Next Socrates Forum Wednesday, January 17, 4:00pm at MountaintainView Ballroom
Socrates hosts live presentations to stimulate scientific, philosophical and theological discussion about origins and destiny. Click on EVENTS for details.
The purpose of Socrates@SaddleBrooke is to explore the Big Questions of life regarding origin, destiny and life’s meaning by examining the scientific evidence, alongside classical philosophy and theology, and following the path of discovery wherever it may lead.
Where did I come from?
Am I the result of impersonal unguided forces of nature, or a special creation of God?
Where Am I Going?
When I die does my life end at the grave, or do I have a soul that goes on to eternal life?
School of Athens
Athens, Greece. 4th century B.C.
Socrates and his prize students Plato and Aristotle are considered by many to be the fathers of Western philosophy. Socrates sought wisdom by humbly questioning everything and logically following the path of inquiry wherever it led. If evidence wasn’t there, or wasn’t strong enough to reach a conclusion, he remained skeptical.
The School of Athens fresco in the Vatican by Raphael, 1509 A.D. The fresco represents the greatest philosophers, scientists and theologians from classical antiquity gathered together sharing their ideas and learning from each other. These figures all lived at different times, but here they are gathered together under one roof.
Has Science Rediscovered a Creator?
A seven-part series.
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Unexpected scientific evidence of the last 50 years reveals origin and destiny
#1: SCIENCE & FAITH
#2: BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSE
#3: PRIVILEGED PLANET EARTH
#4: ORIGIN OF LIFE
#5: ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES
#6: WHAT IS BEING HUMAN?
#7: WHAT OR WHO IS GOD?
WHAT ARE YOUR CONCLUSIONS?
The Apostle Paul, the author of the majority of the New Testament, lectures to the Greek philosophers in Athens on Mars Hill (1st century A.D.), revealing to them that there is a Supreme Creator God – “in Him we live and move and have our being … for we are His offspring” (Acts 17:28).
Judeo-Christian Worldview and the Birth of Modern Science
Whereas the School of Athens represents that truth is discovered through human reasoning, Paul represents that truth is given by God through revelation. Reason and revelation (natural and special) can work well together. They are not inherently adversarial. Western civilization and modern science are products of the agreements and inevitable tensions between the two.
Historians acknowledge that Aristotle was the first to give us scientific classification, but it was the Christian worldview that gave birth to our modern scientific methodology in the 17th century. With the invention of the telescope and new mathematics, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton, among many others, studied the heavens motivated by their conviction that because of the orderliness, comprehensibility and beauty, God created the heavens and the earth.
Meet Your Host Stuart Orr
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