Sep 7, 2012

TONIGHT! "Christianity, Relativism and Truth" FIRST FRIDAY EVENT!

Tonight for First Friday, Ryan Smeets will be interviewing Dave Wendt, Ryan Taylor, and Bobby Brewer. He will ask them about truth and worldviews, especially focusing on relativism (both in its street level and more sophisticated forms) and Christianity. We will also take audience questions!

September 7, 2012 at 8pm

Roosevelt Community Church (front porch steps)
924 North 1st Street
Phoenix, Arizona
(event is free, some seating provided)

Bio for Professor David Wendt:
Professor of Philosophy and World Religions at Central AZ College. Musician at large. Interested in languages. 

Bio for Professor Ryan Taylor: Teaches in the College of Theology at GCU (World Religions, Ethics, Philosophy, Christian Worldview); MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary. On the board of St George’s Anglican Community/Eight Day Coffee. Married for 14 years, 3 kids. Enjoy studying Redemptive-Historical theology, comparative study of eastern and western traditions. Enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring.

Bio for Pastor Bobby Brewer:
Holds a doctorate (D.Min) in Christianity within a Postmodern Context from Phoenix Seminary. He's the pastor of spiritual formation at City of Grace church, and hosts a weekly radio show. in his spare time he mountain bikes, reads Superman, and keeps his '83 El Camino waxed up. Author of a book on Postmodernism.

Here is a rough outline of the topics we will cover ...

Part 1: Defining Truth
Q: Do people individually decide what is truth?
Q: Are all ethical theories equally sufficient?
Q: Can a moral code be 'wrong'?
Q: Please provide an examples of how moral relativism affects the way many people approach issues?

Part 2: Does relativism make any sense? 
Relativism is a theory that denies that humans can possess any objective, universally meaningful knowledge. Relativism denies that there are any ultimate and unchanging metaphysical realities (God, persons, space, time, natural laws) or that there are any moral absolutes. Therefore, what is real, what is true, and what is moral vary from person to person and from culture to culture. There is no such thing as an objective “truth” or a “fact”. What is true for one person in one culture might be false for another person in a different culture (or even false for someone else in the same culture). What is moral for one person in one culture might be immoral for another person in a different culture, or even immoral for someone else in the same culture.
Q: Is moral relativism coherent and consistent?
Q: Does Relativism falsify itself?
Q: How does relativism address the notion of good?
Q: How does relativism address the notion of evil?

Part 3: What does Christianity say about Truth? 
We submit that the Christian worldview provides a solid standard and authority that can be confidently referenced and followed. Why? The Creator God, who has revealed Himself in His Word, is both the standard and authority for morals. Further, from God’s nature comes pure good that serves as the straight line by which all crooked lines can be corrected. God’s image has been impressed upon humanity (Gen. 1:26-27) so that human beings instinctively know God’s moral law and what is right and wrong (Rom. 2:14-15). People don’t have to believe in God to know His moral law, but in denying Him, they lose the ability to ground an objective moral law in something that transcends the physical universe. Without that transcendent God, everything is permissible. (Paraphrased from Robin Schumacher)

Q: As Christians, what are our responsibilities to one another and to the world?
Q: Is truth subjective or objective?
Q: Does the God of the Bible support objective claims?
Q: Is a belief in God a necessary condition of objective moral values?
Q: Should Christians tolerate people/cultures who have different moral standards?

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