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.

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.

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.

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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