Dr Frank Stootman will be visiting New Zealand for two evening meetings and an afternoon/evening seminar in late March. Dr Stootman is an astrophysicist and an associate professor at the University of Western Sydney, and head of the Australian L’Abri community. I was able to hear him last year at a seminar he gave and found him particularly good in his discussion of the current debates in the science related to the mind. He is passionate about the integration of science and faith and in continuing the apologetic legacy of Francis Schaeffer. Some of the venues are still to be finalised, and I will update the post when the details become available. Anyone is welcome, but please contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org first, as numbers will be limited by the size of the venues.
Saturday 21 March – 7pm: The life and impact of Francis Schaeffer
Venue; Drs Bryan and Susan Parry’s house, 17 Empire Rd Epsom.
A discussion of the life and writings of Francis Schaeffer who with his wife Edith founded the Christian community of L’Abri in Switzerland in the 1950’s. His evaluation of culture in all its variety; art, science, literature, and ideas from a Christian perspective and in the context of community has been a profound influence for good in the lives of generations of people. His work continues in L’Abri communities around the world.
Saturday 28 March – 2pm – 9pm. Comprehending Life, the Universe, and God
Dinner catered for at 6pm.
Venue – the home of Dr Peter and Sarah Bowden
68 Esplanade Rd., Mt Eden.
Topics to be presented and discussed:
1. The Grandeur of the Universe: Dimensioning the Majesty of God
2. Is there other life out there? What are the implications? A look at modern SETI (Search for extra-terrestial intelligence)
3. Is the universe too good to be true? A look at the extraordinarily finely tuned universe we inhabit that has allowed the world and universe we know to exist and human life to flourish.
$10 fee for students. $25 for non students.