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Recommended Resources for Participants of Advance Seminar 1 on January 23, 2016

By Marc Bayne, one of the two presenters

This is a short list of articles and documents for further reading and consideration on the subject of gay marriage, in connection with the January 23, 2016 seminar on this subject.  

This seminar examined the arguments Christians and the Church have relied on in the "gay debate" within our culture. We presented some historical insights into the development of marriage customs from a variety of societies, with a focus on the West and America. Participants discussed and processed the content to identify the apologetics, and the moral/cultural considerations.  In our discussion we also considered several Scripture texts to determine and show the Biblical position on homosexual behaviors and/or lifestyles, and how churches and individual Christians should respond accordingly.  This topic is also of interest to Muslims because Islam experiences similar cultural currents in the West.  

Presenters: Dan Kersey and Marc Bayne


  • 25 January 2016
  • Author: Marc Bayne
  • Number of views: 5674
  • Comments: 0

A Post-Seminar Commentary by Presenter Dan Kersey



Presenters: Dan Kersey and Marc Bayne

This seminar examined the arguments Christians and the Church have relied on in the "gay debate" within our culture. We presented some historical insights into the development of marriage customs from a variety of 
societies, with a focus on the West and America. Participants discussed and processed the content to identify the apologetics, and the moral/cultural considerations.  In our discussion we also considered several Scripture texts to determine and show the Biblical position on homosexual behaviors and/or lifestyles, and how churches and individual Christians should respond accordingly.  This topic is also of interest to Muslims because Islam experiences similar cultural currents in the West.
  • 7 January 2016
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 4393
  • Comments: 0

2016 Schedule of Monthly Seminars. Follow and Pre-register in Events.


This is year 3 of this program but the schedule of topics is new for 2016. See the full program description and the schedule of all future seminars in the Events page or in the main body of this post.  Seminar 2 is shown here:


February 20 (Legacy): “No Compulsion?”–Violence and Force in Religion, a Comparative Analysis of Christianity and Islam. –Steve Schlichter, Wissam Al-Aethawi and Jim Walker


Location: Dearborn Evangelical Covenant Church, 18575 Outer Drive at Golfview/Military

Pre-registration cost = $12.  Students = $8.  Cost at the door (unregistered) = $20/25

  • 2 January 2016
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 3667
  • Comments: 0

by Dan Kersey

I recently attended an event at a local mosque on the topic of Islamophobia. Bear in mind the recent negative images of Islam in the news; the Paris and San Bernardino terror attacks, the crisis in Europe as that continent, already struggling to integrate large Muslim minorities, absorbs 1,000,000 mostly Muslim refugees, and all this to the backdrop of the ongoing atrocities of ISIS. Additionally, being that 2015 is headed into a presidential election year, you have presidential candidates vying to outdo each other in their denunciations of Islam. So when I learned of this event, I figured I would have to go; both in that I feel it is important reach out and bridge the gulf between myself and the “other” in my midst, but also just for the thrill; maybe produced by the vulnerability of hearing “their” side of the story and on “their” turf. What I heard, saw, and learned I feel is worth passing along, so here is my report.
  • 27 December 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 4840
  • Comments: 0

Why it is Unreasonable to Exclude ID from Institutional Science

Regardless of scientist's personal views on the subject, public institutions highly favor evolution in the name of pure science, and disfavor Intelligent Design due to its religious implications.  If it is any sort of rule it is a philosophical one, not a scientific one. But is it a fair and a reasonable one? And is it truly scientific?  With support from philosopher Thomas Nagel, I argue that it is not.  The prevailing institutional science of origins has unfairly “ruled out” a priori all possible causes that are not strictly naturalistic (i.e. mindless and purposeless) as pseudo-science.  Not even false per se, just disallowed.  This discussion will give special attention to the notion of irreducible complexity that Dr. Michael Behe develops in his book, "Darwin's Black Box".
  • 22 December 2015
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 4110
  • Comments: 0
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