April Event with The Discovery Institute

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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:


John Lennox is a professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and an internationally renowned speaker on the interface between science, philosophy, and  religion. He has debated prominent “New Atheists” including Richard Dawkins and is author of God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
Stephen Meyer is a leading intelligent design theorist and Director of the  Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He is author of The New York Times Best Seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design.
Eric Metaxas is author of The New York Times Best Seller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Along with John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast to an estimated weekly audience of 8 million people.



Sunday, April 6th
7-9 PM

Mt. Paran Christian School
Murray Arts Center
Kennesaw GA

$15 adults/$7.50 Students


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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)


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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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. 


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7:30 PM
(Choir Room).

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Transhumanism Article by Jef Anderson

Transhumanism is defined as “the belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.” What moral and theological implications does it hold? Consider this thought-provoking article by Jef Anderson on the topic.

Jef AndersonJef Anderson lives in Southern California, where he teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Counseling at Liberty University to add to his B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling. Jef has been a public school educator for more than twenty years, and when he’s not involved in teaching, coaching, or counseling, he enjoys spending his time with his wife Dee Dee (an elementary school principal), his two daughters, his son-in-law, and (of course) his grandkids.

This article does not necessarily represent the views of The Areopagus, but is presented here to foster thought and civil discussion.

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Newsletter: The Areopagus Update Jan-Feb 2014

The Areopagus Update Jan-Feb 2014All informed Christians know that major universities are essentially secular/liberal indoctrination centers in which traditional Christian beliefs and values are not simply ignored but often ridiculed. However, the common assumption is that many smaller universities and colleges are different, and that they tend more to reflect the values of the communities in which they are located. But this simply isn’t true. The faculty and staff of even a local community college are drawn from the same pool of academic scholars and professional administrators as one would find at Harvard, Emory, or the University of Georgia, and most of them share a similar worldview.

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Beyond the Bible

An Introduction to the Best in Christian Literature from the Close of the New Testament to Augustine

Dr. Jefrey Breshears

Time and Location:
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 14
7:15 PM
Perimeter Church / Midtown Auditorium

Course Fee:
$50/person or $90/couple.
(All Registration is at the door)

What was happening in Christian history, and what was being written after the close of the New Testament? This course is a follow-up to last semester’s “Seminar in Bibliology”, and offers an introduction to the best in early Christian literature from circa 95 – 430 A.D. You’ll find much of this material to be surprisingly relevant to the situation the church is in today.

Sunday Morning Seminar: “Christianity Through the Centuries: From Jesus To the Present”

A in-depth Sunday morning study of the most significant people, issues and events in Christian history


Dr. Jefrey Breshears

Time and Location:

Sundays, 11:15 AM
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Loft A

Course Fee:


Course synopsis:

If you’re looking for a Sunday morning class that is interactive and engaging and deals with significant spiritual, theological, historical and cultural issues, join us for this stimulating study of Christianity Through the Centuries. This is an ongoing class which you are free to join at any point.

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