The annual Faith & Reason Conference provides opportunity for Christians to explore and discuss relevant topics in our present culture. Some of these topics often challenge the claims of Christianity in some way. Often the issues are muddled or distorted by popular media; at other times Christianity is treated with outright dismissal, as false and superstitious, and in some cases even as a danger to society.
The aim is not to be reactionary, since Christianity will always have its critics, some of whom will not allow themselves to be reasoned with. The FRC is a positive approach, helping to make sense of what it means to be a Christian, of what it means to apply your head for thinking as well as your heart for caring. Put differently, it is about exploring how Christian beliefs that are firmly rooted in the events of history that transpired around a Specific Person in 1st century Palestine, relate to the unique questions and culture of a 21st century world.
To help facilitate this process of exploration and discovery are a group of people who have thought carefully about many issues. They also care enough about people to devote some of their time in offering their insights and encourage a robust Christian faith.
– Participating partners: AntWoord, Dialoog, Ratio Christi (NWU), RZIM (SA), Real Talk.
WHEN: Saturday, 26 August 2017
WHERE: Oosterlig Church (see google maps location) on the corner of Lea and Judith streets, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria
COST: No cost, donations will be appreciated. A light snack available at lunch time.
WHAT: The programme will start at 08:30 until 15:00 (see below)
08:30 – 09:00 Tea/Coffee
09:00 – 09:15 Welcoming
09:15 – 10:15 Session 1a, b, c
- Ray Ciervo – The Eyewitness Testimony About Jesus: Are They Trustworthy?
- Liza Bornman – Science and Faith in God: Inherent Differences and Its Implication
- Itai Chitapi – Truth, Justice and (Re)Conciliation: Challenges for the Church in South Africa
10:30 – 11:30 Session 2a, b, c
- Mathabo Baase – Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
- Herman Carstens – Persuasion, Christians and Climate Change: A Look at How Our Beliefs are Formed
- Nel Brace – Speaking of Justice: How Meaningful Without God?
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:30 Session 3a, b, c
- Roedolf Botha – How We Got Our Bible & Why It Is Authoritative
- Sue Dykes – Interpreting Hominin Fossils
- Afrika Mhlophe – Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors
13:45 – 14:45 Session 4a, b, c
- Lara Buchanan – Is Christianity Sexist?
- Rudolph Boshoff – Christ In Me International: Emergence of a New Cult?
- Mahlatse Mashua – Conflict & the Challenge of Peacemaking in a Secular South Africa