Dr Zachary Ardern

Dr Zachary Ardern

Dr Zachary ArdernAvailable for talks, discussion, and debates on the reasonableness of Christian faith, in relation to science and general evidence.

Current Position

Postdoctoral Researcher, Evolutionary microbial genomics at Technical University of Munich.

Talk Topics

Will Science Bury Atheism?

Arguing that the principles and findings of science support theism over atheism.

God, gods, or Nothing?

Examining the evidence for a single personal God in comparison to polytheism, deism, and atheism.

Why do Many Scientists Believe in God?

Presenting the personal stories of some leading scientists, and reasons why they believe in God.

Evolution and God

Explaining why biological evolution does not provide strong evidence for atheism.

Background

Presented for groups in NZ including churches, Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (IFES) campus groups, Christian highschools, ‘Thinking Matters’ apologetics conferences and small groups, and ‘Skeptics in the Pub’.  Previous formal debates with sceptics are online.

  • BA|BSc conjoint, Economics, Philosophy & Biology – University of Auckland (UoA)
  • PGDipSci endorsed with Merit, in Biological Sciences, UoA
  • PhD, Biological Sciences – theory and analysis in experimental evolution
  • Previously Tutor for biology, critical thinking, and metaethics courses at UoA.
  • Board member of New Zealand Christians in Science
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Dr Matthew Flannagan

Dr Matthew Flannagan

Matthew Flannagan

Dr Matthew Flannagan

Dr Matthew Flannagan is a theologian with proficiency in contemporary analytic philosophy. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Otago, a Masters (with First Class Honours) and a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Waikato and a post-graduate diploma in secondary teaching from Bethlehem Tertiary Institute.

Matthew blogs on MandM – a Kiwi blog that addresses philosophy of religion, ethics, theology and social commentary.

Topics

Divine Command Meta-Ethics, Applied Ethics, Bio-Ethics, Old Testament Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Law, Critical Thinking and Apologetics

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