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." 

Dozens of papers will be given by EPS members, including papers for wide-ranging panel discussions in areas of philosophy, theology, ethics and history.

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], where he will seek to articulate the following:

A key passage from the Nicene Creed: “We believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” The Nicene Creed is used by Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Roman Catholic Church, but it is also used by many Protestant churches in worship. My question today is what does it mean for Protestants, the children of the Reformation, to be catholic Christians?

I am not going to argue that Protestants should be catholic Christians. I start with the assumption that they should. This assumption is not arbitrary, since all the great Reformers saw themselves, not as separating themselves from the catholic Church, but as reforming that Church.

This talk has two parts: Part 1. What does it mean to be catholic? Part 2. Can a Protestant be catholic in this sense?

A fuller outline of his remarks can be downloaded here.

  • 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 [since blocked rooms are likely sold out, consider these options].
  • 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, 10:15-11:15 am, at Omni Hotel, at "Waterplace I" room. Come learn about the overall activities and operations of the EPS.

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

[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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