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Conversation Stations:

 

What Can We Do About Evil? (and instructions and conversation tree)

 

What Can We Do About Evil? (brochure version)

 

Is a Good Friend Hard to Find? (instructions and conversation tree)

 

Whose Justice? (instructions and talk on Christian Restorative Justice)

 

Find Your Heart's Desire? (and instructions and theology of desire)

 

What Story Do You Live In? (and associated message)

 

Does the Good Outweigh the Bad? (and instructions)

 

Race - What's the Problem? (and instructions)

 

Is Religion Just a Cultural Thing? (and instructions)

 

How Much of an Atheist Are You? (and instructions)

 

Your Body: Does it Have a Purpose? (and instructions

 

Who Do You Think Wrote This? (and instructions)

 

God, Peace, and Violence (and instructions)

 

Is God a Liberator or an Oppressor?

High Level Comparative Overview

 

The Desire for a Happy Ending:

Interpreting the Movies, Songs, and Stories Around Us

We like happy ending stories because we long for an actual happy ending for the world. This workshop groups all belief systems into not happy ending vs. happy ending stories; and then internal vs. external villains.

 

The Conflict of Stories:

Circular, Christian, Western, Muslim, Secular, Individual

This delves into the biblical story as the original happy ending story, and other happy ending stories as parodies that change the plot arc, villain, and hero.

 

The Conflict of Stories (chart)

 

How Does the Christian Faith Compare with Other Belief Systems?

6 Simple Questions

Six important questions that sort through various belief systems.

 

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter?

Science, philosophy, existentialism, other religions, and double-predestination based theologies mean that some human beings do not matter. Only a fully Trinitarian theology with a medical substitutionary atonement can provide an adequate foundation.

 

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth

 

Images of God in a Broken World

This is a series of three messages dealing with (1) how we inherit the image of an evil "god" from a broken world; (2) how Jesus is the accurate and perfect image of God despite our broken world, because he healed human nature in himself; and (3) how Jesus renews the image of God in us by his Spirit, to share God's goodness in a broken world

 

Evil and the Christian God and Theology of Atonement

This paper explores how the character of God drives the type of story one lives in, and the type of atonement required to be consistent.

 

Evil and the Christian God

This is a shorter version of the paper above.

Helpful Books and Articles on

Other Beliefs

High Level Overview

 

Rodney Stark, Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief

(Amazon book, Oct 2, 2007)

 

Topography of Faith in the U.S. (Pew Forum and USA Today, 2007)

 

John Polkinghorne interview (note 26:20min mark about theology and other belief systems)

 

The Crooked Mouth, A Brief Guide to Donuts (blog, Feb 9, 2012)

 

Trevin Wax's summary of Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became a Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries

(The Gospel Coalition, Mar 4, 2013)

 

Louise Ridley, Does Religion Really Cause War - And Do Atheists Have Something to Answer For? (Huffington Post, Nov 18, 2014)

 

Roger Olsen, A Blast from the Theological Past That’s Still Relevant: Augustus Hopkins Strong’s “Ethical Monism” (“There is but one substance—God.”) (Patheos, Feb 9, 2015)

 

Roger Olsen, An Example of Unwarranted Theological Speculation: Divine Timelessness (Patheos, Feb 19, 2015)

 

Chris Mooney, The Surprising Links Between Faith and Evolution and Climate Denial - Charted (NY Times, May 20, 2015) interesting as I think the principle of meritocratic-retributive justice standing behind penal substitution is also an influence

 

Joseph Tkach, Beware Historical Revisionism (GCI, Mar 2, 2016)

 

Sigal Samuel, Why Are Some People Attracted to New Religions? (The Atlantic, Aug 30, 2017) in their own words