Facts

  1. By-Invitation Conference
  2. In-Person Event
  3. June 8–11
  4. 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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