A review of the 2012 Immersion Conference
The Immersion 2012 Conference was an Apologetics conference held this year in New Berlin, WI at Popular Creek Church and was presented by Solid Reasons INC. This conference was a 2 day event, Friday night and Saturday, totaling 7 hours of intense learning. The conference featured main speakers J.P. Moreland; Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, and Craig Hazen, Craig Hazen; Professor of Comparative Religions at Biola University. Other speaker for the breakout sessions included various persons from Asbury Theological Seminary, Solid Reason, Veritas Network, Center for Women of Faith in Culture, Creation Education Center, Centerpointe Community Church, lllustra Media, Wisconsin Family Council, Life Training Institute and Real Church. There was a total of 15 breakout session each session was guided towards certain topics ranging from Biblical Archaeology, to "The Problem of Goodness", all the way to dealing with "Why God allows Evil, Pain and Suffering" and several other topics in between.
The Immersion 2012 Conference was neither the place for someone of faith biblical understanding nor the place one would find scripture twisting or narcissistic exegesis. In other, words this was not a Steven Furtick Code Orange Revival event of self worship, Christ was the one being exalted here not man.
Friday night was an introductory night that featured a screening of Lee Strobel’s film The Case for Faith and a question and answer session fielded by J. P. Moreland. Saturday morning 9:15 am kicked off the main event when we had the privilege of hearing Craig Hazen, Ph.D. speak on the topic of “Christianity in a World of Religions.” His topic consisted of why Christianity is the place to start when considering all other options of religions to follow. This topic was very intriguing and he brought home some very good logical and rational reasons along with biblical proofs why Christianity is the place to start when someone is looking at considering different religions to follow. He also proved his point of why Christianity is the right religion to follow compared to all other religions in a very down to earth and exacting style that really drove home the point that there is a God and Jesus Christ is the only way to Him. That all other religions when looked at in their full scope are nothing more than works righteousness based and have no free gift of eternal revelation given from a God that sent his very own Son to die for those that He has deemed to save.
After hearing Craig Hazen speak next came time for two break out session. The first of the two breakout session in which I personally attended was “Does Consciousness Point us to the Existence of God?” This was hosted by Paul Rupple of Solid Reasons. This was a very good session of defining what consciousness is and how that relates to us understanding who God is and defining who God is. Such topics with in this session included talk on Dualism and how the different type of Dualism relate to our consciousness and our awareness of God.
The second breakout session that I attended was dealing with the topic of evolution entitled; “Evolution: Probable or Problematic”, hosted by Jay Seegert of the Creation Education Center. This was good session about the basics of defining evolution on what is and is not considered evolution from a debatable standard. He also discussed the outright impossibility of evolution of a scale that the Darwinians claim happened to all mankind to come about. This was a very good breakout session on pointing out the basic problems of Darwinian evolution and how to show people that they need to really logically think through what they are being taught in public schools and universities.
After these two breakout session and a quick lunch we heard J.P. Moreland speak on the subject of “Loving God with All of Your Mind.” Moreland spoke for a little over an hour on this topic when was very interesting. He discussed very aspects of how we as Christians should be loving God with more than just an emotional response. He taught that our love of God should also be with our mind as well as with our emotional responses. He talked about the over emotionalism that is played up in many of the churches today in relation to love being the only thing we need when understanding who God is. He also taught on the in order to love God with all of you mind you need to understand what Knowledge is and that there is three basic different types of Knowledge; knowledge by acquaintance, propositional knowledge, and know how or skill knowledge. It is through these types of knowledge we understand and have a greater love of God and that a real love of God comes from knowledge about Him from His Word.
When J.P. Moreland was done with his presentation we preceded with another series of breakout sessions. For this series I choose to attend a lecture on “The Problem with Goodness.” This lecture was put on by Paul Rupple of Solid Reasons and was a discussion and examination of the problem with moral relativism and how to define what “good” is and the problem of the world’s definition of the term “good”. Rupple put on a real A class presentation of the subject.
For the final breakout session I attend a lecture on “Jesus Under Attack: Pagan Myth Similarities” hosted by Philip Alexander of Solid Reasons. In this session we took a look at some of the common beliefs that critics of Christianity try foster to defame Christianity’s creditability as a true religion. We looked at the pagan beliefs of Dionysus, Adonis, Osiris, and the Mithras and compared them to the historical account of Jesus and the Virgin Birth and His Resurrection. This was a great lecture and a perfect way to finish out this conference.
If anyone is thinking of attending the next Immersion Conference in 2013 I would highly suggest doing so. Solid Reasons sure puts on a strong biblical presentation at this conference between it’s speakers and breakout sessions.