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Apologetics: A Defense of the Gospel

Offered by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

March 3 & 4, 2011
School of Christian Vocation & Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary


Explaining the Gospel takes passion and skill. This institute will help ministers, church leaders, and committed Christians develop a deeper understanding of and ability to explain the revelation of God in Christ. Participants will examine common objections to faith and theism, claims by historians about Jesus, the nature of scientific knowledge, temptation and spirituality, and the doctrines of the incarnation, crucifixion, atonement, and original sin.


Eric O. Springsted has spent a career as both a theologian and pastor. Among his several books are three done with Dr. Diogenes Allen, and he edited the Festschrift in Allen's honor that was published in 1998. He taught for twenty years in both college and seminary and was a chaplain. He has most recently served several parishes in New Jersey and Washington, DC as interim pastor, and is currently Interim Executive Presbyter for Monmouth Presbytery (NJ).

Diogenes Allen is Stuart Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books, including Theology for a Troubled Believer: An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), Spiritual Theology (Cowley, 1997), and Philosophy for Understanding Theology (Westminster John Knox Press, 1985 & 2007). He is a gifted teacher, theologian, philosopher, and much beloved by generations of seminary alumni/ae. Dr. Allen’s recent change in health will no longer permit public appearances. Alternatives, including real-time and pre-recorded lectures, are being explored.

Joicy Becker-Richards is pastor at Oxford Second Prebyterian Church in Oxford, NJ and Director of Educational Media at Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked with Dr. Allen to produce educational video series, complete with study guides, and will facilitate discussions during the institute.


The program costs $150 (discounted to $120 until January 5), which includes tuition, refreshments, and meals. Affordable on-campus lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available to those who need it. Please read the registration and cancellation policy here.

If you have further questions, please call 609-497-7990 or e-mail [email protected].