The Faith & Reason Forum

The Faith & Reason Forum is a monthly gathering of Christians, seekers, and questioners interested in pursuing the understanding of Truth.

We take a decidedly scholarly approach to deepen our understanding of God, Christ, the Bible, Ourselves, and Reality.  We are not your typical Bible study.

We are located in South Forsyth county, Georgia.

We typically meet the second Thursday of every month from 7-9 PM.

All are welcome!

Our next meeting will be held on
Thursday, December 12, 7-9 PM
Located at: Midway Community Church
3365 Francis Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004

Our topic will be:
A continuation of our previous topic…
The Inspiration of Scripture
What is it and how did it work?
What are the different “models” of inspiration?
What role, if any, did Middle Knowledge play?
What are the modern controversies regarding inspiration?

Our speaker will be:
Bill Matthews

The session will end with a significant time dedicated to robust Q&A and dialogue.
We invite you to study inspiration before attending the meeting in order to facilitate a more robust period of engaged discussion.
Here are a few links to consider:

Wikipedia entry on Biblical Inspiration

Michael Kruger on the Canon

The Gospel Coalition on Inspiration

James W. Scott on Inspiration

Michael Heiser on Inspiration

We’ll discuss these, and other, questions.

Do any of the models of inspiration we looked at violate scripture?

If God used Middle Knowledge to help shape scripture, could it be that He had to choose from limited, imperfect options?

Divine Accommodation: In a ”dynamic” model of inspiration, could God have allowed untrue ideas about history or science to influence or be reflected in scripture as long as His intended message was correctly conveyed?

Assuming God was exceedingly careful to ensure the original manuscripts were correct/perfect (theologically, scientifically, historically, etc.) and that one of God’s tools in doing so was providence and/or middle knowledge, why did He then allow so many variations (some might call them errors) in the manuscripts when He could have used providence and/or middle knowledge to preserve them perfectly?

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Some potential future areas of study include:
– Inspiration, Inerrancy, & Hermeneutics
– General Revelation & Natural Theology
– Are Moral Values & Duties Objective?
– Diverse Models of the Atonement
– Faith & Science
– Epistemology, Warrrant, & Skepticism
– Theodicy: The Problem of Evil
– God’s Sovereignty & Human Freedom
– The Fall & Original Sin
– Hell: Is It Fair?
– Christian Exclusivism
– Is Genesis 1-11 Historical or Mythology-Historical?