As you may have noticed, things have been relatively quiet at The Tentative Apologist for the last few days. There’s a good reason for that. On Wednesday-Thursday I spoke at the National Convention for the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies on the topic of Homosexuality, Trangender and Christianity. On Wednesday night I delivered a plenary address and on Thursday I introduced four workshop sessions. (Here is a quick synopsis of the evening plenary).
Then last night I attended Richard Swinburne’s plenary address at a conference on “Atheism and the Christian Faith” sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith at Concordia University College. Swinburne did a great job summarizing his main inductive argument for God based on simplicity and explanatory power. For those who are familiar with Swinburne’s work from The Existence of God (1979) down to today, there were no new revelations, but it is great to hear a succinct one hour statement of the argument.
The conference continues today with another address from Richard Swinburne as well as an additional plenary from Don Page (you might remember Don as the world-famous physicist that I interviewed on my podcast a couple years ago). In addition, there will be several papers by scholars and students. I will be presenting a paper this afternoon titled “Two Arguments for God’s Existence from the Mathematical Structure of Nature.” That paper is a distillation of one of the chapters of my forthcoming book with Justin Schieber, An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar: Talking About God, the Universe, and Everything.