The third international Rethinking Hell conference will be held on October 7th-8th, 2016, at the Highgate International Church in Highgate, London. Hosted by Justin Brierley, this will be an occasion for evangelicals to consider the case for Conditional Immortality, and the movement's ongoing direction. This year, the theme of the conference is “Conditional Immortality: Past, Present, Future.” Our plenary speakers will be Roger Forster, David Instone-Brewer, and Chris Date.
Standard tickets for Friday/Saturday cost £20. However, the price is £15 if you order your ticket by August 21st, or any time for groups of 5 or more, or if you are eligible for a concession discount. Refreshments will be provided and lunch and an evening meal will be available for purchase either from the conference venue or nearby restaurants.
Roger Forster graduated from St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics and theology. After a period in the Royal Air Force, he worked as an itinerant evangelist until 1974 when he established the Ichthus Christian Fellowship. Roger was one of the founders of March for Jesus, serves on the council of the Evangelical Alliance, and is an honorary vice president of Tearfund.
Rev Dr David Instone-Brewer (B.D. hons, Cardiff; Ph.D., Cantab) is the Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament in Cambridge, UK. He works mainly in rabbinic background, non-academic cultural exegesis and digital resources for Biblical Studies. He is married with two daughters and enjoys low-brow movies.
Chris Date is a steward and contributor for the Rethinking Hell project, and host of the Theopologetics podcast. Formerly a traditionalist on Hell, he became convinced of conditionalism after initially interviewing Edward Fudge, and has since defended the view in debates, such as with Dr. Albert Mohler on Justin Brierley's “Unbelievable?” radio program on Premier Christian Radio.
We welcome papers on the conference theme, to be presented during breakout sessions on the Saturday. The theme is intentionally broad, and may treat the topic of conditional immortality from the vantage of various disciplines, such as biblical exegesis, theology, history, philosophy, spiritual formation, pastoral, etc.
If you would like to present a paper, please submit a concise proposal to us by August 21, 2016. Your proposal should include an abstract, a short personal/academic biography, and any additional comments. Please limit your submission to 1-2 pages.
The conference leadership will respond to all submissions by August 31st. Approved presenters will receive free conference admission (so don't register). If you are presenting your paper at the conference, you will have 60 minutes, which should include 10-15 minutes for interaction with your audience. With this in mind, a length of 20-25 pages would be ideal.
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Highgate International Church is located at 272 Archway Road, London, N6 5AU. By tube, travel 300m south down Archway road from Highgate Station on the Northern line (High Barnett branch). By rail, walk for around 25 minutes (uphill) along Archway road from Upper Holloway Overground station. By bus, the venue is on routes 134, 43 and 263. By car, use the N6 5AU postcode. Parking is unrestricted in nearby streets for Friday evening and Saturday all day. The best location for spaces is on Shepherds Hill, accessed via traffic lights 100 metres north of the venue.