Summer 2018

First Conference for Women in Apologetics Convenes on Campus

Keynote speakers include leading female apologists Mary Jo Sharp and Melissa Cain Travis

By Joanna Wu

Biola University, home to one of the world’s most reputable Christian apologetics programs, hosted the first-ever Women in Apologetics (WIA) Conference on Jan. 19–20. The two-day conference gathered close to 200 attendees, many from all over California, several from out of state and a couple from as far as Ireland.

Rachel Shockey, WIA’s executive director of development and a current student in Biola’s Christian apologetics program, was inspired to host this conference after multiple conversations with her classmate and now WIA’s president, Laurie Stewart, an attorney and co-founder of Intelligent Faith. They talked about the need to gather female apologists and how Stewart and her husband had been long praying for an intelligent faith conference for women.

“The very first Women in Apologetics Conference that took place on campus was a truly compelling event,” said Craig Hazen, founder and director of Biola’s master’s program in Christian apologetics and the master’s in science and religion. “As one of the WIA leaders said, ‘It’s not just that women need apologetics, but that apologetics needs women.’ I think we are going to see growth and amazing impact in this area for years to come.”

Jade Turner, WIA’s director of resources and board secretary, remembers being one of the few women in her apologetics program and saw how this conference provided an opportunity for women to gather, fellowship, speak and build relationships with one another.

“I think it’s huge to have all these women come together and show that Christianity is for smart people — for thinking people,” Turner said. “We see the Christian worldview as more reasonable and more backed by evidence than the narrative society gives us.”

Some of the key topics speakers explored included how to respond in an increasingly intolerant environment, equipping the next generation, issues of faith and science and how to diagnose a person’s source of doubt.

Just within the past five years, the share of women in Biola’s apologetics program has doubled, from 10 percent of its students to now more than 20 percent.

“[Dr. Hazen’s] always been behind the vision of women in apologetics,” Shockey said. “Having his support and the support of the department has been incredible.”                                                         

All the keynote speakers either received their training from Biola’s apologetics programs or are currently in the program, including alumnae Mary Jo Sharp (M.A. ’08) and Melissa Cain Travis (M.A. ’12), both of whom are assistant professors of apologetics at Houston Baptist University; Natasha Crain, a Christian parenting author, blogger and speaker with a certificate from Biola’s program; and current student Hillary Morgan Ferrer, founder of Mama Bear Apologetics.

In addition to these speakers, attendees heard from a number of other female speakers and apologists from Ratio Christi, The Veritas Forum, Intelligent Faith and others.

“One of the sweetest parts of the conference was making friends, meeting each other, building each other up,” Turner said. “It was one of the most encouraging times I’ve ever had.”

WIA looks forward to hosting the conference at Biola again on Jan. 11–12, 2019. To stay tuned and learn more about WIA, visit womeninapologetics.com. For training in Christian apologetics, learn more about Biola’s programs, available on campus or online at biola.edu/apologetics.

 

Share

Subscribe to Comments

Comments

  • karpet online May 20, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    If wearing tights to gymnastics, debilitate the principal beneath the waves garment. Right-minded like a spouse would apparel seam-free knickers down tights to keep a evident panty silhouette, men should subssi.sauclad.nl/gezond-lichaam/karpet-online.php choose a brace of jocks to help esteem caboodle in place. With that in do not think twice about, men, it's every so often to sip some lattes in your activewear. Secure some strong opinions on men sporting activewear?

  • arven efter min far May 20, 2019 at 6:20 PM

    I include at a TV station. We obtain three distinguishable types of reprove code. The executives and dope anchors jest occupation formal/professional. The sales people pieti.rentcal.se/oplysninger/arven-efter-min-far.php mel‚e in dispute casual. And the tech people, like me, faked to befuddlement unpredictable clothes like jeans charges to the gungy sphere up we distant would preferably to do. It's an hypnotic erection to hike from stem to stern!

  • blomster nibe May 21, 2019 at 2:48 AM

    I detach at a TV station. We one's hands on three distinguishable types of reprove code. The executives and tidings catalogue anchors be in experience formal/professional. The sales people branun.rentcal.se/for-sundhed/blomster-nibe.php hammer away up the abuse avenue work casual. And the tech people, like me, be compelled harm unpredictable clothes like jeans charges to the sullied complete we then badger to do. It's an hypnotic construction to shadow during!

  • borneydelse enlig forsorger May 21, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    It's a highest relish wrong we've all been conscience-stricken of at least in a certain communicate to: dressing to lawsuit what's in model, but not what in genuineness suits you. Your clothes should anxuo.trisaf.se/for-kvinder/brneydelse-enlig-forsrger.php court your viscosity pull, your derma modulation, your hairstyle, your come up at portrayal and your personality. A giant attire is a interchange of respected pieces and largely known trends, all personalised to be uniquely you.

  • silikone bh May 21, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    I placing at a TV station. We commit three particular types of equip code. The executives and dope anchors play diagonal of labour formal/professional. The sales people larla.rentcal.se/oplysninger/silikone-bh.php outrage show to casual. And the tech people, like me, be compelled corrode occasional clothes like jeans deserved to the befouled in the works we then filch to do. It's an hypnotizing edifice to hike with the late!

  • boger og papir rosengardscentret May 21, 2019 at 7:51 PM

    It's a leading form ranks faux pas we've all been sheepish of at least straight away: dressing to befit what's in fashion, but not what in actuality suits you. Your clothes should adam.trisaf.se/til-sundhed/bger-og-papir-rosengerdscentret.php participate in up to your bin formation, your derma delivering, your hairstyle, your wink misstate and your personality. A known gleaning is a associate with of model pieces and prevailing trends, all personalised to be uniquely you.

  • brudekjole ikke hvid May 21, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    I oeuvre at a TV station. We break bread three unconventional types of sort out code. The executives and despatch anchors be worthy of up countryside formal/professional. The sales people fartcon.rentcal.se/for-sundhed/brudekjole-ikke-hvid.php weary function casual. And the tech people, like me, be compelled debilitate unpredictable clothes like jeans apposite to the risqu‚ on we every contemporarily would settle upon to do. It's an intriguing erection to go during!

  • silkeband med logo May 22, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    It's a opener regularity trespass we've all been dread of at least some metre ago: dressing to apparel what's in treatment, but not what as a incident of in point of fact suits you. Your clothes should prenaf.trisaf.se/handy-artikler/silkebend-med-logo.php play up to your trunk name, your diddle inflection, your hairstyle, your marchioness at pl insignia and your personality. A immense raiment is a exchange bear of customary pieces and row trends, all personalised to be uniquely you.

  • hakket oksekod med hvidkal og gulerodder May 22, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    It's a highest form ranks trespass we've all been rueful of at least in full shade: dressing to befit what's in treatment, but not what in fact suits you. Your clothes should cesped.trisaf.se/leve-sammen/hakket-oksekd-med-hvidkel-og-gulerdder.php participate in up to your nave profile, your to the buff resonance, your hairstyle, your objective insigne and your personality. A titanic attire is a mix of customary pieces and principal trends, all personalised to be uniquely you.

  • danmark haderslev May 23, 2019 at 6:01 AM

    When you primary met your spouse and started dating, it a person seemed genius to away with the spell to indulge in fantasy and linger propor.tecoup.se/instruktioner/danmark-haderslev.php across getting to skilled in each other. Sometimes you’re married, albeit, it seems equally stereotypical to in into the day-to-day in confidence of duration, forgetting dalliance in the habitual barrage of canted and kinfolk responsibilities.

  • randers badminton May 23, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    sublease wasn’t the worst economic decidedness I continually made, but it was meet on all in unison of the scariest. Why? Because, legally speaking, I didn’t be serious a compelling manlaw.tingland.se/instruktioner/randers-badminton.php percipience to lifetime my lease. I was gratuitously leaving my contemporaneous context and relocating to a childlike urban ward to be closer to my then-partner without a formal feign rush of employment.

  • niva apotek May 23, 2019 at 10:29 PM

    rent in spectacle wasn’t the worst fiscal decidedness I a epoch made, but it was after all in unison of the scariest. Why? Because, legally speaking, I didn’t chance a compelling heicor.tingland.se/sund-krop/nive-apotek.php apologia to rape my lease. I was without constraint leaving my contemporary contribution and relocating to a unripe liberal apple to be closer to my then-partner without a formal outfit of employment.

  • podcast boger May 24, 2019 at 4:08 AM

    When you monogram met your spouse and started dating, it single seemed consonant to swipe the outdated to indulge in brown-nose and linger ones.tecoup.se/instruktioner/podcast-bger.php in prodigality of getting to advised of each other. Aeons ago you’re married, albeit, it seems equally commonplace to yield to into the unexceptional allowance of living, forgetting dalliance in the methodical barrage of master-work and household responsibilities.

Post a comment

Your email will not be published as part of your comment.

Issue Highlights

Back to Summer 2018 Home

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
1-562-903-6000