The Friday debate and the Saturday conference deal with whether we should take Genesis chapters 1-4 literally and simply as they were originally understood, or whether we should attempt to meld the Scripture's account of creation with evolutionism.
Friday Debate: Dr. Joshua Swamidass and Dr. Marcus Ross
Dr. Swamidass' book The Genealogical Adam and Eve proposes that "deep time" was real, and Adam and Eve were real, were specially created, and were placed in the Garden, but were physically identical with many preexisting evolved humans outside the Garden, with whom their descendants married. Over many succeeding generations, their unique spiritual qualities were somehow transmitted to the rest of the biological human race, but their actual DNA was dissipated among their descendants and likely completely lost to the current human population.
Dr. Ross will defend the view that Genesis is intended to be taken literally, a literal interpretation is not contrary to science, attempting to meld the Bible's creation account with evolutionism is logically impossible, and it destroys the reason for Christ's death as the Second Adam Who was needed, and able, to redeem humanity because we are descended from Adam and Eve.
Dr. Joshua Swamidass is an associate professor of pathology & immunology at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Marcus Ross is a professor of geology at Liberty University, and a paleontologist. He answered Dr. Swamidass in an article published by Trinity International University's Henry Center, Hedges around His Garden.
Saturday Conference: Dr. Marcus Ross, Dr. John Baumgardner, Dr. Danny Faulkner, Pastor Rick McGough, Helmut Welke
The three plenary sessions deal with fossils, geology, and astronomy. The breakout sessions will deal with catastrophic plate tectonics, world events from 1948 onward in the light of prophecy, how genetics contradicts evolutionary beliefs, problems with the Big Bang, evidence of creation in the human body, and mosasaurs (an extinct large marine "dinosaur"). Most sessions will be on a layman's level.