We meet Thursday nights at 7pm in the Libra room (SU 1.614).
Jan 12 What does the Bible say about Creation? Allen
Jan 19 A Physician's Perspective on the Abortion Debate - Making it Personal - Dr. Steve Arze
Jan 26 Messianic prophecy as evidence for the truth of Scripture - John Kanter
Feb 2 Hey Einstein! What Imagination Can Do for You Intellectually, Morally, and Spiritually - Byron
Feb 9 Gods among men and One who is God - Justin Bass
Feb 16 The Lord Jesus among the gods - key distinctions between Christianity & other religions – Dr. Justin Bass
Feb 23 Problem of Pain – Dr. Tristan Whalen (click for audio)
Mar 2 Historical Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Dr. Tim McGrew
Mar 9 Is the God of the Old Testament a Moral Monster? Allen
Mar 16 Spring Break
Mar 23 Responding to Common Skeptical Objections – discussing Skeptical Memes and Short Video Clips
Mar 30 The Case Against Naturalism Based on Free Will and Consciousness – Allen
Apr 6 When is Disagreement Useless, Wrong, Bad, or Even Good? Byron
Apr 13 Different Models for Sovereignty of God and Human Free Will – Steve Lee
Apr 20 Five Christian Lessons from Mathematics (click for audio) - Dr. Tristan Whalen
Apr 27 End of the Year Party
Friday Feb 24 @7pm in SSA Auditorium with FOCUS A Fortunate Universe - Life, the Multiverse and God By Dr. Luke Barnes, world expert on Fine-Tuning
Sunday Feb 26 @7pm at "The Door" in Deep Ellum; A Debate on: "Is Fine-Tuning Evidence for Theism over Naturalism?" Dr. Luke Barnes vs. Dr. Matthew Titsworth, an adjunct physics prof at UTD
Sunday Mar 5 @7pm at "The Ginger Man" in Fort Worth Dr. Tim McGrew: The Evidential Value of Acts
Other local events
UnApologetic Conference featuring Lee Strobel and Sean McDowell
– At Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas Jan 27-28
Intelligent Design talk by Dr. Doug Axe – Wed Feb 22 6:30pm at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church
– Rides available from UTD
Stand Firm conference March 3-4 in Fort Worth at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
– Fri Mar 3 is a debate between John Mark Reynolds and Michael Shermer
– Tim McGrew is giving 2 keynote speeches on Saturday March 4
– Steve Lee, Sam Dallas and Keith Loftin (who have all taught at our group) are also speaking
– Register at SWBTS.EDU/STANDFIRM (only $15 for students by 2/17)
Apologetics conference at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen on Fri-Sat April 28-29
– Dr. Sean McDowell, Astrophysict Dr. Jeff Zweerink of Reasons to Believe will also be speaking at this conference
– Many breakout sessions available on a wide range of topics
We meet every Thursday at 7 pm. All but the first 2 weekly meetings are in the Libra room (SU 1.614). The first 2 weeks we meet in ECCS 2.415.
Series I: Finding Truth
Aug 25 Seeking, Finding & Discussing Answers to Life's Most Important Questions (ECSS 2.415)
Sept 1 How can we know truth? (ECSS 2.415)
What can we learn from philosophy about how to properly determine what is true?
Sept 8 Libra room (SU 1.614) Skepticism: When is it appropriate and when not?
We will also discuss why God doesn’t reveal Himself more clearly?
Series II: Finding God
Sept 15 Overview of Philosophical Arguments for God’s Existence (Libra room)
Steve Lee provides an overview on key arguments with a focus on two of them.
Sept 22 Does God Exist Debate (Libra room)
Watch a debate with lots of discussion about what each side is saying.
Sept 29 Do the Foundations of Science Reveal Design? (Libra room)
Allen presents the fine-tuning argument in a similar fashion to the upcoming Fortunate Universe book (Cambridge University Press).
Oct 6 Should the History of Science Discredit Belief in God? (Libra room)
Allen presents on the history of science and religion with an emphasis on discrediting myths
Oct 13 Doesn’t Evolution show that we don’t need God? (Libra room)
Dr. Ray Bohlin discusses some shortcomings of Darwinian evolution.
Special event Daniel Rangel – “Life to the Full Through Sex?” Friday night Oct 14 with FOCUS
Oct 20 Faculty Panel – 3 current and 1 former UTD professor share their perspectives on the issues our group discusses and will answer your questions.
Oct 27 Student-led discussions of the content of previous weeks
Series III: Finding Meaning, Finding God
Nov 3 Testimony Night – students share their personal stories
Nov 10 No meeting on campus – we’ll be going out to eat together at Palio’s Pizza
Nov 17 Argument from Desire and Beauty
Nov 24 No meeting – Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec 1 To be determined
Other local events
We meet Thursdays at 7 pm in the McDermott Library MC 2.410
Series: Evaluating the Bible: Is Inspired by God? Can We Trust It?
Jan 14 Can I Trust the Bible? Or is it a Result of the Gossip Game? Byron
Jan 21 Is There Evidence for Divine Inspiration from Biblical Prophecy? Allen
Jan 28 Is New Testament historically reliable? Allen
Feb 4 Can We Trust That We Have the Right Books in the New Testament? Dr. Bass
Feb 11 The Bible and Science: Friends or Foes? Allen
Series: Who Was Jesus?
Feb 18 What has been the impact of Jesus’ teaching? Byron & Allen
Feb 25 Is Jesus the Only Way to God? Wouldn’t that be Narrow-Minded? Steve Lee
March 3 Did Jesus Claim to be Divine? Dr. Justin Bass
March 10 Is Jesus Unique? Byron
March 17 Spring Break! (no meeting)
March 24 What Historical Evidence is there for the Resurrection? Steve Lee
Series: Evaluating Other Religions – An Introduction and an Evidential Examination
March 31 Hinduism – Raj Sebastian
April 7 Islam
April 14 Why Does God Allow Evil? Allen
April 21 Worldview/Culture TBD
April 28 End of the Year Party!
Reason and Critical Thinking Series:
Thu Aug 27 7pm - Worldviews - Byron Barlowe
Fri Aug 28 7:30 pm in CN 1.112 – God’s Crime Scene - J Warner Wallace
Wallace, a cold-case homicide detective whose work has been featured prominently on Dateline, was an atheist until age 35 when he applied his skills to evaluate the evidence for Christianity and now speaks about the evidence for Christianity around the country. Wallace examines 8 critical pieces of evidence in the "crime scene" of the universe to determine if they point to a Divine Intruder.
Sept 3 - Logic and Reason – Raj Sebastian, Byron Barlowe
Sept 10 – How to Think Critically and Avoid Fallacies - Allen Hainline
Sun Sept 13 6:00 pm w/ free food: Star Wars Movie Watching Party and Discussion
Sept 17 in CN 1.112 – I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Dr. Frank Turek
Frank is a dynamic speaker who has presented around the country and overseas. He makes a powerful cumulative case argument that God exists, that the Bible is trustworthy and that Christianity is true based on science, philosophy, history and archaeology.
Fri Sept 18 6pm At Preston Ridge Conf. Center at Collin College in Frisco– Debate : Did Jesus Claim to Be God? Dr. Justin Bass vs. Dr. Bart Ehrman
Sat Sept 19 – Conference at Watermark Church lead by world class Biblical scholars such as Daniel Wallace, Mike Licona, and Darrell Bock
Sept 24 –“The Soul: A Review of Neuroscience and Near Death Experiences” Beau Bishop
Existence of God Series:
Oct 1 – Moral Argument – Charlie Holman
Oct 8 – Cosmological Arguments – Allen Hainline
Oct 15 – Intelligent Design - Tim Farage (Senior Instructor in CS dept at UTD)
Oct 22 – Limits of Biological Evolution - Dr. Ray Bohlin (PhD in Evolutionary Biology)
Oct 29 – Problem of Evil - Steve Lee
Nov 5 – Tying it All Together – Review and Discussion of Series
Fri Nov 6 7pm CN 1.112 Evidence for God from Physics - Dr. Mike Strauss (joint event with FOCUS)
Nov 12 – Cultural issue (TBD)
Nov 19 – Brief student lead discussions
Nov 26 – Thanksgiving
Dec 3 – End of Semester Party
Dec 18 – See Star Wars 7 “The Force Awakens” Movie on Opening Night!
All meetings Thursdays at 7 pm in the McDermott Library MC 2.410 unless otherwise specified. If the time is left out, it starts at 7pm.
Here is the schedule for previous semesters in case you're interested:
Reasonable Faith UTD: Schedule Spring 2015
Jan 15 "The Nature and Consequences of Christianophobia" Dr. George Yancey (UNT Sociology Prof)
7pm Jan 22 – Are Unborn Humans Worth Protecting? Dave Sterrett – FN 2.102
Jan 29 – How to interact with people on controversial topics? – Steve Lee
Feb 5 – How Do We Know Jesus of Nazareth was a Historical Figure? – Steve Lee
Tue Feb 10 – Dr. Frank Turek at SMU - I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
Wed Feb 11 – Turek speaks at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall at Man Church at 7pm
Feb 12 – How Reliable are the New Testament documents? Dr. Tim McGrew via Skype
Feb 19 - Is the Universe Finely-Tuned for Life and Discoverability? Allen & Blake
Feb 26 – The Moral Argument for God’s Existence - Dr. John Ferrer
Mar 5 – Intelligent Design in the Origin of Life? - Allen
Mar 12 – Intelligent Design or Darwinism? - Blake
Mar 19 – No meeting because it’s Spring Break!
Mar 20-21 – Stand Firm Conference at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth (featuring Cold-Case Homicide Detective J Warner Wallace)
Mar 26 – Jesus's Prophecies - (with emphasis on Mark 13) – Dr. Justin Bass
April 2 – The Positive Impacts of Biblical Christianity on the World - Allen
April 9 – Historical Evidence for the Resurrection – Blake Giunta
April 16 – Answering Atheism's Top 10 Objections – Blake
April 23 – Q&A – Blake and Allen
April 30 – End of The Year Party!
All meetings at 8:30 in Phoenix (SU 2.508) unless otherwise specified
Special local events in italics not on campus
Reasonable Faith UTD: Schedule Fall 2014
Sun Aug 24 – Kick-Off Party FN 2.102
Aug 28 – Can Faith be Reasonable? Garrett Engel & Allen Hainline FN 2.102
Sun Aug 31 6pm – Debate: Does Science Point to God? Allen Hainline vs. Lydia Allan (Live Oak 1311 Lipscomb in Fort Worth)
Sept 4 - New Testament: Reliable or Myth? – Jonathan McLatchie (click for audio) FN 2.102
Sept 11 - Epistemology – How Do We Gain Knowledge? Beau Bishop GR 2.530 (click for audio)
Wed Sept 17 7pm – Arguments for the Existence of God and Q&A - Dr. William Lane Craig via Skype (JO 3.516)
Sept 18 – Is the Universe Finely-Tuned for Life? Allen Hainline
Sat Sept 20 - 6 pm Debate: Does God Exist? – Blake Giunta and Justin Schieber (CN 1.112)(click for video)
Sept 25 – Divine Hiddenness – Why Doesn’t God Make Himself Clearly Known? - Steve Lee
Oct 2 – Is Free Will in Conflict with Naturalism? - Allen Hainline (click for audio)
Oct 9 – Are Humans More Than Just Matter? – Beau Bishop
Oct 16 – The True Myth: Christianity through the eyes of Tolkien and CS Lewis – Dr. Justin Bass
Oct 23 – Introduction to Philosophy and the Christian Worldview (click for audio) – Blake Giunta
Oct 30 – Cosmological Arguments for the Existence of God (click for audio) – Blake Giunta
Wed Nov 5 7pm “New Proofs For God’s Existence” – Dr. Robert C Koons (CN 1.120)
Nov 6 – Bible Difficulties – Blake Guinta and Allen Hainline
Nov 13 – Christian Particularism – Are Christians Narrow-Minded? - Steve Lee (click for audio) FN 2.102
Nov 20 – End of the semester Game Party bring your favorite board or card games! Come hungry as food wi;ll be provided!
Nov 27 – No meeting – It’s Thanksgiving!
All meetings in Phoenix Room in Student Union (SU 2.508) unless otherwise noted. All meetings are on Thursday unless otherwise noted.
Schedule for Spring 2014
Jan 16 – Faith and Epistemology - Allen Hainline
Jan 23 – Evidence for Christianity from Early Church Fathers - Dr. Justin Bass
Jan 30 – Differences Between Jehovah's Witnesses and Christians - Dr. Justin Bass
Feb 6 – Quantum Mechanics, Miracles and Materialism - Dr. Neil Shenvi via Skype
Feb 13 – Evidence for Resurrection – J Warner Wallace via Skype
Feb 20 – 4:30 Intelligent Design Jonathan McLatchie in FN 2.102 (Food provided)
Feb 27 – Archaeological Corroboration of the Bible - Ted Wright
March 6 – Archaeology and the Bible – Allen Hainline
March 13 – No meeting due to Spring Break
March 20 – Human Free Will and God’s Sovereignty - Steve Lee (FN 2.102)
March 27– How Can a Good God Allow Evil? Allen Hainline
April 3 – What if Atheists are Right? Beau Bishop
April 10 – 7:00 William Lane Craig Skypes in for Q&A (larger room – TBD)
April 17 – 7:30 Evidence for the Resurrection - Steve Lee (Joint meeting with Intervarsity in JSOM 1.118 (Davidson auditorium)
April 24 – Review and special discussions
Schedule for Fall 2013
Aug 22 Meet and Greet Party Libra Room SU 1.614
Aug 29 How can we find answers to life's most important questions? GR 2.302 audio
Series: Does God Exist?
Sept 5 Cosmological Arguments Phoenix Room SU 2.508 audio
Sept 12 Moral Argument – Steve Lee Libra Room SU 1.614 audio
Sept 19 – Fine-Tuning of Universe for Life – Allen Libra Room SU 1.614 audio
Sept 26 – What About Arguments for Atheism? - Libra Room SU 1.614
Fri Sept 27 6pm – Debate with ASH: Which Worldview Best Explains Reality? - CN 1.102
Fri Oct 4 6pm – Debate with ASH: Which Worldview Best Explains Morality? - CN 1.112
Series: Evidentially evaluating Christianity and other religions
Oct 3 – Comparing and Contrasting Islam and Christianity – Dr. Justin Bass Libra Room SU 1.614 audio
Oct 10 – Why a Former Atheist Detective Became a Christian - J Warner Wallace (via Skype) Libra Room SU 1.614
Oct 17 - A Homicide Detective Analyzes Evidence for Christianity - J Warner Wallace (via Skype) GR 2.302
Fri Oct 18 @7pm – Changing your Worldview - Afshin Ziafat - CN 1.112
Oct 24 Comparing and contrasting Mormonism & Christianity – Sam Dallas - Phoenix Room SU 2.508
Oct 31 Discovering and Discussing Truth – Allen – GR 2.302
Nov 7 Can we trust the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus? – Dr. Justin Bass - Libra Room SU 1.614 audio
Nov 14 "Grill a Christian"- Q&A with Philosopher Dr. Keith Loftin GR 2.302 audio
Nov 21 Origin of Life – Dr. Nils Confer - Libra Room SU 1.614 audio
Nov 28 – No meeting - it's Thanksgiving!
Dec 5 – End of semester party! Phoenix Room SU 2.508
All meetings are 8:30-9:30 Thu nights; All rooms are in Student Union except for GR (Cecil Green Hall) and CN (Clark Center)
Notes on Some Topics:
Origin of Universe:
Most scientists agree that the universe came into being a finite time ago – does this imply a Creator?
We'll discuss how new evidence relates to the classical cosmological argument for the existence of God. More details
Origin of Initial Conditions of Universe:
Presentations Our universe had to have begun in a very special way to result in an orderly universe rather than one dominated by black holes. Oxford physicist Roger Penrose marvels at "how precise the Creator's aim must have been, namely to an accuracy of one part in 10 to the 10 to the 123rd power." What are possible naturalistic explanations for this and other interest facts about the early universe?
Origin of Finely-Tuned Laws of Physics:
Virtually all scientists agree that only a tiny fraction of logically possible universes would have been life-permitting – what are the implications of this, does it point to God or to multiple universes? More details
Origin of Life:
What are the latest theories for a naturalistic origin of life? Does the evidence point more toward some type of supernatural involvement or does it seem to be an inevitable consequence of the laws of nature?
Origin of Morality:
Does objective morality exist? Are some things really wrong independent of a person or culture's opinions about it? If so, what is the basis for saying that something is objectively wrong? We'll explain arguments of philosophers on both sides of this issue.
Origin of Evil:
Is the existence of evil or suffering evidence against God? Why would an all-powerful God who is good allow evil to exist?
Other Origins topics:
Below is a brief synopsis of some of the arguments and evidence that we'll be discussing:
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