The Symposium is an annual event held at Purdue University drawing thousands from the campus, community, and surrounding region. Led by multiple campus ministries and churches, its purpose is to explore and debate some of the most probing questions about faith, reason, and life via panel discussions, lectures, and debates.

Past and present Symposia keynote speakers and themes include:

  • 2017 – Craig Keener (One of the top New Testament scholars, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and prolific author): “Are Miracles Intellectually Credible?”  Watch video
  • 2016 – Daniel B. Wallace (World renowned New Testament expert, President of Evangelical Theological Society, and  Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts): “How Badly Has the Bible Been Corrupted?” Watch video
  • 2015 – Hugh Ross (Astronomer, Best-selling author, and president of Reasons to Believe) and Fazale Rana (Biochemist and Vice President of Research and Apologetics of Reasons to Believe): “Putting Creation to the Test: A Biblical Creation Model Approach.” Watch video
  • 2014 – John Hare (Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale): “Human Dignity, Slavery, and Sex Trafficking” *Hare will dialogue with Michael Ruse (Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University) on the issue over which worldview best accounts for and provides motivation for our commonly held moral beliefs and sentiments concerning radical social injustice: Christianity or atheism? In short, What Would Jesus Do? What Would Darwin Do? Watch video
  • 2013 – William Lane Craig (Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology): “The Foolishness of Faith” *Craig debated Alex Rosenberg (Chair of the Philosophy Department at Duke University) on the question, Is Faith in God Reasonable? Watch video
  • 2012 – Paul Copan (Philosophy Chair and President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society at Palm Beach Atlantic University): “The Problem of God” Watch video
  • 2011 – Gary Habermas (Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University): “Jesus: the Controversy”  Watch video
  • 2010 – Jerry Root (Professor of Evangelism and C.S. Lewis at Wheaton College): “C.S. Lewis: Pilgrimage of Faith”
  • 2009 – Greg Koukl (Christian apologist, lecturer, and radio host): “Right Thinking in an Upside Down World”
  • 2008 – Kenneth Bailey (The scholar who made Jesus middle eastern again, Lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies)

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