October 14–16
Trinity International University—Deerfield, Illinois

No Neutral Ground

The Cost of Discipleship in a Secular Age

— About —

The Touchstone conference brings together Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox Christians, a tradition-bound gathering of what C. S. Lewis called "Mere Christianity."


— Speakers —

Hans Boersma

is the Saint Benedict Servants of Christ Chair in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House, Wisconsin. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

Allan Carlson

is the John Howard Distinguished Senior Fellow at the International Organization for the Family. His most recent book is Family Cycles: Strength, Decline & Renewal in American Domestic Life, 1630-2000 (Transaction, 2016). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

► Talks from past Touchstone conferences.

Rod Dreher

is the author of Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, one of the fastest selling Christian titles of 2020. He also wrote one of the best-selling books of 2018, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.

He is a senior editor at The American Conservative, and has written and edited for Touchstone, the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, among other publications.

► Talks from past Touchstone conferences.

Anthony Esolen

is a professor at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery), and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius Press, 2019). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

► Talks from past Touchstone conferences.

S. M. Hutchens

served as a reference librarian for twenty years, retiring in 2015 to become Touchstone's book review editor. He has been Chairman of the Fellowship of Saint James and is a senior editor of Touchstone, in which most of his writing appears. He has also published essays and reviews in The New Oxford Review, The Congregationalist, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, The Religion and Society Report, The Evangelical Catholic, Sursum Corda, Books and Culture, and The New Atlantis. He and his wife Mary live near Racine, Wisconsin, and have two daughters.

► Talks from past Touchstone conferences.

Peter J. Leithart

is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and the president of Trinity House Institute for Biblical, Liturgical & Cultural Studies in Birmingham, Alabama. His many books include Defending Constantine (InterVarsity), Between Babel and Beast (Cascade), and, most recently, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor University Press). His weblog can be found at www.leithart.com. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

Carl Trueman

is professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. He has an M.A. in Classics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Church History from the University of Aberdeen. He has authored a number of books, including The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology and The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism. He lives in Oreland, a suburb of Philadelphia, with his wife, Catriona, and his two sons, John and Peter.

— Venue —

Trinity International University

2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

— Lodging —

There are a limited number of rooms discounted for Touchstone conference attendees at the La Quinta directly adjacent to Trinity International University. Call and mention the Touchstone conference to reserve your room.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham
2000 Lakeside Drive
Bannockburn, Illinois 60015
1-847-317-7300

— Tickets —

Super Early Bird Rate now available!
Only $179 per person for entire access to the conference. Save $70!

Register at Super Early Bird Rate!



Ticket pricing breakdown below.

Type Price Rate Ends Included
Super Early Bird Rate $179 July 2 Full access / meals / entire conference
Early Bird Rate $199 September 30 Full access / meals / entire conference
Regular Rate $249 October 15 Full access / meals / entire conference
Student Rate $19 October 16 Full access / meals / entire conference
Thursday Only $75 October 14 Access to single day / no meals
Friday Only $150 October 15 Access to single day / no meals
Saturday Only $75 October 16 Access to single day / no meals
Virtual Access $100 October 16 Live-streaming access / all sessions

— Contact —

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Questions? Contact conference@touchstonemag.com.

NOTE: We do not anticipate that the state of Illinois will impose capacity restrictions relating to COVID-19 into October 2021. However, in the event of such restrictions we will issue a full refund beginning with the most recently purchased tickets until we meet capacity requirements.


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