Doug Powell holds a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He is the author of the best-selling Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics, a contributor to The Apologetics Study Bible, The Apologetics Study Bible for Students, and has contributed to Modern Reformation magazine. In addition to writing, Doug is a recording artist with nine records to his credit, a speaker on apologetics topics, author of the iPad app Resurrection iWitness, and is the Art Director for Apologia. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CNN, NPR, World Cafe, Prime Time America, The White Horse Inn, Sound Rezn, and Reasons4Faith.
Doug’s Speaking Topics
General Revelation as a Model for an Aesthetc Approach to Apologetics
If God has revealed himself in what he has made, then the very form of his creation has content. How can we apply this to apologetics? The new iWitness series of interactive books and apps tries to answer this. The rationale and symbolism behind Resurrection iWitness, Jesus iWitness, New Testament iWitness, and iWitness Biblical Archaeology are explained.
Using only the facts that skeptical scholars accept, this talk presents the historical evidence for the bodily resurrection of Jesus. It also looks at alternate theories for what happened to Jesus and why none of them can explain the facts almost every scholar agrees on. Only the Resurrection can account for the all the facts.
The argument for God from beauty was for nearly two thousand years one of the most powerful arguments Christians used to defend the faith. However, we largely abandoned this approach over the last century or so, just when it was needed to speak into our modern entertainment-oriented culture. Learn how this argument works and why it is so important that Christians reclaim the arts for God’s glory.
The Evangelism of Excellence
Christians have historically been at the forefront of the arts. But during the last 150 years we have abandoned the arts. Instead of engaging culture through the arts, we withdrew from them. Learn how many of the greatest artists in history have used art to engage the culture, even hundreds of years after their deaths. This presentation reveals how excellence in the arts allows our ideas to gain entry into areas of the culture that would otherwise be hostile to them, and how Christians can become leaders in the arts once again.
iWitness Biblical Archaeology
Every year, it seems, a new archaeological find supports the biblical record and shows the Bible to be a trustworthy historical book. This highly visual, interactive presentation uses the iWitness Biblical Archaeology app to review the most important archaeological finds in history.
New Testament iWitness
Where did the books of the New Testament come from? Who wrote them and how do we know? How do we know that no books were left out? And how do we know the text we have now is the same text that was written thousands of years ago? Using the visually rich and interactive New Testament iWitness app, this presentation traces the history of the biblical canon and shows how God’s Word has been preserved through the ages.
What Makes Christian Art “Christian”?
Believers today often seek out art that is Christian in style and content. But the way we determine whether something is Christian or not often has nothing to do with the biblical worldview or principals found in Scripture. Musician and designer Doug Powell explores the difference between what is superficially Christian and what is substantively Christian when it comes to the arts.
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