The Beaverton Religion Forum Discusses the Human Soul – March 18
by Evergreen Presbyterian,
Secular Humanist, Bernie Dehler and Pastor Nathan Lewis will answer the question: “Can modern science disprove the existence of the human soul?” at the next Beaverton Religion Forum, Sunday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. If you are a typical Christian without many opportunities to interact with non-Christians toward substantive conversations concerning truth, then the forum is a fine opportunity. With our atheist and agnostic neighbors we are making space for such conversations. At 6:00 p.m. pizza and drinks are served to encourage discussion around tables. At 6:30 p.m. the forum begins with brief presentations followed by a Q&A allowing you to participate. Not only is this an opportunity for Christian apologetics, but it is also an opportunity for you to grow in your knowledge and application of the Bible. There is nothing quite like an agnostic quoting a difficult portion of Scripture asking Christians for an explanation or defense to sharpen one’s understanding and faith. The forum attracts Christians of many stripes, traditional atheists, “soft” atheists, “new” atheists, agnostics, new age enthusiasts, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus.
If you are accustomed to entering a church building to join Christians who mostly believe as you do, then you need to visit the Beaverton Religion Forum to participate in a room full of a cross section of our community. The forum concludes at 8:00 p.m. but a good number of people linger for much longer and in these informal conversations, more opportunities abound. After two years of the forum, we are beginning to know each other by name, forging friendships across philosophical lines. It is Evergreen’s hope that the forum will prove to be good for the church and for the larger community.
Read Bernie Dehler’s article in The Oregonian about the most recent forum answering the question: “Must a person believe in God to be a genuinely moral person?”
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