Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Catholic Bible Conference with Scott Hahn in Riverside, CA in January
The Bible and Spiritual Warfare: God's Word and the Transformation of Culture
Yes, the election season is over but those of us at the St. Paul Center are focused on battles much bigger than political ones. We are focused on spiritual battles, both the spiritual battles we face as individuals and the spiritual battles we face as a culture.
As St. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12, “we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
With that in mind, this year’s West Coast Biblical Studies Conference will be on “The Bible and Spiritual Warfare: God’s Word and the Transformation of Culture.” Hosted by St. Paul Center President Dr. Scott Hahn and featuring additional talks by St. Paul Center Fellows Dr. Brant Pitre and Dr. Michael Barber, the conference will take place from January 19-20, 2012, in Riverside, California.
For those who are not able to attend in person, there will be a live web stream that will allow you to register to watch from home on your computer. Through a series of dynamic talks, which draw upon Sacred Scripture, conciliardocuments, and papal writings, Hahn, Pitre, and Barber will explore how we can best fight the spiritual battles we face, as well as what is really at stake in those battles for each of us, for our Church, and for the world in which we live.
As 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 reminds us, “though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” Accordingly, over the course of the weekend, special attention will be given to the liturgy as our primary aid in contending against “this present darkness.”
We will also look at how liturgy, rather than politics or economics, is the real driving force behind the movement of history, and how the “Our Father,” with its closing petition to “deliver us from evil” can help us in the months and years ahead. Finally we will address the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith and how both can be the occasion for the graces we need to engage in the great struggles of our life and times.