Reasons to Believe

Huntsville Prior Chapter Meetings

2011

  • Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Mr. Patrick Collins gave a presentation "The Basis for Christian Apologetics" where he discussed the purpose, limits and scriptural basis for this topic. He is the UAHuntsville director of Ratio Christi, an international organization joining the battle against humanism by equipping university students with directions and answers to the questions of life. Christian apologetics is a tool for this purpose and the local chapter of this organization meets weekly on the UAH campus to strengthen the faith of students and reach the unsaved.

      Patrick Collins has a BS.BA-MIS from UAHuntsville and a MA in Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, at the Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is pursuing a Certificate in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Mr. Collins is a Networking Test Engineer at ADTRAN, Inc. in Huntsville and is an active member at West Huntsville Baptist Church. 

2010

  • Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

    • Dr. Jonathan Fisher initiated a discussion based upon a book edited by Ronald Numbers' book entitled "Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion." Dr. Numbers is a noted author on the history of science and we will evaluate from the historical perspective some this book's 25 myths  about science and religion.

      Dr. Fisher received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Alabama A&M University and serves as the director of sensors and technology at a Huntsville aerospace engineering cormpany. He fellowships and serves at Willowbrook Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and occasionally teaches Christian apologetics with the youth ministry.
       
  • Thursday, August 5, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

    • Dr. David Snoke gave a Skype presentation titled  "A Biblical Case for an Old Earth," based on his book with the same name.  He made the case that the Bible does tell us about the scientific history of our world, but it does not teach that the world was created recently. Drawing out the deeper themes of Scripture often lost in modern discussion, Snoke shows how a day-age model better explains the biblical texts as well as modern scientific discoveries.  He will be interacting with us through an Internet connection and a limited number of his book will be given to the audience.

      David Snoke has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is a professor of Physics at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.  He is co-author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles on solid state physics.  In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his pioneering work on the experimental and theoretical understanding of dynamical optical processes in semiconductor systems and was elected a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation in 2006.   He serves as an Elder with the City Reformed Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.
       
  • Thursday, May 4, 2010, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Kenneth Samples gave a Skype presentation titled "Worldviews in Tension: Can Theology Inform the Practice of Science?” This was given as the keynote address in the Segerstrom Science Symposium at the Azusa Pacific University earlier this year on science and theology. He will be interacting with us through an Internet connection with Reasons to Believe in California.

      Kenneth Samples earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and social science from Concordia University and his master’s degree in theological studies from Talbot School of Theology. For seven years, Samples worked as senior research consultant and correspondence editor at the Christian Research Institute (CRI), and regularly co-hosted the popular call-in radio program, The Bible Answer Man, with Dr. Walter Martin. Kenneth is now a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe, and is author and co-author of several books. He encourages believers to develop a logically defensible faith and challenges skeptics to engage Christianity at a philosophical level.
       
  • Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Jonathan Fisher will provide a brief of the Creationist movement spanning the last 200+ years. Dr. Fisher will provide key references for those interested in going deeper into the historical nature of the creation-evolution debate.  The talk will conclude with a statement of his position on the interpretation of the Biblical creation accounts.

      Dr. Fisher is an applied physicist (a Ph.D., Alabama A&M University) and serves a the director of applied physics and technology at a Huntsville aerospace engineering corporation. He fellowships and serves at Willowbrook Baptist Church teaching Sunday school and occasionally teach Christian apologetics with the youth ministry.

2009

  • Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Jeffrey Zweerink discussed the issues of faith related to the science and philosophy of multiple universe.  Multiple Universe theory continues to gain popularity among the scientific community as an explanation for the origin of the universe.  Dr. Zweerink’s presentation is based upon his book “Who’s Afraid of the Multiverse” explains that the multiverse is not an enemy to Christian Faith and may be a useful ally.

      Dr. Zweerink is an astrophysicist (PhD, Iowa State Univeristy), specializing in high energy gamma-ray astrophysics.  He serves as a research scholar at Reasons to Believe and is a part time research facility at UCLA.  He has co-authored more that 30 papers in refereed journal and numerous conference proceedings.
       
  • Thursday, August 6, 2009, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Jonathan Fisher provided a brief review of Hugh Ross' recently published book, "More Than a Theory: Revealing a Testable Model for Creation" and discuss it in the light of a broader apologetic picture. Dr. Fisher will discuss how science can be an obstacle and as well as a path in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We plan to give several signed copies of the book to a few, randomly selected attendees.

      Jonathan Fisher received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Alabama A&M University and serves a the director of applied physics and technology at a Huntsville aerospace engineering corporation. He fellowships and serves at Willowbrook Baptist Church and occasionally teaches Christian apologetics with the youth ministry.
  • Thursday, May 7, 2009, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Quarterly Meeting:
      Dr. Mark Whorton and Mr. Hill Roberts will share from their recently published science apologetics resource, the “Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation,” as well as their experience as writers. We plan to given away copies of the book to the first thirty (30) attendees signing into the meeting.

      Mark Whorton received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech and serves NASA at a Huntsville Aerospace Engineering corporation. He teaches Christian apologetics at Whitesburg Baptist church and is also the author of Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science and the Age of the Earth.

      Hill Roberts holds a Master's degree in physics from the University of Alabama and serves as a chief scientist for a Huntsville-based aerospace research company. He also founded the Lord, I Believe ministry (LordiBelieve.org) for teaching people the rational basis for faith in God's existence and has lectured extensively on Christian apologetics in the United States and Russia.

  • Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Quarterly Meeting:
      Dr. James Spann will share his view on ” Reconciling faith and science” that relates his personal pilgrimage as a believer residing in the scientific community.

      Jim Spann is head of the NASA MSFC Science and Exploration Research Office. He has a BS in Math and Physics from Ouachita Baptist University and a PhD in Physics from the University of Arkansas. He research interests range from aerosol chemistry, interaction of micron-sized particles with radiation and plasmas, auroral physics, and far-ultraviolet imaging technology. Recently he has been engaged in articulating strategic astrophysical, heliophysical and Earth observing science that can be done from the Moon. He is actively engaged in various ministries at Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville.

2008

  • Thursday, November 6, 2008, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Dr. Lynn Neergaard will give a presentation on "The Theology of The Genesis Creation Account" that will focus not on the ontological implications of Genesis 1, but on the Theological, Christological, and soterological implications. Dr. Neergaard has a BS in Materials Science from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, (NMIMT) a MS in Ceramic Engineering, and a PhD in Ceramic Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr Neergaard committed to live God's life rather than his own at age 7. Before he went to NMIMT, he spent a year studying Bible at Simpson Bible School. He has served as Manager of NMIMT's Christian Coffeehouse, Graduate InterVarsity President, Faculty advisor to the NMIMT BSU, and Sunday School Teacher and Deacon at Willowbrook Baptist Church.
  • Thursday, September 4, 2008 , 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • We are re-focusing efforts and planning a new phase as an RTB Network with fall kick-off meeting. We will review past accomplishments, evaluate new opportunities and plan future outreach in Huntsville and surrounding area.
    • Jonathan Fisher will give a presentation on "Should the Movie 'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed' Have Been Expelled?" A discussion on RTB network activities will follow. Jonathan Fisher has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from Eastern Kentucky University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Alabama A&M. He is the Director of Applied Physics and Technology at GH Systems, Inc. in Huntsville and is the 2009 HEART Conference Chairman. He has numerous conference and peer-reviewed publications and is an apologist with Reasons To Believe. Jon is active in several ministries at Willowbrook Baptist Church.

2007

  • Thursday, 3 May 2007, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Leland W. Lee will give the presentation, "Heaven: Science, Apologetics, Interpretation and More." The talk will address how science, apologetics, and Biblical interpretation relate to the subject of heaven. Additional topics covered will include: what heaven is, misconceptions about heaven and why the subject of heaven is important.
    • Leland has a B.S. in Biology from UAH and a Masters and a Ph.D., in Horticulture, from Auburn University and Texas A&M University, respectively. He is active in Whitesburg Baptist Church and is employed by the Huntsville City Schools.
  • Thursday, 5 April 2007, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Mark Whorton will continue in the series on the topic "Seven Dubious Reasons to Reject an Ancient Creation." This talk will be a point by point rebuttal of an article by Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers In Genesis on "Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years." (You may review the article at www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0717seven-reasons.asp) The reasons given by Mortenson include that the Bible teaches a six 24-hour day creation, Noah's flood denies old creation, Jesus was a young-earth creationist, old creation undermines the Bible and is not scientific and radiometric dating does not prove millions of years. Also Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts addressed this article while hosting the August 1, 2006, RTB webcast, Creation Update.
    • Mark Whorton is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. He is aurhor of the just released book Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and The Age of the Earth and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.
  • Thursday, 1 February 2007, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Mark Whorton will give the first of a two part series on the topic "Seven Dubious Reasons to Reject an Ancient Creation." This talk will be a point by point rebuttal of an article by Dr. Terry Mortenson of Answers In Genesis on "Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years." (You may review the article at www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0717seven-reasons.asp) The reasons given by Mortenson include that the Bible teaches a six 24-hour day creation, Noah's flood denies old creation, Jesus was a young-earth creationist, old creation undermines the Bible and is not scientific and radiometric dating does not prove millions of years. Also Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts addressed this article while hosting the August 1, 2006, RTB webcast, Creation Update.
    • Mark Whorton is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. He is aurhor of the just released book Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and The Age of the Earth and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.

2006

  • Thursday, December 7, 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Larry Scarborough will speak on the topic "Stem Cell Technology and Christian Ethics." This new medical break-through has advanced faster than most of us have been able to follow. Lifesaving applications have been found and still more wonderful uses are foreseen. But political and ethical debates rage over how stem cell research should proceed and Dr. Scarborough will present some Christian perspectives.
    • Larry Scarborough, MD has practiced family medicine in Huntsville for the past fifteen years. He attended the University of Mississippi for his undergraduate and medical degrees and completed his Family Medicine residency in Anniston, Alabama. He is quite active in our local RTB chapter and is a member of Morningside Baptist Church.
  • Thursday, 5 October 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • An audio/visual presentation featuring the founder and president of Reasons to Believe, Dr. Hugh Ross, will be given describing his new book "Creation as Science." The subtitle, "A Testable Model Approach to End the Creation / Evolution Wars," gives the thrust of the book. Ross reviews the war combatants and uses the scientific method to propose the RTB Creation model. This model is based on the Scriptures, cosmology, planetary science and the origin and history of life on earth. The book addresses the presence of "natural evil" and the capability of "proving" a scientific model. Ross presents the creation of the universe and mankind as testable and falsifiable science. He proposes over 60 predictable tests for the RTB, Naturalistic, Young-Earth and Theistic Evolution creation models.
    • Hugh Ross launched his career at age seven when he went to the library to find out why stars are hot. Physics and astronomy captured his curiosity and never let go. At age seventeen he was the youngest person ever to serve as director of observations for Vancouver's Royal Astronomical Society.
      Dr. Ross earned a B.Sc. in physics from the University of British Columbia and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. For several years he continued his research on quasars and galaxies as a post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
      For eleven years he served as minister of evangelism at Sierra Madre Congregational Church. Today he directs the efforts of Reasons To Believe. Over the years Dr. Ross has given hundreds of lectures, seminars, and courses both in the United States and abroad, on Christian apologetics. He is the author of numerous books including his latest Creation as Science.
  • Thursday, 7 September 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Mr. Hill Roberts will speak on the topic "Biological Machines." This fifth in the series of subjects, "Six Impossible Things," addresses the amazing complexity of molecular assemblies that perform defined functions and do work inside and out of biological cells. These machines include valves, conveyers, motors, propellers, ratchets, sheers and copiers that require explanation beyond naturalistic Darwinism, genetic drift or punctuated equilibrium.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics. He is Chief Scientist at SRS Technologies, a local aerospace/defense company, and has numerous peer reviewed scientific publications. He has extensive experience in scientific based Christian apologetics as the leader of the "Lord, I Believe" ministry. Hill is a former elder at Weatherly Heights church of Christ where he worships.

  • Thursday, 3 August 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    • Dr. Leland Lee will speak on the topic: "Postmodernism: Enemy or Friend?"
      This presentation will attempt to define postmodernism and explore its characteristics and features. The talk will address why postmodernism is important, where it came from and who are the major thinkers associated with the movement. The talk will also discuss postmodernism's problems and benefits, especially as related to the Christian faith, science, apologetics and evangelism.

    • Leland Lee has a B.S. in Biology from UAH and Master's and Ph.D., degrees in Horticulture, from Auburn University and Texas A&M University. He is active in Whitesburg Baptist Church and is employed by the Huntsville City Schools.

  • Thursday, June 1, 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Jonathan Fisher will present " A Hillbilly Physicist Guide to the DaVinci Code"
      What is the fuss all about the DaVinci Code? Is it good fiction? Is it based upon facts? Is it an attack on Christianity or more specifically an attack on the Catholic Church? Who is Dan Brown? Is the Christian Church making too much of an issue?
      OR is this the next best opportunity to share the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Is this an opportunity to learn early Church History and how we got the Bible? The Huntsville Chapter of Reasons to Believe and Rocket Science Ministries h ave developed a presentation to address all of these questions.
      Dr. Fisher has B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Alabama A&M. He is the Director of Science and Technology at GH Systems, Inc. in Huntsville and has numerous conference and peer-reviewed publications. He is an apologist with Reasons To Believe and is active in several ministries at Willowbrook Baptist Church.
  • Thursday, 4 May 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Our presentation this month is one of four parts of the PBS's Nova mini-series "Origins," hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Part 2, "Origins: The Beginning of Life," concerns single-cell organisms developing into complex life inside rocks in a deep mine shaft, inside a cave dripping with strong acid, and in noxious gas erupting from the Pacific Ocean's floor. We will discuss the validity of this naturalistic view.
  • Thursday, 6 April 2006, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Rick Byrn will speak on the topic "The Naturalistic Origin of Life." This fourth in the series of subjects, "Six Impossible Things," addresses abiogenesis or life appearing from nonliving materials. Since Standard Evolution Theory denies any non-materialistic agent producing life, then abiogenesis is necessary. Using scientific methods and simple mathematics, he will show the probability of abiogenesis occurring. Rick Byrn is semi-retired, but serves in consulting and volunteer work.  He has degrees including a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and an MA degree in Mathematics. Serving as Vice President of two companies,  he has specialized in using probability methods to solve scientific problems. He has an association with Reasons to Believe for 11 years.
  • Thursday, 2 March 2006, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
    • "The Goldilocks Universe: Nature's Fine-Tuned Laws." by Joe Fikes (PART 2)
    • Mr. Joe Fikes will speak further on the topic "The Goldilocks Universe: Nature's Fine-Tuned Laws." He will present more scientific evidence from our universe, solar system and planet confirming that our earthly home is indeed a uniquely and purposefully designed place. This will add more corroboration that God's intellect, skill, craftsmanship, and loving nature are obvious in what we see in our world.
    • Joe Fikes has BS and MS degrees in physics from the University of Alabama, and has worked with simulation and electro-optical systems at Dynetics since 1992. He is in active service at Southwood Presbyterian Church and is a leader and apologist with the Huntsville Chapter of Reasons To Believe.
  • Thursday, 2 February 2006, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
    • "The Goldilocks Universe: Nature's Fine-Tuned Laws." by Joe Fikes
    • Mr. Fikes will give the presentation: "The Goldilocks Universe: Nature's Fine-Tuned Laws." Romans 1:20 states that God's intellect, skill, craftsmanship, and loving nature are obvious in what we see in our world - and this is exactly what scientists see. Joe will present scientific evidence from our universe, solar system and planet confirming that our earthly home is indeed a uniquely and purposefully designed place.
    • Joe Fikes has BS and MS degrees in physics from the University of Alabama, and has worked with simulation and electro-optical systems at Dynetics since 1992. He is in active service at Southwood Presbyterian Church and is a leader and apologist with the Huntsville Chapter of Reasons to Believe.
  • Thursday, January 5, 2005; 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • "The Dover School District and Intelligent Design" by Dr. Jonathan Fisher
    • Dr. Fisher will give a presentation on the recent court judgment concerning the teaching of Intelligent Design in the Dover school district of Pennsylvania. This case has again brought the issue of evolution in the public schools back into the public. Dr. Fisher will review the case and give perspectives of the views of various groups on the case and the judicial decision.
    • Jonathan Fisher has BS and MS degrees in physics and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Alabama A&M. He is a Director of Science and Technology with GH Systems, Inc. in Huntsville, is a member of the American Institute of Physics, and has numerous conference and peer-reviewed publications. He is an apologist with Reasons to Believe and is active in several ministries at Willowbrook Baptist Church.

2005

  • Thursday, November 3, 2005; 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Mark Whorton will present a talk on "What Really Was the Christmas Star."
    • Dr. Whorton will give a presentation "What Really Was the Christmas Star?" There are numerous ideas in astronomy about the star at Jesus' birth cited in the book of Matthew. Some are valid possibilities, some are poor concepts and some are myths. Dr. Whorton will present several positions for our review.
    • Mark Whorton is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a NASA Administrator's Fellow and the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. Mark is author of the just released book Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science and The Age of the Earth. He is a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church , Main Campus, 6806 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL
      Room 221, above the lobby at North West Drive-through entrance opposite side of building at Four Mile Post Road and Whitesburg
  • Thursday, October 6, 2005; 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • Dr. Mark Whorton will present "Impossible Thing 1 - The Origin of the Universe"
    • This is the first session of a six part series "Six Impossible Things" The series systematically explores the inadequacy of natural means to explain the existence of intelligent life. This first lecture will provide an overview of the Drake Equation, an estimate of extraterrestrial life, and addresses the first necessary condition for intelligent life – the origin of the universe.
    • Mark Whorton is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. He is aurhor of the just released book Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and The Age of the Earth and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.
  • Thursday, September 1, 2005, 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.
    • Jeff Yeager will speak on the topic of "The Snowball Earth."
    • Many lines of evidence support a theory that the entire earth was ice-covered for long periods during the Neoproterozoic Era, a time approximately 500 million years, preceding the Cambrian Explosion. Each ice or glacial period, called "snowball events," is believed to have lasted for millions of years and ended violently under extreme greenhouse conditions. This presentation will discuss the evidence for these events as well as the ramifications for evolutionary theory.
      Mr. Yeager serves as webmaster for the Apologetics Ministry of Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville. He has a degree in computer science and mathematics and has spoken and written on various topics of Christian apologetics. He maintains a lively Internet discussion forum on apologetics as part of the Lifeway web site.
    • Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
      6806 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL
      Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • Thursday, August 4, 2005
    • Dr. Mark Whorton will give a presentation entitled "Intelligent Design: A Scientific Challenge to Darwinism"
    • If Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist, ID makes it possible to be a scientifically fulfilled Christian. This presentation will review the history of ID and demonstrate how the methods of science can be used to infer the actions of an Intelligent Designer in the natural world.
      Mark Whorton is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; a NASA Administrator's Fellow and is the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. He is president of our Huntsville Reasons to Believe chapter and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.
    • Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
      6806 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville, AL
      Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • Thursday, June 2, 2005 6:30 – 8:30 PM Dutch Treat Dinner Meal - Guest Speaker
    • Greenbrier Bar-B-Que Restaurant
      Highway 20 – Madison - 4 Miles West of the Jetport on I-565 Greenbrier, Exit 3, North and West Access Road
    • Dr. Jim Lacefield will speak on the topic "Answers from Rocks to Some Fundamental Questions About the Earth's History." He will give an overview of Alabam a's geologic history with attention to North Alabama's geological layers and rocks. These findings are part of the natural geologic history of the earth and life on earth. He will discuss the philosophy and assumptions of the science of geology and how this field is important in providing an empirical version of earth's history and evidence for the earth's great antiquity.
      Dr. Lacefield is a semi-retired adjunct professor of biology and earth science at the University of North Alabama. He holds a doctorate in science education from the University of Alabama, with specializations in biology and geology. He is the author of the book Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks and now writes articles for the popular press on Alabama's geologic history.
  • Thursday, May 5, 2005 at 7:00 – 8:30 PM: "The Privileged Planet"
    • The video "The Privileged Planet" will be shown, presenting numerous examples of the unique conditions of our earth that favor this planet's being host to advanced life. The video is based on the book of the same name by astrobiologist Guillermo Gonzales and philosopher Jay Richards. Rather than the earth being an insignificant dust speck in the vast universe, several prominent scientists contribute to the theme that there is fine tuning and purpose for our planet. The video contains stunning computer animation and spectacular images of the earth and the cosmos. A remarkable result of earth's favorable conditions for life is that we have an ideal location for scientific discovery to understand the universe, a further purpose of our Privileged Planet. Discussion time will follow the video.
  • Thursday, April 7, 2005: "The Uncompromising Truth of Creation" presented by Dr. Mark Whorton
    • Within the church today, there are numerous debates over science and theology. The core truths of creation may not be in dispute, yet a heated contention of creation is the age of the earth. From accepted truths of creation, this presentation examines the Young and Old Earth Creation perspectives on a "very good" creation as it relates to theology and science.
      Mark Whorton is with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center with a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a NASA Administrator's Fellow and is the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. He is president of our Huntsville Reasons to Believe chapter and a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.
  • Thursday, March 3, 2005
    • 5:30 P.M. Evening Meal at Mullins Drive-In
      • 607 Andrew Jackson Way, Huntsville
      • Chat time with good home cooking.
      • If it is cloudy or raining we'll eat at Mullins only.
    • 7:00 PM, von Braun Planetarium and Observatory
      • Near the Country Store and Office, Monte Sano State Park
      • Weather permitting we will begin observing planets and deep space objects at 7:00 PM. Saturn will be in excellent view and earth's moon will not interfere.
      • Joe Fikes--Observatory member and amateur astronomer--will assist in the star gazing. Joe has an M.S. in physics from the University of Alabama, and has worked with simulation and electro-optical systems. Joe has been at Dynetics since 1992 and has been in active service at Southwood Presbyterian Church.

2004

  • Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM: Towards a New Biblical Hermeneutic in the Era of the Glimpse of God
    • Meeting Room – 110, through the Lobby at North West Drive-through Entrance. See Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
    • Mr. Paul Ebert will speak on the topic "Towards a New Biblical Hermeneutic in the Era of the Glimpse of God." He will discuss how the Creator is revealed in the modern era through insights from modern physics as well as biblical interpretation of the book of Genesis within its literary and cultural context.
      Paul Elbert is an adjunct professor of Theology and Science at the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. He is a physicist-theologian holding a B.A. from Butler University in mathematics and physics, an M.S. in physics from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He did postgraduate research at the University of London King's College in New Testament for five years while teaching physics at a British university.
  • December 2, 2004 (Thursday) 5:30 PM Dinner & 7:00 PM von Braun Planetarium and Observatory
    • Evening Meal - Mullins Drive-In, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, Huntsville
    • 7:00 PM, von Braun Planetarium and Observatory
      Near the Country Store and Office, Monte Sano State Park
      Fellowship time 5:30 at Mullins Drive-In with good home cooking. If it is cloudy or raining we'll eat at Mullins only. Weather permitting we will begin observing planets and deep space objects at 7:00 PM. No inclement weather date.
      Joe Fikes - observatory member and amateur astronomer - will assist in the star gazing. Joe has an M.S. in physics from the University of Alabama, and has worked with simulation and electro-optical systems. Joe has been at Dynetics since 1992 and has been in active service at Southwood Presbyterian Church.
      Bring Your Interested Friends! - Fun for the Kids!
  • October 7, 2004 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • New Meeting Room – 110. See Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
    • Mr. Andy Heaton will speak on the topic "Highlights from Biblical Archeology." In the last two centuries, there have been great strides in archeology with historical analysis of the places and events described in the Bible. Many of these are independently corroborated with multiple archeological discoveries. This talk will cover several of these prominent findings in the context of the ancient Middle East cultures.
      Mr. Heaton is a NASA aerospace engineer specializing in Guidance, Navigation, and Control with a BS from the University of Tennessee and MS degrees from UAH and Purdue University. His hobby in archeology has led him to college courses in Middle Eastern history and extensive readings in Biblical archeology.
  • September 2, 2004 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 PM
    • The DaVinci Code: Fact, Fiction, or More? by Dr. Jonathan Fisher
    • New Meeting Room – 110. See Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
    • Dr. Jonathan Fisher will present "The DaVinci Code: Fact, Fiction, or More?" Issues to be considered include the basic tenets of author Dan Brown's latest novel The DaVinci Code, a brief biography of the author and an assessment of the historicity of his assertions on the Council of Nicea. Some questions addressed are "Why is The DaVinci Code important?" and "Is this an attack on Christianity or just a good fiction?"
      Dr. Fisher has B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Alabama A&M. He is a Senior Research Scientist with ATK Mission Research in Huntsville and has numerous conference and peer-reviewed publications. He is an apologist with Reasons To Believe and is active in several ministries at Willowbrook Baptist Church.
  • August 5, 2004 (Thursday) 7:00 – 8:30 PM CDT
    • The Creation Significance of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) by Hill Roberts
    • Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
      6806 Whitesburg Drive, Huntsville
      Room 221, Above the Lobby at North West Drive-through Entrance
      Opposite Side of Building at Four Mile Post Road and Whitesburg
    • Mr. Hill Roberts will speak on the topic "The Creation Significance of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe." This experiment (WMAP), with significantly increased precision, measured the structure of the background radiation of the beginning universe and further confirmed theories that the cosmos started as a hot, dense creation. Naturalism finds such a beginning to be highly problematic while believers welcome this support for a created universe - with another Reason To Believe.
      Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics. He is Chief Scientist at SRS Technologies, a local aerospace/defense company, and has numerous peer reviewed scientific publications. He has extensive experience in scientific based Christian apologetics as the leader of the "Lord, I Believe" ministry. Hill is a former elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ where he worships.
  • July 1, 2004 (Thursday) Special Dinner Meeting and Time
    • Beauregards Restaurant - 975 Airport Drive
      Westbury Square Shopping Center, Huntsville (Next to TJ Maxx)
    • 6:00 PM: Meal
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM: Darwinian Evolution Discussion led by Earl Loehrlein
      Mr. Earl Loehrlein will present material and lead a discussion on the topic "Neo-Darwinism and Punctuated Equilibrium." The material will be an introduction to evolutionary biology with time for dialog and questions of related areas of interest in Darwinian evolution.
      Earl has a degree in Electrical Engineering from UAH and has worked in the local aerospace-defense industry for over twenty years. After his retirement he has become very interested in the studies of paleontology and geology.
  • June 3, 2004 (Thursday) 7:00 – 8:30 PM CDT
    • "Fitness and the Fall: The Conflict Between Intelligent Design and Young Earth Creationism" presented by Dr. Mark Whorton
    • Design in nature is a compelling argument for the Creator's existence. Animals and plants appear to be especially fit to their environment as a result of purposeful design by the Creator rather than chance or purely natural mechanisms. Yet fitness in nature leads to an inextricable contradiction with the young earth creationist worldview. This presentation will explore the conflict between the paradigms of Intelligent Design and young earth creationism.
    • Dr. Mark S. Whorton is an aerospace engineer with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He received a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Whorton is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a NASA Administrator's Fellow and is the Principal Investigator for an International Space Station experiment. He has been active in RTB Chapter development and is a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • May 6, 2004; (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 CDT
    • "Abiogenesis: Fact or Fiction" with Rick Byrn
    • Abiogenesis: Life appearing from nonliving materials. In the Standard Theory of Evolution, any non-materialistic, supernatural help in producing life is not allowed (i.e., abiogenesis must have occurred). Did life start itself ‘in a warm little pond somewhere'? Or come from outer space?Abiogenesis will be examined using known scientific processes and simple mathematics in a manner that leaves no questions as to its probability of occurrence.
    • Dr. Rick Byrn will be the presenter of this program. He is mostly retired, but does consulting and volunteer work. Rick was Vice President of Nichols Research and Assistant Vice President of SAIC. His doctorate is in Nuclear Engineering as is his BS and MS degrees, and he was an MA in Mathematics. Rick has specialized in probability methods for solving complex scientific problems. He has been associated with Reasons To Believe for 10 years.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • April 1, 2004 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. CDT
    • Augustine and 20th Century Cosmology
    • Dr. Rob Shelton will give a presentation entitled "Augustine and 20th Century Cosmology." This talk was first presented at the Wheaton College Cosmology Conference in 2003 and came out of a desire to better understand the influence of the church fathers on Isaac Newton and modern physics. Dr. Shelton finds that the scriptural arguments against naturalism in St. Augustine's 400 AD Confessions are now amazingly confirmed by Einstein's theories of relativity, although naturalism has dominated scientific philosophy for a millennium.
    • Rob Sheldon is a NASA Faculty Fellow at the National Space Science and Technology Center with Marshall Space Flight Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Religion from Westminster Seminary. With clergy forebears, a keen interest in combining both religion and science is in his blood, so to speak.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, North Campus 
  • DATE CHANGED TO March 11, 2004 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 CDT (formerly slated March 4th)
    • "Journey Toward Creation"
    • The March meeting will feature Hugh Ross' video "Journey Toward Creation." The production embarks on an amazing journey, out in space and back in time. Explore the astronomical evidence for a universe that is meticulously fine-tuned for the benefit of human life. In this completely redesigned second edition, Dr. Ross will whisk viewers through the solar system, past stars, galaxies and quasars - all the way back to the moment when light first sprang from the darkness.
    • Reviewers say:
      • "[It] is a wonderful documentary that takes you on a tour through the universe. . . . The imagery is spectacular and God's handiwork in his creation can be clearly seen."
      • "The animation sequences are wonderful . . . easily something one would expect from Nature or Nova on PBS in terms of production quality."
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus 
  • February 5, 2004  (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 CDT
    • "The Majesty of the Maker" with Hill Roberts
    • Mr. Hill Roberts will give the presentation "The Majesty of the Maker," over viewing three outstanding evidences of God's work in creation - in the Universe, in the Earth and in Life itself. This presentation is being developed by several of our chapter leaders as a springboard training tool for chapter members to introduce the ministry of Reasons To Believe and give scientific support of the Bible to their pastors, churches, Bible study groups and friends. Members are encouraged to review and use this tool in spreading our ministry.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics and is Chief Scientist at SRS Technologies, a local aerospace/defense company, and he has many peer reviewed scientific publications. He has extensive experience in scientific based Christian apologetics as the leader of the "Lord, I Believe" ministry. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ where he worships.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • CANCELED: January 2004 Chapter Meeting
    • Since the regular Huntsville RTB Chapter meeting for January 2004 coincides with New Years Day, it has been canceled. Meetings will resume in February.
    • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

2003

  • December 4, 2003 (Thursday) 7 - 8:30 P.M. CDT
    • "The Christmas Star" with Joe Fikes
    • Mr. Joe Fikes will give a presentation "What Really Was the Christmas Star?" There are numerous ideas in astronomy about the star at Jesus' birth cited in the book of Matthew. Some are valid possibilities, some are poor concepts and some are myths. Mr. Fikes will present several positions for our review.
    • Joe Fikes is a member of the Von Braun observatory and an amateur astronomer. Joe has an M.S. in physics from the University of Alabama, and has worked with simulation and electro-optical systems. Joe has been at Dynetics since 1992 and is a Deacon at Southwood Presbyterian Church.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • November 6, 2003 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. CDT
    • "Modern (Neo-Darwinian) Evolution and Punctuated Equilibrium" with Mr. Earl Loehrlein
    • Mr. Loehrlein will lead a group discussion on the Modern Theory of Evolution. He will begin with a brief outline of the development of geology, paleontology and Darwinian evolution. An explanation of the modern theory of evolution including Stephen Jay Gould's "Punctuated Equilibrium" will be given and critiqued.
    • Mr. Loehrlein has a degree in Electrical Engineering from UAH and has worked in the local aerospace-defense industry for over twenty years. After his retirement he has become very interested in the studies of paleontology and geology.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • October 2, 2003 (Thursday) 7 - 8:30 P.M. CDT
    • "All the World's A Stage: Examining the Days of Genesis from a Christological and Soteriological Perspective" with Mr. Eric Holmberg
    • This intriguing presentation by Mr. Eric Holmberg will utilize a new perspective on the Framework Hypothesis to display the gospel in the days of Genesis. This Hypothesis sees the Genesis creation account from a divine covenant and conservative theological-redemptive view rather than as a sequential and chronological message.
    • Eric Holmberg is the director of the Center for Cultural Apologetics in Nashville, TN, where he has developed a unique "rubber-meets-the-road" ministry of biblical insights on key issues affecting young people and families. He uses dynamic video presentations and has been before numerous audiences at churches, schools, conferences and on television and radio, including The 700 Club, Praise the Lord!, Point of View and Beverly LaHaye Live. His work has been featured worldwide in such publications as the Focus on the Family Magazine.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • September 11, 2003 (Thursday) 6:30 CDT - September meeting time changed for night sky viewing. Cloudy or rain date is Thursday, September 18, same times for meal and observatory
    • Evening Meal - 6:30 P.M., Mullins Drive-In, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, Huntsville.  Chat time and good home cooking.
    • Observation - 8:00 P.M., von Braun Planetarium and Observatory Near the Country Store and Office, Monte Sano State Park.
    • Joe Fikes - observatory member and amateur astronomer - will assist in our Mars observation. Joe has an M.S. in physics from the University of Alabama, and has worked with simulation and electro-optical systems. Joe has been with Dynetics since 1992 and is a Deacon at Southwood Presbyterian Church.
    • Weather permitting we will observe planets and deep space objects. On August 27 Mars was the closest to earth in nearly 60,000 years and the next approach this close is in August 2287. Mars will appear large and it will be relatively easy to observe surface features on the Red Planet with von Braun telescopes.
  • August 7, 2003 (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 CDT
    • "Six Impossible Things:" A look at the naturalistic origins of intelligent life presented by Dr. Mark Whorton
    • In 1961, Frank Drake formulated the Drake equation and asked the question: "How many intelligent, communicating civilizations exist in our galaxy?" But an even more fundamental question is "How likely is it that an intelligent civilization will exist at all?" To address this question we introduce the Adam equation. Recognizing that every discipline of naturalistic origins research has virtually intractable problems, this presentation will take a "big-picture" look at the origins question to show that naturalistic origins of intelligent life requires one to believe six impossible things.
    • Dr. Mark Whorton is the Principle Investigator of g-LIMIT, a vibration isolation system for the International Space Station Microgravity Science Glovebox with Marshall Space Flight Center and has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Mark has been an active Bible teacher in his local church and a frequent speaker in topics of Christian apologetics.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
    • NOTE: The trip to the von Braun Observatory to view Mars is now tentatively planned for September.
  • July Chapter Meeting Canceled
    • Since the regular Huntsville Chapter meeting for July of 2003 would be on the eve of the 4th, July's meeting ONLY has been canceled. Meetings will resume in August, hopefully with a trip to the von Braun Observatory to see Mars.
    • HAVE A GREAT INDEPENDENCE DAY, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA
  • June 5, 2003  (Thursday) 7:00 - 8:30 CDT
    • "Creation Debates: A History" a video of Dr. Ronald Numbers speaking earlier this year at Azusa Pacific University
    • The talk gives a developmental overview of the leading Christian views on the Creation, beginning in the early 1800's, through the Fundamentalism and Creation Science movements of the 1900's and into the present Intelligent Design time.
    • Dr. Numbers has his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkley, with an emphasis in History of Science. He has been on the faculty of University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1974 and now serves as the William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine. He has authored / edited over two dozen books on the history of science.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church, Main Campus
  • May 1, 2003  (Thursday)
    • "A Space Plasma Physicist Talks About Reasons To Believe in God" presented by Dr. Nobie Stone
    • Dr. Stone was formerly with NASA at the Marshal Space Flight Center where he was the chief scientist for NASA tether projects. He is now with SRS Technologies and his technical expertise lies in the area of space plasmas as they are associated with orbital objects. He is a respected Bible class teacher and has a keen interest in the area of Christian apologetics, a frequent topic of his Bible classes. Dr. Stone worships with the Mayfair church of Christ.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • April 3, 2003  (Thursday)
    • "Molecules of Life: A Simple Probability Study," presented by David Cavanaugh
    • Beginning with a simple discussion of the two basic polymers of life, proteins and DNA, David Cavanaugh will use elementary probability to demonstrate the very, very high improbabilities of biological macromolecules arising by natural processes other than intelligent design.
    • David obtained a BA degree in chemistry from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan with a minor in computer science and has postgraduate education in mathematics and computer science. Upon graduation David worked for 8 years at Parke-Davis as a professional analytical chemist active in the areas of statistical software, computer data acquisition and laboratory automation. Then for 21 years at Benchmark Electronics Incorporated, he held diverse engineering positions, with research interests include statistics, physics and bioinformatics. For the last eight years, David has done research and publishing in bioinformatics in conjunction with the Baraminology Study Group, who's major goal is to produce a Biblically informed scientifically comprehensive alternative to Neo-Darwinian Evolution.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • March 6, 2003  (Thursday)
    • Hill will discuss how archeological findings have and continue to verify Biblical history, showing that the places named existed and the events depicted are factual.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics and is a manager and Chief Scientist at a local aerospace/defense company with many peer reviewed scientific publications. He has extensive experience in scientific based Christian apologetics as the leader of the "Lord, I Believe" ministry. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ where he worships.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • February 6, 2003  (Thursday)
    • "Eschatology's Evolution" with Dr. Jonathan Fisher
    • The Christian church's dominant view on eschatology - the doctrine of end times - has changed throughout church history. The evolution of eschatology will be presented along with a discussion of what each of these views mean. Key scriptures will be noted with brief discussions, and a list of suggested references will be given.
    • Dr. Fisher has B.S. and M.S. degrees and a Ph.D. in applied Physics from Alabama A&M University. He is with Mission Research Corporation in Huntsville and has many conference papers and peer- reviewed publications. He is an apologist with Reasons To Believe and is active in several ministries at Willowbrook Baptist Church.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • January 2, 2003  (Thursday)
    • "The Invisible Watch Maker: Optimal Design in Nature." with Dr. Mark Whorton
    • A strong argument for the existence of God is evidence of "intelligent design" in nature. Those who support naturalistic evolution point to supposed "imperfections" in nature to argue against an Intelligent Designer. However, such arguments reveal a basic misunderstanding of optimal design principles. This presentation will consider optimal design principles found in nature that testify to the wisdom of the Creator.
    • Mark Whorton, an engineer with Marshall Space Flight Center and a visiting faculty member of Tennessee State University, received a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Mark has been an active Bible teacher in his local church.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church

2002

  • December 5, 2002 (Thursday)
    •  7:00 - 8:30 PM - Movie Night - "Unlocking the Mystery of Life"
    • The new video production "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" will be shown, presenting cases of some contemporary scientists' idea of Intelligent Design. Speakers include Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, Dean Kenyon, Paul Nelson, Stephen Meyer, Jonathan Wells, William Dembski, and Jed Mackosko. Using state-of-the-art computer animation, the video transports you into the interior of a living cell to explore systems and machines that bear unmistakable hallmarks of design. Rotary engines that spin at 100,000 rpm, a biological information processing system more powerful than any computer network and the information ribbon that stores instructions to build every organism on earth clearly demand rethinking chance and natural selection.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • November 7, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Fossils: The Hard Evidence, But Evidence of What?" with Mr. Hill Roberts
    • The discussion will include the well-documented problems between fossil data and Darwinism; charts and sample fossils will illustrate the discussion. Reasons will be given why paleontologists and biologists have radically different models of evolution.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics and is a manager at a local aerospace/defense company with many peer reviewed scientific publications. He has extensive experience in scientific based Christian apologetics as the leader of the "Lord, I Believe" ministry. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ where he worships.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • October 3, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Global Warming: Science or Politics" with Dr. John R. Christy
    • Dr. John R. Christy developed a global, precise record of earth's temperatures measured by polar orbital satellites. From this he concludes that catastrophic climatic change due to increased greenhouse gases is overly alarmist.
    • Dr. Christy is Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at UAH where he began studying global climate issues in 1987. Among his academic achievements are M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, has appeared at several US Congressional Hearings, served on panels and councils related to atmospheric science and received the 1996 Special Award by the American Meteorological Society for fundamental advances in climate monitoring.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • September 5, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "How Christian Professors on Secular Campuses Can Present the Case for Christ to Students" with John Myers
    • Mr. John Myers will talk on the topic of how Christian professors on secular campuses can present the case for Christ to students. He will give a particular example of how this is achieved. John will also show parts of the new video "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" which is an overview of the Intelligent Design movement and its key participants.
    • John Myers completed a B.S. degree from Auburn University in journalism and has for 13 years been on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ with Christian Leadership Ministries where he is now serving as Director of Strategic Resources. He currently lives in Birmingham, but has worked with college professors at campuses all over the US to develop and strengthen their witness for Christ.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • August 2, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "New Testament Canon" with Hill Roberts
    • Can the books of the New Testament be trusted as the Word of God? Hear Hill discuss the history of how the church got the NT Canon and present the evidence that supports its official acceptance as Holy Scripture. Also covered with be the "lost books," the Apocrypha, and Pseudopigrapha.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics, the Chief Scientist at a local aerospace/defense company, and has many peer reviewed scientific publications. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ and leader of the Lord I Believe Apologetics Team.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • July Chapter Meeting Cancelled
    • Since the regular Huntsville Chapter meeting for July of 2002 would be on the 4th, July's meeting ONLY has been canceled. Meetings will resume in August.
    • HAVE A GREAT 4TH OF JULY, AND GOD BLESS AMERICA
  • June 6, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 6:00 - 7:00 PM - Pre-Meeting Dinner at Ivey's
    • Location: 721 Clinton Avenue West, Huntsville, AL - North East Corner of Market Square, Heart of Huntsville Mall, Clinton Avenue at the Parkway, Huntsville
    • 7:00 PM - Cleve Morton Reviews "The Creationists: The evolution of Scientific Creationism"  by Ronald L. Numbers
    • A group discussion of the book will follow and everyone is invited to participate.
    • Cleve has an M. S. Physics degree and has worked in the Aerospace Defense industry for over 15 years. He is active in Whitesburg Baptist Church.
  • May 2, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Genesis 1-3 - What Does It Mean?" with Hill Roberts
    • If God wasn't trying to give us a science book in Genesis, what does it mean? What did it mean to the Hebrews? The literary structure and theological content of these first three chapters sets the stage for the rest of the Bible story. This talk will summarize a 12 lesson Bible study by Roberts which focuses on the text (rather than science issues). A comprehensive handout will be provided for follow-up study and reference.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics, the Chief Scientist at a local aerospace/defense company, and has many peer reviewed scientific publications. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ and leader of the Lord I Believe Apologetics Team.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • April 4, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Reconciliation of Creation" with Mr. George McKay
    • This lecture is based on the research he did while writing his soon to be released book "Right All Along." The theme of his book is that the apparent conflicts between Scripture and science come from the imposition of medieval European science and history on Biblical translation. Much of the modern criticism of the Bible proves to be unfounded when the language and culture of the original writers is used in Scriptural interpretation.
    • Mr. McKay is a retired scientist from NASA who worked with the original Werner von Braun team. He applies skills from one of his specialties of of aerospace in-flight failure analyses to develop synchronism between Biblical and secular science and history.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • March 7, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Polonium Halos and the Age of the Earth" with Hill Roberts
    • An obscure phenomenon related to alpha decay in minerals leads to microscopic inclusions called pleochroic halos. These are thought by some to give a unique insight into the question of the age of creation. Hill will review the halo formation process and its implications.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics and is the Chief Scientist at a local aerospace/defense company with many peer reviewed scientific publications. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ and leader of the Lord I Believe Apologetics Team.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • February 7, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Foundations of the Young Earth Creation Model" with Dr. Jonathan Fisher
    • This talk is part of a series "Genesis, Creation and Evolution" for training in his church.
    • Jonathan Fisher is currently a Senior Scientist at Mission Research Corporation in Huntsville, having completed his M.S. degree in Physics at Eastern Kentucky University and his Ph. D. in Applied Physics at Alabama A&M University. Jonathan has authored/co-authored 30 journal articles and 40 conference presentations in the areas of nuclear physics and materials science. He serves as a deacon at Willowbrook Baptist Church were he has also taught in numerous other studies.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • January 3, 2002 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "The Search for Other Solar Systems (Is There Anybody Out There?)" with Mr. Greg Henry
    • Mr. Henry will discuss his work using automatic telescopes to search for extrasolar planets, which resulted in the first direct detection of an extrasolar planet via eclipses of its own star. He will explore the implications of recent discoveries for the existence of extraterrestrial life.
    • Mr. Henry has a M.S. in Astronomy from Vanderbilt University and research experience at Sacramento Peak Observatory in New Mexico and the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Since 1988 at Tennessee State University in Nashville, his research has also included the development of automatic telescopes and the study of brightness changes in sun-like stars to understand possible sun-earth climatic effects.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church

2001

  • December 6, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "When Does Human Life Begin?" with Dr. Rick Byrn leading a discussion.
    • Christians have opinions on this subject that range from the time of conception until birth. This question is even more important with the recent cloning of a human embryo for stem cells to treat diseases. Is this a wonderful humanitarian endeavor or the murder of an innocent human being? For an open discussion, come with your opinion and supporting facts from Scripture and science.
    • Rick Byrn is a retired past Vice President of Nichols Research and presently is serving as a consultant. He completed masters degrees and has a doctorate in nuclear engineering. He is presently affiliated with the Downtown Rescue Mission.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • November 1, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "The Age of the Earth" with physicist Hill Roberts speaking.
    • Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics and is a manager at a local aerospace/defense company with many peer reviewed scientific publications. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ where he worships.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • October 11, 2001 (Thursday)
    • Beginning at 5:15 pm - Pre-meeting dinner at Ivey's
    • Location: 721 Clinton Avenue West, Huntsville, AL - North East Corner of Market Square, Heart of Huntsville Mall, Clinton Avenue at the Parkway, Huntsville
    • Following dinner, we will go to the von Braun Planetarium.
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Measuring Distances in Space" with telescope viewing, with Roy Young, NASA Astronomer
    • Dress appropriately for telescope time! Watch the weather report.
    • Roy Young is a NASA astronomer who works for the Advanced Optical Systems Development Group at Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Young started and ran the Planetarium in Albany, GA for seven years. He has B. S. degrees in Astronomy and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Operations Research. He is also a teacher with Hill Roberts' "Lord, I Believe." ministry. 
    • Location: von Braun Planetarium and Observatory
  • September 6, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Design in the Universe" with Roy Young, NASA Astronomer.
    • Roy Young is a NASA astronomer who works for the Advanced Optical Systems Development Group at Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Young started and ran the Planetarium in Albany, GA for seven years. He has B. S. degrees in Astronomy and Computer Science and a Master's degree in Operations Research.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • August 2, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Continuation of Strategic Planning for RTB Chapter
      • Brainstorming and planning
      • Review of last meeting progress and ideas
      • Discuss chapter mission, ministry areas, objectives, and goals
      • Explore new areas for outreach; and assess current state of ministry
    • Please come with your input and suggestions. Your contribution is needed.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • July 12, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - Strategic Planning session for RTB Chapter
    • Discuss chapter mission, ministry areas, objectives, and goals; explore new areas for outreach; and assess current state of ministry. Projects under consideration:
      • Tutoring service in science and math for students in a local church - method for strengthening students' faith.
      • Book sales to inform interested people and bring revenue for chapter.
      • Further develop a speakers bureau.
    • Come early at 6:00 and we will order barbecue for a meal together. Please come with your input and suggestions. Your contribution is needed.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • June 7, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Why This Physicist Believes in God, Jesus and the Bible"
      with physicist Hill Roberts speaking.
    • Hill Roberts will tell of his experience in his presentation of "Why This Physicist Believes in God, Jesus and the Bible." This was at an evening cultural program at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in Gatchina, Russia. Hill was invited to return after his colloquium last year on research in x-ray stimulated gamma emission from long-lived nuclear isomers. PNPI houses Russia's largest nuclear reactor for basic research in nuclear physics.
      Hill Roberts has BS and MS degrees in physics and is a manager at a local aerospace/defense company with many peer reviewed scientific publications. Hill is an elder at Weatherly Heights Church of Christ where he worships.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • May 10, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:30 PM - Meeting Time Changed for Night Sky Viewing.
    • May Weather permitting, observe Jupiter and deep space objects with 16 inch telescope. Friends Welcome! Fun for the Kids!
    • Location: von Braun Planetarium and Observatory
  • April 5, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 PM - "Out of Stormy Skies"
      with meteorologist Gary Shore speaking.
    • Gary will share his personal testimony and some remarkable tornado video clips. He has served as meteorologist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC before coming to Huntsville. Gary was born in New York City but began his interest in weather as a 4th grade child while living in Florence. He has specialized in severe weather forecasting and now sponsors a Christian Internet weather service.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • March 15, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. - "Sin and Death in the Garden of Eden"
      by Mark Whorton followed by discussion.
    • This is the second part of a two part series dealing with sin and death in God's design.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • February 1, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 7:00 - 8:30 P.M. - "Suffering and the Purpose of God"
      by Mark Whorton followed by discussion.
    • This is the first part of a two part series dealing with sin and death in God's design.
    • Location: Whitesburg Baptist Church
  • JANUARY 25, 2001 (Thursday)
    • 6:30 P.M. - General interest meeting with Guest Speaker
      Dutch Treat Dinner Meal - Sandwiches to Seafood dinner ($3 - $11)
      Greenbrier Bar-B-Que
      Highway 20 - Madison
      4 Miles West of Jetport I-565
      Greenbrier Exit 3 - Access Road West
    • Presentation by Dr. Martin Weisskopf, Chandra X-Ray Observatory Project Scientist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
      "Recent Discoveries From the Chandra X-Ray Observatory"
      Chandra is a new spacecraft born X-ray telescope gathering data from high energy regions of the universe, shuttle launched this July.

2000

  • DECEMBER 2000
    • Meal at local restaurant. Visit to von Braun planetarium and observatory. Observed Jupiter, Saturn and deep space objects with 16 inch telescope.
  • OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2000
    • Discussion on the book "Rare Earth: Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe" by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee (Copernicus Books, 2000) led by Dr. Mark Whorton.
  • SEPTEMBER 2000
    • Reviewed a video about the book "Darwin's Black Box, the Biochemical Challenge to Evolution" by Michael Behe followed by group discussion.
  • JULY AND AUGUST 2000
    • Dr. George Lebo, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Florida, spoke on the topic "What Astronomers Believe About the Origins of the Universe and Why."
  • JUNE 2000
    • Round table discussion on the topic of Intelligent Design. Attendees invited to prepare for discussion by reviewing articles on the topic in the May 22, 2000, issue of Christianity Today magazine.
  • MAY 2000
    • Round table discussion on the topic of fossils and their relationship to the origins of the human race. A brief presentation by Mr. Hill Roberts started the discussion.

Prior Skeptic's Forums

  • JULY 18, 2001
    • 7:00 P. M. - Skeptics Forum (FREE)
  • MAY 16, 2001 

    • 7:00 P. M. - Skeptics Forum (FREE)
      Huntsville-Madison County Library, Conference Room
      915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL
    • A springboard topic will be presented.
    • The public is encouraged to participate in this open dialog concerning matters of naturalism and faith.
  • MARCH 21, 2001

    • 7:00 P. M. - Skeptics Forum (FREE)
      Huntsville-Madison County Library, Conference Room
      915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL
    • The topic from the last Forum, "Design in the Universe," will be continued.
    • The public is encouraged to participate in this open dialog concerning matters of naturalism and faith.
  • DECEMBER 13, 2000

    • 7:00 P. M. - Skeptic's Forum (FREE)
      Huntsville-Madison County Library, Conference Room
      915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL
    • Springboard topic: "Design in the Universe"
    • The public is encouraged to participate in this open dialog concerning matters of naturalism and faith.