Non-Trivial Pursuits

2016-2017

Man’s Search for The Existence of God

From our greatest scientists & philosophers, learn:

  • How the Universe began

  • Was it an accident or created?

    Explore & examine the latest scientific evidence!

 

 

 

Date

Time

Presentation

Description

Sunday

 9/18/16

11:00 am following service

Congregation preview of the new Chapel Hall
Multi-Purpose Theatre!

Casual reception with hors d'oeuvres, OJ, and Mimosas (for those so inclined!)

Monday

9/19/16

7-8:30 pm

Series Kick-off

The Cosmological Argument

“Beyond the Big Bang”

Introduction to the beginning of everything

Monday

10/3/16

7-8:30 pm

The Cosmological Argument cont.

“In The Beginning”

 

Does the scientific evidence point toward or away from a Super-Natural Creator?  Interviews with a wide range of scholars

Monday

10/24/16

7-8:10 pm

The Teleological Argument

Intelligent Design

 “The Privileged Planet”

An unforgettable journey from the most remote galaxies to the planet we call home.  

Monday

11/7/16

7-8:15pm

 

The Teleological Argument cont.

Intelligent Design

"A Finely Tuned Universe"

Learn how the universe and the earth are both finely tuned for life.

Monday

11/21/16

7-8:15 pm

“Origin”, a 46 minute video; and: “Surprises in the cell”; 30 min lecture by Stephen Meyer

A showcase of the brilliance of the biological systems that make life in the oceans possible

Monday

12/5/16

7-8:15 pm

 “The Mystery of Life”; 67 min video; and “What are the Chances”; 30 min lecture by Stephen Meyer

 

Monday

12/19/16

7-8:15 pm

Information Enigma”; 21 min video

Mind Behind Matter”; 30 min lecture by Stephen Meyer

Discussion, “New Atheism & biological evolution”:, 40 min discussion

 

Monday

1/9/17

7-8:00 pm

“A Personal God?”

The Reality of Moral Law

What Lies Behind It?

Should We Have Cause to be Uneasy?

Where does morality come from?  What’s behind moral law?

Should we be concerned?

Monday

1/23/17

7-8:30 pm

“A Personal God?”

“The Moral Necessity”

How do we come to know right and wrong?

Monday

2/6/17

7-8:30 pm

The Holy Bible: Foundations

“Authors of the Bible

How do we interpret it? Is it textually reliable?

Is it historically accurate?

Monday

2/20/17

7-8:30 pm

“The Shroud of Turin”

With Dr. Wayne Phillips

(Q&A follows the live presentation)

The renowned medical doctor shares his vast knowledge of the latest evidence (from as late as 2016) of data authenticating the Shroud

Monday

3/6/17

7-8:30 pm

The Holy Bible

“Is The Bible Reliable?”

Archeological evidence referring to places & events in the Bible

Monday

3/20/17

7-8:30 pm

The Evidence

“Prophecies of the Passion”

Examination of the unique structure of the Bible; the scientific accuracy; and the fulfilled prophecies

Monday

4/3/17

7-8:30 pm

The Evidence

“The Daniel Project”

A powerful presentation that avoids sensationalist apocalyptic hype associated with Nostradamus or Mr. da Vinci, taking the viewer on a journey presenting only historical facts.

Monday

4/17/17

7-8:30 pm

Alternative Religions and World Views

“So Is It God After All?”

“Right & Wrong”

Major world religions classified into world views.  What are their truths, contradictions?

 

Monday

5/1/17

 

7-8:30 pm

 

Alternative Religions and World Views cont.

“Failure of Relativism”

 

 

Can evolutionary ethics provide a coherent explanation of our moral experience?

Monday

5/15/17

7-8:00 pm

What Is Christianity?

The New Testament

“The Early Christians”

 

“The Greco Roman Context”

Who were the actual authors?  To whom did they write?

What was the religious environment of the Greco-Roman world like? How was ancient paganism different from what people today think of as religion?

Tuesday

5/30/17

7-8:00 pm

What Is Christianity?

The New Testament cont.

“Ancient Judaism”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Earliest Traditions”

 

Judaism was like other religions of the Greco-Roman world in some respects, but very different in others. At the time of Jesus, it had several sects. Many Jews embraced apocalyptic ideas, maintaining that God would soon intervene in history, crushing evil and bringing about his kingdom on Earth.

Why do scholars think that during this period, some traditions about Jesus came to be modified or even created?

Monday

6/5/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER BREAK

7-8:00 pm

What Is Christianity?

The New Testament cont.

“Mark – Jesus the Suffering Son of God”

 

 

“Matthew- Jesus the Jewish Messiah”

 

Mark is the shortest and oldest of the four Gospels. Its unknown author had access to oral traditions about Jesus.

Because Matthew, Mark, and Luke share so many of the same stories, they are often called the "Synoptic" Gospels. One of the ways to study Matthew and Luke is to compare them to Mark, looking for evidence of modifications.

Monday

9/11/17

7-8:00 pm

What Is Christianity?

The New Testament cont.

“Luke: Jesus the Savior”

 

 

 

 

“John: Jesus the Man from Heaven”

Luke emphasizes Jesus’ message of salvation emphasizing Jesus' "social" message of compassion for the poor & downtrodden.

 

In John's strikingly singular account, Jesus' own identity is the core issue. John's Jesus is himself divine, equal with God, an incarnation of God's own Word through which he created the universe.

 

 

Monday

9/25/17

 

 

 

7-8:00 pm

 

 

 

What Is Christianity?

The New Testament cont.

“Non-Canonical Gospels”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Historical Jesus-Sources & Problems

 

 

 

More than 20 Gospels survive that did not make it into the New Testament. They can be categorized as either narrative or "sayings" Gospels.  We’ll examine examples of each, including one that is among the most exciting archaeological finds of modern times: the "Gnostic" Gospel of Thomas unearthed at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1947.

In this lecture, you move beyond a discussion of the early Christian Gospels as literary texts, to consider their value as historical sources.

Monday 10/9/17

7-8:00 pm

What Is Christianity?

The New Testament cont.

“The Historical Jesus- Solutions and Methods”

What criteria do scholars use to determine which surviving traditions about Jesus preserve historically reliable information?

Monday

10/23/17

7-8:00

“The Human Condition”

An examination of man’s impossible search for happiness in emotional programs from childhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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