How Did it All Begin?

Covenant Fellowship Church, Greater Philadelphia
Past Event April 5, 2013 - April 6, 2013
How did the universe begin? How did life start? How did complex living things arise? Explore these big questions and more at the fourth annual Westminster Conference on Science and Faith on April 5-6, 2013 at Covenant Fellowship Church in the greater Philadelphia area. This year’s theme is “How Did It All Begin?” and features speakers such as renowned Oxford University mathematics professor John Lennox and leading intelligent design theorist Stephen C. Meyer.

Dr. Lennox has debated prominent “New Atheists” including Richard Dawkins and is author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, God and Stephen Hawking, Gunning for God, and Seven Days that Divide the World. Dr. Meyer is Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and is author of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design and the forthcoming Darwin’s Doubt.

Additional speakers include Westminster Theological Seminary theologian Dr. Vern Poythress, author of Redeeming Science; molecular biologist Dr. Douglas Axe, co-author of Science and Human Origins and Director of the Biologic Institute; Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Dr. John G. West, editor of The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society; bioethicist Dr. Megan Best, author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made; and Westminster Seminary theologian Dr. Scott Oliphint, author of Reasons for Faith.

The conference will run from 2:00-8:30 pm on Friday and 8:45 am-5:00 pm on Saturday. Sessions will examine topics such as the origin of the universe, the origin of life, the origin of biological information, the origin of complex life, the “Cambrian Explosion” and the challenge it poses to modern Darwinian theory, new empirical evidence about the limits of Darwinian natural selection, C.S. Lewis’s insights on evolution and intelligent design, and bioethics and human dignity.

Download the Conference Schedule.

This event will be of special interest to seminary students, college students, and pastors and other church leaders. The conference is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary and Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

The conference is being held at Covenant Fellowship Church in greater Philadelphia.


Pre-registration is now closed, but walk-up registration will be available at the conference (space permitting). Because materials and lunches have been pre-ordered, we cannot guarantee enough supplies for walk-ups, but we will do our best to accommodate you. Walk-up rates will be as follows:

Students: $40
General Public: $90

Conference registration includes admission to all sessions, educational materials, lunch on Saturday, plus a professionally produced set of DVDs featuring all conference plenary and breakout sessions (a $50 value!).

Early-Bird Registration (thru March 1, 2013): $25 for students and $70 for the general public.

Regular Registration (March 2 thru March 29, 2013): $40 for students and $90 for the general public.

Group Registration (thru March 29th): $50 per person for groups of 10 or more (group registration form and payment must be received by March 29, 2013; for more information, contact

To register, click the appropriate button below:


General Public

For groups of 10 or more, download the Group Registration Form.

Cancellations/Refunds: If your plans change and you are no longer able to attend the conference, please email Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made by 5:00pm (EDT) on Friday, March 29th.


Conference venue:
Covenant Fellowship Church
1 Fellowship Drive, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Attendees are responsible for securing their own lodging and transportation. The Hampton Inn & Suites (1.5 miles from Covenant Church) is offering a discounted rate of $99+tax/night (which includes WiFi and continental breakfast) for reservations made by March 6th. Reservations can be made online, or by calling (610) 358-9540 and mentioning the “Science & Faith Conference” at Covenant Fellowship Church. Follow this link for a list of other hotels in the Glen Mills area.