I have the privilege of helping with the following events. I hope you can join us with friends, family, work colleagues, or neighbours.
1. Does God Exist in China? with Q&A. Featuring John Bechtel
It is a commonly held belief in China that God does not exist. However, there is a strong and growing movement of people in China that claim that they have encountered God and now know him personally. Come hear masterful story teller and world class speaker John Bechtel as he shares stories about how this movement began in China and why it is growing. Then bring your thoughts, perspective, and your hardest and most curious questions to the Question and Answer period following the talk. Refreshments will be provided.
Born in Hong Kong in 1939, John Bechtel is the son of veteran Christian missionaries who served for fifty-one years in Hong Kong and China. As a toddler, he escaped with his mother on the last ship departing Hong Kong before the Japanese occupation of World War II. His father was interned by the Japanese in a concentration camp while John spent the war years with his mother in the United States, returning to Hong Kong at the age of seven.
He was educated through high school in the British system at King George V School in Hong Kong. Later, he majored in psychology at Houghton College in New York and spent two years in the Yale University language program.
Upon graduation from college in 1962, John was given a trip to Hong Kong where he observed the millions of people in crowded conditions. The desperate needs that he saw convinced him that he should dedicate his life to serving the Chinese people. While in China, he taught in high school, spoke frequently, and started a church in a high-rise resettlement area. Later, he and his wife Donna were able to realize their dream of starting Suen Douh Camp. Since its inception in 1971, over 1.4 million camper days have been recorded and many young people have been changed by this experience.
In 1981, Mr. Bechtel assumed a position with the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation as Project Director for Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.
Mr. Bechtel serves on several non-profit boards. He has recently been instrumental in building two orphanages in China, and a Training Centre in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
John has been the recipient of four honorary Doctoral Degrees and was the Houghton College alumnus of the year in 2014.
John and Donna Bechtel have two children.
Joining John for the Question and Answer period will be Logan Gates.
LOGAN GATES recently received his Masters from the University of Oxford. Topics he regularly speaks on include “Has science buried God?,” “Aren’t all religions basically the same?” and “If God, why suffering?” Previously based in Central America with an NGO, Logan speaks Spanish and French and travels widely around the world as a speaker with RZIM Canada. Logan’s passion is to help others see the beauty of a personal relationship with Jesus by responding to the toughest questions people ask about the Christian faith.
2. Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward with Dr. Nabeel Qureshi w/ Q&A at the University of Toronto
Friday March 18th, 2016 from 7-9PM
Location: University of Toronto, Medical Science Building, JJR Macleod Auditorium (MS 2158), 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto, M5S 1A8
New York Times bestselling author and former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi will give a personal, challenging, and respectful answer to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.
San Bernardino was the most lethal terror attack on American soil since 9/11, and it came on the heels of a coordinated assault on Paris. There is no question that innocents were slaughtered in the name of Allah and in the way of jihad, but do the terrorists’ actions actually reflect the religion of Islam? The answer to this question is more pressing than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive in the West seeking shelter from the violent ideology of ISIS.
Setting aside speculations and competing voices, what really is jihad? How are we to understand jihad in relation to our Muslim neighbors and friends? Why is there such a surge of Islamist terrorism in the world today, and how are we to respond?
Dr. Nabeel Qureshi will answer these questions from the perspective of a former Muslim who is deeply concerned for both his Muslim family and his North American homeland.
About the speaker:
Dr. Nabeel Qureshi received his MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA from Duke University and an MA from Biola University. Currently, he is a graduate student at the University of Oxford. Nabeel is an itinerant speaker with RZIM Zacharias Trust. As a former Muslim, and now a Christian, he is The New York Times bestselling author of “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.”
Dr. Qureshi has lectured to students at over 100 universities, including Oxford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong. He has participated in 18 public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. His focus is on the foundations of the Christian faith, the early history and teachings of Islam, and the interface of science and religion.
Limited seating for this event. To reserve your spot, register here today! .
3. What Is Behind It All? A Dialogue on God, Science and the Universe
Has a scientific explanation of the universe replaced the need for God as cause of its origins? Could life on our planet exist apart from divine intervention? Is there evidence for a designer? Does it even matter?
Join us live at Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto, or stream to your site via YouTube, as we explore whether or not God is necessary to explain our universe. We are bringing together three top scientific minds from three different perspectives (Atheist, Intelligent Design, and Evolutionary Creation) for this 2-hour dialogue. We invite you to be a part of the conversation on March 19, 2016 @7pm – “What Is Behind It All? God, Science and the Universe.”
*All the speakers will be live and in person at the University of Toronto in Convocation Hall.*
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
PROF. DR. LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS, an atheist, is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. He was born in New York City and moved shortly thereafter to Toronto, Canada, where he grew up. He received undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Physics at Carleton University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982), then joined the Harvard Society of Fellows (1982-85).
He joined the faculty of the departments of Physics and Astronomy at Yale University as assistant professor in 1985, and associate professor in 1988. In 1993 he was named the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, and Chairman of the department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. In August 2008 Krauss took up his new post as Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.
Prof. Krauss is the author of over 300 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and writing, including the Gravity Research Foundation First Prize Award (1984). Prof. Krauss is the author of many acclaimed popular books, including, The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe (Basic Books, 1989), which was named Astronomy Book of the Year by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Fear of Physics (Basic Books, 1993), now translated into 12 languages. His newest book, a bestseller, “A Universe from Nothing: Why there is something rather than nothing”, with afterword by Richard Dawkins, appeared Jan 10, 2012. In his spare time, when he is not writing, lecturing etc, he enjoys scuba diving, fly fishing, and mountain biking.
DR. STEPHEN C. MEYER, a Christian and Intelligent Design advocate, received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He has authored the New York Times best seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2013) as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009), which was named a Book of the Year by the Times (of London) Literary Supplement in 2009. In his first book on intelligent design, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2009) Meyer examined the mystery of the origin of the first life. With Darwin’s Doubt, he has expanded the scope of the case for intelligent design to the whole sweep of life’s history.
Meyer’s research addresses the deepest mystery surrounding the origin of life and the origin of animal life: the origin of biological information necessary to produce it. Meyer graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, in 1981 with a degree in physics and earth science. He later became a geophysicist with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Dallas, Texas. In 1986 as a Rotary International Scholar, he began his training in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University, earning an M.Phil. in 1987 and a Ph.D. in 1991. His doctoral thesis was titled “Of Clues and Causes: A Methodological Interpretation of Origin-of-Life Research.” He returned to Whitworth in the fall of 1990 to teach philosophy and the philosophy of science. He left a tenured position as a professor at Whitworth in 2002 to direct the Center for Science and Culture full time. Prior to the publication of Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt, the writing for which Meyer was best known was an August 2004 review essay in the Smithsonian Institution-affiliated peer-reviewed biology journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. The article laid out the evidential case for intelligent design, presenting it as the best explanation for the origin of the biological information necessary to produce the new forms of animal life that arose abruptly during the Cambrian explosion.
Meyer’s many other publications include contributions to, and the editing of, the peer-reviewed volume Darwinism, Design and Public Education (Michigan State University Press, 2004) and the innovative textbook Explore Evolution (Hill House Publishers, 2007). Meyer has also published editorials in national newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The National Post, The Daily Telegraph (of London) and The Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on national television and radio programs such as NBC Nightly News, ABC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, Good Morning America and the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. He has also been featured in two New York Times front-page stories and has garnered attention in other top national media. He has also been featured prominently in the science documentaries Icons of Evolution, The Case for a Creator, Darwin’s Dilemma and Unlocking The Mystery of Life, the latter which was shown on PBS and which Meyer co-wrote with producer Lad Allen.
DR. DENIS O. LAMOUREUX, a Christian and evolutionary creationist, received three earned doctorates: a Ph.D. in Oral Biology-Dental Development and Evolution (University of Alberta), a Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS, (University of Alberta), and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theology-Science and Religion (University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto). An award winning teacher, Dr. Lamoureux is an Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph’s College in the University of Alberta. His appointment is the first tenure-track position in Canada dedicated to teaching and research on the relationship between scientific discovery and Christian faith. Lamoureux’s academic specialty focuses on the modern origins controversy. Previous to this he was a clinical instructor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta from 1991 to 1996, had a private dental practice, and served as a Canadian Armed Forces Dental Officer (he received United Nations & Canadian Peace Keeping Medals in 1980 and 2003).
With Phillip E. Johnson, Lamoureux co-authored Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins (1999). Lamoureux has also written Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution (2008) and has condensed this book into into a more accessible version entitled I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution (2009). Lamoureux has debated John Walton, C. John Collins, and William Barrick in Four Views on the Historical Adam (2013). In addition to this, he has given over 250 public lectures throughout Canada and the United States.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Religion and Society Series is a movement to generate conversations on the ultimate questions of life. The purpose of the Series is to play a catalytic role in helping community groups and churches across Canada to engage people in topics that deeply matter to individuals and society.
See more information here: https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/religionandsociety
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