This year marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. Yet 2017 also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Cornelius Van Til. In this conference, we seek to demonstrate how Van Til consistently applied the theological principles of the Reformation to apologetics. We then proceed to argue that covenantal apologetics, best exemplified by Van Til, is the necessary development and true heir of the Reformation.

Plenary addresses are available here.


K. Scott Oliphint

K. Scott Oliphint

Westminster Theological Seminary
Lane Tipton

Lane G. Tipton

Westminster Theological Seminary

Jeffrey C. Waddington

Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Camden M. Bucey

Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church


October 6, 2017
  • VIP Dinner & Lecture (additional ticket required)5:30–8:30 pm

    Van Til and the Archetype/Ectype Distinction
    Jeff Waddington

    Market House on the Square
    655 Forest Ave.
    Lake Forest, Illinois

    Please note: Ticket holders for the VIP Dinner should meet the group at the restaurant. Ample parking is available on site. If you need a shuttle ride from the hotel to the restaurant, please contact in advance. Registration at the church does not open until Saturday morning at 8:00 am.


October 7, 2017
  • Registration8:00–9:00 am
  • Plenary Address9:00–10:15 am

    The Problem of Thomistic Foundations for Apologetics
    Scott Oliphint

  • Plenary Address10:30–11:45 am

    Covenantal, Not Classical
    Scott Oliphint

  • Lunch (provided)12:00–1:00 pm
  • Panel Discussion1:15–2:45 pm

    Apologetics and the Five Solas
    Live recording of Christ the Center

  • Plenary Address3:00–4:15 pm

    Revelation, Reason, and Evidence in Acts 17:30–31
    Lane Tipton

  • Concluding Address4:30–5:00 pm

    The Reformation of Apologetics: Retrospect and Prospect
    Camden Bucey


October 8, 2017
  • Morning Worship Service9:30–10:30 am
  • Sunday School: Machen and Van Til11:00 am–12:00 pm