All events are held in the Mezzanine Lounge on the 3rd floor of the MIT Student Center at 6:30pm.

If you can't make it to a session, don't worry. We'll post the audio from each talk on this page. Check back here regularly to listen.

TUESDAY
JANUARY 16, 2018

Do We Need God To Know Ourselves? Is God Actually Relevant to Real Life?
KASEY LEANDER - OXFORD CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS FELLOW

Human beings possess an incredible array of meaningful characteristics. We seem to exist as individual selves capable of relationships, art, language, creativity and beauty. How can we best explain these phenomena? Are we capable of self-definition? Do our experiences, relationships, failures and aspirations mean anything?  Is God needed to understand who we are?  Do we need God, something external to the human experience, to truly know ourselves? 

 

THURSDAY
JANUARY 18, 2018

If God Is All-Loving And All-Powerful, Why
Do Evil And Suffering Exist?

MATTHEW MITTELBERG - OXFORD CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS FELLOW

 

Our world is a place of beauty and love—but also of pain, suffering, and death. If there is an all-powerful God who could change things, and if he’s an all-loving being who would want to do so, why doesn’t he stop evil? If God exists, wouldn’t he create a perfect world where everyone was happy? Does this issue expose a logical contradiction in the Christian faith? Or might there be a way to reconcile the existence of suffering with the reality of God?

 

TUESDAY
JANUARY 23, 2018

Do We Need God To Make Moral Judgments? Do We Need God To Be Good?
KASEY LEANDER - OXFORD CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS FELLOW

Our world is filled with complex moral challenges. What best explains our experiences of morality? Are our moral intuitions reducible to a set of evolutionary processes? Can genuine moral reasoning exist without God?

 

THURSDAY
JANUARY 25, 2018

What Is Faith and Does Science Need It? Has Science Eliminated Our Need For God?
DR. IAN HUTCHINSON - PROFESSOR OF NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT MIT

What is faith? Isn't blind faith the problem and critical thinking the solution?  Isn't there a difference between accepting expertise and bowing to authority? Is a faith-based view a liability in science? What is the relationship between faith and science?

 

TUESDAY
JANUARY 30, 2018

Do The Laws Of Nature Point To God? Could There Be Evidence For God In The Universe?
TOM RUDELIUS - POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

The fundamental laws of nature in our universe appear to be "fine-tuned" to allow for intelligent life.  In this talk, we'll explore possible explanations for this phenomenon and speculate on the possible role of a designer.

THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Arrogance & Exclusivity: Can There Be Just One Way To God?
MATTHEW MITTELBERG - OXFORD CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS FELLOW

All roads lead to Rome. Do many paths lead to God? If so, why do Christians claim that Jesus is the only way? Is it narrow-minded for Christians to claim they have the truth, and every other worldview is wrong? What do other religions have to say about truth? Do we all have our own truth that we need to follow to find God?