About the Conference

About the Conference

After moving from Houston (2014) to Pasadena (2015), to London (2016) and then to Auckland (2017), the fifth international Rethinking Hell conference will return to Texas in 2018—this time to Dallas-Fort Worth. We'd love for you to join us on Friday and Saturday, March 9–10, at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas. Our plenary speakers include bestselling author on Hell Preston Sprinkle, author and academic Craig Evans, author and theologian Gregg Allison and Rethinking Hell's own Chris Date.

The theme of the conference is “Crushed for Our Iniquities: Hell and the Atoning Work of Christ.” This will be an occasion for Christians to consider and discuss the nature and purpose of hell in light of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Mainstream views of the atonement entail Jesus serving as a substitute for sinners, suffering the consequences of sin in their place. Speakers will explore how this should inform a Christian's doctrine of hell, and will cover a variety of related topics including (but not necessary limited to):

  1. The nature and meaning of life and death
  2. The nature and purpose of divine justice
  3. The goodness of God in his treatment of sinners
  4. What Jesus taught about hell
  5. Christian teaching on these topics in history

Join us as we reason together from the Scriptures and sharpen one another as iron sharpens iron, testing conventional and controversial views of hell in the light cast by the light of the world.

The Beer & Bible ConsortiumAfter the conference: Are you local to the Dallas–Fort Worth area, or if you're coming in from out of town can you stick around an extra evening? On Sunday evening, March 11, a day after the conference, Chris Date will be speaking at a Bible & Beer Consortium event in Fort Worth. Details will be posted here as they become available.


This year's plenary speakers include:


In addition to the plenary speakers listed, the 2018 Rethinking Hell Conference will feature several breakout/parallel speakers. We'd like to invite anyone interested in speaking on the conference theme and related topics listed above to submit a proposal by December 31, 2017. Just email an abstract or description of your paper, along with biographical information, to conference@rethinkinghell.com. We will choose the top proposals and notify their authors by January 14, 2018.