Coming this August: The Athanatos Festival and ‘Passion Experience’

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   Athanatos Christian Ministries is hosting its second annual festival August 3-5, in Greenwood, Wisconsin.  The festival will feature live music, presentations by scholars and authors, and a dramatic re-enactment of the trial and death of Jesus, called “The Passion Experience.”

   Featured scholars include Dr. Richard Weikart, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an organization known for its work demonstrating that the universe and much within it is the product of an intelligent Designer.  Also featured is Dr. Wayne Rossiter, a former atheist and evolutionary biologist who is now a Christian.  Both men are experts on the various ethical problems with Darwinian evolution, past and present.

   Returning this year is an Egyptian author who will providing an update on Christian persecution in the Middle East, and Egypt in particular.  Also attending is an Iraqi Christian author who escaped Iraq with his life.

   Music is provided by MPK Christian Celtic Band, classical guitarist Alyssa Catlin,  and musicians like Alma, Emily Roig, and others.

   Athanatos Ministries is also a publishing house.  Many of its authors will be in attendance, including Dr. Bernard Bull, the author of Missional Moonshots and Joseph Courtemanche, the author of Assault on Saint Agnes.

   While Christians are expected to enjoy the event the most, everyone is invited to come.  The festival will have a family-friendly environment where there are also deep and provocative discussions.

   Perhaps the most provocative part will be “The Passion Experience.”  The goal of this highly interactive dramatic presentation is to convey that the death and resurrection of Jesus is not just an article of faith, but rather a real factor of history.  “The Passion Experience” will be held on Saturday, August 5, at about 5 p.m.  It would be a good idea to arrive at least an hour earlier.  There is no charge to attend this event. 

   ACM is fundamentally an ‘apologetics’ organization.  Christian apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith, usually by offering evidences of various sorts for why Christianity is true, and attempting to meet objections of skeptics.

   ACM’s Executive Director, Dr. Anthony Horvath explains, “By re-creating First Century Jerusalem, albeit with some necessary poetic license, we can educate and inform both Christians and non-Christians about some elements of Jesus’ last days that even they may have overlooked.  

   “For example, the reason the Pharisees needed Judas to betray Jesus was because there were tens of thousands of Jews in town for the Passover, all dressed alike in order to be ceremonially pure.  One does not simply ring up the local hotel and ask for Jesus.  There were no telephones.  So, how does one locate a person who is dressed almost exactly like the other hundreds of thousands of people who are present?  The easiest solution is to have someone who knows that person take you to Him.”

   The festival begins on Thursday evening, August 3, but the grounds are open for camping on Wednesday afternoon, August 2.  There is no additional charge for tent camping.  

   To register or RSVP for the festival visit the festival website at​

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