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Hall of Reason at the LTL

Fall 2022 Calendar

A Place for Intellectual Hospitality and Discovery

Formerly known as the Science and Faith Dialogues, the Hall meets monthly during 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 (the ‘Dining Hall’ adjacent to the Stone Chapel). 

We will meet on Monday evenings this fall.

This is appropriate for age 18 – 100, all levels of education, and inclusive of all faith traditions, searchers, and non-believers. 

  • Sept 19 – Ancient Aliens, Part I The James Webb telescope has provided unprecedented images of our universe. It’s also provided a new opportunity for us to consider our uniqueness in the vastness and beauty of space. Are we alone? Is AI a possibility? What happens to faith if life is elsewhere? How does our understanding of the way we see and know God from an earth’s perspective differ from knowing him as the God of our universe, with all that universe’s possibilities?
  • October 24 – Ancient Aliens, Part II  Not nearly the billions of years from Part I,  we travel back a mere 4 thousand years to the early Israelite, aliens in a foreign land. What does archaeology say is true about their history? Does the Old Testament have any relevance to the world of archaeology. How do we meld the two opposing views, which only one is represented in Wikipedia? Does Wikipedia have the history correct?
  • November 14 – Is It Just Me? What does it mean when Christian scripture says humanity is made in the Image of God? How far does the science of sentience take us in understanding ‘personhood’? How is that personhood reflected in self confidence? How do you navigate confidence with humility?  When does self confidence turn into arrogance and narcissism? Do you only need Scripture or can science help us understand how to answer these questions?
  • December 5th – All Skate!    Have you gone roller skating. Remember when the lights came up, the couples left the floor and over the loud speaker came, “All skate. All skate everyone’. What’s the science behind loneliness and solitude. Do we need community or are we islands? We will discuss Jesus’ examples of loneliness and solitude. 

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.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT UNFORESEEN NEGATIVE (eg Weather) or POSITIVE (eg HOSPITALITY) that require time or date changes can happen. It is a good practice to visit and watch the top NEWS Banner on our website the day of for possible changes in an event. We will do our best to inform you of any changes if we have a good contact email and know you are planning on attending. We are eager to have you join us on all our eventsJanet has her doctorate in Biology and is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Statistics (mostly retired)  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. 
  • October 2, 2021 – Space and Faith. 
  • March 9, 2021 – Sin: Is It a Thing or Not? 
  • March 2, 2021 – The Science of Dogs: .
  • February 23, 2021 – The Genetics of COVID 19 
  • February 15, 2022 Conspiracy Theories: There’s Nothing New Under the Sun.
  • March 22, 2022 Does God Recycle and If So, Should You?  
  • April 5, 2022 Social Media, Click HERE. for an mp4 of the powerpoint.
  • May 10, 2022 How Do We Know What is Real?

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