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Reasons To Believe Ministry

Past Years - Reasons To Believe

Current Academic Year 2017 -2018

Sep 16 2017
Dr. Sarah Salviander
The Christian Foundation Of Modern Science
For years, Christians found themselves in retreat over claims that science contradicts Christian beliefs and that the two are irreconcilable.  Some atheists have gone so far as to claim a “war” between science and religion that has been raging for centuries.  However, nothing could be further from the truth.  In this talk, I will discuss the findings of scientists, sociologists, and historians who are re-discovering that Christianity is not only compatible with science, but is an important foundation of modern science.

Oct 14 2017
Dr. Walter Bradley
Fine Tuning of the Universe:   Evidence For The Existence of God
Is evidence of a finely-tuned universe evidence for God?  There are two different objections to fine tuning argument; one using the alternative of the multiverse and the other suggesting, in principle, one cannot use science to argue for the existence of God, but only to affirm a belief one may already have.  Dr. Bradley’s talk will give an updated summary of the Fine Tuning Argument and then critique the two major counter-arguments.  This is a talk Dr. Bradley has given at Harvard, MIT, Brown, Dartmouth and the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) this past July.

Nov 18 2017
Wayne Bost
The Legal Status of Creation And Evolution in Public Education
The status of creation and evolution in public education has been the subject of substantial debate and conflict in legal, political and religious circles. I will discuss the important federal case opinions deciding constitutional issues affecting the teaching of evolution and creationism in public education and answer questions including whether a public school science teacher's right to teach evolution can be restricted, whether a science teacher who teaches evolution can also teach creationism or intelligent design, and whether creationism or intelligent design can be taught in public school. I will basically explain from a legal perspective where we are on this subject, how we got where we are, and where we might be going in the future.

Dec 9 2017
Dr. Rob Koons

A New Version of the Kalam Cosmological Argument
The Kalam Cosmological Argument states:  (1) Whatever begins to exist has a cause, (2) The universe began to exist, therefore, (3) The universe has a cause.  Jose Benardete (Infinity: An Essay in Metaphysics, 1964) crafted several new causal paradoxes involving infinity, including the Grim Reaper paradox. Following the lead of Alexander Pruss, Dr. Koons uses the Grim Reaper paradox to create a new version of the Kalam Cosmological Argument, an argument for the conclusion that the universe had to have a beginning in time, and, consequently, an eternal cause.

Jan 13 2018
Dr. Erica Carlson
Quantum Mechanics for Everyone
Does an observer determine reality?  Can I use quantum mechanics to create my own reality?  Quantum mechanics takes us into the wild and wacky world of the really small where particles are waves, waves are particles, and the physical intuition we have from our everyday life doesn’t seem to work.  If we lived in Quantumland, we could sit in three chairs at once and even speed without getting a ticket.  Using everyday objects like a slinky, some dice, and soda pop cans, we’ll uncover how quantum mechanics really works.

Feb 10 2018
Dr. Robert Strozier
Soft Tissue Remnants in Ancient Fossils:  The Debate
Dr. Bob Strozier will speak on the scientific plausibility of recovering soft tissue remnants from ancient sites. He will also discuss the debate on whether the remnants are original or implanted and what the Young Earth and Old Earth implications may be. The talk will include a fair amount of chemistry and structural biochemistry.

Mar 10 2018
John Murphy
The Resurrection of Jesus:
The Ancient Documentation
In this lecture Mr. Murphy will focus on the ancient sources which document that Jesus of Nazareth lived, was crucified, and most importantly, then seen again alive in what has become known as The Resurrection.  Mr. Murphy will focus on the early texts from Christian, Jewish and Roman sources which were written within first century of Jesus crucifixion.

Apr 14 2018
John Murphy
The Resurrection of Jesus: The Evidence
Last month, in Part 1, John Murphy looked at the ancient texts which documented the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  This month in Part 2, Mr. Murphy will look at the evidence which persuades many that those ancient sources were accurate in what they reported.2017

​​Academic Year 2016-2017

Sep 24 2016
Dr. Martin Poenie
How Genesis Parallels Modern Science
In this presentation Dr. Martin Poenie will offer a concordist view of science and Scripture as it relates to the creation account in Genesis.  With a high view of Scripture, Dr. Poenie will draw upon his years in scientific study and research to detail how Genesis chapter 1 parallels with modern scientific understanding.

Oct 22 2016
John Murphy
Dual Revelation and the Informed Faith

Many Christians suggest that God has revealed Himself via two complementary methods throughout history.  This combination of both special and general revelation is called dual revelation.  Despite its broad appeal it is not without its detractors.  In this presentation John Murphy will attempt to address criticisms and demonstrate that dual revelation is not only biblically and historically supported, but one might argue logically required.

Nov 19 2016
Dr. David Bourell
Materials in Biblical History

Professor Bourell aims to provide an overview of the evolution of materials and biblical history.  Many are familiar with the Bronze Age or Iron Age, but Prof. Bourell intends to illuminate their role in biblical military history, influencing battles between the Philistines and the Israelites, David and Goliath, etc., the details of which are not appreciated by many laypeople. 

Dec 10 2016
Dr. Sarah Salviander
Dark Matter, Dark Energy & Genesis
To most people, Genesis 1:3-4 appears simple and obvious; God created light and, as a result, shadows were formed. But, I don't believe that is what the Bible is trying to tell us. People often don’t grasp the complete and powerful messages of Genesis, because it’s easy to miss some of the important subtleties of the Bible. The darkness Genesis talks about is not merely the absence of light, it is something in its own right. Modern physics has provided intriguing evidence to support this. In my presentation, I will explore the relationship between the darkness described in Genesis and the physical dark side of the universe -- dark matter and dark energy -- and show that they are likely one and the same.

Jan 14 2017
Dr. K. Randy Pierce, M.D.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

The vertebrate eye has been the center of controversy in regard to the divine design debate.  In the past it had been used as an example of the exquisite design of a Creator.  However, more recently, many evolutionary proponents have been critical of the design with Richard Dawkins even noting “it’s the design of a complete idiot.”  Dr. Pierce will describe human ocular anatomy and function and argue why this genuinely is worthy of being considered evidence of the miracle of God’s design.

Feb 17 2017
John Murphy
What Would the Discovery of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Mean for Christian Theology?

Are we alone in the universe or just one advanced species in a cosmos full of even more advanced species elsewhere?  In this presentation John Murphy will discuss the fascination we have with discovering an extra-terrestrial alien intelligence, the chances this will happen and what such a discovery would potentially mean for Christian theology.

Mar 11 2017
Dr. Brandon Reddell
Planetary Habitable Zones
In February the chapter discussed the human fascination with finding alien life. Accordingly, the search for exoplanets is exciting and increasingly becoming popular news these days. Is there really an Earth 2.0 somewhere? Dr. Brandon Reddell will review planetary habitable zones in more detail, thus revealing the very low odds of finding another Earth-like planet capable hosting advanced life. As we continue the search for exoplanets, we find more 'fine-tuning' characteristics for life that reveal the careful intent of a loving Creator

Apr 8 2017
Dr. Hugh Ross
Habitability for Redemption

A survey of the Bible reveals that every major text on creation links the doctrine of creation to the doctrine of redemption.  A 3 year survey of the scientific literature apparently affirms that every known component of the natural realm and every known event in natural history plays a role in making possible the redemption of billions of humans within a brief time window.  In this talk Dr. Ross will describe four out of the several hundred undeniably miraculous events in Earth’s history that makes possible billions of humans hearing and responding to the gospel message of salvation within just several thousand years. 

May 13 2017
Dr. Walter Bradley
A Study of Near Death Experiences (NDE)s
What, if anything, do the 3500+ carefully documented Near Death Experiences (NDE)s tell us about the possibility of life after death?  Might they provide compelling evidence that conscious life continues after physical death and that we will experience a very-much-alive spirit body when our physical body dies?  Dr. Bradley will let the data do the talking and will include a 15-minute video-taped interview with Dr. Mary Neal, formerly Director of spinal surgery at USC Medical School, who had her own remarkable NDE experience.  We will also consider how these experiences are supported by Scripture.

Jun 10 2017
Dan S. Britton
Integrating Apologetics into Youth Ministry
This talk will examine the data surrounding the youth exodus from faith, the reasons for this exodus and how church leadership and youth ministers can counteract this trend by integrating apologetics into their curriculum for little to no cost.  This talk will also present the concept of a mentoring apologist to those interested in bringing apologetics into their church.

Jul 8 2017
Dan S.  Britton
Overcoming Church Leadership Objections to Apologetics Training

In this talk, we will briefly review the four “I’s” from our previous talk, The Critical Need for Integrating Apologetics into Youth Ministry, and follow that with an extensive look at the issue of pastors and church leaders who are resistant to the need for apologetics, not only for their students but also adults.  We’ll examine the three prevalent attitudes held by pastors and leaders and address the best ways to engage each type.  We’ll then offer a series of possible objections to the need for apologetics and how to respond according the Word of God. 

Aug 12 2017
Dr. LD Herzog
Contemporary Science
Genesis and Science!  Does science support the Genesis 1 creation account?  Many people, both Christians and non-Christians, believe there is conflict between scripture and science.  We will review and discuss Genesis 1 and findings from contemporary science in hopes of providing the basic framework for reasoned discussion on science and the biblical creation account.

Academic Year 2015-2016

​​Oct 10 2015
Dr. Dennis Wilson
The Rare Earth Hypothesis

The presentation will examine the Rare Earth Hypothesis, which implies that the origin of life and biological complexity, e.g. intelligent being, requires an improbable combination of astrophysical and geological events and circumstances.  The hypothesis argues that complex extraterrestrial life is a very improbable phenomenon and likely to be extremely rare.  An alternative view sometimes referred to as the Copernican principle, and proposed by Carl Sagan among others, holds that Earth is a typical rocky planet in a typical planetary system, located in a non-exceptional region of a common spiral galaxy.

Nov 14 2015
John Murphy
Apologetics 101

In 2012 John Murphy debated Brian Bolton, professor emeritus of the University of Arkansas, in Georgetown Texas.  Mr. Murphy will discuss the experience and talk about some of the preparation and behind-the-scenes details which contributed to his debate.  We will then watch a portion of a debate between Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe and Professor Harry Nelson of US Santa Barbara.  In this interactive experience audience members will be encouraged to critique each speaker by discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each presentation and further consider the arguments some might offer in response.

Dec 12 2015
Tom Peeler
Is There a Moral Law?

Planned Parenthood.  ISIS.  Police being murdered.  Are these things actually wrong or just evolutionary adaptations or societal preferences?  If there is a moral law how would we know and upon who or what would it be based?  The answers offered by a materialistic worldview and a Christian worldview will be compared and contrasted.

Jan 9 2016
Dr. Walter Bradley
The Mystery of Life’s Origin:  Reassessing Current Theories (Again)

In this presentation, Dr. Bradley will review the fundamental challenges to a completely naturalistic origin of life and then review recent developments to see whether or not they are actually resolving these challenges.

Feb 13 2016
John Murphy
In Defense of Dualism:  An Argument for Body and Soul

Substance dualism is the idea that we are not simply material creatures, but that we consist of a body and a soul.  This concept of dualism is very widely held among the public; it permeates our culture and the history of human existence.  However, with the advance of science, this position has been shoved into the corner and labeled nothing more than “folk psychology” by many in academia.  Mr. Murphy will review many of the critiques and offer a positive response in “In Defense of Dualism”.

Mar 12 2016
Ed Smith
The Twin Pillars of Young-Earth Creation -  A Theological Perspective

Have you ever had a conversation with a believer who adamantly holds to a Young-Earth Creation (YEC) view even when you suspect they do not find the science supporting it all that compelling?  What really undergirds the YEC view and drives concepts like the “appearance of age,” global flood geology and rapid evolution paradigms in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary?  Mr. Smith will examine the underlying theological beliefs that drive these views and provide an approach to addressing them while maintaining core beliefs of inerrancy, original pair and divine creation.

Apr 9 2016
Dr. Hugh Ross
A Visit with Dr. Hugh Ross

Dr. Hugh Ross will be a plenary speaker at the Questions Next Door Apologetics Conference to be held at Hyde Park Baptist Church on April 8—9, 2016.  We will move our normally scheduled chapter meeting to 5 PM to be held in the Friendship Hall behind the main Worship Center at Hyde Park Baptist Church following the conclusion of the conference.  Please come join us in a more intimate setting as Dr. Ross, the founder of Reasons to Believe meets with us and answers questions from our members and attendees.

May 14 2016
Dr. Robb Wilson
What is Science?

Many scientists claim that Science has replaced religion as the source of ultimate truth about our world.  Thus, it is worthwhile to examine this claim.  What is science?  How did it get here?  What assumptions does it make?  Is it worldview neutral as many claim?  As a professional scientist and science educator, I have seen firsthand that we do NOT teach this to our students, except in optional electives that are not advertised well.  Therefore, we have generations of scientists growing up with unclear understandings of the philosophy and history of their own field, and it is affecting the quality of the scientific endeavor.

Jun 11 2016
John Murphy
Three Questions

Biblically, what is the age of the earth/universe?  Is evolution true?  What are we to make of the hominids?  John Murphy has been asked to address  these 3 questions with a church youth group and will share his responses with our chapter.  Hopefully this will equip members with brief talking points which can be shared around the “water cooler” or with friends and/or family members.

Jul 9 2016
Ed Smith
Religious Pluralism
We live in a 'PC" society that tells us there is no objective truth, that all beliefs are equal, valid and simply a matter of opinion. But do all religious paths lead to the same place? How do we approach other cultures and religious beliefs with respect and gentleness while not compromising the Truth? What did Jesus and the apostles have to say on the subject?  Come for a discussion forum where we can help each other strengthen our ability to engage others in a winsome way without compromising a Christian worldview.

Aug 13 2016
Dr. LD Herzog
Christian Apologetics – The Basics

RTB’s primary focus is in the arena of science apologetics, “demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research . . . support . . . the Christian faith.” The term apologetics is derived from the Greek word apologia and means to “speak in defense.”  Christian apologetics is a defense of the Christian faith and addresses a wide range of subjects including science, history, philosophy, art, literature, and scripture.  As Christians we are called to step out of our “sanctuary stronghold,” engage the world, and equip ourselves to “give an answer” (1 Peter 3:15) for our faith.

Academic Year 2014-2015

Sep 13 2014
Dr. Dennis Wilson
Made in the Image of God

This talk describes the fundamental ways that humans are different in kind, not just degree, from any other animal species.  It then contrasts the naturalists (evolutionary) worldview with the Biblical or Christian worldview.  If one follows the evidence it is easy to see that the Christian worldview is consistent with the facts, makes the fewest number of assumptions and provides the best explanatory power and scope.

Oct 11 2014
Dr. Sarah Salviander
Who’s Afraid of the Multiverse?

Is the multiverse hypothesis science fiction, a plausible alternative to a God-created universe, or maybe even consistent with scripture?  In this talk, Dr. Salviander used Dr. Jeff Zweerink’s booklet as a launching point to review the history of the multiverse, the different multiverse models, the scientific nature of the multiverse, and how the multiverse hypothesis may or may not fit in with scripture.  Whatever you think of its validity, Christians should have a basic understanding of this increasingly mainstream idea which is often presented as a viable alternative to a purposeful creation.

Nov 15 2014
Bob Davis
Near Death Experiences:  Survival of Consciousness following Clinical Death - Implications for Christian Apologetics

Some non-Christian thinkers are rejecting materialism (or naturalism) based on scholarly studies demonstrating the frequency, credibility and cross cultural consistency of near death experiences (e.g., the vivid out of body experiences of traumatized individuals, a review of one’s life, meeting with dead loved ones, and the Christ-like Light).  Bob Davis will review these various studies on NDE, the non-materialist quantum physics explanation, the materialist explanation, the RTB position, and the two edged sword these findings bring to the defense of the Christian faith.

Dec 13 2014
Dr. John K. Frederick, MD
Clinical Depression as Evidence for Dualism

Depression is a common malady in society and now is recognized as a major source of dysfunction in the lives of many individuals.  As with other conditions characterized as “mental illness” it is most often thought of from a naturalistic perspective as purely a neurochemical imbalance.  However, treatment approaches that simply alter neurochemicals have a poor efficacy.  Could depression therefore represent a condition of the “mind” or “spirit”, thereby supporting a dualist view of the existence of mankind?  We’ll examine both current neurochemical theory and evidence that being “transformed by the renewing of one’s mind” (Romans 12:2) (an equally compelling and effective treatment option), and argue that man is just not a complex tangle of neutrons but is also a spiritual being.

Feb 14 2015
Dr. Cameron Jeter
Be Thou My Vision

For many people, ‘seeing is believing’.  Visual proof is needed to verify and convince.  Yet, for the writer of Hebrews and Christians, ‘faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’  This is not a blind faith, but rather a sureness substantiated by experience of things beyond the natural world.  A neuroscientist with training in the visual system, Dr. Jeter will give a primer on human vision – its anatomy, function, and limits.  With interactive demonstrations, she will reveal its dominance over the other senses and how the visual brain centers can play tricks on us.  Dr. Jeter will present cases of stroke patients who unknowingly can navigate around object despite being cortically blind.  Thus, behavior can be guided by sensory information of which we have no conscious awareness.  This evidence will segue into a discussion of how we can know that things exist beyond what we see.

Mar 14 2015
Dr. Dean Geuras
The Roots of Postmodernism

The roots of Postmodernism are to be found centuries ago in Descartes, who is often considered the origin of the modern era in philosophy.  Until Descartes, philosophers were primarily concerned with the metaphysical question of what constitutes reality.  Descartes argued that we could not address that question before first considering the question of what we can know.  But, to Descartes, to know something meant to be certain of it.  Therefore, the quest for knowledge of reality was replaced by the quest for certainty.  Descartes found his certainty through reason, but later philosophers who took up the same quest became convinced that certainty was unattainable.  Consequently, they became increasingly skeptical, and eventually concluded that objective truth, itself, was unattainable.    That conclusion leads ultimately to Postmodernism, which is not really a break with modernism but a natural consequence of it.  My analysis concludes with two general responses to postmodernism.  The first is to question its Cartesian roots, and the second is to question the Postmodernists reasons for believing anything, including Postmodernism.

Apr 11 2015
Dr. Ld Herzog
The Challenge of Contingency

 The concept of Historical Contingency within the evolutionary paradigm was described by the late Stephen J. Gould  “…No finale can be specified at the start, none would ever occur a second time in the same way, because any pathway proceeds through thousands of improbable stages. Alter any early event, ever so slightly, and without apparent importance at the time, evolution cascades into a radically different channel.”  The idea of Historical Contingency suggests that one powerful way to discriminate between the “appearance of design” that results from the evolutionary process and Intelligent Design is to determine if contingency is operating in the biological realm.  If life is exclusively the result of evolutionary processes, then biologists should expect to see few, if any, cases in which evolution has “repeated” itself. This is simply not the case.

May 9 2015
Tim Howell
The Attention Schema – An Exploration in Cognition

Human cognition including memory and reasoning processes are a mystery but some of the latest research points to some interesting conclusions.  I will be presenting information primarily from the book about human cognition by Dr. Michael Graziano called Consciousness and the Social Brain.  In this book Dr. Graziano puts forward the concept of awareness known as “attention schema”.  This is a theory of human attention, awareness and consciousness.  The theory posits that the brain constructs and calculates informational models that represent the real world.  These abbreviated models or schemas can be enhanced with experience, new information, emotion, memory recall and the like to predict outcomes and plan future actions.

Jun 13 2015
Dr. Sarah Salviander
DVD - Mysteries Examined:  Quantum Apologetics

Once again this summer we will suspend the normal lecture style presentations and instead offer an educational series which relies on more conversational dialogue like one might find in a classroom setting.  This month we will watch a portion of the RTB DVD Mysteries Examined.  We will view a 55 minute program titled Quantum Apologetics.  Research in quantum mechanics has led some scientists to speculate the universe created itself.  Dr. Hugh Ross, along with two experts in the field, underscore the fact that the more people learn about quantum mechanics, the more evidence they uncover for the activity of a Divine Creator.  Upon completion Dr. Salviander will lead the group in a discussion and Q&A in regard to many of the points raised in the presentation. 

Jul 11 2015
Dr. LD Herzog
DVD – Dual Revelation:  Affirming the Harmony between Nature and Scripture

This month we will watch the RTB DVD Dual Revelation.  This 57 minute program is a docudrama from RTB that highlights the historic Christian doctrine of divine revelation.  With dramatic sequences to entertain and interviews with leading Christian scholars to enlighten, this production shows how science can be a springboard for effective outreach as well as for spiritual growth.  Upon completion Dr. Herzog will lead the group in a discussion and Q&A in regard to may of the points raised in the presentation.

Aug 22 2015
Tom Peeler
Debating Atheists

In the Fall of 2014, I had the pleasure of debating the truth of Theism with two different philosophy teachers at San Jacinto College.  I will talk about that experience and review the arguments I made for the truth of Theism.​​

Academic Year 2013-2014

Sep 7 2013
Bob Davis
The Reasons to Believe (RTB) Creation Model

President Bob Davis will kick off the year by presenting an overview of the Reasons to Believe (RTB) Creation Model which will detail the following:  (a) a description of what a model is, (b) a summary of the RTB model, and (d) a comparison of the track record (predictive success) of the RTB model against competing atheistic evolutionary and young-earth creation models.  Because the RTB model is consistent with dual revelation (high view of scripture and science) this lecture should be educational for anyone wanting to know more about RTB.

Oct 12 2013
Dr. Ken Wolgemuth
Faith Floods and Fossils

Over the last 50 years, the church has been caught up in a Bible-geology conflict.  All parties involved are creationists.  The conflict is due to interpretation of Scripture and application of historical investigation of the Earth – geology.  The Grand Canyon provides spectacular vistas of sedimentary rocks (5000 ft thick) made up of sandstone, limestone, and shale, sitting on top of igneous and metamorphic ricks.  Do the rocks and fossils in the Grand Canyon indicate it was formed suddenly and recently or gradually over geologic time?  I will show the evidence in the canyon to answer this question.

Nov 9 2013
John Murphy
A Biblical Case for an Old-Earth Interpretation of Genesis
Appealing almost entirely to biblical passages, John Murphy will present the evidence on behalf of an old-earth interpretation of the creation narrative found in Genesis.  Mr. Murphy will attempt to demonstrate that this interpretation enjoys the most internal consistency within Scripture and will address some of the more significant objections raised by young-earth proponents.

Dec 14 2013
Dr. John K. Frederick
A Simple Analogy of Cellular Complexity:  The Epigenetics of the breast cancer gene BRCA-1

Now that the human genome has been fully sequenced the study of the epigenetics of cellular function promises spectacular advances in medical science.  The epigenetics—the “how’s, when’s, where’s and why’s” of DNA function– reveal an amazingly complex milieu of simultaneous chemical processes occurring “elbow to elbow” at the cellular level.  Could these intricate and fine tuned systems have come about without the input of an intelligent designer?

Jan 11 2014
Hal Phelps
The Origins of Life

Did life come from a Creator or from natural processes?  Many believers contend that life came from supernatural creation by a Supreme Being, a Creator.  Secular scientists have proposed several origins theories including the primordial soup, clay structures, “emergent properties,” panspermia and others.  An overview of these theories and the evidence to support or discredit each will be presented.

Feb 18 2014
John Murphy
The Atheist’s Destressing Dilemma:  How Materialistic Naturalism undermines any Notions of Reason and Rationality

Materialistic naturalism is the dominate view of science and the foundational worldview of atheism.  However, many fail to appreciate the logical consequences which flow naturally from this worldview.  This month John Murphy will delve in to the Philosophy of the Mind and explore h ow materialistic naturalism implies that we are biological machines lacking the ability to act, think or reason freely.

Mar 8 2014
Dr. John K. Frederick
Are the long-life spans detailed in Genesis scientifically credible?

The book of Genesis describes men who lived significantly extended life-spans.  While this may be simply an example of God working through fiat miracle, current research now offers some tantalizing clues regarding how human longevity may be soon significantly extended.  We will review current knowledge of why we age and die, offer some ideas as to how God may have subsequently limited life-spans, and explore how epigenetic and stem cell research may offer methodologies to defeat the aging process in the near future.  Since God is the author of science, perhaps He harnessed and accentuated these biochemical pathways for the men of Genesis 5 and 11.

Apr 12 2014
Dr. Todd Howren
Synthetic Life

Synthetic biology offers the promise of next generation solutions to many of mankind’s most challenging issues.  As an emerging field in the biological sciences, synthetic biology combines the fields of biology and engineering with the goal of designing and constructing novel life forms (synthetic life), which in turn may be utilized as biological factories.  Has man actually created life?  Are scientists playing God?  What does it mean for intelligent design if man can create life?  Following a brief introduction to synthetic biology, these questions will be considered.

May 10 2014
Barbara Hvasta
Four Blood Moons

Upcoming astronomical events and the buzz from Bible prophecy harbingers.  Between April 2014 and September 2015, the earth will experience four total lunar eclipses.  Because of the darkened color of the moon, these are often referred to as blood moons.  While eclipse are not unusual, having 4 total lunar events within a two-year period – all on Jewish feast days – is very unique.  During this presentation, we will explore the historical events in Israel of past lunar events and what the harbingers are saying for Israel now.  Opposing views from Bible scholars who say the blood moons are being sensationalized will also be reviewed.

Jun 2014
Dr. Dennis Wilson
A small group study led by Dr. Dennis Wilson

Everyone knows the Bible teaches scientific nonsense”—that’s the commonly held misconception. When pushed for examples, skeptics point to the early part of Genesis, with stories of creation, the flood, and 900-year life spans as “proof.”  Examining recent scientific discoveries, astronomer and pastor Dr. Hugh Ross explores the opening chapters in Genesis and shows how they hold some of the strongest scientific evidence for the Bible’s supernatural accuracy. Navigating Genesis expands upon Ross’ earlier book The Genesis Question (1998), integrating the message of both the Bible and science—without compromise—giving skeptics and believers common ground for dialogue.  We will be reviewing Chapters 1-3 of the book A Scientist’s Journey through Genesis 1–11 by Dr. Hugh Ross.  Members are encouraged to purchase the book and read the chapters beforehand.

Jul 12 2014
Dr. Dennis Wilson
A small group study led by Dr. Dennis Wilson

We will be reviewing Chapters 4-6 of the book A Scientist’s Journey through Genesis 1–11 by Dr. Hugh Ross.  Members are encouraged to purchase the book and read the chapters beforehand.

Aug 9 2014
Dr. Dennis Wilson
A small group study led by Dr. Dennis Wilson

We will be reviewing Chapters 7-9 of the book A Scientist’s Journey through Genesis 1–11 by Dr. Hugh Ross.  Members are encouraged to purchase the book and read the chapters beforehand.

Academic Year 2012-2013


Oct 13 2012
Dr. John Frederick

My Personal Testimony
Dr. John (“Kurt”) Frederick will share his personal testimony as a Christian physician, discuss how Christian apologetics has provided a rational foundation for his faith and discuss how he has been able to introduce “old earth” based Reasons to Believe apologetics into his church, which has traditionally been a “young earth” dominated congregation.

Nov 17 2012
John Murphy
The Theology of String Theory
In this presentation we will look at the concept of extra-dimensionality required by string theory and how it might help illuminate possible answers to some biblical questions posed for centuries.  Questions like:  <i>How can God be 3 in 1 as the doctrine of the Trinity suggests?  How can God hear millions of prayers at the same time?  How can God be omniscient?  How could Jesus be both dead and alive at the same time?  When we die, do we go straight to heaven or lay dormant until Jesus' second coming?

Dec 10 2012
Roy Masonheimer
Biblical and Scientific Evidence for the Age of Humanity
When did the first human beings walk on planet earth?  Were Adam and Eve real historical figures, or literary archetypes in a Biblical creation “myth”?  Is it valid to use the Genesis genealogies to date the origin of humanity?  Join us as RTB Apologist Roy Masonheimer provides key evidence for the RTB Scientific Creation Model for human origins

Jan 10 2013
Bob Davis
The Problem with Evil

"It is vexed Einstein to the point of rejecting Christian theism (although he believed in God) and it caused Billy Graham's best friend and preaching partner to embrace aggressive atheism.  What is "it".  It is the <i> problem of evil</i>.  Bob Davis, President of the Austin RTB Chapter will look how Christians and in particular RTB scholar Ken Samples, responds to what some call the strongest and last defense of atheism."

Feb 10 2013
Dr. Sarah Salviander
How a Jewish Physicist Brought Me to Christ

Dr. Sarah Salviander will share how she went from atheism to theism to Christianity through her experience with science. She converted to Christianity in the middle of her Ph.D. work in astrophysics, due in large part to the influence of Israeli physicist and applied theologian, Gerald Schroeder, whose work convinced her that Genesis is the greatest piece of scientific literature ever written. Once she was convinced of the validity of Genesis, it wasn't long before she started her journey toward Christ.

Mar 9 2013
Dr. Todd Howren
The ENCODE Project:  Further Evidence For A Designer

The first draft sequence of the human genome was published in 2001 and estimated that only 1 percent of the human genome consisted of functional DNA sequences, with the remaining 99% being loosely classified as junk DNA.  Recently, however, the ENCODE Project has shown that 80% of the human genome is biochemically functional.  These findings serve to stifle common descent models and argue for an elegantly choreographed genome displaying sophistication in control, architecture and operation.

Apr 10 2013
John Murphy
Does God Exist?

John Murphy will offer 5 compelling lines of evidence which affirms that He does.  The presentation will draw upon much of what we have learned in the last 100 years from the fields of physics, biology, paleontology and philosophy in order to offer a persuasive case for theism.

May 11 2013
Dr. Dennis Wilson
Humanity’s Big Bang

Dr. Wilson will look at evidence from archeology, anthropology and genetics to show that modern human behavior originated abruptly about 50,000 years ago.  After that, anatomical evolution all but ceased, while behavioral evolution accelerated dramatically.  About 10,000 years ago, the first domestication of animals occurred followed by agriculture about 8000 years ago.  Finally, about 6000 years ago there was an explosion of inventions, innovation and knowledge, which resulted in advanced civilizations most notably in Mesopotamia.  We will examine the possible causes of this process, which has been termed as the “Great Leap Forward” or the “Socio-Cultural Big Bang” and show that the most logical explanation is Special Creation.