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Join us at Confident Faith 2024 on Saturday 13th July

Conference Schedule

The Confident Faith Conference will be a day for you to engage with significant and difficult topics from a Christian perspective. Our hope is that you will come away from the conference being encourage and challenged to think more deeply about your faith, and to have more boldness to share the hope you have in Jesus Christ with others.

The day kicks off at 9:30am with refreshments followed by a time of worship and a message from Clare Williams, and finishes at 5:45pm with a message from Charlie Styles.

You’ll be getting filled up on a day of 25 minute talks to encourage, challenge and help you, followed by an afternoon of breakout sessions where you can choose the areas where you want to go deeper.

You will be given a full schedule closer to the date, but for now take a look at the incredibly rich day of learning we have planned for you!

Here is a list of Main Talks & Breakout Sessions

Talks & Breakout Sessions

Economics and financial trends continue to be the most influential forces that shape modern life. The cost of living is rising. Uncertainty is growing. Unemployment rates are fragile. And artificial intelligence and technological breakthroughs continue to create excitement and anxiety. All of this, while governments, businesses and families scramble for stability amid the shifting sands of a changing world. Is there a way we can rise above the chaos, alleviate the suffering of others, speak truth in love and work towards better lives, without losing faith, meaning and purpose?

It seems that the human race has never been more concerned about the natural environment and there seem to be good reasons for that concern. But how should those who believe in a creator view the natural world? In a world that seems to either ignore those worries or panic about any human impact, what might be a distinctive Christian response?

In contemplating the impact of AI on humanity, we are delving into a realm that touches the very essence of what it means to be human. AI has the potential to revolutionize not only our societies but also our understanding of consciousness, free will, and morality.  Furthermore, the integration of AI into daily life raises questions about autonomy and the human experience. Will AI augment our capabilities, or will it lead to a loss of human agency? As we navigate this unprecedented era, it’s imperative to reflect on these philosophical ideas and ensure that our advancements in AI align with our values and aspirations as a species.

From minor misdemeanours, to the existence of pure evil, things in the world are not as they should be. We need only look at our own lives to realise that we don’t always behave in the way we’d like. The Christian faith has a word for this state of malaise: sin. In this session we’ll take closer look at why we get things wrong, whether individually or corporately, and discover that in Jesus, God has provided the ultimate solution.

There are so many remarkable things about Jesus. In this session we take a deep dive into his amazing ability to teach different groups simultaneous, looking at the stories Jesus told in Luke 15. We will see that not only do the stories of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and of the two sons complement each other to form a larger whole, but also the story of the two sons (often known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son) has multiple levels at which it can be heard and is full of references to the Old Testament. It is arguably the most remarkable short story that has ever been told.

When the church gets it wrong (Panel Discussion) Emma Ineson, Clare Williams & Charlie Styles

“Did God make the world in 7 days?” John Lennox

Can I trust the Old Testament? Peter Williams

“Why does Christianity give queer people such a tough time?” Ben Thomas, Sam Allberry

“How do I know the Gospel is true?” Simon Edwards, Sara Stevenson

How can I share the truth in a world of migration and multiculturalism?  Rahil Patel, Max Jeganathan

In a world increasingly polarised and uncertain, citizens of free democracies face the reality of navigating sensitive and controversial issues as part of communities that are more diverse than ever. How can authentic Christian discipleship faithfully represent Jesus and empower his followers to meaningfully engage with those of different cultures and ethnicities?

Is Christianity a white man’s religion? Clare Williams, Sam Allberry

Where is the Prince of Peace in a world of conflict? Sara Stevenson, Max Jeganathan

In a post-truth world driven by feelings and underpinned by uncertainty, people are more angry and polarised than ever before. Our local and global social fabric seems to be deteriorating, and more and more of us are angry and confused. In a world that seems to be spiraling increasingly out of control, how can we navigate conflict, cure outrage and be a agents of redemption and restoration in a world crying out for peace?

How can we connect with people through culture and creativity? Tom Price, Lara Buchanan

The poet Malcolm Guite describes how poetry can, ‘jostle the soil of the imagination’ of human beings. Our culture is posing excellent questions through the arts and culture: what we see on Netflix, the music and podcasts we listen to, or what we read. People who are seeking God may not be asking the questions we expect or in the form we anticipated, and as christians our engagement can become “stuck” around certain models or styles, missing the creativity and nuance which connects on deeper levels. This seminar will set out a creative and culturally engaged approach that can reach out to the head and the heart. As Paul did in Acts 17, we will start with listening and exploration before thinking about how we engage questions, through a fresh, culturally, and imaginatively engaged approach to the proclamation of the unchanging gospel. A way of making the connection between life and culture.

“How can you say Jesus is the only way?” Rahil Patel, Alanzo Paul

How Much Do Ancient Historians Think We Can Know About Jesus? Max Baker-Hytch

Surveys suggest that a significant proportion of people in the UK aren’t sure if Jesus was even a real historical figure. And yet virtually no ancient historian doubts that there really was a man called Jesus of Nazareth, an itinerant preacher and healer who garnered a large following in first-century Galilee and who ended up on a Roman cross. In this seminar we look at what ancient historians think we can know about Jesus just on the basis of ordinary historical methods that would be applied to any other figure in the ancient world, and we look at why it is that the big themes and key events of Jesus’ life are considered to be firmly established.

Cost

We’re so excited to welcome you to this amazing day. We’ve tried to keep the costs down, whilst still giving everyone a great day.

Tickets: £60

Your ticket includes an entire day full of apologetics training, talks, breakout sessions and lunch.

If the cost is an issue for you, please let us know.

Location

We’re going to be in the middle of Oxford at the University Examination Schools. It’s a great venue for our event – a wonderful main conference room and plenty of breakout spaces.

It’s on the High Street, about a 20-minute walk from the station. There’s no parking nearby, but it’s not too far from the Westgate Shopping Centre.

University Examination Schools | 75 – 81 High St, Oxford OX1 4BG

Confident Faith Conference Speakers

We have a wonderful array of speakers contributing to our day, including the OCCA team and guests.

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Alanzo Paul
Alanzo is passionate about literature, philosophy and theology. His work primarily focuses on questions such as, ‘Why does God allow suffering and injustice?’ and ‘What is the meaning of life?’. Additionally, he enjoys exploring topics such as the Occult, identity, Gen Z, difficult passages in the Old Testament, and the case for the historical Jesus.
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Ben Thomas
Ben qualified as a doctor in 2003, and worked full-time in the medical field outside of the one year he took to pursue training in Theology and Apologetics at the University of Oxford and OCCA. In 2016, he became a consultant in Neurosciences Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia unit, but now works as a consultant part-time alongside his role as a speaker at the OCCA.
Ben has interests in the intersection of faith and sexuality, gender, medical ethics, and psychology. He has spoken numerous times to the younger generations and adults in churches, conferences, and mission events across the UK and Australia. In his attempts to work out what it looks like to follow Jesus well, he is also a keen runner (Forrest Gump style!), musician, chef, and loves spending time with his family, friends, and Godchildren.
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Charlie Styles
Charlie is the executive director of OCCA. He loves teaching the Bible and is never happier than when helping people grasp life-changing spiritual truth for the first time.
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Clare Williams
Clare's work focuses on questions of race, justice and culture, and what the Christian message has to offer these contested issues. She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and has Masters degrees in Leadership, Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity.
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Emma Ineson
Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson was ordained in 2000 and served her curacy in Christ Church, Dore in the Diocese of Sheffield, before moving to Devon where she was a Chaplain to the Lee Abbey, an ecumenical Christian community. From 2006 she served in various roles at Trinity College, Bristol becoming Principal in 2014. Emma now serves as the Bishop of Kensington. She has written books on various topics including on both Ambition (2019) and Failure (2022).
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John Lennox
John is the President of the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and speaks on the interface of science, and religion, and is a well-known biblical teacher. He has debated the likes of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer, and has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity.
John is also an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum, and has written a number of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity, among them: Where is God in a Coronavirus World? (2020), 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity (2021), and Cosmic Chemistry: Do God and Science Mix? (2021). Most recently, Lennox has produced a biblical exposition, Friend of God: The Inspiration of Abraham in an Age of Doubt.
He gained his MA, MMath, and PhD at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. He also holds an MA and DPhil from Oxford University (by incorporation), an MA in Bioethics from the University of Surrey, and a DSc from the University of Wales.
John lives near Oxford and is married to Sally. They have three grown up children and ten grandchildren.
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Lara Buchanan

Lara Buchanan holds degrees in History, English Literature, and a PGCE in Secondary Education from the University of Cape Town. She also has a Certificate in Apologetics through the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and Theology from Oxford University. Previously, Lara worked for several years as an English and History secondary school teacher, before going on to run the internship and theological training program for St Aldates Church, Oxford.

Lara has a specific interest in studying the impact of Jesus’ life for the individual and for the community. Lara has spoken in various academic and corporate settings in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, and across the UK. Her hope is to develop meaningful connections with people from other cultures, faiths, and worldviews in order to explore the deep questions of life together within the context of friendship.

 

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Max Baker-Hytch

Dr. Max Baker-Hytch is the Academic Consultant at OCCA. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2014. Afterwards, he held two postdoctoral research fellowships, one at Oxford (2014-15), and one at the University of Notre Dame. Separately to his role at OCCA, he is a member of the Faculty at Oxford University and Lecturer in Philosophy at Wycliffe Hall.

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Max Jeganathan

Priyan (Max) Jeganathan is an international speaker and writer for the OCCA and Thinking Faith. He is passionate about helping people make sense of current issues and life’s big questions through the lens of the Christian worldview. As a former lawyer and policy adviser in the Australian National Parliament, Max has spoken around the world in banks, universities, and businesses, including Facebook, Google, Nike and Goldman Sachs. He is based in Sydney, Australia and is currently undertaking a PhD on the ethics of human dignity.

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Peter Williams
Dr Peter J. Williams is Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge, holding an MA, MPhil, and PhD in ancient languages pertinent to the Bible. He served at the University of Cambridge and the University of Aberdeen, specializing in Hebrew, Old Testament, and New Testament studies. Peter chairs the International Greek New Testament Project, advises on the English Standard Version of the Bible, and contributed to a major edition of the Greek New Testament. Notable publications include "Can We Trust the Gospels?" (2018) and "The Surprising Genius of Jesus" (2023).
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Sam Allberry
Sam Allberry is a pastor, apologist, and speaker. He has authored a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay?, What God Has to Say About Our Bodies, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, and 7 Myths about Singleness. He is the co-host of the popular podcast You’re Not Crazy: Gospel Sanity for Young Pastors.
He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Immanuel Nashville and is a canon theologian for the Anglican Church in North America.
Sam has written extensively for numerous organizations, including regular articles for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Living out.
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Sara Stevenson
Sara is passionate about exploring questions raised by Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. She has an MSc in Philosophy of Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, and an Education Degree in Religious Studies.
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Tom Price
Tom Price studied Philosophy at university and later completed an MA in Christian Apologetics, and is currently undertaking doctoral research in theology, philosophy and film.
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