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UI forum explores questions about Christianity
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three nationally-recognized Christian scholars will
participate in a four-day forum at the University of Iowa, addressing many
of the common skeptical questions asked about Christianity and organized
religion in general.
The forum, "The Quest for Truth: Foundations for Living in the
21st Century," will take place in various locations on campus from
Tuesday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 17. Sponsors include the UI Lecture
Committee, Campus Crusade for Christ, and several local Christian churches.
Henry (Fritz) Shaefer, an internationally-recognized quantum chemist,
will present two lectures on the area of origin science Oct. 14. "The
Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God," will take place at 3:30 p.m.
in Phillips Hall Room 100 and "Creation and/or Evolution," will
be at 7 p.m. in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building Buchanan
Auditorium. Shaefer is a professor of quantum chemistry and the director
of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of
William Lane Craig and Ravi Zacharias, both philosophers and theologians
will present lectures and moderate discussions concerning questions about
Christianity as well as the quest for the meaning of life on Oct. 15-17.
Craig will give two presentations in Buchanan Auditorium Oct. 15: "Rediscovering
the Historical Jesus," at 3:30 p.m. and "A Case for Christianity,"
at 7 p.m. His presentations will focus on historical and intellectual defense
of the Christian faith.
Darrin Skur, one of the forum organizers, said the presentations are
intended as opportunities for students and community members to join in
an open discussion of Christianity. He said all the speakers will allow
time for questions and answers to challenge and defend their arguments.
In addition to the scheduled presentations, the forum also includes
a free pizza lunch for the first 1,500 students who come to the Iowa Memorial
Union second floor ballroom Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. At the lunch, Craig and
Zacharias will entertain students' questions about Christianity.
For further information, contact Skur at (319) 338-2920, send email
to email@example.com or visit the forum Web site http://www.gt.net/~quest4truth