October 13–15
Trinity International University—Deerfield, IL

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Diabolical Fantasies & the Mystery of the Real

— About —

A diabolical fantasy is a false image that presents itself as something real. "Transgender woman" and "gay marriage" are two obvious examples of diabolical fantasies that mean to replace the reality of sex and marriage in God's created order. Christians must disentangle ourselves from the unrealities of our age because "by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."

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 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 senior editor of Touchstone.

► 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. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone

► Talks from past Touchstone conferences.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

Michael Hanby

is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy of Science at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America. Professor Hanby is author of No God, No Science? Theology, Cosmology, Biology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), and Augustine and Modernity (Routledge 2003). He has contributed chapters to a number of volumes and is also author of several articles appearing in Communio, Modern Theology, Pro Ecclesia, and Theology Today.

Jack Phillips

is the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. In 2012, Mr. Phillips was convicted of having violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when he refused to design and bake a custom cake to celebrate a same-sex couple's "wedding" in another state. Three weeks after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2017, the Colorado Civil Rights Division informed Mr. Phillips that he had once again violated the Anti-Discrimination Act, by refusing to design and bake a custom cake to celebrate the anniversary of a local lawyer’s "transition from male to female."

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

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

R. V. Young

is Professor of English Emeritus at North Carolina State University, and a former editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Idea of Western Civilization (Catholic University of America Press). He and his wife are parishioners at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They have five grown children, fifteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

► Articles from this speaker in Touchstone.

More speakers will be announced soon!

— Venue —

Trinity International University

2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

[ download detailed campus map, complete with walking paths, parking information, building locations. ]

— Lodging —

La Quinta Inn & Suites
This hotel is a short walk from Olson Chapel. Call (847) 317-7300 and let them know that you want to book a room for the Touchstone conference.

Homewood Suites
This hotel is is a five minute drive from Olson Chapel. Call 847-945-9300.

Hampton Inn
The Hampton Inn is a five minute drive from the Olson Chapel. Call 847-478-1400.

— Tickets —

$199 per person for full access to the conference.
Full-time clergy attend for free. Please email conference@touchstonemag.com for more information.

Register today!


Type Price Rate Ends Included
Buy Super Early Bird Rate $199 June 30 Full access / meals / entire conference
n/a Early Bird Rate $219 September 15 Full access / meals / entire conference
n/a Regular Rate $274 October 13 Full access / meals / entire conference
Buy Student Rate $19 October 16 Full access / meals / entire conference

— Contact —

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Questions? Contact conference@touchstonemag.com.


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