Faith & Reason

After four great years, the Faith and Reason Seminars held at Grace Church have come to a close.  PowerPoint files can be found at scienceandfaithseminars.org.  Although no longer at Grace Church, the seminars will continue as Science and Faith Seminars at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) on the second Friday of even numbered months, except December, at 7:00 PM and at the Christian Student Center (CSC) near the northwest corner of Central and Girard on odd numbered months except May at 7:00 PM with the complete schedule to be determined.  The objective of these seminars is to lay a solid foundation of reason and evidence for Christian faith and to explore the interaction between science and Christianity.

Aug 11            NHM Problems with Neo-Darwinian Evolution
Sept                             CSC Old Testament Historicity
Oct 13             NHM Evidence for Design in Cosmology and Physics
Nov                             CSC New Testament Historicity

 

We are available to give seminars to groups at other locations. Each session is designed to be one to two hours long with roughly half presentation and half discussion. Sessions can be presented individually or combined for retreats and workshops.

For more information contact: Mike Edenburn – mwedenburngc@aol.com – 505-869-2911

From the Middle Ages to the middle of the nineteenth century, the common belief in the western world was that God had created everything and that there was purpose in His creation. But, in the middle of the nineteenth century, a different world-view, a materialistic world-view, began to gain momentum. Materialism had been around since the time of the Greek philosophers, but advances in understanding of how the universe worked and the Darwinian theory of evolution appeared to give credibility to the idea (materialism) that all things can be reduced to matter, energy, and physical laws. Under this world-view, there was no need for a creator. God did not exist. There was no absolute standard for morality. In fact, the materialists? goal was to destroy the foundations of theism. This goal is alive and active today.According to the materialists, faith and reason are mutually exclusive. Reason is based on reality and science is the only reliable means for determining that reality. Faith is a matter of personal preference that has nothing to do with reality. The Church, to a great extent, accepted the separation of faith and reason and, in so doing, gave up the intellectual high ground it once held. As a result, materialism became the predominant world-view in the universities that were once Christian institutions, and from there, the materialistic world-view spread throughout public education and other institutions.

 

Faced with the materialist’s goal of destroying the foundations of theism, Christians must decide on a course of action. One course is continued acquiescence to the idea of separation between faith and reason. The other course is fighting back with the evidence that faith and reason are a unified whole and the basis for understanding reality. The second course is more difficult. It will require church leaders, Christian educators, parents, and young adults to get at least a basic education in the evidence that proclaims the reality that God exists and is the creator of all things, that the Bible is reliable, and that putting our faith in and glorifying Him is both natural and reasonable. The evidence is strong. This series of seminars will present it.

 

Topics

 

Science, Faith and World-View
Four basic arguments for a theistic world-view
Rival concepts of God and world-view


Introduction to Science and Christianity
The influence of Christianity on science
The influence of Darwinism
Science and Christianity today

 

Introduction to Intelligent Design
What is intelligent design?
How can we tell if something is designed?
The history of intelligent design and its controversy

 

Evidence for Design in Biology
Design in the cell and problems with chemical evolution
Design in DNA
Molecular machines and problems with neo-Darwinism

 

Evidence for design in cosmology and physics
The earth, moon, solar system, galaxy and universe
The elements
Fundamental forces
The universe and fine-tuning

 

Christianity and the Constitution
The framers intent
The U.S. Constitution
Effect of Fourteenth Amendment
Application to our daily lives: rights and restrictions

 

Bible Historicity: Documents, Geography, History, Archaeology
Old Testament
New Testament

 

Young-Old Earth Debate

Joseph D. Renick – Read bio
Michael Stewart Kent – Read bio
Michael W. Edenburn – Read bio
Stephen R. Whitehouse – Read bio
Michael L. Carrico-Read bio

GETTING HERE

 

Grace Church offers plenty of parking and three convenient ways to enter our campus, from San Antonio Drive, from Santa Monica Avenue, and from Louisiana Boulevard. Our parking lot wraps around our building. Once you are on campus, follow the signs through the courtyard and into our Worship Center. Once inside, our Children’s Church is down the hall to the right. Be sure to stop by our cafe to make connections over coffee and pastry.

 

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