Do science and the Bible contradict? How old is the earth? Is Genesis history?
Hear audio from the conference below as we consider these important questions and more with Drs. Del Tackett and Steve Austin and filmmaker Thomas Purifoy. Scroll down further for additional resources and our speaker’s biographies.
Dr. Tackett is the architect and teacher of The Truth Project—a worldwide small group initiative designed to instill a Christian worldview within the body of Christ. Truth Project small groups are currently active in over 130 countries and estimates are that five to seven million people have attended the study. He is currently working on a new three-part series that will greatly expand that original work and present critical follow-on worldview material with the hope and prayer to see the Body of Christ vibrant and active, changing the world one neighbor at a time.
He recently wrote and co-hosted the television series Cross Examine, presenting biblical worldview teaching through the use of real-life stories.
Dr. Tackett is one of the founders of New Geneva Theological Seminary and a professor of numerous worldview courses. He continues to serve on their Board and as an adjunct professor. Dr. Tackett also teaches as an adjunct professor for the Alliance Defense Fund’s Blackstone Fellowship and for Summit Ministries.
He completed more than 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. During the George H. W. Bush administration, he served at the White House, where he was appointed by President Bush as the director of technical planning for the National Security Council. Dr. Tackett has held positions in various senior engineering, analyst and management capacities at Kaman Sciences Corporation and ITT Industries. As a professor, Dr. Tackett has taught more than 30 undergraduate and graduate courses at numerous institutions on topics ranging from philosophy and worldview to science and management.
Dr. Tackett holds three earned degrees (D.M., Colorado Technical University; M.S., Auburn University; B.S., Kansas State University). Dr. Tackett is married and has four grown children and resides in Black Forest, Colorado.
Dr. Austin is a field research geologist who has conducted research on six of the seven continents of the world. His research has taken him by helicopter into the crater on Mount St. Helens, by bush plane onto glaciers in Alaska, by raft through the Grand Canyon, on horseback into the high Sierra, by elevator into the world’s deepest coal mines, by SCUBA onto the Great Barrier Reef, by rail into Korean backcountry, by foot onto barren plateaus of southern Argentina, and by four-wheel drive into remote desert areas of Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Austin received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University in sedimentary geology.
THOMAS PURIFOY, JR.
Thomas Purifoy is a creative filmmaker who develops unique learning resources intended to advance the Kingdom of God. He oversees three companies: Compass Cinema, which produces feature-length documentaries and dramatic films; Compass Classroom, which creates and distributes homeschool video curriculum; and Compass Creative, providing video and marketing services to clients. Thomas produced, wrote, and directed the feature documentary “Is Genesis History?” in 2017. The film was narrated by fellow guest speaker, Del Tackett.
Thomas served as Director/Teacher at the American School of Lyon, France, and prior to that served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Children’s Conference Speaker
Elizabeth Urbanowicz is a follower of Jesus Christ who is passionate about knowing Jesus and making Him known. She holds a BS from Gordon College in Elementary Education and Spanish, an MA from Northern Illinois University in Literacy Education, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Elizabeth spent the first decade of her professional career as an elementary teacher in a Christian school.
Several years into her teaching experience, Elizabeth realized that despite being raised in Christian homes, attending a Christian school, and being active in church, her students thought more like the culture than like Christ. Elizabeth began searching for curricular materials that would equip her students to think critically, helping them discover that Christianity is the worldview that lines up with reality. After not finding any materials that met this need, she began creating a curriculum for her students.
Elizabeth first taught Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum as an after-school class for third through fifth graders, and the results were incredible! Students were transformed from passive recipients of information to active evaluators of every message they receive. Parents and teachers alike noticed the impact these materials had on students’ media consumption, academic achievement, and everyday habits. This transformation lasted beyond the elementary years and guided students’ thinking in junior high and beyond.
Elizabeth now works full-time on developing comparative worldview and apologetics resources for children. Her goal is to prepare the next generation to be lifelong critical thinkers and, most importantly, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ. CLICK HERE TO VISIT HER WEBSITE.