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Event date: 3/17/2020 9:00 AM - 3/21/2020 5:00 PM, (Register)

See Rules and Details. First place = $500, Second place = $300, Third place = $100


The First-Ever John Locke/C.S. Lewis Faith-And-Reason Studio Speech Contest

Week of March 16 in the CASL Film Studio of UM Dearborn

First Place = $500

Second Place = $300

Third Place = $100


Rules and Details

1. Contestants must be either students (grad or undergrad), faculty, or staff of UM Dearborn or Henry Ford College.

2. Most speeches will focus on either of two great English philosophers, John Locke or C.S. Lewis, or both. This is in keeping with the purpose statement of the sponsoring club—The Locke and Lewis Society for the Integration of Faith and Reason.

*An exception may be proposed for a woman thinker who fits a faith-and-reason profile.

3. Both were Christian theists. Thus, speeches must explore the personal and intellectual intersection of the philosopher’s faith and reason in his life and thinking, or must be a comparison of the two men.  

4. Contestants will prepare a speech between 4 and 5-minutes long to be delivered in the CASL film studio with either a live ‘micro audience’ or no audience. Speeches will be livestreamed in Youtube and Facebook.

5. Contestants will write a script to be used on a teleprompter, which when read aloud, comes out to the required time limit. Scripts must be submitted in advance for approval by Monday, March 9.

6. Contestants must register in Registration opens on Monday, February 17 and closes Friday the 28th.

7. Speeches will be judged by a panel made up of students and/or faculty and/or staff based on criteria related to quality of presentation and ideas.

8. Proposals for debates about Locke and Lewis may be considered.


*See more rules in as of Monday, Feb.

Do the Narratives of Jesus's Resurrection conflict?

Dan Barker, many years ago issues a challenge to Christians to take the 4 gospels and build a reasonable narrative of them. Presumably, he feels it is difficult, when in fact, the 4 gospels harmonize nicely without adding any commentary at all. 

The conditions of the challenge are simple and reasonable. In each of the four Gospels, begin at Easter morning and read to the end of the book: Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21. Also read Acts 1:3-12 and Paul's tiny version of the story in I Corinthians 15:3-8. These 165 verses can be read in a few moments. Then, without omitting a single detail from these separate accounts, write a simple, chronological narrative of the events between the resurrection and the ascension: what happened first, second, and so on; who said what, when; and where these things happened. ...His premise is that the gospels contradict and cannot be reconciled. 

Event date: 7/21/2018 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, (Register)

Building Confidence in the Bible in light of Muslim skepticism and other garden varieties

Does the Bible deserve confidence in the face of Muslims' and other skeptics' objections? This 3-hour seminar will present reasons we can trust the Bible as authentic and credible revelation from God, particularly the New Testament. In this teaching Steve Schlichter, Scott Cherry and Chris Samuel will raise the skeptical questions and address them, especially those of Muslims who believe the Bible has been altered and compromised. Our Muslim friends and adherents of all views are welcome. Press Register to see the general outline of presentations and the material we will cover. 


Location: Ward Church, Chapel Suites 1 and 2, 40000 Six Mile Rd., Northville, MI


*This event is free but pre-registration is required by clicking on the Register button. 


How 1 plus 1 plus 1 is not a real objection to the triune nature of God

  "Been there, tried that. '1+1+1 does not equal one.'" 

I have heard this math operation as a proof that the Trinity can't exist before. It is a very popularized Muslim objection to the Trinity. I never quite understood it and I am not sure why we should assume the operation for such a question would be addition. Why not multiplication? 1 x 1 x 1 = 1 after all.

Voila! Problem solved.

"Been there, tried that. '1+1+1 does not equal one.'" 

How the attainment of true moral goodness is elusive at best

King Solomon was known for being wise. In this famous story Solomon was approached by two women that both claimed the same child. He was able to tell which was the real mother by threatening to cut the child in half. The real mother is the one who loved the child more than her love of being a mother. Solomon recorded some of his wisdom in a book called Ecclesiastes (in the Old Testament).  

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