ISCA 2022: Engaging Culture with True TRUTH

We are pleased to announce our next meeting at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. The dates for the conference are March 25-26th, 2022.

For the past several years we have been trying to host a conference on the topic of Social Justice and the Church, but we’ve been prevented from doing so because of COVID restrictions and other factors.

We are excited to announce Michael O’Fallon has agreed to be our plenary speaker and address the topic of Social Justice in the Evangelical Church.

O’Fallon has positioned himself as one of the leading thinkers in this area. Many people became aware of O’Fallon’s work because of his three-part interview with James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian titled, The Trojan Horse.  I would encourage each of you to follow the hyperlink and listen to the three-part series.

We will be releasing more information in the near future about calls for papers, hotels, and much more. For now, please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing each of you at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte on March 25-26th, 2022.

Call for Papers

During the life of Francis Schaeffer, he knew that the apologetic moment required a robust engagement with the concept of truth. Schaeffer was aware that the definition of truth had become a wax nose during his era. Schaeffer called the evangelical world to not only embrace truth, but true truth. By that phrase, Schaeffer called the evangelical church to do away with false notions of truth and return to one that which corresponds with reality.

Evangelicals once again can look to Schaeffer’s call and see the necessity of affirming true truth. We are bombarded by new definitions of “truth” whose only resemblance to true truth is the spelling of the word “truth.” The most explicit attack upon the nature of truth today has come from the influx of radical subjectivity. This is best seen in the multifaceted movement known as Critical Theory, which is ultimately a subjective view of truth.

The theme of our conference on March 25-26, 2022 will be: Engaging Culture with True Truth. We plan to offer many exciting plenary speakers and breakout session to equip the evangelical church to not only understand truth, but engage our world with true truth.

In order to so, however, we are reaching out to our members and extending a call for papers. We have 20 breakout sessions available. Our Conference Coordinator is Dr. Jason Crowder, who will be collecting and reviewing abstracts. Here are the details.

First, the submission deadline for papers will be December 1st, 2021. You will need to write a one-page abstract that includes your title, thesis, and overall argument. The breakout session papers can be on a variety of apologetic related topics. You can submit your paper abstract to Dr. Jason Crowder.

Second, in the recent past we have had some individuals whose papers were accepted, but for a variety of reasons they did not show up to the conference or backed out at the last minute. We ask that you please submit an abstract only if you are willing to commit to attending the conference. We understand that true emergencies occur. However, out of respect for everyone and due to the limited number of available spots, we ask that you please submit a paper only if you’re planning to travel to the conference.

Third, as we all know, COVID greatly affected several conferences and events. If you had a paper accepted during the past two years and were not able to present, we ask that you please resubmit your paper for this conference. Past acceptance is not a guarantee to be reaccepted at the 2022 conference. But we will take into account the situation and give consideration to papers accepted at previous conferences.

Fourth, I am thankful to Southern Evangelical Seminary for hosting our 2022 conference. SES is one of the leading institutions in the field of apologetics and philosophy. SES will host this conference on their new campus located outside of Charlotte, NC. If you or anyone you know is interested in seminary or theological education with a special emphasis upon apologetics, please bring him or her to the conference for a tour of the campus and to meet with students and faculty. SES offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees, and they would love to meet with anyone interested in the institution.

Finally, many of you are aware that the co-founder of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, Dr. Norman Geisler, passed away since our last meeting. I would encourage each of you to please try and attend this conference as we seek to honor the life and legacy of Norman Geisler and the influence he had upon our society and the apologetics world at large.

Thank you,

Bill Roach, PhD

President: International Society of Christian Apologetics


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where will the ISCA conference be held?
    The 2022 ISCA conference will be held on the campus of Southern Evangelical Seminary located at 15009 Lancaster Highway, Charlotte, NC 28277 (https://ses.edu/).

  2. Does one have to be a member of ISCA to attend the conference?
    No. We welcome non-members and encourage them to consider joining ISCA.

  3. Does one have to be a member of ISCA to be a break-out presenter at the conference?
    Only members with dues current will be allowed to present at the conference.

  4. I'd like to become a member. How?
    We encourage you to submit a membership application.

  5. I'd like to be considered to be a presenter at the conference? How?
    In order to be considered to be a presenter, you will need to write a one-page abstract that includes your title, thesis, and overall argument. The breakout session papers can be on a variety of apologetic related topics. You can email your presentation proposal to Dr Jason Crowder.

  6. When is the presentation proposal due?
    The submission deadline is December 1, 2021.

  7. When will I know if my proposal is accepted?
    Decisions will be made in January 2022. We will email everyone who sent in proposals as to whether the proposal was accepted or not.

  8. What is the conference theme?
    The conference theme is "Engaging the Culture with True Truth" Presentations do not necessarily have to be on the conference theme.

  9. What is the conference schedule?
    The conference schedule is still being finalized. Check back soon.

 

Welcome to the International Society of Christian Apologetics

 

International Society of Christian Apologetics

The ISCA fulfills a longfelt need to have an academically-oriented society that brings together conservative Christian scholars from a variety of fields engaged in the task of apologetics. Apologetics, from Greek (apologia) "to defend", is the discipline of defending a position (in our case the historic Christian Faith) through the systematic use of reason.

 The ISCA holds an annual meeting in the spring and publishes a printed journal.

The purpose of the Society is stated in the bylaws as:

"To foster scholarly discussion of ideas among evangelical scholars relevant to the defense of the historic Christian Faith in accordance with the Doctrinal Statement of the Society."   The Society also provides encouragement and fellowship for scholars across the disciplines working to underscore the truth of Bible-based Christian belief, as they seek to strengthen the Church in its task of upholding the Saviorhood and Lordship of Jesus Christ.

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