Mar 21 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The first event will be a presentation on the Shroud of Turin by Scott Swiggard, PhD on March 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Scott is the president of Reasonable Faith Houston, the local chapter of William Lane Craig’s apologetics ministry. Scott has studied a wide variety of apologetics issues over the years and his presentation on the shroud will be fascinating to believers and skeptics alike.
The presentation will explore many questions that surround the famous shroud, considered by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus. Some of the questions he’ll address include:
• What details of the shroud’s image are useful clues in understanding it?
• What is the history of the shroud, especially relating to its carbon dating?
• What are the ways such an image might come to be on a shroud?
• What bearing does this have on Christian’s belief in the resurrection, if any?
The debate will be held April 18, 2015, 7:30 pm. The two debaters will address the statement, “Jesus did not rise from the dead”. Christian apologist Tom Peeler and trial attorney Geoffrey Berg will be on the dais. Tom is the president of the local chapter of a different apologetics group, Reasons to Believe. Geoff is a well-known attorney and activist in Houston and host of Partisan Gridlock on KPFT, 90.1 FM Friday afternoons.
All First Word debates are academic in nature. The speakers will have equal time to present their arguments and to offer rebuttals. There is always time for guided conversation and/or Q&A from the audience. Most debates are about two hours in length to allow for as full a case as possible to be made. Both events will be held in the sanctuary of First Lutheran at 1311 Holman Street, Houston, 77004. Both events are completely free and open to the public.
Our debates to date have had audiences of about half believers and half skeptics, so all are welcome to hear what the speakers have to say. To register for either or both of the events above, please fill out the form . . .