EPS Events

The 2017 National Annual Meeting

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Come Participate in the National Annual Meeting

The 2017 annual national meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society will be held at the Convention Center and the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, November 15-17. It is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). The ETS theme is “The Heritage of the Reformation." 

The EPS plenary speaker is C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University) and he will present on “Why Reformation Christians Should Be catholic Christians: Sola Scriptura and the Rule of Faith for Christian Philosophers.” His session will be on Thursday, November 16th, 2:00-2:50 pm [Convention Center Ballroom A-E].

Christian philosophers can and should affirm both the classical Protestant views of “sola Scriptura” and the “perspicuity of Scripture.” However, defensible versions of these claims turn out to be consistent with the claim (common among the Church Fathers) that the Scripture must be interpreted in accordance with the “rule of faith,” the basic apostolic teachings preserved by the early church (and of course embedded in Scripture). Thus, Christian philosophers can and should be “small c” catholics without giving up Protestant distinctives.

  • ETS-EPS program can be found here.
  • Registration: All attendees and presenters must be registered at the ETS website.
  • Hotel accommodations: please consider these hotels and their discounted conference rates [book right away before blocked rooms are sold out!].
  • EPS Reception, Convention Center, "Rotunda" room, Wednesday, November 15th from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Come learn more about the work of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, be encouraged, enjoy fellowship, and meet new and ongoing members. Reception speaker will be Ross Inman (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).
  • EPS Business Meeting, Friday, the 17th at Omni Hotel, "Waterplace I." Come learn about the overall activities and operations of the EPS.

EPS at the Annual Conference of the AAR/SBL (Boston).

[EPS members can register for the AAR conference as a "related scholarly organization"].

Participate with EPS members at the following sessions in Boston, November 17-20:

EPS Presentation Expectations:

Please note, all presenters must be current member of the EPS or the ETS. If you are not a current member, please renew membership at epsociety.org/store.

Guidelines for Presentations
  • Paper should take no more than 25 minutes to read, leaving 10-15 minutes for discussion. The moderator will ask you to conclude if you are overtime.
  • Cancellation: Please communicate all cancellations to the moderator of your session. If you need to cancel your presentation and it has already been announced via the conference program, please plan to have a friend or colleague read your paper on your behalf.
  • Note: the EPS does not supply equipment for a powerpoint/keynote presentation. If you wish to provide it, please work with the hotel for any logistical questions or concerns.
Guidelines for Moderators
  • Introduce the presenter and make any relevant EPS announcements [information will be e-mailed in advance of the meeting].
  • Ensure that a session starts and stops on time, and that there is at least 10 minutes available for Q&A. Please ask a presenter to conclude if they are over their time.
  • If a presenter has to cancel their presentation after it has been announced, please work with the presenter to secure a copy of the paper so it is read on his/her behalf. 

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