Azusa, CA (2018) —Azusa Pacific University will hold the annual Sophia Forum, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, September 13-14. Each year the department invites a leading Christian thinker from around the world to inspire and equip the next generation of scholars. The forum takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, and from 3-5 p.m. on Friday in Upper Turner Campus Center, located at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa. The lectures are open to the public at no cost.

“Participants will learn more about God through logical reflection,” said philosophy professor Josh Rasmussen, Ph.D. “Many people grapple with theological questions, and the Sophia Forum provides tools to deepen ones faith while providing a wide variety of perspectives and approaches from different theological streams of the church.”

This year’s forum features William Lane Craig, Ph.D., research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University. Craig earned his B.A. at Wheaton College, two M.A. degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, and a Ph.D. from the University of Munich. Craig has authored and edited more than 30 books, and was named one of the 50 most influential living philosophers.

Craig’s lecture will defend the doctrine of Christ’s penal substitution, which holds that Christ bore the suffering that we deserved as the punishment for our sins, satisfying the demands of divine justice and winning our pardon.

“Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means for God to forgive sins, and this understanding is transformative,” Rasmussen said.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the Sophia Forum’s page.


Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
Phone: (626) 815-4502

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 80 bachelor’s degrees, 51 master’s degrees, 25 certificates, 12 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 2 associate‘s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional campuses throughout Southern California.