Knowing What’s True. Doing What’s Good.

In preparation for the symposium, we invite you to watch Dr. Willard's 2010 lecture on Moral Knowledge.

 

PROGRAM: Knowing What's True. Doing What's Good.

Monday, February 3, 2020  --  Knowing What's True

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-9:30

Aaron Preston

What is The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge?

Aaron Preston, PhD
Co-editor of The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge, chairman of the Philosophy Department at Valparaiso University, author of Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion.

9:30-10:30

Jim Taylor

Knowledge, Facts & Opinions, and Moral Knowledge

Jim Taylor, PhD
Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Westmont College, Author of Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment, Learning for Wisdom: Christian Education & the Good Life, and the forthcoming Soul Pilgrimage: Knowing God in Everyday Life.

PDF of Dr. Taylor’s Paper

10:45-11:45

Jeff Schloss

Science and Moral Truth: What Our Unique Biology Can and Can’t Provide

Jeff Schloss, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Faith, Ethics and Life Sciences at Westmont College; Senior Scholar of BioLogos.

PDF of Article by Dr. Schloss (This article is similar to what Dr. Schloss will discuss, but is written for a secular audience.)

Note: Dr. Schloss’s presentation will not be live-streamed.
11:45-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-2:00

Mary Poplin

The Necessary Struggle to Regain the True, the Good and the Beautiful – Part 1

Mary Poplin, PhD
Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University, Founder and Director of Upper Room Gathering, Author of Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews, co-editor of Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol: The Loss of Judeo Christian Knowledge.

PDF of Dr. Poplin's Paper

2:15-3:45

Scott Lisea

Q&A with Full Symposium Panel

Moderated by Scott Lisea, DMin
Scott is married to Jamie. They have raised three sons. He has been captured by Jesus for over 30 years, but it’s slow work.  He lives in Santa Barbara where he serves as the Campus Pastor at Westmont College, his alma mater. 

4:00-5:00 

Rich Gregory

Summary of the Day and Q&A for Oaks Christian School’s Faculty and Staff

Moderated by Rich Gregory, MDiv
Rich Gregory is Husband to Kristin, Dad to Noah, Corinne & Nate, Pastor of Lifesong in Newbury Park, and High School Spiritual Life Director at Oaks Christian School. Rich earned an M.Div from Fuller, and is working on his Doctorate through APU and The Apprentice Institute.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020  --  Doing What's Good

9:00-9:30

Gayle Beebe

Video Welcome from Dr. Gayle Beebe, with additional opening remarks.

Gayle is President of Westmont College; author of The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership; co-author of Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion, with Richard Foster.

9:30-10:30

Aaron Preston

On Becoming a Good Person: What's Knowledge Got To Do With It?

Aaron Preston, PhD
Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Valparaiso University, Author of Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion, co-editor of The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge.

PDF of Dr. Preston’s Paper

10:50-noon

Chazz Anderson

Coaching for Character: Wisdom that Works

Chazz Anderson
Athletic Chaplain and Bible Teacher at Oaks Christian School, PhD candidate and adjunct professor of Hebrew studies at Masters University.

PDF of Mr. Anderson's Paper

Noon-1:00 Lunch Break

1:00-2:00

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

Diversity and The Common Good: The Urgent Need to Train the Minds of Children and Renew the Minds of Adults

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, MA
Founder of Leadership LINKS, Author of A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World, former Marine captain.

PDF of Ms. Robinson’s Paper

2:00-3:00

Mary Poplin

The Necessary Struggle to Regain the True, the Good and the Beautiful – Part 2

Mary Poplin, PhD
Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University, Founder and Director of Upper Room Gathering, Author of Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews, co-editor of Christianity and the Secular Border Patrol: The Loss of Judeo Christian Knowledge.

PDF of Dr. Poplin's Paper

3:15-4:00

Audie Diggs

Summary of the Day and Q&A for Oaks Faculty and Staff

Moderated by Audie Diggs, MA
Director of World Missions & Community Service, Oaks Christian School.

 

Additional Discussion Panel Participants:

Timothy Delkeskamp, D. Min.
Senior Pastor of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks, CA.
Stephen C. Hagberg, MA
Stephen teaches Chemistry here at Oaks Christian School. He earned his B.Sc. in Biology at Los Angeles Baptist College and his M.A. in Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Mark O. Hiepler, Esq.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal, Mark is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He handles wrongful death, serious injury, and insurance denial matters.  Mark and his wife, Michelle, are partners in the law practice of Hiepler & Hiepler, and have three children, Sarah, Ryan and Paul.
Rick Ifland, M.St., MBA
Rick is Chair of the Economics & Business Department at Westmont College where he also directs the Eaton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Dee Dee Mayer, MA
Associate Head of School - Spiritual Life, Oaks Christian School.

Cat Moore
Director of Belonging at USC’s Office of Religious + Spiritual Life; designer of CLICK!, an experiential class for students, staff and faculty on making meaningful relationships; cross-industry Connection Consultant; completed her honor's thesis on the conditions for diverse community under Dallas Willard's supervision.
Mark Nelson, Ph.D.
Monroe Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Dallas Willard Research Center at Westmont College. Mark specializes in Ethics (especially Metaethics), Epistemology, and Philosophy of Religion.
Matthew R. Northrop, Ed.D.
Matt is an educator, husband, dad, and Christ-follower. Having spent over 20 years in K-12 private, independent, Christian schools, he currently serves as the Associate Head of School for Academics and the Arts at Oaks Christian School.
Alan Smyth
Executive Director for Saving Innocence, an anti-human trafficking organization focused on child victims of sex trafficking.  Alan has responsibility over Direct Services and Business Operations including budgeting and resource development. www.savinginnocence.org
Christine Yi Suh
Pastor and retreat facilitator, former director of spiritual formation at Pepperdine University. Contributor to the Missio Alliance Writing Collective, and a thought leader with the Nine Beats Collective.
Shawn Thornton, M.Div.
Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA. Author of his memoir, All But Normal: Life on Victory Road published by Tyndale House. Shawn’s memoir focuses on his story of being raised in a home with a mother suffering from mental illness.
Mariah Velasquez
Associate Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture, and Director of the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont College. 
Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Ph.D.
APU Associate Dean of Personnel, Contracts, and Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of New Testament in the School of Theology.  Author of Afrocentric Sermons: The Beauty of Blackness in the Bible;  I Saw the Lord: A Pilgrimage through Isaiah Six; and Logos Bible Software Survey of the Pastoral Epistles.

Kyle Wells, Ph.D.
Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara, author of Grace and Agency in Paul and Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2015), for which he was awarded the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. His most shining accomplishment, however, is getting his wife Pam to say “yes.”


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