Darwin & Design: A Six-Week Seminar by John West
April 15, 2009
Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma
Wednesdays, April 15 to May 20
7 to 8 in the evening
Presbyterian Church, Tacoma
This year marks the bicentenial of the birth of Charles darwin and the 150th anniversary of his path-breaking book On the Origin of Species
. What implications does Darwin's theory hold for our views about God, morality, and society? What is the theory of intelligent design, and why is it so controversial? These are some of the key questions we will explore in this free seminar through lectures, discussions, multimedia presentations, video clips, and more. Participants are welcome to attend any one or all of the sessions.
The seminar will be taught by Dr. John West
, Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute.
April 15, 2009
Darwin's Challenge to Theology, Part One: The New Atheists
This session will provide an introduction to the different ways Christians have approached Darwin's theory during the past century and explore the claims of the so-called "new Atheists" such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and others who have tried to enlist Darwin's theory as support for atheism.
April 22, 2009 Darwin's Challenge to Theology, Part Two: Theistic Evolution
This session will examine the major challenges posed by Darwin's theory to Christian theology and discuss the various ways Christians have tried to reconcile their faith with Darwinian evolution. Special attention will be paid to the views of contemporary proponents of theistic evolution such as Francis Collins and Kenneth Miller, but the session will also include a discussion of the views of the Bible and the early church fathers on whether human beings can discern God's creative activity in nature.
April 29, 2009 Darwin's Challenge to Ethics
This session will explore the controversial effort to use Darwin's theory to understand moraility and family life, starting with Darwin's own book, The Descent of Man
May 6, 2009 Darwin's Challenge to Society
This session will investigate the application of Darwin's theory to society and culture during the eugenics crusade and in current debates over the beginning and end of life.
May 13 and 20, 2009 What is Intelligent Design?
These sessions will examine the theory known as "intelligent design" and why it is so controversial. The sessions will provide a summary of the major lines of evidence supporting intelligent design in physics and cosmology, origin of life studies, and biology. They will also discuss the intellectual roots of intelligent design.
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