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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
July 1999 - 19[7]:56

Science & Nature: Two Votes for God
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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Science & Nature Video SeriesI suspect most of our readers are aware of the fact (having seen my schedule published regularly in Reason & Revelation) that I travel extensively as a result of various speaking engagements. In fact, on average I am out of the office approximately 40 weekends per year (and sometimes more) due to these assignments. In October of 1978, I gave the first of what eventually was to become over twenty years’ worth of weekend seminars on Christian evidences. The program is titled Science & Nature: Two Votes for God and has three objectives: (1) to defend the Bible—especially the creation account in Genesis—as the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God; (2) to aid in the conversion of the non-Christian; and (3) to strengthen the faith of the Christian.

A standard weekend program begins on Friday evening, goes through much of the day on Saturday, and ends with the Bible class and sermon on Sunday morning. Since the program was designed to be—and often is—used as an evangelistic tool, and since numerous non-believers generally are in attendance (some of whom may have come either with an “axe to grind” or a hefty dose of skepticism), the Friday and Saturday lectures are presented intentionally in the format of a scientific seminar (i.e., without songs or public prayers, and followed by open-ended question and answer periods). They are not intended, nor should they be viewed, as religious services in the format of, say, a Gospel meeting. In the more than two decades that I have been presenting this series, I have learned through repeated, firsthand experience that presenting the Friday and Saturday lectures without any religious overtones (and often in a neutral, non-religious setting such as a public auditorium) makes it much easier to reach those who initially may be indifferent, skeptical, or even antagonistic toward the subject matter. In fact, over the years hundreds (literally!) have been reached with the Gospel message via the seminar by using this particular format, and as a result have become faithful Christians. [Sunday morning services, of course, are part of the normal Bible study/worship period, and do include songs, prayers, etc.]

The venue changes from one weekend to another, with the series variously being presented in civic centers, on university campuses, in school auditoriums, and in church buildings. The content of the program also varies on occasion, but generally includes lectures on the creation/evolution controversy (including discussions on dinosaurs and the Bible, the age of the Earth, the origin of races, the early Earth, fossil man, compromises of the Genesis account of creation, theistic evolution, etc.), the existence of God, the inspiration of the Bible, and the effect of evolution on the home, church, and nation.

I am pleased to announce that we now are able to make available the entire weekend seminar in both video and audio formats (each of which includes presentations made before live audiences). The 4-tape video set is professionally produced in full color and sells for $75. The 12-tape audio set (packaged in an attractive plastic album) sells for $36. Either, or both, may be ordered with a credit card by calling 800/234-8558 ($5 postage for video set; $3 for audio). The material included in the presentations is ideal for either classroom or individual study. Call us if we can help, or if you would like additional information about scheduling a Science & Nature seminar in your area.



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