Has science disproved God? Or do new scientific discoveries actually provide compelling support for faith? More than half of teens in youth groups plan to pursue careers related to science or technology. Yet surveys show that nearly a third of Christian young people think "churches are out of step with the scientific word we live in," and a quarter of them believe "Christianity is anti-science." These views are likely reinforced when they attend college, where 61% of biologists identify themselves as atheists or agnostics according to a recent survey.
By becoming a host for this worldwide simulcast event, your church or Christian school can address questions about faith and science in a positive, constructive manner with engaging, world-class speakers. The simulcast will feature renowned Oxford University Professor John Lennox and New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Meyer, two of today’s leading speakers and writers on the intersection between science and faith. The simulcast will be emceed by bestselling author Eric Metaxas, whose speaking style has been described as "a combination of edgy wit, charm, inspiration, evangelization, [and] thoughtfulness" and who is in high demand on college campuses.
Questions to be addressed during the simulcast include:
- Has science disproved God?
- Are science and faith really in conflict?
- Just how “scientific” are the claims of leading atheists?
- Are human beings the result of an unguided Darwinian process?
- Does nature supply evidence of intelligent design?
To maximize the impact of this simulcast, churches will be able to purchase resource packs of books, videos, and curricula for those who want to continue to explore the issues raised. Free digital documents that can be printed and distributed to attendees will also be provided.
This simulcast will be of interest to everyone, but it will be especially helpful for parents and their middle school, high school, and college-age kids. Churches with significant high school and/or college ministries will also find this event particularly valuable. There are many ways a church or Christian school or even a homeschool co-op could use this event effectively: As an all-church seminar; as part of an adult education series on science and faith; as a back-to-school event for parents and youth; and as a special youth group event.
An internationally renowned speaker on the relationship between science and faith, Dr. John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and holds doctorates from Cambridge University, Oxford University, and the University of Wales. Referred to by some as today’s C.S. Lewis, Dr. Lennox has debated the world's leading atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer, and he is author of numerous books, including God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, God and Stephen Hawking, Gunning for God, and Seven Days that Divide the World. Dr. Lennox has lectured widely across Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.
One of the founders of the contemporary intelligent design movement, Dr. Stephen Meyer is Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute and author of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design and Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, a New York Times bestseller. Dr. Meyer has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, PBS, and the BBC, as well as being featured in two front-page stories in the New York Times. In 2008, he appeared with Ben Stein in the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, and in 2009, he was honored as “Daniel of the Year” by WORLD magazine. His acclaimed TrueU: Does God Exist? DVD series for high school and college students was produced by Focus on the Family.
Eric Metaxas is author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which has has been translated into 15 languages. Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight milion. Metaxas has been featured as a cultural commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel, and he is host of Socrates in the City, a monthly event of “entertaining and thought-provoking discussions on ‘life, God, and other small topics.’” Metaxas is a favorite speaker on college campuses. Says one college official: “His rapier wit, compelling content, and communication skills resonated widely across the campus... Weeks after his... address, people were still talking about Eric.”