New from Areopagus Publishing

The Areopagus is pleased to announce the publication
of a new book by

Dr. Jefrey Breshears
Founder and President of The Areopagus:

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Summer Series: When the Music Mattered

When the Music Mattered

A Retrospective Series on the Social, Political, Spiritual, and Existential Themes in the Music of the 20th Century’s Most Significant and Influential Recording Artists

Join us for this special summer series as we review and critique the life and music of some of the most important singer/songwriters and recording artists of the 20th century who had such a profound influence on the art, the culture and the values of American society.

This is ideal for anyone who enjoys the history of socio/political topical music and artists such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Jackson Browne, Bruce Cockburn, and a few others.

Saturdays
May 31
June 14
June 28
July 12
July 26
August 9

6:45 PM

MT. BETHEL COMMUNITY CENTER
4608 Lower Roswell Rd.
Marietta, GA 30068

Get up to speed for the first discussion on May 31 by reading this PDF article on Woody Guthrie by Dr. Breshears

Newsletter for May/June 2014

A Testimonial to Faith and Courage

by Jefrey Breshears

Areopagus Newsletter ThumbnailOne morning in late January, 1998, I walked into a classroom at Georgia State University to deliver a lecture in my Modern U.S. History course on the origins of the Cold War. Just as I was getting ready to start, a knock came at the door. An interruption like this was unusual, but when I walked over to open the door, a young woman stood looking at me, and with a hint of slight self-consciousness she asked, “Professor Breshears, can I talk to you for a minute?” This was a rather odd request and odd timing, but something compelled me to step out into the hall and shut the door behind me.

She immediately began by saying, “You probably don’t remember me [I didn’t], but I was in one of your classes two years ago. After class one day, we had a talk. I had just found out that I was pregnant, and it seemed like my whole world was falling apart. I wasn’t married, I didn’t know what to do…

Download and read the free PDF Newsletter here.

May Forum: New Reasons to Doubt Darwin

New Reasons To Doubt Darwin
The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design

Bruce Phillips
Associate Director of The Areopagus

Two books come close to defining the current discussions around Intelligent Design, both by Stephen Meyer. In the first, “Signature in the Cell,” Meyer sets out the case for Intelligent Design based on the kind of information we find in DNA. In his more recent work, “Darwin’s Doubt,” he takes this argument several steps further and looks at the complexity involved in creating new animal forms compared to the incredibly short time period over which most forms show up in the fossil record.

It’s difficult to understand the complexity, marvel at the “burst” of animal forms 500 million years ago, and not conclude that there was more going on than random mutation and natural selection as the orthodox Darwinists would maintain.

 

Thursday, May 15th
7:30 PM
Perimeter Church

 

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Homosexuality and the Culture War Within the United Methodist Church

A Response to Bishop Sano’s “Call to Biblical Obedience”

by Ben Witherington

(Edited by Dr. Jefrey Breshears)

3/20/2014

Part 1

It was with great sadness, and dismay, that I read the recent article by Bishop Sano, a retired bishop of the UMC, which can be found here, at this site – http://www.pnwumc.org/news/biblical-obedience/. I find it sad not only because Bishop Sano is in fact calling for the very opposite of ‘Biblical Obedience’. I find it sad because he mistakenly thinks that a matter of sexual ethics and sexual behavior is somehow a ‘justice’ issue, when it absolutely is not. The very logic of Scripture is turned upside down in order to support an increasingly popular view of gay and lesbian sexual activity and gay marriage as well. The coup de grace for me was when Bishop Sano decided that we must support these cultural trends as an act of ‘Biblical Obedience’. As a NT scholar who has spent the last thirty five years of my life exegeting the New Testament and writing commentaries on all the books of the NT, this frankly was a bridge too far. So the following is the first part of my response, in four blog posts.

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April Event with The Discovery Institute

This event has SOLD OUT! 

No walkup admission will be available

Science and Faith: Are They Really in Conflict?


Has science disproved God?

Or do new scientific discoveries actually
provide compelling support for faith?

Find out on Sunday, April 6th at this special event featuring:


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Newsletter for March/April 2014

DNA, Determinism and Free Will

The Areopagus Update Jan-Feb 2014In probing the operation of DNA, scientists have learned much more about a second biological encyclopedia of information (in addition to the “genome”) that resides above the primary information stored within our DNA. Researchers have discovered a complex system of in the cell – sophisticated “software” situated beyond DNA – that directs DNA’s functions and is responsible for our embryonic development and the differentiation of a single fertilized egg cell into more than two hundred cell types in a mature body…. This “information beyond DNA” plays a crucial role in each of our 60 trillion cells, telling the genes exactly when, where, and how they are to be expressed. This is biology’s mysterious new frontier – the epigenome.

Read the full PDF article here.

March Forum with Dr. Tom Woodward

Your DNA Is Not Your Destiny:

The Genetics Revolution
And the Keys to Improved Health

 

Dr. Tom Woodward

Dr. Tom Woodward

Founder and Director, The C. S. Lewis Society, and
Research professor and department chair
of the Department of Theology at Trinity College of Florida

Over the past two decades scientists have succeeded in unlocking the human genome and cataloguing its DNA text However, in the midst of this great achievement, they have stumbled upon a previously- hidden continent of complex information in living cells, of which DNA is just the tip.

This “second code of life,” which acts like the director of the DNA orchestra, seems to be connected powerfully to health.

This presentation is a tour of these remarkable discoveries and an exploration of their implications for better human health and the argument for Intelligent Design.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 6th, 7:30pm

Location: Perimeter Church, Midtown Auditorium

(The location was moved from the Fellowship Hall of Perimeter Church to the Midtown Auditorium of Perimeter Church)

The Beatles: A Retrospective

There certainly has never been a music group as charismatic or prolific as the Beatles. From the time their manager Brian Epstein cleaned up their scruffy image and dressed them in matching suits, the Beatles set the style for the youth culture of the sixties. As songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney produced an amazing volume of songs – over a seven year period they recorded more than 200 of their own compositions in addition to writing several hits for other recording artists. From the start, Lennon and McCartney agreed to publish their material together, although few of their songs were actual collaborations. Usually, whoever wrote the song sang the lead vocals, and since both vied for the spotlight, the arrangement inspired a creative and (mostly) friendly competition as each one tried to outdo the other. Feeding off each other’s energy, they wrote fresh, stylistic tunes that usually avoided the insipid sentimentality of most Tin Pan Alley music and created an artful, commercially popular synthesis of white and black pop music. 

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February Forum: The Beatles and the Transformation of American Culture

The Beatles
and the Transformation
of American Culture

A Retrospective 

of Their Cultural Legacy

 

To paraphrase the opening line of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — “It was [fifty] years ago today” that the Beatles first arrived in America, and they had a profound impact on the transformation of American culture. 

Join us for this special Areopagus Forum presentation — a retrospective on the cultural, the musical, and the religious influence of the Beatles on American society. Although there was (and is) much to admire in their music, this is not a “tribute” to the Beatles but rather a serious critique of their lives, their art, and their legacy. 

 

One Presentation Remaining


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20

7:30 PM
MT. BETHEL UMC / Room A18
(Choir Room).

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