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Has God spoken to us through the Bible? Can we trust the Bible today? Should the Bible be the authoritative rule for ethics and morality for Christians in the 21st century? In our increasingly secular and pluralistic society, the Bible is widely viewed as irrelevant and untrustworthy. Its historical reliability is questioned, and many believe that science has proven the Bible wrong. In the face of these concerns, can Christians really accept the Bible as the authoritative voice of God?

This conference brings together Christian scholars, pastors, theologians and apologists to help Christians examine the authority and reliability of Scripture. Plenaries and workshops will focus on major ethical, scientific, historical and philosophical issues at the intersection between culture and Biblical authority. The conference will also feature a Christian-Muslim dialogue on the reliability of the Bible vs. the Qur’an.

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By attending this conference,
Christians will be equipped to communicate their faith with confidence and clarity.

Thinking? Toronto 2016 is running concurrently with Thinking?
Barrie 2016. Click here for details on the Barrie conference.

/ Plenary Speakers /

  • Historical Reliability of the Gospels

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Craig Blomberg

Distinguished Professor
of New Testament

Denver Seminary

J Warner Wallace

Adjunct Professor of Apologetics

Biola University

Stephen J. Wellum

Professor of Christian Theology

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

/ Muslim-Christian Dialogue Speakers /

Tony Costa

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Heritage College & Seminary

Sadat Anwar


Muslim Debate Initiative

/ Breakout Speakers /

*Disclaimer: Please note that the breakout sessions are subject to change at the discretion of the conference organizing committee.

/ Schedule /

*Disclaimer: Schedule is subject to change.

22/4/2016, Friday

  • Plenary: Historical Reliability of the Gospels

    Dr. Craig Blomberg

  • Plenary: Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls

    Dr. Craig Evans

  • Panel Q&A: Why I believe the Bible

    Dr. Craig Blomberg / Dr. Craig Evans / Dr. Stephen Wellum

23/4/2016, Saturday

  • Plenary: The Formation of the NT Canon

    Dr. Craig Blomberg

  • Plenary: The Coherence of Scripture

    Dr. Stephen Wellum

  • Breakout 1

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    You will be able to select your preferred breakout track when purchasing tickets.

  • Lunch break

    Lunch is not provided. Please feel free to bring lunch to eat on the premises. Alternatively, a number of restaurants and fast food outlets are conveniently located near the conference venue.

  • Breakout 2

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    You will be able to select your preferred breakout track when purchasing tickets.

  • Plenary: Cold Case Christianity

    J. Warner Wallace

  • Closing

Feature: Muslim-Christian Dialogue

  • Bible and the Qur'an: Which One Should We Trust?

    Dr. Tony Costa / Sadat Anwar

  • Audience Q&A

No ticket required. You are encouraged to invite skeptical or Muslim friends and family to this session

1 / What about the Old Testament?

In this track, we will examine the origin and transmission of the Old Testament and consider how the Old and New Testaments are interrelated such that they may properly be considered one book. Dr. Brian Irwin, an Old Testament scholar at Knox College in the University of Toronto, will address the textual issues. Pastors Paul McDonald and Julian Freeman will examine the multi-layered connections between the Old and New Covenant scriptures.

2 / The Bible & History

Can Biblical claims about history be verified? Should anyone take historical accounts of miraculous events in the life of Jesus seriously? If so, why? How does the Bible affect our view of history, and consequently, our view of the world? This workshop track will explore these questions. Dr. Craig Blomberg, an internationally reputed New Testament scholar, will address the issue of miracles, which he addressed in his recent book Can We Still Believe the Bible? Greg Monette a PhD student in New Testament studies who regularly participates in archeological digs, will discuss key archeological findings with respect to Biblical veracity. Dr. Scott Masson, an Associate Professor of English at Tyndale, will examine how we should interpret history.

3 / The Bible & Society

If God has spoken through the Bible, then it reveals his perspective on the many challenges facing our society. How does the Bible call us to respond to issues of poverty, social injustice, and crime? Dr. Stephen Hwang is an internationally renowned expert on medical issues in homelessness; he will address how the Bible calls us to strive for social justice. John Stuart Dick is a prosecutor and crown attorney in Toronto. He will discuss how Christians should justly respond to crime.

4 / The Bible & Philosophy

Philosophy invites us to consider the timeless questions, the big issues. This series of workshops will bring critical philosophical inquiry to bear on key issues for Christian thought and belief. What are the grounds of Christian belief? Can Christians claim to know the truth? What is truth? Does anybody own it? Why does God, if He exists, permit so much evil and suffering in the world. Dr. Rich Davis and Dr. Paul Franks are professional philosophers who will address these questions with Biblical claims and context in focus. Andrew ‘Ike’ Shepardson, a PhD student in philosophical theology at Trinity College, University of Toronto, will address how Christians should respond to post-modernist claims about the impossibility of true truth.

5 / The Bible & World Religions

The Bible makes big claims about exclusivity; it purports to offer the true way to God. But aren’t all religions basically the same? In this track of workshops, we will examine how the core tenets of Biblical faith compare to the central beliefs of three major belief systems: Islam, Roman Catholicism and Pluralism. Steve Hewko, a PhD candidate at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto specializing in Islam-Christian relations, will address the question of Islam. Dr. Tony Costa, a former Roman Catholic, will discuss similarities and differences with Roman Catholicism and evangelical faith. Andy Steiger, founder and director of Apologetics Canada, will examine the claim that there are many ways to God.

6 / The Bible & Science

Many people in modern society reject the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible because of a perceived conflict between the findings of science and the claims of the Bible. Belief in the Bible is equated with Faith, while belief in Science is equated with Reason. In this workshop track, we will examine the relationship between Science and Scripture and assess whether they are mutually exclusive modes of discovering truth. Dr. Ewan Goligher, a PhD candidate in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, will examine the basic assumptions scientists make about metaphysics (‘reality’) when they’re ‘doing science’, assumptions that cannot be confirmed by science but that are strongly supported by the Bible. Dr. Kirk Durston and Tim Barnett will examine how findings from molecular biology and cosmology (respectively) support Biblical claims about the world. Rony Kozman (PhD student, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto) will examine Genesis 1 to discern how the ancient Hebrews and how the Jewish Rabbis of Jesus’ era would have ‘heard’ and interpreted the claims of the text.

7 / The Nature of Scripture

What is the Bible? How should we understand its place relative to church teaching on how Christianity is defined and practiced? What does it mean to say that the Bible is without error? How have Christians viewed the Bible throughout church history? Can we discern the original intent of the Biblical writers? In this track, internationally reputed Biblical scholar Dr. Craig Evans will discuss the nature and meaning of Biblical inerrancy and church historian Dr. Ian Clary will examine how historical views on inerrancy. Dr. Stephen Wellum (systematic theology) will examine whether Scripture is sufficient as a rule of faith and practice and provide an overview of the basic tenets of proper Biblical interpretation.

8 / The Bible & Sexuality

Traditional Christian views of gender and human sexuality are at increasing odds with contemporary social mores. In this track, speakers will examine Biblical claims about God’s design for human sexuality and explore how Christians should respond to growing cultural pressure on these issues.

9 / The Bible & Bioethics

What makes us human? Why is human life worthy of protection? How should Christians respond to the profound bioethical failures that are increasingly accepted in our society? How do we make the case for Christian ethics? In this track, Andy Steiger (founder and director of Apologetics Canada) will examine how secular culture understands what it means to be human and contrast this with the Christian view of personhood. Ewan Goligher (critical care physician) will examine the fundamental basis for medical ethics and morality and discuss how Christians can make the case for their ethical views. Linda Baartse (executive director, Pregnancy Care Centres) will discuss how the church can lovingly care for the needs of women seeking abortion. The panel of speakers will discuss how Christians can effectively respond to these issues in our time.

10 / Sharing the Bible’s Message

How can Christians present the gospel effectively and efficiently in the context of conversations with family, friends and coworkers? How do we wield the Bible as a useful tool for evangelism? In this track, Tim Barnett (apologist, Stand to Reason ministries) will share basic tactics to engage in any conversation about Christian belief with friends and family. Nick Hill (campus leader, Power to Change, Toronto) will teach us how to use the Bible in conversations about the gospel. Andrew Shepardson (PhD student in philosophical theology, Trinity College, University of Toronto) will present effective arguments for God’s existence and Christan belief that can be effectively presented in 3 minutes or less. Logan Gates (RZIM Canada) will help us to explain the heart of the gospel: why Jesus had to die.

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