By Derringer Dick
Patrick Henry College
Dr. John Warwick Montgomery
The event is sponsored by Montgomery’s denomination, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Filming is supposed to run from 10:30 a.m. until around 6:00 p.m. During the filming, PHC students may be given the opportunity to ask unscripted questions about the documentary’s topics, which range from moral relativism to the theological challenges posed by the theory of evolution.
Montgomery will be interviewed by Craig Parton, a Christian apologist and lawyer who studied for his master’s degree in Christian apologetics under Montgomery at the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.
The primary purpose of the film is to evangelize secular colleges.
“All over the country, on secular campuses, our church body has what amounts to chaplaincies,” Montgomery said. “One of the main purposes of this filming on Saturday is to provide copies of this thing to go to all of these campus ministers.”
The film would not only be distributed to Lutheran ministries, Montgomery added.
“Nothing in this stuff is specifically Lutheran; it’s all directed to non–Christian objections to the faith,” he said.
Interview questions will likely include common challenges to the Christian faith such as the problem of evil, the plurality of religions, the scientific issues surrounding the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the apparent paradox of the Trinity.
Montgomery believes the event will be valuable to Patrick Henry College students, especially ones who will take his Principles of Biblical Reasoning course through distance learning over the summer.
“I would want Patrick Henry College students to be far more concerned with debating non–Christians than debating Democrats,” he said. “There are a lot of students at Patrick Henry who haven’t really faced some of the most difficult apologetics issues, and that’s the kind of thing we’re going to be dealing with on Saturday all day.”
Students have been asked to join the studio audience during the first of the four segments, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
However, they should feel welcome to attend other sections so long as they do not disturb the progress of the shoot.