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Ed Feser reviews Jerry Coyne

July 7th, 2016 by Matt
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Over at First Thing’s, Edward Feser has an interesting, but characteristically scathing review of Jerry Coyne’s  book Faith vs Fact: Why Religion and Science Are Incompatible.

 

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Video: The Smith-Flannagan Debate “Morality Does Not Need God”

July 6th, 2016 by Matt
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On Wednesday 21st May at the University of Waikato retired Philosophy and Political science lecturer Dr Ron Smith and Dr Matthew Flannagan (of this blog) debated the resolution “Morality Does not need God”. Here is the video of that debate.

 

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Matt on “Divine Commands and the Canaanite Massacre” at Windsor Park Baptist Church

April 11th, 2016 by Matt
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Matt’s talk “Divine Commands and the Canaanite Massacre” at Windsor Park Baptist, is  now available online. Matt’s talk was part of a series of talks hosted by “Reasons for Faith” an apologetics group based at Windsor Park Baptist Church.

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An Interesting Comparison

February 4th, 2016 by Matt
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This from Occupy Democrats:

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This from the Unites States Founding Fathers:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor. (emphasis mine)

Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

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Towards Belief Auckland, 26 and 30 November 2015 – with Dr Matthew Flannagan

November 22nd, 2015 by Madeleine
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Towards BeliefTakanini Community Church in Auckland are hosting a Towards Belief event with this blog’s Matt.

Towards Belief follows Australian pastor and host, Karl Faase as he travels to the UK, USA and Australia to interview more than thirty leading authors, speakers and academics as they seek to defuse the top belief blockers of our time. This 10-session DVD series responds to the questions of the seeker and clarifies the answer for the Christian.

Dr Matthew Flannagan, New Zealand theologian, apologist, author and teacher hosts the Towards Belief series for NZ churches, leadership teams, youth groups, study groups, small groups, and provides a Q&A opportunity as part of each session.

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Why Towards Belief is important – Matt’s take:

In New Zealand today, there is a significant fall away rate of Christian youth upon attending University. A recent study by Fuller Theological Seminary in the US discovered that

one of the most significant factors in determining whether a person who comes to the Christian faith as a teenager endures years later is whether they have been able to adequately discuss their intellectual doubts and questions with Christian leaders.

Those who were able to explore such questions and gain some resolution were less likely to fall away whereas those who didn’t tended to leave the faith when confronted with questions at university.

In addition to this the rise of social media, and popular books by people like Richard Dawkins or even movies like the Da Vinci code has meant that skeptical attacks on the Christian faith have become more popularised and more accessible to audiences previously who would only have been confronted with such issues in higher education. In light of this it’s crucial that the Church be willing to address the standard questions people are raising.

The series introduction for pastors, youth leaders and key church staff involves free sessions involving Q&A and supper. Details are:

7pm, Thu 26th/Mon 30th November
Takanini Community Church
160 Great South Road, Takanini, Auckland
Register: info@takaninichurch.org.nz

There is lots more information about this event on the event organiser’s Towards Belief page, including information as to how to book a Towards Belief course for your New Zealand church, so check it out.

For more information in general about Towards Belief go here.

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Matt in Atlanta

November 18th, 2015 by Madeleine
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Book on saleMatt has safely arrived in Atlanta and I thinks he has forgiven me for his hotel (we did not realise just how really bad, and somewhat entertaining, the Trip Advisor reviews were until just before he left).

The first day of the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical and Theological Societies is underway. His book “Did God Really Command the Genocide of the Caananites?” is on sale and he tells me he has been asked to be the speaker at the Evangelical Philosophical Society reception tonight at 8:30pm at the Hilton – Grand Salon C.

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Matt Elected to the Executive Board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society

November 15th, 2015 by Madeleine
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Evangelical Philosophical SocietyCongratulations to this blog’s Matthew Flannagan who was just elected to the executive board of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Congratulations also to Frank Beckwith, Paul Franks who were also just elected to the board.

Matt, Frank and Paul will join the existing board, who can be seen at the above link. Their first meetings are in Atlanta next week. As far as I can tell, Matt seems to be the first kiwi scholar to hold the position.

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