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UI forum explores questions about Christianity

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three nationally-recognized Christian scholars will participate in a four-day forum at the University of Iowa, addressing many of the common skeptical questions asked about Christianity and organized religion in general.

The forum, "The Quest for Truth: Foundations for Living in the 21st Century," will take place in various locations on campus from Tuesday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Oct. 17. Sponsors include the UI Lecture Committee, Campus Crusade for Christ, and several local Christian churches.

Henry (Fritz) Shaefer, an internationally-recognized quantum chemist, will present two lectures on the area of origin science Oct. 14. "The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God," will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Phillips Hall Room 100 and "Creation and/or Evolution," will be at 7 p.m. in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building Buchanan Auditorium. Shaefer is a professor of quantum chemistry and the director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia.

William Lane Craig and Ravi Zacharias, both philosophers and theologians will present lectures and moderate discussions concerning questions about Christianity as well as the quest for the meaning of life on Oct. 15-17. Craig will give two presentations in Buchanan Auditorium Oct. 15: "Rediscovering the Historical Jesus," at 3:30 p.m. and "A Case for Christianity," at 7 p.m. His presentations will focus on historical and intellectual defense of the Christian faith.

Darrin Skur, one of the forum organizers, said the presentations are intended as opportunities for students and community members to join in an open discussion of Christianity. He said all the speakers will allow time for questions and answers to challenge and defend their arguments.

In addition to the scheduled presentations, the forum also includes a free pizza lunch for the first 1,500 students who come to the Iowa Memorial Union second floor ballroom Oct. 16 at 11:30 a.m. At the lunch, Craig and Zacharias will entertain students' questions about Christianity.

For further information, contact Skur at (319) 338-2920, send email to quest4truth@gt.net or visit the forum Web site http://www.gt.net/~quest4truth

10/9/97