December 8, 2013
Sorry but most of the people I talked to decided we should just cancel our December meeting due to hazardous driving conditions. We will meet next month and hopefully be back on our “every 2nd Monday” schedule! Shoot me an email if you have any questions at all. God Bless and have a very Merry Christmas!!!
November 14, 2013
Though I personally fall much more into the campe of a Francis Schaeffer on the issue, (this article seems to show why my agnostic stance like that of Schaeffer’s might be the more biblical one?) I have often asked Dr. Craig how he reconciles these difficulities in his philosophy with that of the Bible and though he is adament that he is not a concordist this particular article does articulate where some of his viewpoints do have holes it would seem:
October 30, 2013
Just a reminder that starting in October based on request we will begin a breakdown and study of comparative religions.
*Fill My Cup’s comparative religion library is available for everyone to read through and borrow in order to better supplement their knowledge since we can only do so much in a study that takes place the 2nd Monday of every month and lasts for about 90 minutes. ;o)
January: Christianity re-visited (with attention to other off-shoot groups)
March: Open forum – Tentatively a breakdown of Protestant/Roman Catholic/Eastern Orthodox (The Reformation)
April: More Recent Religions
May: Tentative: Begin our systematic breakdown of the narratives of the Bible
June 8, 2013
Now that we are back from our 2 week tour of Italy, Greece and Turkey with Dr. Craig, his wife Jan and others the coffee shop/apologetics library and bookstore is open again (Tuesday – Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm) and just a reminder that our RF Chapter meets every 2nd Monday of the month here at the coffee shop. Look forward to seeing you all again now that we are back in the States!!!
February 5, 2013
*Very sorry for the late notice but due to several factors we are going to change the date to Monday which the shop is normally closed anyway so we will have it to ourselves.
Also I am assuming the only ones attending are the ones I have heard from so if you plan on coming please shoot me an email (ReasonableFaithFayetteville@yahoo.com) so I can plan accordingly.
Per several requests we will begin having monthly meetings (every 2nd MONDAY of the month) beginning March 11th at Fill My Cup Coffee Lounge at 6:30pm, (see below post for directions and address).
The shop is closed on Monday so we will have it to ourselves and it will last until we are all basically ready to go home, (we will plan on 90 minutes but nothing set in stone). By doing the study at the shop we have the opportunity that if someone is new to the realm of apologetics and has additional questions through the month they can stop by any evening that we are open and I will be available for any questions/concerns on a more one-on-one basis; if however one simply wants to meet one time per month only then they can also do that as well.
During our initial meeting I will provide some study guide material as well as books and though I will have an agenda for the rest of the year, we may have the luxury of taking a different approach or spending more (or less) time on a given subject. It will be an informal set of studies and I will be posting our agenda on-line shortly.
Please email me if you plan on attending or have any questions so that I can get a proper head-count for supplies. Thanks again!
September 19, 2012
Where: Frisco Station Mall (Dixieland Road, Rogers)
When: Tuesday – Friday 9am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 4pm
What: Coffee Lounge featuring “Grounds for Change” free-trade organic coffee and speciality drinks, an assortment of juices, teas, and protein beverages as well light snacks and freshly (instore made) treats.
*Also a small Christian (philosophically directed) book/video store as well as a small showcase of historic artifiacts both authentic and replicas tracing the reliability of biblical archaeology. My own small library from my collegiate studies in history/philosophy are also made available for your own use as well as borrowing if needed.
Nothing here meant to be “forced” upon anyone; just a simple sharing of our own adventures and why we are Christian theist, (and that this is different than church-ianity per se). ;o)
**Free Wi-Fi and smiling faces as well
***Lots of Free items available and 10% of every purchase goes to charity (samaritan house homeless shelter and food bank & ratio christi collegiate charity)
All students and Faculty of the UofA and NWACC get 20% off of coffee/books/videos with valid student ID as well.
Feel free to have your own study groups here, (we are more than willing to open for your study groups during non-business hours if you prefer as well, (just let us know what you were thinking)). *I may be having our RF meetings there in the future but for now we simply would like to spread the word and get the word out that an apologetics oriented bookstore/coffee lounge (with a handful of archaeological artifacts) does indeed exist here in NW Arkansas.
August 21, 2012
As college is back in full swing this week, I hope everyone has had a great Summer!
Just to give a couple of quick updates:
1) The philosophical coffee-lounge with a small book store and mini-museum is set to (Lord willing) open on September 12th. It is located inside of the Rogers Frisco Station Mall and is called “Fill My Cup.” Not only are most of the books geared towards the thinking mind on the reasons behind the dramatic growth in Christian theism from an intellectual standpoint whereas naturalism/materialism is rapidly on decline. *Also from my various collegiate past studies in history/philsophy/religious studies – my own library will be made available to those who would like to either borrow or review books there over a nice coffee or other beverage.
*Also – 10% of every purchase will go straight to charity, (the books/videos/magazines are already cheaper than you can find at Barnes and Noble and other bookstores plus 10% of the sale (not just the profit) will go to charity).
2) Also we will continue working to get some future speakers and events lined up so please check back.
3) We are still working out some of the details on whether continue to meet on campus monthly, the coffee-lounge, or another venue is the best for everyone so don’t hesitate to email me your thoughts.
Other than that I hope all had/having a great Summer and will continue to challenge the status quo if it doesn’t add up! (I recently address an atheist group in which I am friends and asked for any of them to give just 1 reason “for” atheism and not a single one provided an answer other than that they simply didn’t need to have justification for it. Let us not use the same logic when someone asks us why we are Christian theists. (1 Peter 3:15)
April 19, 2012
Special thanks to the Discovery Institute this week on their dialouge on the positive case for “intelligent design” theory over that of naturalism. There really can only be 3 possibilities for causation/design (or apparent design) within cosmogony, cosmology, fine-tuning (or apparent), origin of life, information theory, why there is something rather than nothing at all, etc, etc, etc, and that can best be summed up in the buckets of 1) Chance 2) Necessity 3) Design; we always hear the first 2 options are the only ones on the table, so it was nice to see the 3rd option at least allowed to be discussed.
Thank you for all in attendance both for and against! Nothing bad can come from a sharing of ideas even if we agree to disagree – so thank you all again!
*With that, Reasonable Faith Fayetteville will be having one more meeting in the Silas Hunt Hall the 2nd Thursday of May (May 10th) from 7-9pm as we close out Todd & Erica’s study of the book “On Guard.” We will also be looking forward to September when we resume our meetings; moreover we are definitely open to meeting during the Summer but with school out we will not be in the Silas Hunt Room June – August). We welcome any/all feedback to areas you would like to see covered for next semester!
**During the Summer – I will be planning on visits to various places such as William Lane Craig’s dicussion in the Tulsa areas on the philosophical implications of Chrsitian theism as well as Dr. Gary Habermas on the Historical Jesus. Will also plan on continuning my archaeological studies with visits to various sites and museums I have yet to have vistited on some of the recent findings in biblical archaeology; finally I am tentatively planning to finish up the Summer with a trip to Seattle to further my knowledge of the “intelligent design” movement to seperate fact from fiction and to see how far the “rabbit hole” goes. ;o)
***Lastly please keep an eye on this site as I am planning (Lord willing) on attempting to open up a simple coffee lounge where these ideas and more can be discussed and freely shared with both Christian theist and non-theist alike as well as differentiating between Christ-ianity and church-ianity that we may all be better educated about the faith we profess (or don’t). ;o) – If we are able to get this opened up expect for it to be simple yet multi-faceted and 20% of any/all sales will go to a charity that both theist and non-theist would like to support such as Samaritan House (homeless shelter) or NWA Food Bank.
Possible Future Speakers – to review Philosophy of Religion as well as Comparative Religion:
Both of these speakers will explain their journey and experiences within their own cultures and ethnicities while reviewing “is” the God hypothesis more credible now than ever and “if” so, why would Christian theism be a more logical worldview than atheism, humanism, deism, pantheism, etc, as well as whether or not all is just relative or pointless to ask? (A review of all major world religions is an important part of each of their journeys as they review their search for “truth” in a non-Western context that can teach us all much). *Q&A and discussion would of course follow so please check back regularly.
Dr. Subodh Pandit of India
Alan Shlemon of Iraq (100% Assyrian background)
January 27, 2012
***Please note – We will be hosting renowned speaker and “intelligent design” experts Dr. John West and Casey Luskin on:
Monday April 16th at NWACC (Northwest Arkansas Community College) at the Shewmaker Center (directly behind the main campus building, (simply follow signs) https://www.nwacc.edu/web/presidentsoffice/map.php) in the Peterson Auditorium from 6pm – 8pm (Just take WATERTOWER ROAD next to the college and take the next left to the SHEWMAKER CENTER and it will lead you straight to it); and on
April 17th at the Union Theater at the UofA from 5:30-7:30pm (http://union.uark.edu/1852.php (easiest way is to park next to the Razorback Football stadium, cross the road and walk approximately 200 yards to the Union and take the elevator to the 4th Floor, (ask anyone around if you are not sure)).
They will answer any/all questions on what the theory of “intelligent design” is and what it is not. So please invite any/all Darwinian Naturalist professors to this presentation and discussion – If Darwinist are correct that their theory is a much stronger one than the theory of intelligent design then this should be a perfect opportunity to blow Dr. West/Luskin out of the water and show us all why ID is just “religion” per se. (If history repeats the Darwinian professors will be quite silent/absent from the debate…)
****The first 40 persons to each events will receive a Free DVD copy of Ben Stein’s documentary “EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed and for EVERY person who attends the event on April 16th or 17th, $2 will be donated to the NW Arkansas Food bank. So please make plans to attend. *As always – everything we do is 100% Free.
ALSO – Please note that as we have began a new year I would like to inform everyone that we will be holding all future meetings on the UofA Campus.
When: Every 2nd Thursday of the month (Check the Calendar as well)
Where: Arkansas Union – AU305 Silas Hunt Room
Why: To look at the the growing philosophical as well as scientific reasons for Christian theism.
From 7-8:30pm Todd Simpson will be reviewing the book “On Guard” by philosopher William Lane Craig and from 8-9pm+ we can discuss any/all questions that arise. Skeptics, inquirers, and those who simply want to better understand “why” they are a Christian are all welcomed. Why is there evil? Hasn’t the natural sciences done away with God? Why Christ? All of these questions are important and can be discussed.
May 6, 2011
Welcome to the Reasonable Faith Chapter located in the Fayetteville Arkansas metro area!
As I am getting this site setup I encourage you to review the tabs and consider visiting us on June 7th at the Shewmaker Center (Northwest Arkansas Community College, (see the location tab for directions)). While I (James Stroud) am currently stationed in New York City, Todd Simpson and Scott Baird will be hosting monthly meetings as well as giving both the “On Guard” book as well as the Study Guide to those interested in studying through these various proofs of God’s existence and why Christian theism is the most logical representation of this God’s identity.
Come to ask questions, to learn, and to study together on the subject of Christian Apologetics and why it is important to both believer and non-believer alike! (1 Peter 3:15)
No strings attached, come and go as you please and we hope to see you at NWACC on June 7th!