Thoughts on the "Great" Homeschool Convention

Jason and I attended a homeschool convention in Greenville, South Carolina this weekend.  Normally we go to the South Carolina convention in June which is put on by SCHEA, but we were drawn to this first Southeast convention put on by this organization because of some big name speakers including Ken Ham and a concert by Tim Hawkins.

I had already decided I didn’t like the convention as much as the SCHEA convention.  This one was much larger, so its workshops were crowded; and there was a much more “impersonal” feel to the whole thing.  Tim Hawkins was great to see in person, but even that was poorly organized.  Tickets were oversold, and the location to watch him was not very accommodating.

And then, this.  Before the convention, I had read of a controversy between Ken Ham and Dr. Peter Enns (of whom I had not heard), also a speaker at the convention.  Ken Ham had addressed unbiblical ideas in Dr. Enns’s Bible curriculum and apparently has previously criticized BioLogos, the organization he is affiliated with.  At the convention, I attended one of Ken Ham’s talks and Jason attended another.  He did address the unbiblical ideas in the curriculum and did show materials which held unbiblical ideas from several vendors at the workshop.  At no point did he ever question the salvation or integrity of Dr. Enns or Susan Wise Bauer- also associated with BioLogos.  [ Note: I am corrected Dr. Bauer is not affiliated with BioLogos but does publish Dr. Enns’s Bible curriculum.]  Now, Ken Ham has been uninvited from the two final regional conventions!  I think this is outrageous, and I have posted the response from Answers in Genesis which includes links to the original blog posts and the email uninviting Ken Ham.

This has definitely helped me to make up my mind about attending this convention in the future.  I will stick with the SCHEA convention in the future, and I will be contacting the convention to let them know of my decision!

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