Always Be Ready to Make A Defense – Part 1
The Faith & Liberty Talk Show visited the National Conference on Christian Apologetics and interviewed some of America’s top Apologists and defenders of the faith. Dave Garrison, host of The Faith & Liberty Talk Show and former U.S. Congressional Candidate and national business leader, interviewed Richard Land, Norm Geisler, Gary Habermas, and Randy Guliuzza on the most pressing issues in America, the importance of defending the faith, and standing strong for what you believe.
Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is 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. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
For more information about Norman Geisler, visit www.normangeisler.net
Dr. Gary Habermas is the Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University. He has published 36 books (18 on the subject of Jesus’ resurrection). He has also published more than sixty chapters or articles in other books, plus more than 100 articles in journals and other periodicals. During the past ten years or so, he has been a Visiting or Adjunct Professor, teaching dozens of courses at 15 different graduate schools and seminaries in the US and abroad.
For more information about Gary Habermas, visit www.garyhabermas.com
Dr. Randy Guliuzza is a captivating speaker who presents well-documented and often humorous scientific and biblical talks to audiences of all ages. He has represented ICR in several scientific debates at secular universities and in other forums. Dr. Guliuzza has a B.S. in Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a B.A. in theology from Moody Bible Institute, an M.D. from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. Dr. Guliuzza served nine years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps and is a registered Professional Engineer. In 2008, he retired as Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force, where he served as Flight Surgeon and Chief of Aerospace Medicine. He is the author of Made in His Image: Examining the complexities of the human body.
Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. In addition to his presidency, Dr. Land also teaches courses at the seminary. Prior to becoming president of SES, Dr. Land served for 25 years as the president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention's official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith.
Dr. Land served as The Criswell College's Vice-President for Academic Affairs from 1980 to 1988. He had taught as Professor of Theology and Church History at that institution since 1975.
Dr. Land graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and with the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England. He also received a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he served as student body president and received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the outstanding graduating student.
While on leave of absence from The Criswell College, Dr. Land served from January 1987 to May 1988 as Administrative Assistant to the Honorable William P. Clements, Jr., Governor of Texas. Dr. Land was the Governor's senior advisor on church-state issues and areas relating to "traditional family values” as well as anti-drug, anti-pornography and anti-abortion legislation. In addition to these issues, Dr. Land had senior staff responsibility in the areas of public higher education, mental health and retardation, the physically handicapped, and AIDS.
In October 2007 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary established the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement. Its purpose is to open doors for the study and research of ethics, public policy and other cultural and philosophical issues.
Dr. Land served five terms with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Former President Bush selected Dr. Land for his first two terms at the Commission (September 2001 to September 2004). He was then reappointed by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist in 2005 and Senator Mitch McConnell in 2007 and 2010.
In February 2005, Land was featured in Time Magazine as one of "The Twenty-five Most Influential Evangelicals in America.”
In May 2004, Land was recognized by the prestigious National Journal as one of the ten top church-state experts "politicians will call on when they get serious about addressing an important public policy issue.”
Dr. Land has spoken on college campuses, in churches and in other forums across America on the crucial issues facing the American family in the twenty-first century. From 1980 until 1988, Dr. Land hosted a syndicated weekly radio program, Issues of the Eighties, which generated an enthusiastic response among listeners in many cities.
He co-hosted from 1998 to 2013 a 30-minute nationally syndicated weekday radio talk show, For Faith & Family, heard on over 250 stations across the US and worldwide on the web.
Dr. Land's latest book, The Divided States of America? What Liberals and Conservatives Get Wrong About Faith and Politics is published by Thomas Nelson and was re-released in January 2011 with a new preface.
Dr. Land takes those on the right and the left to task for misstating God's role in America's affairs, suggesting instead that it is possible to "affirm and practice belief in God while simultaneously practicing a rigorous separation of church and state.”
The book has earned accolades from a diverse audience, with endorsements from Madeleine Albright, Peter Gomes, Michael Novak, and Peter Berger, among many others. Senator Joseph Lieberman penned the foreword to the book.
Dr. Land has also recently authored Imagine! A God-Blessed America (Broadman & Holman, 2005) and Real Homeland Security (Broadman & Holman, 2004). His other books include: For Faith & Family, The Earth Is The Lord's, Life At Risk, Citizen Christians, and Christians In The Public Square.
Dr. Land has also contributed articles to both learned journals and popular periodicals and has served as contributing editor for the Criswell Study Bible and the Believer's Study Bible. He is a Southern Baptist minister, having been ordained since 1969. He has pastored Baptist churches in Texas, Louisiana and England. Dr. Land is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Religion.
Dr. Land served from 2005 to 2013 as the Executive Editor of FFV, a national magazine dedicated to coverage of traditional religious values, Christian ethics, and cultural trends.
Dr. Land is a native Houstonian and a sixth-generation Texan. His record as a pro-family advocate is capped by his proudest accomplishment—his over 35-year marriage to his wife Dr. Rebekah Land (a psychotherapist in private practice) and his personal investment with her in the lives of their three adult children, Jennifer, Richard, Jr., and Rachel.
For more information about Dr. Richard Land, visit www.drrichardland.com
National Conference on Christian Apologetics website: http://conference.ses.edu
book: Witness by Whitaker Chambers
Ronald Reagan and Whitaker Chambers influence on him (see http://www.heritage.org/research/lecture/the-intellectual-origins-of-ronald-reagans-faith)
Southern Evangelical Seminary website: http://ses.edu
book by Dr. Frank Luntz: Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear
Francis Shaffer’s book: The Christian Manifesto
book: Legislating Morality by Frank Turek & Norm Geisler
book: Thomas Acquinas’ Summa Theologica:
book: Defending Inerrancy
book: If God Why Evil?