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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
Room 108
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

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

 

Invitation for Discussion ...

 

Rod Nave w bookcase

Rod Nave

President RTB ATL Chapter

rodnave@gsu.edu

 

Related to the Reasons to Believe Mission Statement "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:   https://www.reasons.org/about

 

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

 

  

Next Meeting ...

 

ATL RTB 16th Annual

Christmas Social

STOCKYARD Burgers and Bones

Please join us for a Christmas dinner at STOCKYARD Burgers and Bones - East Cobb 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.

Thursday December 5th

Arrival and Fellowship 6:30 pm

Dinner 7 pm

Location:

Stockyard Burgers and Bones

The Avenue East Cobb

4475 Roswell Rd, Suite 1700

Marietta, GA 30062

(678) 310-1093
 

It is just under 2 miles north of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in "The Avenue East Cobb" retail center just off Roswell Road.  

Click on the graphic below to link to google maps...

ATL RTB Christmas Social 2019

 

If you did not receive an announcement and would like to come, please send us an email to let us know you are coming.

 

>> REMINDER: There will not be a normal RTB Atlanta meeting for November. <<

 

 

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

 

 Upcoming meetings

 

Check back for updates for future meetings.

 

 

 

Previous Meetings...

 

October Meeting

The Shroud of Turin - Photograph of the Resurrection of Jesus

Presented by

Duran Smith

Duran Smith

Thursday

October 31st- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108

 

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

The Shroud of Turin is the most mysterious religious relic in history. For centuries, Christians all over the world have regarded it as the actual burial cloth of the crucified Jesus of Nazareth. Along with prominent blood stains, the shroud bears an enigmatic image of the Christ Himself. It wasn't until the 1970s that the Roman Catholic Church allowed a small group of scientists to conduct experiments on the shroud for a few days. The results shocked the world. The image on the shroud was not created with paint or any other artistic tools. The image is the product of advanced aging by radiation. What could this mean? How is it possible for an ancient burial shroud to carry a photographic image of Jesus?

 

Shroud of Turin Images

 

Join us at Reasons to Believe as Duran Smith defends the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin as the actual burial clothes of Jesus Christ. If you've never heard of the Shroud until now, prepare to have your mind blown. This is one of history's best kept secrets.

 


 

Duran Smith is an actor and filmmaker with a degree in cinema and media arts. He studied film production at Biola University in Los Angeles, and completed his degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta after studying film theory and criticism. He is a former Ratio Christi chapter president with many years of apologetics study and training. His love of movies and apologetics led him to aesthetic philosophy.

 

September Meeting

DARWIN Devolves:  A presentation and discussion on Professor Michael Behe’s newest book

Presented by

Eric Smith and Bruce Phillips

Eric Smith and Bruce Phillips

Thursday

September 26th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108

 

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

Professor Michael Behe of Lehigh University has been at the forefront of the intelligent design movement from its very inception. His 1996 book Darwin's Black Box is seen by many as almost the founding document in which he introduced the challenge to Darwinism of irreducible complexity - biological systems that seems impossible for nature to create one small step at a time as Darwin had, literally, demanded. In 2007 Behe added The Edge of Evolution showing that science was increasingly pointing to the impossibility of a random natural process to orchestrate multiple, coordinated mutations to achieve significant complexity, again as Darwin would have appeared to require. Now in 2019, Behe has added Darwin Devolves to his list of extraordinary contributions.

 

Michael Behe's "DARWN Devolves"

 

In his new book, based on the latest findings in the exploding field of molecular genetics, Behe points out that while random mutation and natural selection, the two pillars of Darwin's theory, can certainly result in genetic changes, that they most often achieve what results they get by breaking things rather than building new ones! Think of a complex computer program and how very many random ways there are to degrade it but how few, complex and coordinated are the ways to improve it! Whether we're talking about Darwin's Galapagos Finches, or Richard Lenski's laboratory experiments that created some 50,000 bacterial generations looking for evolution, the best data we have is not giving dedicated Darwin proponents much support.

 

Join us on September 26th at Reason to Believe where Eric Smith and Bruce Phillips will share the podium to present Behe's latest work and then lead a discussion as we try to understand the extraordinary implications of what is being discovered. We'll provide whatever background you need to follow the arguments - this is not a presentation for biology Geeks! But it strikes a serious blow at something that has done significant damage to our culture - the unchallenged teaching of our children that they are the product of random natural processes and that there is therefore no purpose or meaning to life save what we are able to conjure up for ourselves. And we wonder at our contemporary social pathologies!

 


 

Eric A. Smith received his Master's Degree in Physics from Vanderbilt University where he was a member of the Supernova Cosmology Project, the co-discovers of dark energy. He has spoken on both scientific and apologetics topics at the Atlanta chapter of Reasons to Believe, the Areopagus Forum, and Ratio Christi. He currently resides in Milledgeville, GA, where he is an Associate Professor of Physics at Georgia Military College.

 

Bruce Phillips is a Certified Apologetics Instructor with certificates from the North American Mission Board of the SBC, from BIOLA (the Bible Institute of Los Angeles) in California, and from Cross-Examined, an apologetics ministry founded through Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He is currently a semi-retired Certified Financial Planner.

 

August Meeting

Alternative Universes: An Overview of Worldviews

Presented by

Dr. Breshears

Dr Breshears

Thursday

August 29th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108

 

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

What is your worldview? Although relatively few people have a well-developed theology or philosophy of life, everyone has a worldview -- a set of basic assumptions by which they process reality and attempt to make sense of life. Regardless of their religious orientation and affiliation, everyone has basic presuppositions and beliefs regarding such issues as...

 

o Who (or what) am I?

 

o Where did I come from?

 

o What am I doing here?

 

o Does my life have any meaning and purpose?

 

o Is there a God -- and if so, how can I know him?

 

o Is there a moral law to which I am accountable?

 

o What happens to me when I die?

 

Alternative Worldviews

 

Dr. Breshears will compare and contrast the basic beliefs and practices of a Christian theistic worldview with those of other worldviews, demonstrating that only a biblically-based worldview consistently corresponds to reality and provides satisfactory answers to the great issues of life. This session might encourage you to attend one of Dr. Breshears' semester-length seminars on the subject of worldviews.

 


 

Jefrey Breshears, Ph.D., is an historian, author, and the president of The Areopagus, a Christian education organization in the Atlanta area. As a university history professor Dr. Breshears taught ancient history, philosophy and religion and United States history, and The Areopagus offers substantive courses on a wide range of subjects in Christian history, apologetics, and contemporary cultural issues.

 

Click here for more information on The Areopagus.

 

July Meeting

Christian Worldview of Artificial Intelligence

Presented by

Mark Tabladillo, Ph.D

Mark Tabladillo Ph.D

Thursday

July 25th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108

 

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

Recently RTB scholars Faz Rana and Ken Samples released their book "Humans 2.0: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives on Transhumanism". This book studies the intellectual and cultural movement that seeks to transform the present human condition through our use of science and technology. Based on especially advances in biotechnology, the book describes important issues for Christians to consider. In this book, artificial intelligence is given a brief treatment.

 

Humans 2.0

 

The purpose of this presentation is to present a richer model of artificial intelligence based on the author's work at Microsoft. Some of the demos of AI systems will be shown, and they will go beyond just the "robot" type examples often associated with AI. Though, the talk will also honor the philosophical and theological foundations from the Rana and Samples book. This discussion answers questions solicited from secular and theological forums about how the Christian worldview addresses use and purposes of advanced technologies as applied to practical ethics.

 


 

Mark Tabladillo Ph.D. works for Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect for Microsoft. He has a science doctorate from Georgia Tech. Based in Atlanta, GA, Mark provides cloud enterprise solutions for companies in the US for Microsoft's strategic clients. His professional focus includes developing artificial intelligence systems and has contributed to Microsoft's Ethics guidelines for AI. He is also volunteer Regional Director in Georgia for Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics alliance.

 

June Meeting

What is the Nature of Morality?

Presented by

Richard G. Howe, Ph.D

Richard G. Howe, Ph.D

Thursday

June 27th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108

 

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

The topic of morality resonates with almost everyone. For the Christian, it hits at the heart of our relationship with God. But what exactly is morality? How does God figure into the equation? Is there any common ground for moral discourse between the Christian and non-Christian?

 

Natural Law

 

The model of morality known as Natural Law Theory, which once flourished among Protestants, has now largely faded away among evangelicals. Because it is found mainly within Catholic Christianity, many evangelicals are all the more suspicious. This talk will explore some basic philosophical and biblical elements giving rise to Natural Law Theory, including what is human nature, what does the terms 'good' and 'evil' mean, what is the connection between good and God, and more.

 


 

Dr. Richard G. Howe is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary and past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He is a writer as well as a public speaker and debater in churches, conferences, and university campuses on issues concerning Christian apologetics and philosophy. Dr. Howe has a BA in Bible from Mississippi College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas.

 

May Meeting

The Extraordinary Assumptions That Make Science Possible

Presented by

David Richardson

David Richardson

Thursday

May 30th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 108

 

955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

We all know that science works. Why does it work? There are certain assumptions behind science that makes science possible. These assumptions are not questioned, are not provable, and are accepted to be true on faith. These core assumptions behind science are not what most people think they are. Yet, they are absolutely essential to science or science does not work. And because they are assumptions, they are seldom discerned or discussed. Discover the extraordinary assumptions that make science possible.

 


 

 

Assumptions Institute

 

 

David Richardson is the President of Assumptions Institute and author of the ground-breaking book, Transparent: How to See Through the Powerful Assumptions That Control You. Dave has been featured by Publisher's Weekly, CBN.com, Today's Christian Living Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, The Eric Metaxas Show, Point of View with Kerby Anderson, Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk, and Truth Matters on NRBTV. He holds three degrees including a Master of Theology in Applied Theology from the University of Oxford. Dave has been in vocational ministry for more than three decades. He served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 30 years, most of those years were devoted to working with university professors. Dave started Cru's faculty ministry in Atlanta serving professors at Georgia Tech and other universities in the city. He then founded Assumptions Institute in 2015.

 

May 1st Meeting

In Conjunction with The Areopagus

Darwin's Last Stand:  New Evidence that Shatters the Credibility of Evolutionary Theory

Presented by

Dr Thomas Woodward

Dr. Thomas Woodward

Wednesday

May 1st- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH

Chapel

 

>> NOTE Date and Location Change <<


955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

In lieu of our regular meeting date, Reasons to Believe, Atlanta will meet at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on Wednesday, May 1, to co-sponsor the presentation by Dr. Thomas Woodward on "Darwin's Last Stand: The New Evidence That Shatters the Credibility of Evolutionary Theory". That meeting will be in the Chapel.

 

Note the Areopagus will also be hosting this presentation on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM at Perimeter Church Midtown Auditorium.

 

Visit The Areopagus website for more information.

 

Doubts About Darwin: New Evidence that Shatters the Credibility of Evolutionary Theory

 

There will be NO RTB meeting at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at the regular time on April 25 in order to encourage the support of the Areopagus meeting featuring the presentation "Are Pre-born Human Beings 'Persons'?" by Dan Becker, Former President of Georgia Right to Life. That presentation will be at Perimeter Church, Uptown Auditorium. More information about this meeting can be found on The Areopagus website.

 


 

Dr. Woodward is the executive director of The C.S. Lewis Society and author of "Doubts About Darwin" and "The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA".

 

March Meeting

An Ancient Biblical Timeline:  Identifying Major Dates in Genesis

Presented by

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Thursday

March 28th- 7:00 PM

JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
Room 277

>> NOTE ROOM CHANGE <<
955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta
Directions to Johnson Ferry Baptist

 

How accurate can we be at identifying the Biblical dates when Abraham lived? When the Tower of Babel occurred? When the Flood happened? When Adam and Eve were created? When creation began? Genesis gives us a lot more information than many believe but does it give us enough to be specific? And is it accurate? That is the real question. If the story Genesis tells is true then it affects the lives of every human that has ever lived. To determine the accuracy of the Bible it would be good to know at what times the events are supposed to have occurred, otherwise people may be looking for evidence of an event in the wrong place and time.

 

Biblical Timeline

 

Beginning at the Exodus and moving backward in time, Ben Smith will be presenting the textual evidence to help identify the right dates for all the major events in Genesis. Come join us for an interesting evening about when it all happened!

 


 

Ben is the author of Genesis, Science, and the Beginning which is newly published as a dual imprint with Wipf & Stock and Ratio Christi. He has been teaching and studying apologetics for over 30 years and has a BA in Christian Worldview and Apologetics from Luther Rice College and Seminary. He is also the Ratio Christi Publishing Project Manager and the RC Chapter Director at the University of West GA.

 

 

February Meeting

In the Beginning, God

Presented by

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Thursday

February 28th- 7:00 PM

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

 

For a century, it has been accepted wisdom among historians and anthropologists that religion began as attempts to control nature through magic, which then evolved into animism, then into polytheism, and finally into monotheism.

 

In the Beginning, God

 

This month, Eric Smith will be discussing the work of Drs. Wilhelm Schmidt and Winfried Corduan, providing evidence that the accepted story is wrong, that the first religion of mankind was monotheism, and all other forms degenerated from it. The relevance of this idea to Christian apologetics will also be discussed.

 


 

Eric A. Smith received his Master's degree in Physics from Vanderbilt University where he was a member of the Supernova Cosmology Project, the co-discoverers of dark energy. He has been an Instructor in Physics and Astronomy at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA and is now teaching physics and astronomy at Harrison High School in Kennesaw GA. He is a regular attender at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.

 

January Meeting

Scientism and Secularism

Presented by

Bruce Phillips

Bruce Phillips

Thursday

January 31st- 7:00 PM

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

 

It's one thing to love science. It's another to love scientism - the philosophical (not scientific) view that the only way to discover truth is through science. Yet this is what is being promoted throughout academia, media and the culture by "science promoters" who seek an ever-larger influence on our cultural and political life. And it is having a devastating impact on both our culture and on religious belief, particularly among our youth.

 

Scientism and Secularism

 

Bruce Phillips will lead us in an examination of J. P. Moreland’s recent book "Scientism and Secularism." Dallas Willard, the "dean" of evangelical academic philosophy professors said about Scientism that "The idea that knowledge - and of course reality - is limited to the world of the natural sciences is the single most destructive idea on the stage of life today."

 


 

Bruce Phillips is a Certified Apologetics Instructor with certificates from the North American Mission Board of the SBC, from BIOLA (the Bible Institute of Los Angeles) in California, and from Cross-Examined, an apologetics ministry founded through Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.

 

For Pictures and Presentations of Previous Year's 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