Veritas Forum @ Columbia University

February 21, 2009

(Roar, Lions, roar …)

The Veritas Forum is arriving at Columbia University next week, with three days of events intended to “engage students and faculty in discussions about life’s hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.”

Veritas @ Columbia will be held from Tuesday – Thursday, February 24-26, 2009, in the evenings at two locations on the Columbia University campus.  See details & schedules from their website after the jump …

  • IS GOD NECESSARY FOR MORALITY?  (Tuesday, Feb. 24, 8p @ Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall)

Dr. William Lane Craig / Dr. Shelly Kagan / Dr. David Eisenbach (Moderator): In the midst of a largely secular university and a highly pluralistic nation, the Columbia community is home to widely varying notions of how a “good life” is to be lived.  Dr. William Lane Craig would like to add to the conversation by questioning the common assumption that the existence of God is not necessary for morality.  “Can we really be good apart from God?”  Come hear Yale philosopher Dr. Shelly Kagan defend the idea of morality without God in a debate with Dr. Craig that will question the basis of many views that we not only study at Columbia, but that we ourselves hold.  A Q&A session with the audience will follow the debate.  (Free tickets will be available at the Lerner Hall Box Office [non-CU ID tickets are limited].)

  • WHO WAS JESUS, REALLY?: Searching For The Historical Jesus  (Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8p @ Miller Theater)

Dr. William Lane Craig / Dr. Peter Pazzaglini (Q&A Facilitator):  For the past two thousand years, Christians have claimed that Jesus is the Son of God.  But over the years, critics have raised many challenges to these claims. Are the Biblical accounts of Jesus historically accurate?  Has too much been corrupted over time or lost in translation?  What do we make of the contradictions between gospels?  Can we ignore the supernatural events in the gospels, especially Jesus’ resurrection?  Who did Jesus himself claim to be?  Can we answer these questions with any certainty?  Senior Scholar and popular CC [Contemporary Civilizations] Professor, Dr. Peter Pazzaglini will facilitate questions as Dr. William Lane Craig unpacks these controversial issues.  Come and explore the debate surrounding the identity of a figure who has shaped the course of western civilization, not to mention our Core Curriculum.  (No Tickets Necessary)

  • “CALL + RESPONSE” SCREENING & LIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE BY MATISYAHU: A Rockumentary About The World’s 27-Million Dirtiest Secrets  (Thursday, Feb. 26, 7p @ Miller Theater)

Matisyahu / Justin Dillon:  Join us as we continue the conversation on morality, by looking at the modern human trafficking industry.  We’ll explore the value and the nature of human beings through music, photography and film.  “CALL+RESPONSE” is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals that there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.  “CALL+RESPONSE” goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2007, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.  This is a particularly important conversation for Columbia since thousands of slaves are trafficked through New York.  Justin Dillon, creator and director of the film, will be there to talk about the modern day slave trade.  The photography project Sex and Moneya Global Search for Human Worth, will also be featured.  Award winning recording artist Matisyahu will kick-off and close the evening with a live accoustic performance.  (Free tickets will be available at the Lerner Hall Box Office [CU ID Required].)

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