Apologetics Day

Celebrating 70 Years of Mere Christianity

Come learn from noted apologists Michael Ward, Jerry Walls, Louis Markos, and many others at HBU Apologetics Day. This one-day event will equip you to defend the faith and spread the gospel with grace and conviction. 

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

1 Peter 3:15
C.S. Lewis at his writing desk
C.S. Lewis

70 Years Ago Today…

First delivered as a series of radio talks during WWII and then collected into print, C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity has been on the best seller list since its publication in 1952. What makes it so popular? How is it that an Oxford professor of English literature could speak to the “average Joe” about theology? What does it have to say to us today?

Join us at The Woodlands Methodist Church on Saturday, March 26 as we discuss the theology, apologetics, and cultural impact of Mere Christianity.


Michael Ward, PhD

Plenary 1

The Elephant and the Fly:
C. S. Lewis on Christian Conversion

Jerry Walls, PhD

Plenary 2

Simple, Attractive, User-Friendly

Louis Markos, PhD

Plenary 3

C. S. Lewis on Theology: Trinity, Incarnation & New Life in Christ


SESSION 1 • 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
YouthRyan Grube, MA
Mirror Christianity
ParentAnnie Crawford, MA
Parenting in the Apocalypse: Making Faith Meaningful Again
CulturalDr. Marybeth Baggett
Forgiveness beyond Platitudes: Apologetic Implications
PhilosophyDr. Melissa Cain Travis
Kepler’s Liturgy, Einstein’s Miracle: The Wonder of Cosmic Comprehensibility
BiblicalDr. Rob Gagnon
C. S. Lewis’s View of Homosexuality
SpanishRichard Houston, ThM
Apologética: Sencilla, Atractiva y Amigable
Apologetics: Simple, Attractive, User-Friendly

SESSION 2 • 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
YouthRebekah Valerius, MA
Mere Science: C.S. Lewis on Where Science Fits with Faith
ParentTaylor Neill
Good Soil, Deep Roots
CulturalNancy Pearcey, MA
Lewis and Schaeffer: How the Two Greatest Apologists of the 20th Century Equip Us for the 21st Century
PhilosophyDr. Julie Miller
Superlongevity: A Critique from Middle-earth
BiblicalBrent Lyons, PhD Candidate
A Lewis-Inspired Moral Argument for God
SpanishRichard Houston, ThM
¿Cómo Responder a las Objeciones Comunes a la fe Cristiana? 
How to Respond to the Common Objections to the Christian Faith


08:30Doors Open
09:00Welcome and Intro: Dr. Stew Grant
09:15Keynote 1 – Dr. Michael Ward
10:15Workshops Session 1
11:15Keynote 2 – Dr. Jerry Walls
13:15Workshops Session 2
14:15Keynote 3 – Dr. Louis Markos
15:00Closing remarks: Dr. Stew Grant
15:05Book Sales & Signing
15:30Doors Close



$20 – Early Bird
$30 – After March 1
$40 – Day of Conference


$10 – Early Bird

$20 – Day of Conference


2200 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380


Contact Lisa Blanchard 
(281) 297-5979

Who needs apologetics?

  • When your unbelieving neighbors see you living differently than the rest of the world, they will want to know why.
  • When a family member goes through a crisis and starts to have doubts, they need someone to help anchor them in the Truth.
  • Before we send our kids out into the world, they need to be prepared to face the challenges they meet.