Honors Program Colloquium Speaker Series – Asbury University
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Colloquium Speaker Series

Fall 2022

Thursday, September 8, 2022, 7 p.m. — Miller Screening Room

We regret to announce that Dr. Lennox will no longer be joining us in person due to health concerns. This event has been updated to a pre-recorded interview that will broadcast live at 7 p.m. EST. Watch the livestream on this page, or join us in the Miller Screening Room to watch the livestream in person.

Theism and Science: A Conversation with Dr. John Lennox. Watch an interview with Dr. John Lennox and Dr. Paul Nesselroade, Director of the Asbury University Honors Program at the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics.

John Lennox is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy, and religion, well known for public debates with public intellectuals such as the late Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Peter Singer.

In addition to being co-author of two mathematical monographs for Oxford University press and his mathematical research papers, he has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science, philosophy and theology including Can Science Explain Everything? (2019); 2084 – Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity (2020); and Cosmic Chemistry: Do God and Science Mix? (2021)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Dr. Rebecca DeYoung (Ph.D. Notre Dame) has taught at Calvin University for over 20 years. She studies the seven deadly sins and virtue ethics.
She recently published a new edition of Glittering Vices and won an essay prize from The Character Project for her analysis of the virtue of courage in Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life. She speaks widely, works in prison education, and is exploring philosophy for children.

Jennifer Frey

Monday, October 10, 2022, 7 p.m. — Kinlaw Board Room

Dr. Jennifer Frey is Associate Professor of Philosophy at U of SC, is host and creator of philosophy, literature, and theology podcast, Sacred and Profane Love. Her talk entitled Classical and Contemporary Views on Happiness is open to the public.

Jennifer A. Frey is associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, where is currently the Peter and Bonnie McCausland Faculty Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to UofSC, she was Collegiate Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Chicago, where she was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and her B.A. at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has published widely on virtue and moral psychology. Her writing has been featured in Breaking Ground, First Things, Image, The Point, and USA Today, among others. She is the host of a popular philosophy, theology, and literature podcast titled Sacred and Profane Love. She lives with her husband and six children in Columbia, SC.

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 7 p.m. — Miller Screening Room

Pierre Sauvage is an Emmy-winning French/American documentary filmmaker. A child survivor of the Holocaust who only learned that he was Jewish at the age of 18, Sauvage is best known for his 1989 feature documentary Weapons of the Spirit, being reissued in 2022 in a newly remastered edition. That highly acclaimed documentary tells the story of the "conspiracy of goodness" of a mountain community in France that defied the Nazis and took in and saved thousands of Jews, including Sauvage, who was born there. Described by Tablet Magazine as "a filmmaker of rare moral perception," Sauvage, also a lecturer and a former film scholar, is the founder and President of the nonprofit Chambon Foundation. Three other documentaries by Sauvage will be released or re-released in 2022: Not Idly By—Peter Bergson, America and the Holocaust, Yiddish: the Mother Tongue, and We Were There: Christians and the Holocaust.

Previous Speakers

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 7 - 8 p.m. — Kinlaw Library Board Room

Dr. Richard Weikart, Professor of History (Retired), California State University, Stanislaus

Are You the Image of God or a Cosmic Accident? — This presentation will examine the ways that many prominent Western thinkers in the past three centuries have contributed to the erosion of the Judeo-Christian sanctity-of-life ethic. Prominent intellectuals from the Enlightenment to the present claim that humans are the product of mindless, random, purposeless processes and thus have no intrinsic value. This has not only contributed to mass murder in communist and fascist regimes in the past century, but has also opened the door to widespread acceptance of abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and transhumanism, especially among the educated elites.

Thursday, February 10, 2022, 4 - 5 p.m. — Kinlaw Library Board Room

Dr. Calum MacKellar, Director of Research for the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics and Visiting Lecturer in Bioethics at St. Mary’s University in London

Resurrecting Eugenics: Should only Healthy Children be Born? — With the possible selection of a future child’s health, athletic prowess or intelligence becoming ever more likely in the context of new developments in human reproduction, concerns are growing about the consequences of such selection on modern society.

Unnerving similarities between the discredited eugenic programmes of early twentieth century regimes may now be resurfacing under a new guise of a more ‘sanitised’ selective eugenics. There is, therefore, an urgent need to evaluate both current and future selection practices from a Christian perspective.

Chris Bounds

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Dr. Chris Bounds, Professor of Christian Doctrine, Indiana Wesleyan University, Wesley Seminary

The Imago Dei, Incarnation, and Human Dignity — Dr. Bounds will outline the Christian concept and historic significance of the Imago Dei with the Eternal Son’s incarnation; particular attention will be given to Wesleyan-Holiness distinctives. Application of this core doctrine will be brought to bear on some issues associated with contemporary life.