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“Promoting an Intelligent Christian Worldview by Integrating Science and Scriptures”

Monthly Chapter meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month.

...Scroll down for our next and past meetings...

Meetings are held at

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Rd,  Marietta. 

You can find a map and directions online here.

Meeting times are from 7:00-930PM, but come early!

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Invitation for Discussion ...

 

Rod Nave w bookcase

Rod Nave

President RTB ATL Chapter

rodnave@gsu.edu

 

Part of the Reasons to Believe Mission Statement is "science and faith are, and always will be, allies, not enemies." We seek to use the wonders of nature to point to nature's Creator. RTB Atlanta's monthly meetings on the last Thursday of the month are designed to explore the relation of science and the observation of nature to Christian faith, and involve a presentation plus a time for open discussion. This is a place where you can ask your questions and bear testimony to the answers that you have found to be meaningful to you. You are invited to join us for the meetings, and also to access information about past discussions. Comments by email are welcome, and you can also access us by facebook.

 

Outlines of some of the past sessions in which I have been involved are posted on the open web under the title "The Book of Nature". 

The urls for the above links are

 RTB Mission Statement:   http://www.reasons.org/about-us/our-purpose

 

“The Book of Nature” page:  http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/Nave-html/Faithpathh/booknat.html#c1

 

  

Next Meeting ...

 

ATL RTB 11th Annual
Christmas Social

Ritter's

Please join us for a Christmas dinner at Ritter's to honor our speakers for RTB Atlanta for the past year. We will review the programs of the year and dream a bit about programs for the new year.


Monday December 8th

Arrival and Fellowship 6:30 pm

Appetizers 6:45 pm

Dinner 7 pm



Location:

Ritter’s, 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 210

That is just a few blocks south of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on the corner of Lower Roswell and Woodlawn Drive.


Directions

Map

 

Our speakers for the year will be our guests for the dinner. The cost for others will be $25 per person. Our arrangement with the restaurant provides for five selections, and the cost includes drink and dessert.



Ritter's food

 

Reminder, we have no RTB Atlanta meeting for November.

 

October Meeting

The Battle for Scientific Inerrancy

presented by...

Ben Smith

Thursday

October 30th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

Young Earth Creationists and Progressive Creationists differ greatly on interpreting Genesis and science. However, they both agree the Bible is the inerrant word of God and that inerrancy extends to all historical and scientific statements the Bible may make. Out of the ashes of the battle over the age of the Earth and evolution, a third option has arisen and is increasing in influence. Though many of its adherents are otherwise conservative Christians, they have accepted a method of dealing with science and Scripture that redefines the traditional doctrine of inerrancy. Ben Smith believes this is weakening the foundations of Christianity and that we are truly in a Battle for Scientific Inerrancy.

Scientific Inerrancy

Ben Smith has been a student of apologetics for 30 years and will soon finish his bachelor's degree in Christian Worldview and Apologetics from Luther Rice University. He teaches apologetics and doctrine at his home church in Carrollton Ga. He is a frequent presenter at Atlanta RTB and is the director of the student led Ratio Christi group at the University of West Georgia.

 

Upcoming Meetings ...

The tentative lineup for our future meetings are below. Please check back periodically since events are subject to change. ATL RTB chapter email announcements will also reflect any changes. As always, we are open to suggestions for meeting topics and speakers. Please email us your suggestions and preferences for future meetings at:

 

 atlanta2010@reasons.org

 

 Future topics under development

  • Stay tuned...

 

 

Previous Meetings...

 

September Meeting

Intro to Bibliography

presented by...

Dr Jefrey Breshears

 

Thursday

September 25th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

Christians would agree with the statement "The Bible is the written Word of God", but what else should an informed Christian know about the Bible? 

Bibliography

Dr. Jefrey Breshears, President and founder of the Areopagus Christian study center, will present material from his latest book, "An Introduction to Bibliology". From the origin and choice of books to be included and the history of their transmission to the present day to issues of philosophy and worldview, Dr. Breshears as a historian and apologist can increase our understanding of the Bible.

 

August Meeting

Excavating the Truth

presented by...

John Donahue

John Danahue

 

Thursday

August 28th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

Before the many findings of archaeologists of the 20th century, it was popular for scholars hostile to the Bible to make all kinds of charges that the Bible was historically and physically inaccurate. In this session John Donahue will examine the compelling and overwhelming archaeological evidence to substantiate multiple Biblical accounts, showing the Bible to be a totally reliable theological document, as well as a faithful witness to historical accuracy. The great Biblical archaeologists will be introduced along with the concepts and tools they employed to unearth some of the greatest archaeological discoveries in recent history. 


Artifacts of Excavation

With this session we welcome John to the Atlanta Chapter of Reasons to Believe from active participation in the Washington DC Chapter of RTB.  He made a number of presentations on apologetics there, particularly in the area of the Intelligent Design vs Evolution debate. Presentations there included “The Myth of Mutations”, “The Paleontology of Creation” and “The Shroud of Turin”.  John has a BA, History and Philosophy of Science, Princeton University, and a MA, Apologetics candidate, Luther Rice University and Seminary.

 

June Meeting

Navigating Genesis

a review and panel discussion with...

Navigating Genesis Panel

 

Thursday

June 26th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

In view of the recent publication of Dr. Hugh Ross’s latest book “Navigating Genesis” and the production of a 2-DVD study kit for small-group studies of the content of the book, we will have an active review of the book in our June RTB meeting. Thanks to Andrea Smith, Ben Smith, Eric Smith, Mark Tabladillo and Bruce Phillips for presenting brief overviews of sections of the book and acting as a panel for the discussion to follow.

Navigating Genesis Book

Navigating Genesis has been a challenge throughout the history of the Christian church. Dr. Ross’s treatment emphasizes the concordance between the latest scientific discoveries and the Biblical text and can help us with our conversations both inside and outside our churches.

 

May Meeting

 

The Bible Vs Science?  Or Not!

Presented by...

Dr Jefrey Breshears

Joseph McRae Mellichamp. Ph.D.

 

Thursday

May 29th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

In the Prologue of Darwin’s Doubts, Stephen Meyer writes, “Today modern neo-Darwinism seems to enjoy almost universal acclaim among science journalists and bloggers, biology textbook writers, and other popular spokespersons for science as the great unifying theory of all biology. High-school and college textbooks present its tenets without qualification and do not acknowledge the existence of any scientific criticism of it. “

Apparently, we are no closer to defeating Darwinism than we were seventeen years ago when Phillip Johnson wrote Defeating Darwinism.  Why? In this talk and in his book The Bible vs. Science? Or Not! Dr. Mellichamp offers his answers. For one thing, Mellichamp believes we are targeting the wrong audience and for another, we are not communicating the message in a way that this important audience can understand.  

Dr Mellichamp Books

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With an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and a PhD in Engineering Management from Clemson, Dr. Mellichamp served on the faculty of the University of Alabama with a specialty in Artificial Intelligence. This put him in position to do consulting for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, the U.S. Army’s Star Wars program and major companies such as ATT and General Motors. Along with the academic achievements, he and his wife Peggy helped launch the faculty ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, Christian Leadership Ministries. Throughout his academic career he worked to use his influence as a Christian professor with both students and colleagues, and wrote a book “Ministering in the Secular University” to help other Christian faculty members. After retirement from his academic position, he worked with Crusade toward the development of the faculty ministry for over 15 years. 

 

March Meeting

God and Cosmology

Presented by...

Dr Rod Nave

Thursday

March 27th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist


Following the lead of Dr. William Lane Craig’s recent debate with cosmologist Dr. Sean Carroll in the Greer-Heard Forum, this month’s RTB meeting will focus on those aspects of modern cosmology that point to the God of the Bible. Dr. Craig invoked the Kalam cosmological argument, which posits that anything that began to exist has a cause. He then argued that the observed pattern of expansion of the universe plus the increase in entropy of the universe are strong evidences for a beginning of the universe in finite time.  Another way that cosmology is congruent with the Genesis account is in the observed fine-tuning of the constants of nature so that life is possible.  Add to this the number of “goldilocks scenarios” that make our planet just right for the sustenance of intelligent life and the observation and understanding of the universe and you have a strong base of evidence that cosmology is compatible with a theistic view of our universe.  

In the Beginning


Dr. Rod Nave will lead this discussion with resources from Dr. Hugh Ross’s books “The Creator and the Cosmos” and “Why the Universe Is the Way It Is” ,  Dr. John Lennox’s lecture “The Origin of the Universe”, and Dr. Craig's book "The Kalam Cosmological Argument".

 

February Meeting

Burgess Shale Adventure

Presented by...

Tom Ellis

Thursday

February 27th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist


We will review the August 2013 northwestern Canada RTB Burgess Shale Adventure and Drumheller Excursion.  We will begin with a brief pictorial description of the group trip.  Then will show biological creation significance of the Cambrian Explosion with portions of presentations by Dr. Fuz Rana.  Much of this material invites consequential discussions.  Then we will show information on the geologic timing of the Cambrian Explosion with respect to the development of the earth as suitable for life.  Most of this material will come from presentations by Dr. Hugh Ross.



 

Cambrian Explosion - Fossil


Please give some thought to the Cambrian Explosion before this meeting and be prepared to contribute to the discussion. There are many good references you can draw from.

 

January Meeting

Death Before the Fall

Presented by...

Ben Smith

Thursday

January 30th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 


All Old-Earth Creationist's views of Genesis involve animal death before the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. What does the Bible say about the matter? Many Young-Earth Creationists believe it says Adam's sin introduced all death into the world and are adamant that allowing animal death before the Fall is a serious compromise of the Scriptures which destroys God's character and undermines the Atonement.

 

Vultures


Ben Smith will examine their arguments and show they are not as strong as many think they are. Animal death before the Fall does no harm to Christ's substitutionary death and is not a problem for Biblical authority. We hope to see you there.

 

For Pictures and Presentations of Previous Meetings,  Click Here.

 

 

Invitation to Join the RTB Atlanta Chapter

If you are interested in joining the Atlanta Chapter of Reasons to Believe, please click here. .  Our present membership includes individuals with expertise in a variety of science and apologetic backgrounds.  We could use your help in this important ministry.

Contact Us

For more information on RTB in Atlanta, please contact atlanta2010@reasons.org