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Hall of Reason at the LTL

February 15th, 7pm

“Conspiracy Theories: There’s Nothing New Under the Sun”

Conspiracy theories are defined as a belief that some covert but influential organization is responsible for a circumstance or event. Scientific research indicates that this human explanation for events is not limited to our time and place, but has been part of human culture in the past and across cultures. So why? Are they an evolutionary product of our survival instincts? Does science address the possibility that conspiracy theories are part of our humanness?  Does Scripture comment on the role of conspiracy theories in early societies? And if so, are there specific instructions on how believers should handle themWhether you’ve seen Elvis in Vegas or think that the Moon landing was real, come with an interested mind to investigate this unique part of our humanness.

UPCOMING

  • March 22nd
    Does God Recycle, and If So, Should You?

     

  • April 5th
    Koinonia in a World of Social Media

     

  • May ? TBD
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Formerly known as the Science and Faith Dialogues, the Hall of Reason meets monthly in the academic year. Janet Siefert, PhD, presents a  synopsis covering that month’s science topic, moderating the discussions and questions. The time is from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Lamb and Scroll (formerly known as the ‘Dining Hall’). 

This is a free lecture designed to provide good science direction while allowing the participants to ask the questions that they might have not felt comfortable asking or have not had the opportunity to ask. It is an exploration into science, but also seeks to recognize the spiritual needs that are part of the human condition. It is non-denominational, but there is a focus on the answers that Christians can count on from Scripture. There is no intent to convince either from the science or faith platforms, but a desire to have a meaningful conversation. It is for all levels of education, appropriate for 18-year-olds and up, and welcome to believers, searchers, and non-believers.

Janet has her doctorate in Biology and is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Statistics at Rice University. She currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Communications at the LTL. She has a Wikipedia page, although she truly hates Wikipedia and is willing to talk to you about it over coffee.  She believes all of this is further proof that God is not done with her yet.

Past Halls

  • September 16, 2021 – COVID Revisited. With the new surge in COVID infection, it’s time to take another look at exactly how the virus mutates. We will cover new data and spreading information as well as a refresh of how the vaccines work, who they work for,and why. We will discuss the mental toll that a pandemic takes and how we can respond to it, informed by scripture that includes believers and non believers and our actions towards others. 
  • September 2, 2021 – Space and Faith. Governments and private industry are in a race for lunar colonization, search for life in our solar system and beyond. In the next decade, we will be facing ethical and legal ramifications of our move into space. Does scripture address this exploration? Do we as a global community understand the ramifications? What happens to Christian theology if we find life elsewhere? 
  • March 9, 2021 – Sin: Is It a Thing or Not? What is the psychology and brain science behind guilt and conscience and the concept of sin? Does Scripture agree? Do you believe in sin? If so, does Scripture do better than science at understanding both the nature of sin and its repercussions? 
  • March 2, 2021 – The Science of Dogs: Reflections on their origins, evolution, their place in Scripture and role in the ancient Near East, Were they always man’s best friend? Click HERE for the powerpoint that was presented.
  • February 23, 2021 – The Genetics of COVID 19: How the vaccinations work, discerning good information from bad, a case study, the ethics of vaccinations, What role does fear play for the Christian in understanding an ‘evolving’ pathogen? Click HERE for an mp4 of the powerpoint.

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Romans 12:2