Meet Our Panel for November’s “Truth Claims in Pluralistic Culture?”

Dr. Tim O’Connor, Dr. John Beggs, and Dr. Bob Whitaker will participate in November’s discussion, “Truth Claims in a Pluralistic World?” During the discussion, each will bring the unique perspective of their field to issues related to truth claims in our contemporary, pluralistic world.

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Tim O’Connor

Dr. O’Connor is a philosopher whose chief interests lie in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He taught at Indiana University for more than twenty years in the Philosophy Department. Dr. O’Connor is currently teaching at Baylor University in 2017. Dr. O’Connor received his M.A. in Philosophy from University of Illinois at Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University.

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Bob Whitaker

Dr. Bob Whitaker is a pastor and a theologian. In addition to his teaching work at Evangelical Community Church, he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech State College and Indiana University. He received his M.A. at Trinity Law School, an M.Div. and S.T.M from Yale University, as well as a D.Min. from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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John Beggs

Dr. John Beggs, Professor of Physics at Indiana University, has taught at IU since 2005. He received his B.S. and Masters degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Yale University. In addition, Dr. Beggs did postdoctoral work at the National Institute of Health.

A Theologian, a Scientist, and a Philosopher

A Theologian, a Scientist and a Philosopher walk into a bar.

Sounds like the beginnings of a good joke, but it’s actually our next Trinity Fellowship Lecture, except for the bar part. Three thinkers from different fields discuss the issue of truth claims in a pluralistic culture, providing a multidisciplinary perspective on a pressing issue in our culture and campus.

Dr. Tim O’Connor, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, will be in conversation with Dr. John Beggs, Professor of Physics at Indiana University, and Dr. Bob Whitaker, pastor and theologian.

Join us on November 15th, 6pm in the Frangipani Room (IMU) for what is a stellar lineup and a provocative conversation.

October’s Trinity Fellowship with Dr. John Beggs

In the second Trinity Fellowship Lecture this fall (2017), Dr. John Beggs spoke on “How Can I Connect Science and My Faith?”  Dr. Beggs shared some of his inspiration as a scientist and a as Christian before delving into three separate, but related topics: evolution, ethics, and the fine-tuning of the universe.

The audio from Dr. Beggs lecture is available to download or stream, as are his presentation slides so you can follow along. The Q&A is also available (download, stream)

 

 

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John Beggs: “How Can I Connect Science with My Faith?”

Dr. John Beggs is a highly regarded scientist on the faculty at Indiana University. He is also a person deeply committed to his Christian faith. On October 18th at 6pm (Woodburn Hall 101), he will discuss the ways in which his Christian faith and science are compatible.

Sometimes faith and science are treated as entirely different, incompatible ways of knowing. They are to be kept in separate silos, never to meet or inform one another. John Beggs, a committed Christian and highly regarded scientist questions this paradigm, asking instead, “How Can I Connect Science with my Faith?”

Join us for the conversation, and invite others who’d be interested – student, faculty, religious or irreligious.

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Associate Professor
Biophysics

B.S., Cornell University, 1985.
Ph.D., Yale, 1998.
Postdoctoral Position: National Institutes of Health, 1999-2003

Seeing by Faith

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else”
– C.S. Lewis

First Trinity Fellowship Lecture

On Wednesday, September 20th, Dr. Bob Whitaker lectured on the intersection of faith and doubt. Drawing from personal experience, Scripture and philosophy, Dr. Whitaker contends that believers need to make room for doubt in their life and not be overly disturbed by questions that are not resolved.

To request audio from the lecture, contact Josiah Leuenberger (leuenbergerjj1@gmail.com).

 

Belief and Doubt

“Those who believe that they believe in God, but without any passion in their heart, without any anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, without an element of despair even in their consolation, believe only in the idea of God, not in God himself.”  – Miguel D’Unamuno

Upcoming Trinity Fellowship Events

We have a semester of good discussions ahead that we know you won’t want to miss. Add these dates to your calendar now and spread the word!

September 20th at 6pm (Georgian Room, IMU)

Dr. Robert Whitaker leads the inaugural meeting of the Trinity Fellowship, considering the topic “I’m a Believer and a Skeptic. Is that Okay?”

October 18th at 6pm (Woodburn Hall, 101)

Dr. John Beggs brings us his thoughts on the question “How Can I Connect Science with My Faith?”

November 15th at 6pm (Frangipani Room, IMU)

Truth Claims in a Pluralistic World.

February 28th

Veritas Forum. Dr. Sam Newlands, Professor of Philosphy, Notre Dame University, will be speaking on the topic of Hope in the Midst of Pain, Suffering, and Injustice.