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03/03 - 03/20
2007

Science Myths: Moving beyond both Naturalism and Intelligent Design

Topic: "Science Myths: Moving beyond both Naturalism and Intelligent Design"

Date: 20 March 2007 (Tue)

Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Venue: Hong Kong Baptist University, Shaw Campus WLB203

(WLB: The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies 永隆銀行商學大樓)

Speaker: Dr. Vinoth Ramanchandra

[Ph. D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of London;

Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement (Asia) for theInternational Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES); Invited speaker on many University campuses and seminaries]

Speaker's profile can be found at

Respondent: Dr. Chris Beling [Associate Professor., Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong]

The Lecture will be conducted in English.

FREE ADMISSION

Enquiries: hkcsf@fes.org.hk / 28817369

Co-organizating Parties:

Hong Kong Christian Scholarship Forum (HKCSF)

Graduates Christian Fellowship of Hong Kong (GCF,HK)

Chaplain's Office, Hong Kong Baptist University

Some Websites with Information about Intelligent Design and Its Critics

http://www.discovery.org/csc/

http://www.talkreason.org/articles/dem_nfl.cfm

http://www.iscid.org/

http://www.metanexus.net/metanexus_online/show_article2.asp?id=8400

Discussion:

The common assumption in science that the entire universe is only materialistic and all causes, explanations and derivations must be entirely naturalistic, and must never include anything spiritual or divine, is a position which is clearly unacceptable to the Christian faith. In recent years, Intelligent Design theory (ID) has appealed to many Christians as a scientific theory which supports Divine design and intervention in creation. According to this view, our recognition of design patterns in the physical and biological world, and the highly improbable likelihood for the generation of such precise and intricate designs by chance evokes the existence and work of a Designer and Creator God. Because of its ability to support the Genesis creation account, ID has gained popularity in Christian circles and is a movement which is being hotly debated in the United States.

In this lecture, however, Dr. Vinoth Ramachandra, who holds a Ph. D. in nuclear engineering from the University of London, and is currently the Secretary for Dialogue & Social Engagement for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, and a speaker on many University campuses and seminaries, challenges both Naturalism and ID. It is argued that totally naturalistic science is unacceptable since it is itself a religious belief. It shall further be argued that ID is bad science from

both a scientific and theological point of view. This will be a highly evocative lecture and sharing, and should stimulate and challenge the conceptions and thinking of both Christians and non-Christians

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