October 14–16
Trinity International University—Deerfield, IL

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 —

More speakers to be confirmed. Check back soon!

Hans Boersma

is the Saint Benedict Servants of Christ Chair in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Wisconsin. His work centers upon the retrieval of a sacramental ontology. His books include Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry and, most recently, Five Things Theologians Wish Biblical Scholars Knew. Hans and his wife Linda have five children and thirteen grandchildren. He is a Deacon in the Anglican Church in North America and a contributing editor of Touchstone.

► Articles from this speaker in 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.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

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.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

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.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

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.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

Peter J. Leithart

is President of the Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and serves as Teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church (CREC) in Birmingham. He is author, most recently, of Baptism (Lexham, 2021). He and his wife Noel have ten children and fifteen grandchildren. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

Carl Trueman

(PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He previously served as the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.

► Review of The Rise & Triumph of the Modern Self from Touchstone

— 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, IL 60015
1-847-317-7300

— Tickets —

Early Bird Rate now available!
Only $199 per person for entire access to the conference. Save $50!

Register at Early Bird Rate!


Ticket pricing breakdown below.
NOTE: Early Bird & Student Rate registrations cannot be completed in the same transaction.
Please register students at the Student Rate separately.

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

— Program Schedule —

• Registration opens at 4 p.m. on Thursday, the 14th, and the conference should be all wrapped up by 11:30 a.m. on Saturday the 16th.
A more complete program schedule will be posted online when it becomes available.

— 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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