RE: [asa] Fwd: ACT Events in Jan & Feb 2009

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Wed Jan 21 2009 - 11:25:01 EST

Excerpt said:
"Was Adam the first human whom God created directly from nothing or was humanity, as the OT suggested, 'made' from preexisting materiel?"

I was surprised they had a misspelling in their email flyer- "materiel" (they meant "material"). But I noticed it also passed spelling checker and has a definition.

Yes- the OT says man was made from dirt- pre-existing material. The OT does not say he was made from nothing- so what's going on here? Are they implying "pre-existing materiel" means lower life-forms? If so, the Bible doesn't say or suggest that.

From: [] On Behalf Of David Opderbeck
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 6:05 PM
Subject: [asa] Fwd: ACT Events in Jan & Feb 2009

Of possible interest to list members in the NY Metro area. (If anyone is in the area and wants to go, get in touch with me, maybe we can carpool).

David W. Opderbeck
Associate Professor of Law
Seton Hall University Law School
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology

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Date: Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Subject: ACT Events in Jan & Feb 2009

ACT Events in January and February 2009


Dear Friends of ACT,

Happy New Year.

We commence 2009 with 3 ACT Seminars from the Question of Origins series. These seminars will be held at Hunter College, West Building, Room 508 in New York from 12.10pm - 1.00pm in January and February. Please join us and let your friends know. Registration is free of charge, hosted by Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

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1. Jan 25 (Sun): Q1 Origin of the Universe - Cosmogony (The Big Bang)<>

We will examine the implications of The Big Bang Model of cosmology for Christian belief. Do the philosophical and scientific consequences of the Big Bang Model of the origin of the universe negate the Christian doctrine of creation? We shall consider Stephen Hawking's proposal for a non-boundaried universe as well as the philosophies of Richard Swinburne and William Lane Craig in defense of the contingency and future of creation. We conclude that the Christian belief in the universe as (possibly one among many) created by God is not inconvergent with current understanding of human inquiry. To purchase the accompanying book, please go to<>

2. Feb 01 (Sun) Q2 Origin of Life - Biogenesis (The Big Birth)<>

We will examine the implications of the Big Birth theory for the emergence of organic life for a biblical and confessional Christian faith. We shall discuss life on Mars and what is called Second Genesis, life deep in the crust o the earth and the oceans. The important theories of RNA and Thioester Worlds will also be examined. We conclude that the latest findings in origin of life research is convergent with the biblical doctrine of creation. To purchase the accompanying book, please go to<>

3. Feb 08 (Sun) Q3 Origin of Man - Paleoanthropology (The Big Kahuna)<>

In the study of human origins, paleoanthropology has come to challenge theological anthropology as the most convincing way to describe the rise of humans. But what exactly does the Bible say? And what can science affirm? Was Adam the first human whom God created directly from nothing or was humanity, as the OT suggested, 'made' from preexisting materiel? Were there more than one type of humans? What of the 'others' of Gen. 6? Were the Neanderthals and the Hobbits of Indonesia different human species? In this murky world of making sense of deep history, we find significant convergence between divine disclosure and scientific discovery. To purchase the accompanying book, please go to<>

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