Analysis of the sequence of life described in Genesis 1

Please join us next week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 6 of the Introductory Module. Please note the room change below. We’re now meeting in Room 4.114.

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“Analysis of the sequence of life described in Genesis 1”
Dr. Martin Poenie

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 4.114 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

There has been a long and unfortunate conflict between Christianity and modern Science. Some of this conflict came to a head with the advent of modern geology and then later with Darwin. John Pye Smith, a 19th century British pastor and geologist wrote,

It is a fearful thing to array science and religion against each other; for, however unnatural and unjust this antagonist position certainly is, the fact of its existence is pregnant with evil on both sides. Men who have well studied the questions at issue, and who know the evidence of those geological facts to which such strong exception is taken, cannot by any possibility be brought to renounce their convictions”

–John Pye Smith (1774 – 1851; Theological Tutor at Homerton College, minister of the Old Gravel Pit Chapel in Chatham Place, and member of the Geological Society)

More recently, in 2010 Bruce Waltke, an eminent conservative Old Testament Scholar who once taught at DTS, was reportedly asked to leave Reformed Theological Seminary for writing that evolution and Christianity are compatible*.

In my presentation, I will talk about how biological organisms change and what the Bible says that is relevant to the question of origins. It is my conviction that when one understands the language, the Genesis account closely parallels the scientific history of life.

* Jaschik, Scott (2010-04-09). “Evangelical Scholar Forced Out After Endorsing Evolution.” USA Today.

The presentation slides are below. Audio will be available soon.

Rare Earth Hypothesis, part 2

Please join us tonight at Defending Christianity for Lecture 5 of the Science Module.

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“Rare Earth Hypothesis,” part 2
Dr. Dennis Wilson

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

This is the second part of Dr. Wilson’s presentation from December 19th.

In the last few decades, scientists have become increasingly aware of the fact that the laws of physics seem precisely “fine-tuned” for the existence of complex life. In this lesson we will define over twenty processes and events that are necessary for life on Earth.

This series will demonstrate that the Earth and its local environment provide a delicate and exceedingly rare place for complex life.

The presentation slides are below (same as the previous week). Sorry, there is no audio for this lecture.

Rare Earth Hypothesis, part 1

Please join us this coming week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 4 of the Science Module.

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“Rare Earth Hypothesis, part 1”
Dr. Dennis Wilson

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

In the last few decades, scientists have become increasingly aware of the fact that the laws of physics seem precisely “fine-tuned” for the existence of complex life. In this lesson we will define over twenty processes and events that are necessary for life on Earth.

In addition to the PPt presentation, a twenty minute snippet from the DVD, Privileged Planet, will be shown. Due to the addition of the DVD, this lesson will be broken into two parts. Part 2 will be presented on January 2, 2018.

This series will demonstrate that the Earth and its local environment provide a delicate and exceedingly rare place for complex life.

The presentation slides and audio are below.

The domain of science and religion

Please join us this week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 3 of the Science Module.

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“The domain of science and religion”
Dr. Dennis Wilson

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

In this lecture, we’ll explore whether and where science and religion intersect, and if there’s harmony or hostility between God’s word (the Bible) and God’s world (science).

The presentation slides and audio are below.

The heavens declare the glory of God, part 2

Please join us this week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 2 of the Science Module.

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“The heavens declare the glory of God, part 2”
Ed LaBelle

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

In our postmodern America, many people are leaving the church — especially Millennials and Generation Xers. One of the driving forces among these younger generations is the belief that there is a conflict between Science and Religion. In a 2011 Barna survey on why young people are leaving the church, the
#3 reason was because “Churches come across as antagonistic to Science.”

Part 2 will focus on what we as Christians can do to change this perception.

  • We can use science to show the beauty and majesty of God’s creation
  • We can emphasize that the same God who created everything from subatomic particles to galaxies also created them
  • We can show them that there is harmony between scripture and science i.e. dual revelation

The presentation slides and audio are below.

 

The heavens declare the glory of God, part 1

Please join us this week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 1 of the Science Module.

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“The heavens declare the glory of God, part 1”
Ed LaBelle

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture
Bonus: Ed will be bringing a telescope for an optional night sky viewing session after the lecture!

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

In our postmodern America, many people are leaving the church — especially Millennials and Generation Xers. One of the driving forces among these younger generations is the belief that there is a conflict between Science and Religion. In a 2011 Barna survey on why young people are leaving the church, the
#3 reason was because “Churches come across as antagonistic to Science.”

Part 1 will focus on a sidewalk astronomy ministry that was formed in 2016 called Psalm 19 Astronomy. The ministry’s mission is “sharing the beauty and majesty of God’s universe through astronomy.” King David wrote Psalm 19 about 3000 years ago exclaiming in verses 1-2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” These words are just as relevant today and are used to start a conversation at sidewalk astronomy events about the God who “places the stars in the sky and knows them by name,” (Psalm 147:4.)

God reveals His attributes in many ways (Romans 1:19-20) and today amateur astronomy can be one way for apologists to reach the public to discuss the Creator of heaven and Earth.

Following the talk we’ll have a live Psalm 19 Astronomy event (weather permitting) for interested participants. We will have a telescope set up to look at the Moon, the Andromeda galaxy, and some deep space objects.

The presentation slides are below.  Sorry, there is no audio for this lecture.

Click here for Ed’s notes.

Historical evidence for the authenticity of the Bible

Please join us this week at Defending Christianity for Lecture 5 of the Introductory Module.

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Historical evidence for the authenticity of the Bible
John Darms
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

7:00 – 8:15 pm
Join us 7:00-7:15 pm for fellowship
Optional 30 minute Q&A to follow the lecture

Room 2.120 (use the NW lobby entrance)
Hill Country Bible Church
12124 Ranch Rd 620 N
Austin, TX

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Summary

Evidence is presented to support the New Testament as a reliable record of the ministry of Jesus and of the early Christian church. The means by which the New Testament has been preserved are also examined.

The presentation slides and audio are below.