Women in Apologetics 2018 Inaugural Conference “Take-Aways”

by Lisa Quintana

Why host an apologetics conference featuring only women presenters, one may ask? I have a single answer for that: Creativity. This past weekend, Biola University hosted the first annual Women in Apologetics Conference. Yes, there were excellent female apologists who had fabulous presentations, but what impressed me about this event was the unique approach the female half of the Imago Dei brings to this area of theology.

Women have a different take on apologetics. Yes, we enjoy the intellectual vigor of examining the Christian faith, but because God created us differently than men, women approach apologetics with a blend of creativity. I noticed, for example, Jean Jones’ recently published book on the Psalms. She ties in an excellent Bible study with coloring pages in her book. How cool is that?

Then there was Scarlett Clay, who presented on a “Creative Defense” that shows how “our shared aesthetic experiences are powerful evidence that there is more to this world than meets the eye,” Scarlett explained at the conference. She also handed out beautiful art postcards and everyone’s favorite… chocolate!

I presented on the reliability of the New Testament gospels, refuting the claim that the Bible has been rewritten so many times that we can’t possibly know what the original Apostles wrote. I told the audience that yes, scribes made errors when they copied the texts, but those errors have no impact on the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Matter of fact, according to expert Dan Wallace of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, 70% of those errors are spelling errors, the remaining errors contain flipped numbers, inserts of the word “amen” in certain areas than other manuscripts, and other insignificant differences in the massive amount of manuscript evidence we have. This is one of the reasons there are so many so-called “errors” – the New Testament has more manuscript evidence than any other ancient document in history! Of those errors, only about 1% are considered significant, and include the issue with the the ending of the Book of Mark (was it longer or shorter?), and the story of the woman caught in adultery (the oldest manuscripts found don’t have that story). That is all. There are no errors that change the facts of the faith. Mistakes occurred in the hand-written copying of the Bible, and that is understandable considering the conditions of the work…

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