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Public Lectures Archive

2013

June 26, 2013
Latino Evangelicals and the Future Growth of the Church in the United States
Juan Francisco Martínez (Fuller Theological Seminary)
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July 10, 2013
The Treasures and Trials of Eastern Orthodoxy
William Abraham (Southern Methodist University)
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July 17, 2013
Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Great Writers
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. (Calvin College)
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July 24, 2013
Seven Myths about the Reformation Debate over the Lord's Supper
Amy Nelson Burnett (University of Nebraska)
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2012

June 27, 2012
"The Hunger Games and Philosophy: Discipline and the Docile Body"
Christina Van Dyke, Calvin College
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July 10, 2012
"A Fast Ride with Cowboys of the Americas"
Richard Slatta, North Carolina State University
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July 18, 2012
"Religion and the Origins of Modern Science"
Peter Harrison, University of Queensland
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July 25, 2012
"Worship and Globalization"
Charles Farhadian, Westmont College
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2011

June 22, 2011
"God Sends His Love: The Mystery and Gift of Preaching"
Scott Hoezee (Calvin Theological Seminary)
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June 29, 2011
"How We Learn in Church (Even When No-one is "Teaching")"
David I. Smith (Calvin College)
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July 6, 2011
"Have You Seen Our Gospel Choir?"
Gerardo Marti (Davidson College)
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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)
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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.

July 13, 2011
"Religion and Science: Where the Conflict Really Lies"
Alvin Plantinga (Emeritus, University of Notre Dame)
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July 20, 2011
"The Adventure of Biblical Interpretation"
Frederick Dale Bruner (Emeritus, Whitworth College)
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July 26, 2011
"Why Religion is Natural and Theology is Not"
Justin Barrett (University of Oxford)
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July 27, 2011
"The Problem of Suffering"
Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University)
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2010

June 23, 2010
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, Ph.D. (Calvin College)
"The Seven Deadly Sins and Spiritual Formation"
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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"
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July 14, 2010
James Bratt, Ph.D. (Calvin College)
"Plymouth Rock and Sullivan's Island: America's Split Self Image"
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July 21, 2010
Miroslav Volf, Th.D. (Yale University)
"Faith and Globalization"
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2009

June 24, 2009
James Waller (University of Vermont)
"Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing"
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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)
"Forgiveness"

July 1, 2009
Nicholas Wolterstorff (Emeritus, Yale University)
"What do Beauty, Love, Justice & Worship Have to do with Each Other?"
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July 8, 2009
Susan VanZanten (Wheaton College)
"The Reading Life – How Reading/Engaging Feed Each Other"
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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"
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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"
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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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