I explained in my previous post that I may have the opportunity to defend annihilationism in a live, in-person debate at a conference potentially being planned in Jacksonville for early 2013. The organizers have decided to test the waters, so to speak, to see if there’s sufficient interest to go ahead and fully plan the event: hire speakers, rent facilities, etc. Here’s an excerpt from this link:
Last weekend, one of the site owners [Dee Dee Warren] called me to ask if I was up for another conference. She has an opportunity to do a formal 3-hour debate on eschatology (end-time philosophy) with another popular online theologian who will be promoting a book in early 2013 and she thought it would be a good event to build a conference around…By the time we were ready to hang up, we had decided to contact some public figures and invite them to participate, planned a benefit banquet with a keynote speaker, discussed local worship musicians who have music projects coming to market right around that time, and considered creating an expo-style venue for local ministries to raise awareness and for speakers to do book/media signings…
…The first step in this process is to test the market. If we’re the only ones excited about such an event, then it wouldn’t make much sense to go forward. So, we’re praying for clear direction and we’re asking you to tell us what you think of this concept. Your input at this crucial phase of our planning can make all the difference…
…It is our sincere hope that we can draw about 500 people to this event and that process begins right here. If we don’t get 250 responses in the next 2 weeks, the project may never see the light of day…
If you’re interested in meeting Dee Dee and me, seeing us debate (and moderate one another’s debates), or if you just want to be a part of what promises to be a very fruitful, edifying conference, YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! Please go here and express your interest in the event!
As my friend and fellow podcaster Dee Dee Warren explains in this episode of The Preterist Podcast, she will be participating in a live, in-person debate in Floriday early 2013, defending the preterist interpretation of the Olivet Discourse. Dee Dee and her opponent graciously accepted my offer to moderate, and so I began planning to fly my family from one end of the contiguous states to the other to participate in one debate as moderator.
As it turns out, it is very possible that I will be participating in a second debate as well, in which Dee Dee and I will switch roles, she serving as moderator, me defending the annihilationist understanding of final punishment. I’m turning to you readers and listeners for help finding a traditionalist opponent for that debate.
Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s looking like both our debates would take place in Jacksonville, Florida, on a weekend in late February or early March, 2013. They will likely be part of a weekend-long convention focused on biblical theology in general, being presently organized. The organizers of the event are hoping to get one or more renowned speakers to speak on a variety of topics. (I know I’m being somewhat vague; I’ll post more details if and when they become available.)
If you know anybody who might be interested in appearing at such a conference, to represent the traditional view of final punishment in a live, in-person debate opposite an annihilationist, please contact whomever you have in mind, including a link to this post and my contact information.
The Theopologetics podcast and blog are packing up and moving! Until the move is completed, you can access the podcast at http://theopologetics.podbean.com, and the blog at http://theopologetics.blogspot.com. Zune and iTunes will continue to point to the Podbean feed until the move is complete as well, at which point they will be updated automatically. I’ll post here when everything is entirely moved over. Thanks!