Alumna Interview: Got Questions? Bring Them to Think Well!
As we prepare for 2018’s conference, we thought you might enjoy hearing from some alumni of our inaugural Think Well Conference in 2016. Here, Catherine A. reflects on that first conference and shares about why she thinks Think Well is important.
Who was your favorite speaker from the 2016 conference, and why?
Del Tackett was definitely my favorite speaker from the 2016 conference. I loved the way he engaged the students: asking us questions and wanting to hear our opinions. If we proposed a challenge to something he said (which he encouraged), he expected us to give a reason behind our statements. He delved deep into theological conversations, and didn’t shy away from the hard topics.
[Editor's note: Several of Dr. Tackett's talks were recorded and are available to listen to through our website: click here for the links.]
What are a few of the top reasons why you think Think Well is important and worth attending?
Applicable training. In a culture where science and logic have taken a backseat in the shifting sands of an ever-changing culture, it’s never been more important for Christians to know what they believe and why. Everyday our beliefs are assaulted by contradicting worldviews. It’s so easy to believe a lie when it has just enough truth to make it palatable. Training in apologetics, like the training provided at Think Well, is crucial for being an intellectually equipped Christian.
Connecting with the community. Being able to engage and discuss with other Christians in a setting like Think Well is incredible! Sometimes we can feel alone on this Christian walk. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). I promise, your faith will certainly be strengthened by the end of the week!
Engaging the experts. You’ve probably got questions. We all do. Think Well is the place to bring them. You can engage and discuss questions and challenges to the faith with experts in the field—from science to biblical archeology to theology. It’s a place to engage, discuss, and be strengthened “by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
How have you used your Think Well training?
It’s surprising how many people assume Christians don’t care about having open, intelligent dialogue. They assume Christians just want to shove their beliefs on everyone else. I’ll never forget when I began telling a lady about Think Well, and she replied, “Wow! I didn’t even realize Christians cared about learning that kind of thing!” If we can stand on what we believe with confidence, knowing the reasons and evidence for our faith, we can be better equipped to engage and talk to people.
Catherine is a New Orleans native who lives in Charlottesville. Recently, she combined her love for Jesus and her passion (and might we add incredible talent) for sketching by illustrating an entire book, The Panoramic Bible, due to be published this spring.