“The Areopagus Update” for Aug/Sept 2016

The Upcoming Presidential Election: What’s At Stake

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Only the most ignorant, naive, or hopelessly partisan Americans would consider either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be an ideal candidate for president of the United States. Both are seriously flawed in terms of their character and their temperament. So why support either one of them? Very simply, there are several factors to consider.

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Summer Presentation: The Late Great Jesus Movement

THE LATE GREAT JESUS MOVEMENT:
The inspiring story, the music, and the legacy of one of the most unique and creative revivals in American history

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A Special Areopagus Presentation by

Dr. Jefrey Breshears

Eric Smith

Dr. Richard G. Howe

A presentation based on Dr. Breshears’ study guide, “The Jesus Movement Revisited”

“The Jesus movement of the late 1960s and early ‘70s was a response not only to the social, political and cultural upheavals of the time, but the relative staleness and sterility of mainstream institutional Christianity as well. In some respects it was the youth-oriented manifestation of a much larger spiritual phenomenon that was sweeping over the religious landscape, the charismatic renewal movement, but the Jesus movement was more energized and creative – and considerably more interesting….”

– Jefrey D. Breshears, The Jesus Movement Revisited

—– SATURDAY, JULY 23 —-
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Mt. Bethel Community Center
*New Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Room 108*

$20/person or $30/couple

Includes Dr. Breshears’ “The Jesus Movement Revisited” study guide and Chick-fil-A dinner

Godless Universe: An Interview with Physicist Sean Carroll and a Response from The Areopagus by Bruce Phillips

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From the article…

It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or ghosts, or human souls that reside outside of the body. Everything in existence belongs to the natural world and is accessible to science, he argues. In his new book “The Big Picture: On the Origin of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself,” out this week from Dutton, Carroll describes a guiding philosophy along these lines that he calls poetic naturalism. It excludes a supernatural or spiritual realm but still allows plenty of room for life to have a purpose…

The Original Interview:

Housed at Scientific American

A PDF transcription of the original interview

The Response from Bruce Phillips:

PDF Document

May Forum with Dr. George Yancey: Christianophobia

Christianophobia: Anti-Christian Bias and Discrimination in American Education and Culture

 

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April Forum with Dr. Paul Copan

From Faith to Skepticism: Notable Skeptics Who Were Once Professing Christians – and Why They Left the Faith

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Dr. Paul Copan
Christian philosopher & apologist,
and author of “The Gospel in the Marketplace”
“God Goes to Starbucks” and “Is God a Moral Monster?”

Over the years many influential skeptics have claimed that they were once Christians but left the faith as a result of studying and learning more about the Bible and the history of early Christianity.

What are Christians to think about the testimonies of such people, and how can we respond effectively to their arguments against the credibility of the Christian faith?
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March Forum

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How Political Correctness Is Destroying Academia and Higher Education

by Dr. Melvyn Fein, Sociology Professor at Kennesaw State University and
Author of “Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream” and “Redefining Higher Education”

Melvyn Fein is not a professing Christian, but throughout his prolific career as a sociology professor and author he has been a fierce critic of Political Correctness and liberal intolerance, and a courageous opponent of the radical left-wing domination of academia. Higher education has changed dramatically over the past 25 years, and Dr. Fein has much to say that Christian students, parents (and grandparents) need to hear about the current state of our colleges and universities.
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“The Areopagus Update” for March/April 2016

Areopagus-Update-March-April-2016-thumbFor the past twelve years the Areopagus website has kept people informed regarding our upcoming seminars and forums, along with our Statement of Beliefs and Mission Statement, general information on our ministry, our history and our board members, and various archived articles and newsletters.

Read the full PDF newsletter here
 
 
 

“Why I’m Glad I Watched The Super Bowl” by Dr. Jefrey Breshears

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Why I'm Glad I Watched the Super BowlI watch NFL games occasionally, but I’m no ardent fan. I’m familiar with some of the players, but I don’t know, nor do I really care to know, most of them. Furthermore, I’ve never cared for the whole corporate NFL image – a carefully crafted but very incongruent mix of conservative martial values and ultra-liberal Political Correctness. And when it comes to the grandiose spectacles that are Super Bowls, I have no interest whatsoever in watching commercials advertising the latest-and-greatest techno-gadgets and other superfluous products of corporate America, and I sure-as-hell am not going to subject myself to the glitzy, cheesy, trashy pop culture extravaganza that is the half-time show. I didn’t even watch Paul McCartney when he performed several years ago.

All that aside, I did want to watch the game this year because of its connection (at least in my mind) to the culture war that is raging in America today. Not that I cared one bit which gang (excuse me: team) won the game. But I did care about how the quarterbacks performed. In football the quarterback is not only the “field general” who directs the fortunes of his team’s offense, but he is often the “face” of the franchise who represents the team’s public image….

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February Forum

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Militant Islam is spreading around the globe – including here in America – and Christians need to be well-informed regarding the origins of the current crisis and what we can do to serve as a source of Light and Truth in the midst of a world that is becoming increasingly violent and chaotic.

Our speaker is a recognized expert on Islam who was a practicing Muslim for the first 30 years of his life. Not long after arriving in the U.S. in 1978, he experienced a conversion from Islam to faith in Jesus Christ, and for the past 20 years he has devoted his life to studying and teaching the history and religion of Islam.
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New Article from Dr. Breshears

The Culture War and the Two Americas
The Undeniable Realities

by Jefrey D. Breshears

In the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton’s advisors sensed that despite all the issues that might impact the election – whether foreign, domestic, or personal – the overriding concern was the economy. They were so convinced of this that they adopted a kind of campaign mantra, “It’s the economy, stupid,” and maintained a sharp focus and a clear message that eventually proved a winning formula.

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