Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm
Perimeter Church, Fellowship Hall
The Christian philosopher Alvin Plantinga writes that as a student at Yale the academic culture was wonderfully stimulating, free and open in most every respect but one: whenever the question, “What is the truth about this matter?” came up, it was usually dismissed as unsophisticated and naive. Obviously, Pilate’s question to Jesus, “What is truth?” remains an open issue and an unsolvable riddle – if not a purely rhetorical question – to most of our current crop of cultural elites. As William Gairdner notes in The Book of Absolutes, “Ironically, relativism has become our only absolute.”
Practically-speaking, the question of whether objective truth exists is the foundational issue of the Christian faith. Although people identify with the Christian faith for a variety of reasons, ultimately the only reason for being a Christian is if in fact it is true. But if relativists are right and there is no truth, then all doctrines and professions of faith are purely subjective – in which case the Christian faith is essentially a fraud and its unique truth-claims are ludicrous.
Philosopher Peter Kreeft observes that of all the symptoms of decay in our culture, relativism is the most disastrous. It is, in the words of Michael Novak, “an invisible gas, odorless and deadly, that is polluting every free society on earth.” C. S. Lewis called it “the disease that will certainly end our species (and… damn our souls) if it is not crushed.” It is also the insidious and divisive deception that is driving the culture war and perpetuating the gridlock in our political system.
The absolute truth about relativism is that it is intellectually and morally bankrupt and the basis for much of the spiritual deception in our society today. It is, in effect, the fundamental heresy of our time.
A Prophet for Our Time
His Life and Legacy
A PRESENTATION BY
Donald Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of English, Toccoa Falls College and author of
Mere Humanity: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis,
and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition (2006),
and other books on Christian life and literature.
APRIL 18th • 7:30 PM
The Kingdom of Noise:
A Screwtape Letter for the 21st Century
In 1942, C.S. Lewis wrote The Screwtape Letters, an imaginary collection of letters between a senior devil (Screwtape) and his neophyte pupil (Wormwood) on the techniques and tactics for harassing the Enemy (God) and seducing, distracting, and frustrating his followers (Christians). The following is an updated version on this theme.
… Good news! The latest commendations have arrived from the Council of the Pit. You impress the lower-downs, my zealous Wormwood. They have heard of your proposals to the Noise Proliferation Committee (NPC). Indeed, places of solitude and moments of silence grow ever more scarce in the Enemy’s vast and vulgar dominion. Oh, what euphoria to see his insufferable creatures constantly multi-tasking, rushing to fill the dead air with a cacophony of cell phones and muzak, leaf blowers and motorcycles, 24-hour news and ipods – not to mention car stereos cranked up full-blast and serenading the city-scape with the hellish sounds of hip-hop and heavy metal. Those nauseating humans cannot escape their self-made dungeon of din! My pride bubbles like brimstone, Wormwood.
Why These Books and No Others?
The Canonization of the New Testament
A special presentation by
Dr. Michael Kruger
President and Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and the author of Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012) and The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford, 2012).
— Saturday, February 23 —
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Reformed Theological Seminary
1580 Terrell Mill Road / Marietta, GA 30067
Registration: $20 per person
On-site registration opens at 8:30 AM
Advance registration recommended at www.cslewisinstitute.org/whythesebooks
Co-founder and president, Blessed Earth, and author of “Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life”
A Wholistic and Integrated Vision
Was the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012 America’s Adrianople – the watershed event that decisively determined America’s demise as the most prosperous and powerful nation in human history? Given the fact that America has also been a unique nation in terms of its influence on world culture and civilization, its collapse portends ominous consequences not only for the American people but for the rest of humanity.
How Should We Now Live?
The Challenges and Opportunities of Living In a ‘Post-Christian’ Culture
“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:3
Time and Location:
Tuesdays, Jan. 22 – Apr. 9, 7 PM
Perimeter Church / Midtown Auditorium
Course Fee: $50 / $85 per couple.
“How Should We Now Live?” is a seminar in cultural apologetics that focuses on the current state of American culture and how Christians can live faithfully and responsibly in the midst of a society that is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christian beliefs and values. (more…)
Kenneth J. Collins
Professor of Historical Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary
POWER, POLITICS, AND THE
FRAGMENTATION OF EVANGELICALISM
FROM THE SCOPES TRIAL TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
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