Remember that big apologetics conference in North Carolina to which I made jeering reference a while back? Well, I didn’t go.
Happily, Timothy Yedder did, and to judge from his account it doesn’t sound like I missed anything:
We arrived to a scene of total chaos, scores of people trying to park and find their way into the monstrosity that is the church. We waited in a ‘line’ which was actually just a room full of people facing all directions, and we registered. We were given a wristband (the thought of anyone trying to sneak into this thing made me laugh openly), a bag full of glossy pamphlets from different organizations responsible for the conference in some way, and even a couple of paperback books.
There were two ‘stages’ with different speakers, and we opted for Hank Hanegraaf who was supposed to tell us “Why the Church Needs Apologetics”. Fortunately we were late- it turned out to be a sermon. Off to a bad start. There were bible verses and long dramatic pauses and appeals to fear and ignorance, then finally a prayer and a call to commitment. I began to worry again. If the whole conference follows this trajectory I won’t make it past the third hour. I told my father, if this represents the state of apologetics, it’s doomed.
No doubt you recognize Hanegraaf as the author of the creationist masterpiece, The F.A.C.E. That Demonstrates the F.A.R.C.E. of Evolution. Acronyms in the title of a science book is always a good sign, wouldn’t you say? (In case you were wondering, F.A.C.E. stands for Fossil Follies, Ape-Men Fiction, Fraud, Chance and Empitical Science. The R is then a recapitulation of the perils of evolution. Get the idea?)
Go read the rest of Yaddow’s account.