Through the reconciliation of seemingly opposed perspectives - faith and modern understanding, THINK seeks to provide an avenue for intellectual discussion on Christian faith, philosophy and the sciences.
If you come from a Christian background but have recently been questioning your faith because of modern sciences or philosophy, then this group is probably for you.
If you are firm in your faith as a Christian but you feel unsatisfied with easy pat-answers to nagging questions such as "Why is there evil in the world?" or "Is believing in modern science compatible with a literal interpretation of the Bible," then this group is probably for you. Here, no hard questions are shied away from, and every issue is explored profoundly from multiple different standpoints.
If you are not religious but you are interested in Christian theology and are wondering whether it can be reconciled with modern science and philosophy, then this group is probably also for you.
Examples of issues that will be discussed in upcoming meetings:
Science and faith, issues of compatibility
Homosexuality: alternative lifestyle or categorical sin?
Human Suffering: God's Regret, Responsibility or Reasoning?
Should Governments Legislate Morality?
Satan: metaphor or spiritual danger?
War: Justified or Immoral?
Intellectualism and its acceptance in mainstream Christian culture
Ethics and Relativism
Is There an Afterlife?
Is Biblical faith compatible with the assertions of secular science? (e.g. believing in biological evolution)
Discussions are conducted as objectively as possible with mutual respect for each others' viewpoints, regardless of what they may be. This is not a debate group, but rather a discussion forum where we can all be challenged to think more critically about previously held beliefs (and assumptions) about Christianity, philosophy and the sciences.
Rules for public online forum:
(Upon recurrent and blatant disregard of these, a member will be banned from the group)
(i.e. no explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions)
(e.g. “jerk,” “idiot,” “fool”)
NO EXCESSIVE PROFANITY
(excessive use of words like f•••, sh••, etc.)
NO PERSONAL ATTACKS
(e.g. “The real reason that you don’t believe in God is because you just don’t like the idea of having to obey Him!” OR “You’re just using faith as a crutch because you just handle the idea of God not being there for you!”) Of course I understand that personal (constructive) criticism is sometimes beneficial, but in this case, please do it in a personal message (found at the top right corner of this site) and not on the public forum.
Guidelines for public online forum:
(These are general principles that should be upheld in the online discussion)
"Golden Rule of THINK": Hear out and consider other THINK members’ opinions as you would like them to hear out and consider your opinions.
Try to be patient and remember that other THINK members may come from different backgrounds, have different personalities, and have different life experiences than you do. The reason that they disagree with you is not necessarily because they are just “stubborn” or “obtuse." They may have legitimate reasons for why they believe what they believe, and you may even learn something from them :-)