Professors Who Are Confessors at Purdue
Seven Purdue professors gave brief testimony to their faith in Jesus Christ as the annual Symposium opened to a crowd of 1000 on campus February 17th. You can see them here.
The Problem of God (this year’s theme) addressed head-on the issues that keep many seekers from knowing Christ. Over two days of plenary sessions and seminars, ten Christian academics considered questions like:
- Is God a Moral Monster?
- Does God know about the Big Bang?
- If a loving God exists, then why isn’t He more obvious?
- Why does God seem judgmental and intolerant?
- Can Christianity contribute to the rebuilding of business morality in China today?
Dr. Paul Copan, professor and current president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society addressed the question, Is God a Moral Monster? Good, Evil, and the Old Testament.
More than an hour after the lecture ended, long lines continued to snake behind the open microphones when Faculty Commons staff and event emcee Corey Miller had to end the Q&A time. Almost all of the questions came from people who were not believers in Jesus: international students, members of the Society of Non-Theists, leaders of Muslim groups and the Pagan Academic Network.
The weekend succeeded in making God a topic of discussion on campus, and will promote spiritual conversations for the year to come. “I’ve begun follow up and have already had some good discussions,” Corey relates. “This was really a legacy building event. We saw fruit all year long in follow-up [from last year’s similar event], and I suspect this year will be even better.”
For more information about the Purdue Christian Faculty and Staff Network visit their website here.