Monday, January 7, 2013

Conference "Early Bird" Deadline Looms

Theories of human origin put forth by theistic evolutionists will be examined in light of Genesis 2:7 by Dr. Richard P. Belcher Jr., Old Testament professor at Reformed Theological Seminary-Charlotte, during the 2013 GPTS Spring Theology Conference on "The Doctrine of Man."

Dr. Belcher will examine theistic evolution theories with an emphasis on the hermeneutical approach that seeks to make Genesis 2:7 fit an evolutionary view. Historically, creationists have held that God created the world and all within it "out of nothing" by His verbal decree. Genesis 2:7 states: "...then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature" (ESV). Dr. Belcher's lecture will kick off the conference, which opens at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

Early-bird registration rates end Feb. 1 for the conference to be held March 12-14. For full information about the conference, visit our web site conference pages. Online registration is available at this web address. Tap the blue circle to register at Early Bird Registration Rates.

The conference will be held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Simpsonville, S.C. The registration table for on-site registration at regular rates opens at 11:00 a.m. This year's events will include a return to the practice of a pre-conference chapel on the GPTS campus at 10:30 a.m. An Open House Reception in the seminary's Commons will begin at 9:30 a.m. A prospective student luncheon will be held in the Commons at 11:15 a.m. Senior students and faculty members will be on hand to greet prospective students and answer questions.

Tuesday and Wednesday evening sessions at the conference site are open to the public and will be broadcast live on the Internet through SermonAudio facilities

The full roster of conference speakers and their topics is as follows:
  • Dr. Richard Belcher — "The Supernatural Creation of Man" (including examination of modern theories of theistic evolution)
  • Dr. Guy Waters — "The Covenant of Works"
  • Dr. Joel Beeke — "Temptation and Fall" (free Tuesday evening service)
  • Mr. Matthew Holst — "Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation of the Doctrine of Death Before The Fall"
  • Dr. Bill Vandoodewaard — "Thomas Boston and the Four-fold State"
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman — "Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God"
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa — "Original Sin" (free Wednesday evening service)
  • Dr. Nelson Kloosterman — "The Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission – An Integrationist Model"
  • Mr. Gabriel Fluhrer — "Beware Lest Any Man Spoil You: Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used to Question the Bible's Doctrine of Man"
We see the Doctrine of Man as an increasingly important topic at this time as the biblical understanding of man's origins, nature and purposes is under concerted attack. It is critical for all believers and especially leaders in the church to examine these issues thoughtfully. We hope to see many turn out for this conference and ask that you encourage your pastors and elders to consider attending.