July 10, 2012
"A Fast Ride with Cowboys of the Americas"
Richard Slatta, North Carolina State University
July 13, 2011 - Special Afternoon Lecture
"Intelligent Design: Why it should NOT be Taught in High School Biology Class... and how to Debunk "Science = Atheism""
Robert J. Russell (Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley)
In his lecture, Dr. Russell will argue that ID is either interventionist theology or standard evolutionary biology. If the former, it should not be taught in public high school biology courses. If the latter it is not an alternative to standard evolutionary biology and teaching it in public high school courses would be redundant. He will also discuss the socio-political agenda supporting ID at the Discovery Institute. He will unpack the claim often made in support of ID that standard evolutionary biology is inherently atheistic. Instead he will argue that the natural sciences are based on methodological naturalism, he will offer several reasons why methodological naturalism doesn't necessarily lead to metaphysical naturalism (atheism) and how it is actually rooted in the Christian doctrine of creation ex nihilo (out of nothing). He will list a variety of scientists and theologians who have developed a robust Christian interpretation of evolutionary biology known generally as "theistic evolution." Hence even if some voices claim that science supports atheism, it actually presupposes a theistic view of nature and should be welcomed by Christians as a way of understanding nature as God's creation.
June 23, 2010
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Ph.D. (Calvin College)
"The Seven Deadly Sins and Spiritual Formation"
June 30, 2010
Harry Stout, Ph.D. (Yale University)
"Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Considered as America's Sermon to the World"
July 7, 2010
Michael Emerson, Ph.D. (Rice University)
"Cracks in the Color Wall: How Protestant Churches are Moving Toward Racial Diversity"
July 14, 2010
James Bratt, Ph.D. (Calvin College)
"Plymouth Rock and Sullivan's Island: America's Split Self Image"
July 21, 2010
Miroslav Volf, Th.D. (Yale University)
"Faith and Globalization"
June 24, 2009
James Waller (University of Vermont)
"Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing"
June 25, 2009
Victoria Barnett (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)
"Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reflections on an ‘Unfinished’ Hero"
June 30, 2009
John Roth (Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College)
July 1, 2009
Nicholas Wolterstorff (Emeritus, Yale University)
"What do Beauty, Love, Justice & Worship Have to do with Each Other?"
July 8, 2009
Susan VanZanten (Wheaton College)
"The Reading Life – How Reading/Engaging Feed Each Other"
July 15, 2009
Stephen G. Post (Stony Brook University)
"Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving"
July 16, 2009
Stephen Dintaman (LCC International University)
"Teaching in Lithuania"
July 20, 2009
Wayne Jacobsen (Windblown Media)
"What If There Is A God Who Really Loves You?: An Examination of Themes from The Shack by Wayne Jacobsen, Collaborator and Publisher of The Shack"
July 22, 2009
Frank D. Macchia (Vanguard University)
"Behind the God of the Shack: Recent Revolutions in the Theology of God"
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