Christianity On Trial

Just a reminder about our second forum event to be held this Tuesday (March 16th) at 7pm. Last night’s panel went well, and we were really pleased with the turn out. This next panel will be focused more on the New Atheist’s arguments against Christianity and we look forward to some good discussion. Please join us!

Christianity On Trial

Time: 7pm, Tuesday March 16
Location: 260 – 098
Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, The University of Auckland

Today, many best-selling atheists argue that belief in God is delusional and a roadblock to political, moral, and scientific progress. In this public Q and A event, several of New Zealand’s top Christian thinkers come together to consider popular arguments against Christianity and whether belief in God is merely a consequence of superstition and credulity.


  • Jeff Tallon (PhD) is Distinguished Scientist at Industrial Research Ltd and a former Professor of Physics at Victoria University. He is internationally known for his research in high-temperature superconductors, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2002 was awarded the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand’s highest science award.
  • Matthew Flannagan (PhD) lectures in the History of Philosophy at Laidlaw College and specializes in applied ethics and the interface between philosophy and theology. He is a prominent New Zealand Christian thinker, debater and blogger.
  • Michael Drake (DipTeach) is the principal of Carey College in Panmure and a pastor of the Tamaki Reformed Baptist Church. He has been involved in advocacy for Christian schools and in raising issues about race, education, and Christianity before Parliament. He is also a TSCF Associate Chaplain at the Manukau Institute of Technology.
  • Joe Fleener (MDiv) lectures in Old Testament, Church History, Christian Worldview, Apologetics, and Christian Ethics at The Shepherd’s Bible College.

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3 replies
  1. Martin
    Martin says:

    I was really surprised by how good this event was! I would really love to get hold of the recording that was made if you could make it available please.

  2. Karam
    Karam says:

    Because Paganism encompasses so many diernffet religions, it’s going to be difficult to give you a straight answer. Here’s just a few generalizations though about similarities and differences between the two faiths, and these are not applicable to all members of either faith.Differences:(most) Pagans believe in pantheons or in one form or another, multiple deities (Christians ONLY follow the God of Abraham)(Some) Pagans will use spells and rituals as well as diernffet divination practices like tarot (Christians are Forbidden to use magic or divination)Pagans don’t have a church to worship in, as nature is there church. (Christians worship in a building with four walls every Sunday)Similarities:Pagans celebrate Yule, and the Spring Equinox which is where the idea for Christmas as well as Easter comes from, which both (even though over capitalized) are currently celebrated by many Christians.Pagans have prayers and hymns and sing them during their version of worship and honor to deity, Christians do the same.Pagans give offerings, so do Christians, only difference here is that a Pagan’s offering is usually food, flowers, milk and honey etc where as a Christian offering is usually the Tithe’s that are collected.Pagans have a method for exorcism as well as coming of age ceremonies and weddings, Christians have these as well (depending on the denomination for the exorcism part) .Both Faiths also follow the general idea of the cycle of life. Birth, Life, Death, Re-birth.These are by no means all the similarities and differences, and they are just generalized, but I hope this helps clears up some things for you.

  3. David Billing
    David Billing says:

    Hi Karam,
    I would challenge the assertion that Christianity affirms re-birth. After you die, you die, and then comes judgement (Hebrews 9:27).
    However, even if Christianity is similar to Paganism, that would show nothing about truth of Christianity. What you have to produce, is evidence that Christianity is in fact a pagan religion.
    The belief that Christianity is just another pagan religion, used to be quite popular, but is now no longer a viable option. Current scholarship has firmly decided this for us.

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