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.

Update: The presentation slides are now available. Audio will be available soon.

The Intersection of philosophy, science, and theology

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

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“The Intersection of philosophy, science, and theology”
Dr. Sarah Salviander

Tuesday, November 7, 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

We will compare the religions of Christianity and modern secularism — their philosophies, science, and theologies — in light of internal consistency, consistency with the world, and the fruit they bear.

The evidence over the last century indicates that the religion of modern secularism has been a disaster for humankind, and that Christianity is the best option if humans are to survive and thrive.

Update: The presentation slides and audio are now available.

Made in the image of God

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

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“Made in the image of God”
Dr. Dennis Wilson

Tuesday, October 24, 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

One of the biggest — if not the biggest — challenges for Christians is the Darwinian evolutionary scenario of “human origins” as described by the fossil record. The Darwinian process is often illustrated by an evolutionary (phylogenic) family tree with dotted lines connecting over ten different species of hominids. But this description raises many questions. We will examine some of these questions and offer an alternative explanation.

The second and larger problem with the gradual evolutionary description is the record of inventions left behind. In the early stages these were very primitive stone tools but more recently there was an explosion of intellectual creativity as described by the “complexity” of the inventions. This is inconsistent with a gradual evolutionary process, but consistent with the Biblical account.

Finally, we will look at six key discriminators that illustrate why we are fundamentally different than any of God’s other creations.

Update: The presentation slides and audio are now available.

The Christian foundation of modern science

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

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“The Christian foundation of modern science”

Dr. Sarah Salviander

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:00 – 8:15 pm, with optional 30 minute discussion to follow

We’re trying something new this week: the first 15 minutes includes fellowship time and tasty treats, and the lecture will start at 7:15 pm.

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

For years, Christians have found themselves in retreat over claims that science contradicts Christian beliefs and that the two are irreconcilable. Some atheists even claim a “war” has been raging between science and religion for centuries. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In this talk, I will discuss the findings of scientists and historians who are re-discovering that Christianity is not only compatible with science, but was a major factor in the rise of modern science.

Update: The presentation slides and audio are now available.

The obstacles and forces opposing Christianity

Please join us tonight at Defending Christianity for Lecture 1 of the Introductory Module.

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“What are the obstacles and forces opposing Christianity?”
Dr. Dennis Wilson

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 pm, with optional 30 minute discussion to follow

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 lesson gives an introduction to the overall goals of the Defending Christianity Ministry, summarizes the obstacles to Christianity, and identifies the forces opposing Christianity.

The obstacles fall into the following three basic groups: emotional; volitional; and intellectual.

The intellectual group is an area where apologetics is uniquely suited. The premise is that God’s world and God’s word must be in harmony.  This involves: (1) showing the agreement between science and scripture; (2) using philosophical arguments of truth and logic to expose the flaws in other worldviews; and (3) providing evidence for the authenticity of scripture and secular historical evidence for Jesus Christ.

We will identify the major opposing forces to Christianity so the class is better equipped to recognize them and understand how to engage them in a way that uses evidenced-based reason, but is also non-confrontational.

Update: The presentation slides are now available in PDF format below. We are working on providing audio for future lectures.