Published May 6, 2004
Speakers for the general track, in the order of their talks, are:
Jeff Cavins, Catholic apologist and author of “My Life on the Rock,” and co-author with Scott Hahn, Ph.D., of “Our Father’s Plan,” a 13-week series on historical periods of the Bible shown on the Eternal Word Television Network. He is a contributing author of “Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God.”
Raymond Arroyo, news director and lead anchor of the Eternal Word Television Network, which serves over 80 million homes through the world’s largest religious network. He has covered papal visits and interviewed distinguished Catholics including Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D., a doctor of historical theology who studied under Cardinal Avery Dulles, and a father of five children, who brings relevance and practicality to his talks on faith. He is a weekly columnist for Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newspaper, and co-founder of Crossroads Productions, an apostolate of Catholic renewal and evangelization.
Deal Hudson, Ph.D., publisher and editor of Crisis magazine, a Catholic monthly, taught at Mercer University, Atlanta, in philosophy, and at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of four books and frequently published speaking on the relevance of Catholic thought to contemporary American life.
Christopher West, author of “Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II’s Gospel of the Body” and “Good News About Sex & Marriage: Answers to your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching” and the former director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Denver.
Alan Keyes, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in government from Harvard University and has spent 11 years in government service in the U.S. State Department and as a presidential appointee to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. A Catholic, an author and a speaker concerned with the moral fabric of the United States, he articulates a strongly pro-life viewpoint and speaks on the importance of faith and the need as a society to acknowledge God. “We stand on the threshold of an era when the greatest temptation will be to take overweening pride in our seeming achievements and to regard them with a sense of self-sufficiency that releases us from the boundaries of ordinary moral judgment,” Keyes wrote in 2000. “What could be more necessary than the humbling and limiting acknowledgment that there is, in fact, a God, and we are not Him? This essential element of religious faith will become ever more crucial to our well being and, indeed, to the survival of humanity in the course of the century to come.”
The emcee of the general track is Russ Spencer, FOX-5 news anchor and member of St. Brigid Church, Alpharetta.