“Core” Topic Presentations

Presentations for each of our Core Topics are provided below in PDF format. PPSX (PowerPoint Show) format coming soon.

Topic 1 – Does God Exist?
  1. Logical/Philosophical Argument
    • Everything that happens has a Cause
    • Unmoved Mover/Uncaused Cause
  2. Natural World
    • Watchmaker/”Irreducible Complexity”
    • Genetics
  3. Morality
    • Origin of Objective Moral Values & Obligations
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Topic 2 – Origins, Part 1
  1. Evolution vs. Creation
    • Age of the Universe/”Big Bang”
    • “Science of God”, Gerald Schroeder
  2. Earth Formation
    • Water from space?
    • Life from space?
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Topic 3 – Origins, Part 2
  1. Creation of Adam
    • Body vs. “Neshama”/Soul
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Topic 4 – The Anthropic Principle
  1. Fine-tuning of the Universe for life
    • Cosmological constants
    • Water, atomic weight
    • Moon
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Topic 5 – A Global Flood?
  1. Mythological Roots
    • Flood accounts in many different cultures
  2. Geological Time
    • Age of Rocks
  3. Fossils
    • Dating Methods
    • Transitional Forms (or lack thereof)
  4. Counter-Arguments
    • “Young Earth” Creationist Rhetoric
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Topic 6 – Revealed Religions, Part 1
  1. Judaism
    • Torah/Jewish Scribes
    • Talmud/Maimonides
    • Archaeology/Egyptology
      • Story of Joseph and the Exodus
      • Story of Joshua’s Conquest of Canaan
    • King David?
  2. New Testament
    • Scriptural Analysis (“Misquoting Jesus”)
    • Manuscripts/Ages
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Topic 7a – Revealed Religions, Part 2a
  1. Mysticism
    • Kabbalah
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Topic 7b – Revealed Religions, Part 2b
  1. Non-Canonical Books of the Bible
    • Tobit, Maccabees, Belle & Serpent, etc.
  2. Gnostic Gospels
    • Gospel of Mary Magdalene
    • Books of Adam
    • Book of Enoch
      • Parallels to Great Controversy & Paradise Lost
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Topic 8 – The Nature of Reality, Part 1 (Philosophical Perspective)
  1. The Matrix
    • Simulation Theory
  2. Plato’s Cave
    • Realism, Nominalism, Idealism
  3. Interface Theory
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Topic 9 – The Nature of Reality, Part 2 (Physical Perspective)
  1. Quantum Physics
    • Double-slit Experiment
    • Uncertainty Principle/Schroedinger’s Cat
  2. Observation of Material World v. Physical Reality
    • Tree Falling in the Woods w/ Noone around makes no sound!
  3. “The Field”
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Topic 10 – The Mystery of Consciousness
  1. Philosophy
    • Krishnamurti
    • David Bohm
    • Deepak Chopra, etc.
  2. Mind/Body Duality
    • “The Hard Problem” = Subjective Experience
  3. Continuity of Consciousness
    • “Moments” of Consciousness
  4. Body as “Radio Receiver”
    • Death = Disconnection?
    • Knowledge/Consciousness remains
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Topic 11 – Personal “Relationship”?
  1. How do you have a “Personal Relationship” with something/someone you can’t see?
    • Is Prayer a 1-sided conversation?
  2. Encounters with the supernatural
    • Hallucinations?
    • Just plain lying?
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