Reports Relating To The Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting Of The Society -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 41:1 (Mar 1998)
Article: Reports Relating To The Forty-Ninth Annual Meeting Of The Society
Author: Anonymous

Reports Relating To The Forty-Ninth
Annual Meeting Of The Society

The forty-ninth annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society was held in Santa Clara, California, November 20-22, 1997. It was the second largest meeting of the Society ever held. The total registration was 1063. The spacious fourteen-story Westin Hotel, located right in the center of Silicon Valley, was our headquarters. We were able to rent some of the facilities of the adjoining Santa Clara Convention Center, which gave us rooms large enough to comfortably seat attendees in each of many parallel sessions.

Over 240 papers were presented as participants from around the world came to fellowship, exchange ideas, critique one another and keep up with the most recent scholarship in their disciplines.

President-elect Norman Geisler served as program chairman and put together a superb array of speakers on the conference theme, “General Revelation.” Plenary speakers were Thomas Oden, who spoke on “General Revelation and Theology,” and invited guests Dallas Willard, who spoke on “General Revelation and Philosophy,” and Phillip Johnson, whose topic was “General Revelation and Science.” Each session was followed by a spirited and informative question-and-answer time.

Parallel sessions were conducted on the conference theme as well as other disciplines such as OT, NT, philosophy, missions, archeology, and much more. Parallel programs were conducted by the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Near East Archaeological Society and the Adventist Theological Society. Study groups were held in the areas of dispensationalism, hermeneutics, the study of the Bible as literature, and Stone-Campbell theology.

The food and fare of the annual fellowship banquet on Thursday evening were enjoyed by a crowd of nearly five hundred. Afterwards Moisés Silva delivered his ETS presidential address, “Can Two Walk Together Unless They Be Agreed? Evangelical Faith and Biblical Scholarship.” Silva took his former mentor, James Barr, to task for his often shallow, uninformed and inaccurate criticisms of evangelicals. He then turned the other cheek and aptly applied many of Barr’s genuine insights. Silva’s address is featured in this volume of JETS.

Two sections of a large ballroom were set aside for thirty-two display booths. An additional eight tables were set up outside the display area. Publishers were able to feature their latest books and computer software, and in general offered discounts of fifty percent from their regular prices. Business was brisk, and many suitcases were heavier on the return trip home.

During the first business session, held on Thursday afternoon, president Sil...

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