PART 3: THEISM
Friday Feb 7, 7 pm, Price Chopper.
In our third part of our series comparing atheism, pantheism, and theism, Pastor Eugene Curry will represent the most common form of theism in our area: Evangelical Christianity. This brand of religion is the one most of us have most experience with and — let’s be honest — is the one atheists most dislike. So if you don’t just come when you want to hear your own choir preached to, this is your opportunity to scrutinize the position of a knowledgeable evangelical Christian. Come put your most difficult questions to a Christian apologist. And give yourself a chance to fairly compare all three broad viewpoints: atheism, pantheism, and theism.
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/ProvocateursAndPeacemakers/events/161010122/
Pastor Curry says:
From humble and even scandalous beginnings as a marginal sect centered on a convicted criminal publicly executed in the ancient Near East, Christianity has grown to become the single most numerous and ethnically diverse religion in the history of the world. With more than two billion followers spread across all seven continents, Christianity has proven remarkably successful. It led in the development of the great universities of the Western world, from the Sorbonne to Oxford to Harvard. It has established countless orphanages and hospitals around the globe. Museums in a hundred nations are filled with the artistic masterpieces it has inspired. Entire national cultures and written languages have even been brought into being through its influence.
But while Christianity has been very successful, is it true? Are its central beliefs borne out by the facts as we know them? Does God exist? Did Jesus of Nazareth actually rise from the dead? And how can one possibly know?
On February 7, I will speak on the rational foundations of the Christian religion. Evidence drawn from modern cosmogony and cosmology, evolutionary biology, religious anthropology, moral ontology, analytic philosophy, and history will be presented. I will build on these points to argue that, of the available options, Christianity best fits the data in hand—better than alternative religious schemas, and certainly better than naturalism—and that it therefore can and should be accepted. He’ll then move on to discuss some of the existential implications of his view concerning such matters as hope of life after death and the possibility of moral redemption.
Pastor Curry’s presentation will be followed by what’s sure to prove a vigorous Q&A session in which the audience is encouraged to interact with his points, countering with arguments of their own. Don’t miss this event! We’ll be talking about it for a long time!
Come early at 6:45 to get a good seat and get to know people.
Afterward, let’s continue our conversations at the nearby Blue Moose.
Fred Heeren / [address removed] / [masked]
Where this fits into the rest of our series:
HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD AS ...
PART 1: ... AN ATHEIST (last meetup, Dec 13)
PART 2: ... A PANTHEIST (Jan 10)
PART 3: ... A THEIST (Feb 7)
PART 4: ALL THREE VIEWPOINTS SCRUTINIZE THE OTHERS (Mar 14)