If God,
Why Evil?





Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Michael SHERMER

Chapman Univ., Skeptic Magazine


Southern Evangelical Seminary

Dr. Michael SHERMER

Chapman Univ., Skeptic Magazine

Limited Seating Available

We will be live-streaming some sessions and the debate to this page!

FEB 23, 2019



12:30-12:40 / Welcome

Welcome & Announcements / Admin Building

12:45-1:40 / Breakout Session 1

How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? - Dr. Doug Potter / Admin Building

This talk explores the reality of hell as taught in Scripture and the objections to hell that come from unbelievers as well as some believers to the nature, duration and justice of eternal conscious punishment of the lost. 

Is the God of the Bible Racist? - Dr. H.C. Felder / Education Building

Christianity is considered by some to be a slave religion that is enforced by a racist God through the racist Bible.  This is far from the truth.  In this session, Dr. H.C. Felder will deal with the various arguments of racism and demonstrate that the exact opposite is taught by God in His Word.

1:55-2:50 / Breakout Session 2

The Bible teaches both God’s sovereignty and human responsibility (which entails free choice). It can be shown that there is no contradiction between these either logically or biblically.

3:05-4:00 / Breakout Session 3

Did God Command Genocide? - Dr. Doug Potter / Admin Building

This session explores the morality of God in the Old Testament, especially the commands to Israel to kill all the Canaanites in the promised land. Various options are explored to arrive at an answer that agrees with the nature of God and biblical revelation.

How Do We Know God is Good? - Dr. Timothy Brown / Education Building

With all the discussion about evil today, it seems there is little discussion about good. What does it mean to be good, and how does this relate to God. What does it even mean to say that God is good? This and more will be part of the breakout session ‘How Do We Know God is Good?’

4:15-6:00 / Debate

Is the Reality of Evil Good Evidence Against the Christian God?
Drs. Brian Huffling & Michael Shermer / Admin Building

6:15-7:45 / Prospective Student Dinner

For those who would like to learn more about studying at SES, please join us for this FREE dinner. Participants will also receive special discounts when registering for classes.

Registration is required using the “Get Tickets” link. / Education Building

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About the Speakers


Dr. Timothy Brown holds a B.Sc. in Political Science, a M.Div. in Biblical Languages and Pastoral Care, a Th.M. in Epistemology, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion. He is currently the Director of the Southern Evangelical Bible College, and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Dr. Brown enjoys studying topics such as Logic, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Moral Philosophy. Some recent applications of his study have included the Relationship of Church and State, and considering Emergent Technologies.


Dr. H.C Felder is a former atheist and NASA Software Engineer. After becoming a believer and being exposed to the truth of Christianity, he has dedicated his life to sharing that truth with others. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, and both a Master and Doctorate degree in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has articles published in a scholarly journal on the topic of Racism and the Bible. He is the author of The African American Guide to the Bible, which deals with the inspiration of Scripture, the Black presence in the Bible, the Bible and racism, and the unity of mankind. Dr. Felder is also the founder of Giving An Answer ministry (www.GivingAnAnswer.org), which focuses on giving evidence for the Christian faith. He speaks at churches and at various apologetics conferences.


Norman Geisler, PhD, is the co-founder of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian.  To those who ask, “Who is Norm Geisler?” some have suggested, “Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you’re not too far off.” Norm has authored/coauthored over 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. For more information about Norman Geisler, visit http://www.ngim.org


Brian Huffling has an M.A. in Apologetics, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology and is the Director of the Ph.D. program at SES. He is also a reserve chaplain in the Air Force. His website is brianhuffling.com


Registrar and alumnus of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Doug Potter is committed to to preparing the next generation of believers to know what they believe and most importantly, why it is true. He is the author of Developing a Christian Apologetics Educational Program (Wipf & Stock, 2010) and co-author (with Dr. Norman Geisler) of the Teacher’s Guide: Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True (NGIM, 2015) and A Popular Survey of Bible Doctrine (NGIM 2016). He has written and published articles in the Christian Apologetics Journal, The Homeschool Digest, as well as the Christian Research Journal. Currently, Dr. Potter writes popular books on Theology and Christian Apologetics.


Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Why People Believe Weird Things and The Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters, The Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia. His website is michaelshermer.com

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