Conversation About the New Testament: Canonicity and Reliability

The New TNT CONVERSATIONSestament is the foundational document for the church. But where did it come from? How did the church decide which books would be included in the New Testament and treated as authoritative?  And, how reliable are the documents we have today?

Dr. Bob Whitaker and Dr. Steven Lulich lead a 4-part exploration of these questions and others related to New Testament canonicity and reliability.  These conversations will be held on four Wednesday nights (September 26th, October 10 & 24, and November 7) at 7:30 pm, Room 18 at ECC.

Week one, the discussion will revolve around F.F. Bruce’s book, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable. Chapter one and two are available here.

Thinking About Faith Update

After a freewheeling discussion of Alan Jacob’s essay about Christian public intellectuals, Thinking About Faith will settle in this fall with a slow reading of John Wyatt’s new book, Dying Well. Wyatt is a retired doctor and professor of neonatal pediatrics who has been involved in beginning and end of life government policy in Britain. He is also a theologically astute layman who is convinced that Christians in the affluent West need to think more about death, long before it is impending for us. He draws on the ars moriendi (art of dying) Christian tradition in this short and highly accessible book that raises issues that are important not only for Christians but for the societies in which we live.

The book sells for $15 (chapter one is available here).

We’ll meet next on Wed, Sept 19. Again, you may arrive at 7pm sharp to grab a snack and a drink and chat with others. We will start discussion promptly at 7:15pm. (If you need to arrive after that, please just open the door and walk right in and grab a chair.)

Tentative fall schedule:
  • Sept 19: Intro + Ch.1 + Ch. 2 (2pp.) Dying in the modern world
  • Oct 3: Ch.3 The opportunities that dying well may bring
  • Oct 17: Ch4 The challenges of dying well
  • Oct 31: Ch.6 Learning from the example of Jesus
  • Nov 14: Ch.7 A sure and steadfast hope
  • Nov 28: To Be Determined

Bios for Veritas Forum Speakers

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Dr. Sam Newlands

Dr. Samuel Newlands, University of Notre Dame:

Samuel Newlands is the William J and Dorothy K O’Neill Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He received his PhD from Yale University. Most of his scholarly work focuses on early modern metaphysics and philosophy of religion. He has published widely in venues ranging from professional philosophy journals to The Wall Street Journal, and his most recent book, Reconceiving Spinoza, will be available this spring from Oxford University Press. He also co-directs the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, and he has received more than $12 million dollars in grant funding for research initiatives on the problem of evil, the nature of transformative experience, hope and optimism, and, most recently, the nature of the self.

Dr. Erik Wielenberg, DePauw University:

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Dr. Erick Wielenberg

Erik Wielenberg earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University. He was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame and, more recently, was a Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has authored three books: Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe, God and the Reach of Reason, and Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism.

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Dr. Tim O’Connor

Dr. Timothy O’Connor, Baylor University:
Dr. Timothy O’Connor is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University. Previously, he taught philosophy at Indiana University for over twenty years, and as a professor here, he was a strong supporter of the work of The Veritas Forum at Indiana University.

A Quartet of Books by Newbigin

If you’re wanting to engage more with the topic of pluralism and the gospel, you can’t go wrong with Leslie Newbigin. Newbigin was an internationally esteemed missionary, theologian and apologist. Here’s a few good starting places:

Foolishness to Greeks: the Gospel in Western Culture

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt, and Certainty in Christian Discipleship

Signs Amid the Rubble: the Purposes of God in Human History

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).

 

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.