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2011 Meetings

 

RTB 8th Annual Christmas Social

 

 Monday Dec 5th

6:30 PM

(Dinner starts at 7pm)

 

  Pappadeaux’s in Alpharetta

 

 Pappdeaux

Map to Pappadeaux's 

   

We will not have a November meeting in observation of Thanksgiving, but make plans now to come join us on Monday evening, Dec. 5th at Pappadeaux’s Seafood Kitchen in Alpharetta, exit 8 off GA 400, near Northpointe Mall.  Social time will start at 6:30 PM and dinner promptly at 7pm. Reservations are required and tickets are $33 per person*.

 

 

     Dinner includes Pappdeaux salad, dessert (key lime pie or Crème Brule) and choice of entree:  

food1) Crawfish Etoufee w/ dirty rice

2) Fried Shrimp w/ french fries

3) Costa Rican Tilapia Lafayette topped w/ crabmeat

4) Chargrilled Chicken Breast w/ garlic mashed potatoes

   

This year’s RTB Atlanta Christmas Social will again feature a review and celebration of the programs of the past year. Our speakers for the past year will be invited as our guests.

 

  * Please let us know if the cost of the tickets are a problem and we will try to work something out as we would like everyone to attend that’s interested.    

 

Our 2011 Speakers…

 

Our 2011 speakers will be invited as guests, so this is your opportunity to come meet them and chat in a casual atmosphere. This is a great chance to catch up even if you missed their presentation. Click here to link to our website for the full lineup of all our 2011 speakers and the topics they presented.

 

 

ATL RTB October Chapter meeting

Lennox - Line of Fire

Thursday, October 27th - 7:00 PM

 

Room 108

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

The October meeting of Reasons to Believe, Atlanta will be an informal forum on the work of John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics and fellow in Philosophy of Science at Oxford. In his writing and in his debates with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and other new atheists, he has been rising in prominence as an articulate spokesman for the Christian faith and the role of science in pointing to a Creator. We will have a series of brief reviews and responses to Lennox’s writing by Glen Leckman, Steve McGinnis, Bruce Phillips, Ben Smith and Rod Nave. You are encouraged to read one of his short works and come prepared to discuss his contributions.

 

ATL RTB September Chapter meeting

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Thursday, September 29th - 7:00 PM

 

Room 108 (formerly the “Net”)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

The Bible is perceived by many to say the Earth and Universe are roughly 6,000 years old. But the evidence the Earth and Universe are billions of years old is overwhelming. Is there any hope of reconciling modern science and the Bible? Unfortunately, some have simply taken science and tried to force an old-Earth interpretation upon Genesis to solve the problem. And some have taken what they perceive as the only interpretation of Genesis and tried to force it upon science. Ben Smith believes neither approach is productive. Concentrating exclusively on what Genesis says, Ben presents how the Bible gives us an accurate literal non-metaphorical historical narrative of Earth history that is non-contradictory with modern science on the age of the Earth while retaining a literal seven 24-hour days reading of the text. What? Yes, you read it right. Come and see.

 

Background…

 

Ben became a Christian while attending Georgia Tech in 1985 and began to read any apologetics literature available to him. Soon he was immersed in Young-Earth Creationism and defending it zealously to anyone who would listen. In the course of his study the name Hugh Ross came up numerous times but he thought he knew how to counter old Earth arguments Biblically and scientifically. Wanting to be fair though he decided to read some of Dr. Ross’s books and then a surprising thing happened; Ben discovered he was the one who was wrong. Teaching apologetics, and the Bible in general, remained a passionate calling for Ben however and he leads the apologetics class (now as an Old-Earth Creationist) at his church, Christ Fellowship Church in Carrollton, Ga. He is also one of the worship leaders and a Sunday school teacher. In order to prepare for his apologetics class Ben did an in-depth study of the ten major views of Genesis 1 and compared the Biblical arguments of each to each other, along with counter arguments, and his presentation is the fruit of that study.

 

ATL RTB August Chapter meeting

 

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Dr. Rod Nave

 

 

Thursday, August 25th - 7:00 PM

 

Room 108 (formerly the “Net”)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

The fine-tuned features of the universe that make life possible on earth point strongly to a God.  But materialists and naturalists, who reject the notion of God, prefer to see Earth as a tiny, insignificant planet in a vast universe – unworthy of the attention of a Creator even if there were one!  And yet they cannot help but ask the great “Why” questions.  “Why is there something rather than nothing?”  “Why is the universe so vast?”  “Why is it so old?”  “Why is it decaying?” 

 

In his book “Why the Universe is the Way it Is” Hugh Ross makes a strong case that the best answers come from a combination of the Bible and the findings of modern science.  Join us at our next meeting as we take up this interesting and thought-provoking topic.

 

 

ATL RTB June Chapter meeting

 

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Steven Brantley, M.D

 

Thursday, June 30th - 7:00 PM

 

Room 108 (formerly the “Net”)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

From the fertilized egg in the womb of the mother, a fully formed human being develops in the period of approximately nine months. High-resolution ultrasound images can now follow closely that development and tell us many things about when certain capabilities are developed. Looking at sequential images is to follow the hand of God in the process of forming a human being. Dr. Steven Brantley will share ultrasound images and walk through an explanation of the developing human to show how we are all created to be in the image of our Creator.

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Steven Brantley, M.D., is a Radiologist who graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and has spent many years doing imaging of vascular systems and breast disease as well as the imaging of developing infants. He serves with Quantum Radiology for which he served as president for seven years. An important interest has been in providing his expertise in imaging to the Atlanta Pregnancy Resource Center – the provision of ultrasound images of developing infants has been a powerful way to encourage women in the early stages of pregnancy not to abort their infants. Steven and his wife Susan have started a ministry called Grace Link for Life where they support the pregnancy crisis centers through reading ultrasounds, providing post-abortion healing, and giving personal testimony to open eyes to the sin of abortion and the grace of our Lord. 

 

 

 

ATL RTB May Chapter meeting

 

 

Aeropagus      ATL RTB

 

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Clarifying the Issues and Controversies In the Creation/Evolution Debate

 

 

This will be a joint meeting with the Areopagus featuring proponents of Young Earth Creationism, Old Earth Progressive Creation, and Theistic Evolution (TE).

 

 

Thursday, May 19th - 7:00 PM

 

 
Perimeter (PCA) Church - Fellowship Hall

 

Perimeter Church, John's Creek GA (map)

 

>> Please note this date is one week earlier than we normally meet. <<

 

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Three Views

 

 

 

ATL RTB April Chapter meeting

 

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Ray Williams

Ray Williams

 

Thursday, Apr 28th - 7:00 PM

 

Room 108 (formerly the “Net”)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

In light of the adoption, by the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), of a diversity-of-view position regarding the interpretation of Genesis 1, Ray Williams will present a first-hand account of the effort of eight PCA geologists to equip the members of the PCA with a scientific (geological) position regarding the antiquity of the earth.

 

The technical paper generated by the geologists, provides two examples of their science: (1) the accumulation of sedimentation (varves) at the bottom of a fresh water lake and, (2) the movement of the earth’s crust commonly known as plate tectonics. Dr. Rod Nave will further discuss the reliability of radiometric dating techniques that corroborate the plate tectonic data.

 

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Ray will also review Gregg Davidson’s book (one of the eight geologists), entitled “When Faith and Science Collide”, which will highlight the author’s views on biological evolution and intelligent design.

 

 

 

 

ATL RTB March Chapter meeting

 

Agency and Information:

Non-material Realities that are Essential in the Universe

 

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Dr. Rod Nave

 

 

“… science and faith are rightly allies and not enemies.

The battle is not between science and faith, but between materialism and faith.”

 

 

Thursday, Mar 31st - 7:00 PM

Room 108 (formerly the “Net”)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

It is the position of Reasons to Believe that science and faith are rightly allies and not enemies. The battle is not between science and faith, but between materialism and faith. Materialism argues that matter is all there is, but that takes a lot of faith. There was agency in forming a universe – contrary to Stephen Hawking’s recent statements, laws by themselves don’t get anything going. And multiple recent authors have made strong arguments for complex specified information in life. Such information is non-material but essential.

 

BOOKS

Rod Nave will lead a discussion session that highlights strong recent writing by Christian apologists. John Lennox in “God’s Undertaker” argues for both agency and information that cannot plausibly come from pure materialism. Stephen Meyer in “Signature in the Cell” and Don Johnson in “Programming of Life” strengthen the case for a kind of information that does not arise from chance and necessity. Stuart Pullen in “Intelligent Design or Evolution?” adds to the picture of information that must be in place at the very beginning of life.

This will be a “countering materialism” session and will hopefully strengthen your arsenal for response to materialistic worldview statements like Sagan’s “The cosmos is all there is, was, or will be”. Come up with your best counter statement and come ready to discuss it with us.

 

 

 

 

ATL RTB February Chapter meeting

 

 

The Balancing Act in a Living Cell

Balancing Cell

 

Thursday, Feb 24th - 7:00 PM

Room 324/346

(Pinnacle room on 3rd floor)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 << PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH >>

 

 

 

One of the things that can evoke reverence as we look at the details of life is the collection of interdependent systems that work together and had to be developed together.

 

 

 

Dr. Delon Barfuss

 

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Cellular Molecular Biology and Physiology

Georgia State University

 

 

Following up on our active session on “The Code of Life” and the role of DNA and the cell nucleus, this month’s session will expand the perspective to the whole cell and some of its finely-tuned regulatory mechanisms. One of the things that can evoke reverence as we look at the details of life is the collection of interdependent systems that work together and had to be developed together. One such collection of mechanisms serves to regulate the volume or size of the cell. Too little volume and the cellular proteins will not function while too great a cell volume will rupture the cell membrane, killing the cell. The topic of cell volume regulation leads to a number of structures and mechanisms associated with the delicate cell membrane – it leads us again to reflect upon how improbable it would be for these mechanisms to spontaneously develop at the same time.

 

This will be an educational session that draws from Dr. Barfuss’ extensive experience in teaching physiology and the session will be targeted at explaining and discussing some of the remarkable mechanisms that are required for a living cell to survive.

 

We welcome Dr. Barfuss back as a presenter. He did a session for us on “The Miracle of the Kidney” and another on a review of the book “The Cell’s Design” by Rana.

 

 

 

     

  ATL RTB January Chapter meeting

 

 

The Code of Life   

 

 

Probability's Nature                                     Programming of Life

 

Within the nucleus of each of our cells a code is being employed to manufacture complex proteins at astonishing rates. But the use of a code implies information. A powerful case can be made that information only arises from intelligence.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, Jan 27th - 7:00 PM

Room 108 (formerly the “Net”)

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta

Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

 

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Bruce Phillips

 

Within the nucleus of each of our cells a code is being employed to manufacture complex proteins at astonishing rates. But the use of a code implies information. A powerful case can be made that information only arises from intelligence. Stephen Meyer makes just such a case in his "Signature in the Cell" that what we find in the cell constitutes the signature of a Creator.

 

Our topic for this month is drawn from the work of Donald Johnson.  Dr. Johnson holds PhDs in both chemistry and information science.  He pushes the case further in two short but powerful books titled "Probability's Nature and Nature's Probability" and "Programming of Life".

 

This month's RTB meeting will build upon Myer's case using material from Johnson's work to strengthen the case that life's code points to a creative intelligence. Our goal is to create a graphic tour through the case that a working code by definition extends beyond the capacity of chance and necessity alone.  Rod Nave will address the code with information from the Johnson books.  Bruce Phillips will review the error correction inherent in the genetic code.

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Join the RTB Atlanta Chapter

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Contact Us

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