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Talk to a Christian Philosopher at PSU on Wed. April 9th

Community Discussion
B. Dehler

Is it possible for someone to have a Ph.D. in philosophy and still be a Christian? Christian philosophy professor Phil Smith will be at Portland State University to answer your questions on Wed. April 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (this is a free event with free parking). Event details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/l9s8lar . The event is sponsored by the Portland State University Freethinker's group.

The event is a debate and discussion called "Does Anything Supernatural Exist." The format is unique: there will be a time for audience members to ask either presenter a question, and they are able to dialogue for up to 5 minutes. In most debates, the questioner might ask a question, then have to sit down and just listen for the answer. Sometimes they only get to write the question on a piece of paper. In this debate/discussion, the audience member is given an interactive time. There is time in the agenda for at least 7 people to ask questions (this is for the 35 minute section of the discussion).

Is it really possible for a person trained in philosophy to still believe in God? Does the Bible seem to indicate otherwise? Here's an interesting Bible passage to consider:

1 Cor. 1:19-21 (NIV)
For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Another unique thing about this event is that two PSU students will give a short (3 min.) presentation as to why they have a natural or supernatural worldview. Speaking for the atheist viewpoint will be Marko Balogh, one of the leaders in the PSU Freethinker's group.

And then there's yet another unique idea to this event: a chance for people in the audience to give a spur-of-the-moment presentation about why they hold their natural or supernatural worldview. Volunteers will be selected from the willing audience. If you've seen many debates and have a lot to say, this could be your chance.

In the main section of the debate, atheist (and former evangelical born-again Christian) Bernie Dehler will make a presentation for the naturalistic worldview, as a counterpoint to Phil Smith's presentation. Bernie has debated many Christians in the Portland area. Some of the Christians he has debated include: national evangelist Eric Hovind, George Fox University Philosophy Prof. Phil Smith, Pastor Nathan Lewis, Pastor Ron Kincaid, author Dennis Marcellino, Christian radio host Rick Livingston, Prof. David McCorkle, Christian radio host and author Steve Gregg, Dr. Bart Rask, and young earth creationist Brandon Church. These debates can be freely viewed at this YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/pa6gsz5 .

This debate/discussion is co-sponsored by the Center for Philosophical Naturalism, a group dedicated to educating the public about the naturalistic worldview and providing fellowship for such thinkers. To see other events sponsored by the Center for Philosophical Naturalism, click here: http://tinyurl.com/l5j52kc . They also have videos available on their free YouTube channel here: http://tinyurl.com/ltub9aa .

For those interested in other non-religious social gatherings in the Portland-area, here are some other groups you might find of use:
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
-- Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
-- Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
-- Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl