Dr. Ryan MacPherson To Speak At Athanatos Christian Ministries' 2013 Online Apologetics Conference

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Noted author of "The Culture of Life: Ten Essential Principles for Christian Bioethics" will speak on “Rediscovering Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Eighteenth-Century Solutions for Twenty-first Century Problems.”

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Athanatos Christian Ministries (ACM) continues their release of topics that scheduled speakers will be presenting at the 2013 Online Apologetics Conference. Dr. Ryan MacPherson will be speaking on “Rediscovering Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Eighteenth-Century Solutions for Twenty-first Century Problems” at the conference scheduled to be held April 21-23, 2013. This marks the fourth year for the popular online conference.

The theme for the 2013 Online Apologetics Conference is "A Defense of the Faith is a Defense of Life". ACM's online conference will probe the connections between a pro-life worldview and a Christian worldview and call upon Christian apologists to be ready to defend life with the same level of preparedness that they defend the faith. It will call upon Christians everywhere to see a pro-life worldview as an integral part of their Christian faith and act accordingly.

MacPherson is known for demonstrating the connections between a pro-marriage culture and a pro-life culture and also for emphasizing the positive, life-affirming proclamation of forgiveness in Christ. For example, his book The Culture of Life includes the conversion narratives of two of America's most well-known abortion advocates: Dr. Bernard Nathanson (once the directors of the nation's largest abortion center, but later a pro-life advocate) and Norma McCorvey (the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade, who converted to Christianity and campaigned to have the Supreme Court overturn its decision).

“Christ's love, communicated in actions and not just in words, transformed America's most infamous abortion advocate into a Christian defender of purity and life," MacPherson said. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if no one could ever hear the phrase 'Roe v. Wade' without remembering 'Jane Roe's' repentance and Christ's forgiveness?"

MacPherson holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves as chair of the History Department at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. This year, he is teaching courses on the Early American Republic and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as a survey course in American history that utilizes his own textbook, Rediscovering the American Republic (2012). He also has served as a featured instructor for Rich in American History, a continuing education program for middle school teachers of social studies.

In addition to his duties as an academic scholar, MacPherson is a nationally featured speaker for academic associations, religious organizations, and public policy forums. He is a member of the Lutherans for Life speakers bureau and also has been interviewed on Pastor Todd Wilken’s “Issues, Etc.” radio program. His expertise includes Christian education, religion and politics, religion and science, bioethics, and the family in public policy.

Other featured speakers at the 2013 Online Apologetics Conference are: Dr. Gary Habermas, Dr. Angus Menuge, Dr. Holly Ordway, James Agresti, Greg Koukl, Jason Jones, Derek Elkins, Anthony Horvath and featured keynote speaker, Steven Mosher. This year's conference will also have guest lectures by Jamie Greening and Nick Kaminsky.

Registration for the conference is available through the conference website.

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