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Tonight: Stand to Reason’s 20th anniversary conference will be live-streamed

From the Biola Apologetics Events page. Note that all of the times below are Pacific Time zone.


Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Stand to Reason and clear thinking Christianity. The event kicks off Friday night with stimulating apologetics lectures and a celebration! Join us for the full conference on Saturday featuring lectures from the Stand to Reason speakers and friends. Can’t make it to Biola? This event will be available via live stream online.

Conference Schedule:

Friday Night, May 10 (7:00 – 9:30 pm)

6:15 pm – Doors Opens
7:00 – 8:05 pm – Lectures from J.P. Moreland, Sean McDowell, Mary Jo Sharp, and Craig Hazen
8:05 – 8:25 pm – Break
8:15 – 9:30 pm – Panel featuring Stand to Reason’s Speakers Greg Koukl, Brett Kunkle, Alan Shlemon, and J. Warner Wallace
9:30 pm – Cake & Book Signing in the Courtyard

Saturday, May 11 (9:00 am – 12:30 pm)

8:00 am – Registration Opens
8:30 am – Doors Opens
9:00 – 9:50 am – Session 1: “Who’s Waiting for Your Kids?”
Lecture by Stand to Reason’s Brett Kunkle
9:50 – 10:00 am – Break
10:00 – 10:40 am – Session 2: “Compromise Is Not an Option”
Lecture by Stand to Reason’s Alan Shlemon
10:40 – 10:50 am – Break
10:50 – 11:30 am – Session 3: “Cold-case Christianity”
Lecture by Stand to Reason’s J. Warner Wallace
11:30 – 11:40 am – Break
11:40 am – 12:30 pm – Session 4: “Still Standing”
Lecture by Stand to Reason’s Greg Koukl

Conference Location:

Sutherland Auditorium
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639
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If you are in the South California area, you can attend in person. Otherwise, you can watch it online.

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Audio from debate between Alan Shlemon and Cecili Chadwick

This debate was posted by Brian Auten. His website, Apologetics 315, is the best apologetics web site on the web.

The MP3 file is here. (50 minutes)

Pro-life debater Alan Shlemon opening speech:

  • if the unborn entity is a living human being, then abortion is wrong
  • unborn children are alive
  • unborn children are different and distinct from the mother
  • unborn children are human beings
  • video: shows what an aborted unborn child looks like
  • differences in size between born and unborn children do not affect moral value
  • differences in level of development between born and unborn children do not affect moral value
  • differences in location between born and unborn children do not affect moral value
  • differences in dependence between born and unborn children do not affect moral value
  • therefore, abortion takes the life of an innocent human being

Pro-abortion debater Cecili Chadwick opening speech:

  • just because I want abortion to be legal doesn’t mean that I want abortions to happen
  • abortion should be legal and taxpayer-funded but I hope that not too many happen
  • prior to birth a woman and her unborn baby are actually just the woman – there is no baby
  • she actually concedes that a foetus is a living human being (seriously)
  • a born person has more value than an unborn person, but I can’t really say why that is
  • a lot fewer abortions would happen if abortion were illegal, so we should keep it legal
  • here are some sad anecdotes that are extremely rare, therefore abortion should be legal through all 9 months
  • abortion is a private issue, therefore abortion should be legal through all 9 months
  • abortion is a personal issue, therefore abortion should be legal through all 9 months
  • abortion is a complex issue, therefore abortion should be legal through all 9 months
  • it’s legal to kill in self-defense against an armed attacker, therefore abortion should be legal through all 9 months

I just paraphrased her based on my interpretation of what she said, because I am snarky. She didn’t say that stuff verbatim. I took the spin off of it.

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Alan Shlemon explains a classification system for pro-abortion arguments

Unborn baby scheming about pro-life arguments

Unborn baby scheming about pro-life arguments

Here’s the main post, which contains: (H/T Life Training Institute)

  • a chart showing how pro-abortion arguments can be classified using disjunctions
  • a 5-minute video of Alan explaining the chart
  • links to ALL of the responses to each type of pro-abortion argument

Alan is a veteran of university campus debates on abortion, so he’s speaking from experience. The guy who introduces him is Scott Klusendorf. Scott is the best pro-life debater in the business. Bar none. Scott is the William Lane Craig of the abortion issue.

Ok. Let’s get started.

Here’s the chart. Open that up and take a look at it.

Then watch this video and refer to the chart:

Then find a pro-abortion person, classify their argument, and use these links to find the appropriate response:

You may already be familiar with these three kinds of responses, but if not, learning them is quite feasible (Trot Out the Toddler, the scientific case that the unborn is human, the S.L.E.D. test, Taking the Roof Off, and responding to the violinist and bodily rights arguments have been explained by Stand to Reason (through Making Abortion Unthinkable) and many others). It’s just a matter of thinking through the flowchart when you’re in a conversation with an abortion-choice advocate, recognizing the position they’re taking, and then responding accordingly. Knowing this, you can respond to every defense they offer for abortion.

Anyone can do this – and you get better at it the more you practice. It’s fun to be a little more confrontational about controversial things – being a good person means taking bold stands on moral issues, and backing up your talk with good arguments and evidence. The more time you put into it, the better you get at it.

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Alan Shlemon defends the unborn in an academic debate

Look what I found on Youtube, in 7 parts.

Here are the part:

Part 1 of 7

Part 2 of 7

Part 3 of 7

Part 4 of 7

Part 5 of 7

Part 6 of 7

Part 7 of 7

I think he makes a really good case, but you really have to turn up the audio.

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