Crestview Baptist Church will hold a Defending the Faith Conference Feb. 21-22.
The conference will offer an Apologetics view of Christianity to offer a reasonable defense for the faith, said the Rev. Marvin Patrick.
Patrick is one of the conference speakers and an advising pastor for Crestview Baptist Church.
“A lot of Christians believe because their parents believed,” he said. “We’re trying to (show you) why you can know that Christianity is true. (We want to) equip Christians to know what the evidence is for their beliefs so when they talk to somebody who says, ‘It’s just a leap of faith,’ they can say, ‘No, there’s more to it than that.’”
The conference will consist of six sessions that explore a variety of topics such as truth and morality.
Patrick said many people accept what they are told as truth, whether it is in favor of or opposed to Christianity, but people need to learn how to think critically and logically through what is presented rather than accepting what they are told at face value.
He said even atheists are welcome to present their views, although he is not interested in fighting over opposing beliefs.
“What we want to do more than anything else is help people think. God made our brains, he wants us to use them,” Patrick said. “We want to teach people to think well. No one’s got to accept what we present. Test it. Don’t take our word for it.”