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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

— ANNOUNCING —

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 TaoandTawheed.com/Event. 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 TaoandTawheed.com/Events as of Monday, Feb.

A Concise Review of Avengers, Star Movies, and Super Heroes

by Jen Foster—

I haven’t seen Game of Thrones and don’t intend to. I have seen most of the recent comic book spin-offs (thanks to Scottie) and find them… tepid and dry. Star Wars is distractingly eastern religion for dummies and Star Trek nauseates with its holier-than-thou scientism, environmentalism and multiculturalism. So, I muse on the obsession with fantasy from afar.

It seems that our current inclination toward larger than life characters, epic battles and superhuman elements may stem from western culture’s luxurious self-indulgent, self-protective effeminacy. We have so well insulated ourselves from pain, hardship, challenges and meaningful struggle that we have also insulated ourselves from adrenaline-producing excitement, sweaty palms clasped before God, and faith-filled risk taking. 

It’s a shame, really. Our petty busyness is all too often about making my life, and my family’s life, more satisfying, more peaceful, more safe, more comfortable, more healthy, more more more more. How about trying this for a change?...See if we can’t intentionally pursue the eternal instead. Keep an eye towards new life after death, structure the day’s activities around worshiping and enjoying the Almighty. Find time to talk with the Divine. Plan short-term and long-term goals for serving the King of kings. Sing and dance like David before the Lord God. Find those soul-mates who turn our eyes to Jesus and off our selves. 

I speak from experience. When Heaven and Christ and the majesty of God becomes dull and far away and unrelated to our lives now, then we seek after lesser stimuli. We binge watch TV, we become experience junkies, we fire our endorphins with glam and glitter. Of course, it’s all temporary. Sooner, rather than later, we need another boost, another hit, another tickle. But, when we are enthralled with the Ultimate Reality, then fictional fantasies become a modest, mildly amusing break from the strain and pressures of the fight of faith. Believe me, the True Story – the One Story – the Biggest Story is the most exciting, energizing and rewarding story. And we don’t watch this story, we live it.

(Yep, that's all of it this time.) 

  • 23 May 2019
  • Author: Guest Blogger
  • Number of views: 584
  • Comments: 1

Featuring: The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, by Steve Schlichter

The Locke and Lewis Lecture series is a video project conducted during finals week at UM-Dearborn (April 22-25). This year it consists of 36 "micro-lectures" on various topics related to the intersection of faith and reason. Watch the Introduction by Scott Cherry.

Philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues that holding to both evolution and naturalism is self-defeating. You can have one or the other but not both. If evolution is the only input then we have no reason to trust in our ability to reason and no way to account for any interest in the truth content of any claim. 

Just one of 36 micro-videos in the series. Click here for the full playlist.

  • 16 May 2019
  • Author: Scott Cherry
  • Number of views: 687
  • Comments: 1
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