international speakers

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DR DAVID NOEBEL

Worldviews and Worldviews in Conflict

Dr David Noebel, President of Summit Ministries, holds a B.A. from Hope College, Michigan, a M.A. from the University of Tulsa, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin. He is an expert on worldview analysis and the decline of morality and spirituality in Western Civilisation. He travels worldwide lecturing in high schools, universities, and churches. David has been a guest on numerous national radio and television programs. He has authored a number of books, including ‘Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the Search for Truth’; ‘The Marxist Minstrels’; ‘Communism, Hypnotism and the Beatles’; ‘Rhythm, Riot and Revolution’; ‘The Beatles: A Study in Drugs, Sex and Revolution’; ‘The Homosexual Revolution’; ‘The Legacy of John Lennon’, ‘The Slaughter of the Innocent’; ‘War, Peace and the Nuclear Freeze: A Balanced Christian View’, ‘AIDS: A Special Report’. He is also co-author of ‘Clergy in the Classroom: The Religion of Secular Humanism and The New York Times’ Best Selling book ‘Mind Siege’ with Tim LaHaye.

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DR DARRELL FURGASON

Developing a Christian Worldview; International Relations: A Biblical View and Discipling The Nations

Dr Darrell Furgason holds a B.A. and B. Letters in Philosophy from the Australian National University (ANU), as well as an M.A. in International Relations and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Sydney. He has been involved in Christian education for more than 27 years and he has lectured on ‘Thinking Biblically’ and ‘Developing a Biblical Worldview’ in more than 15 countries. Dr Furgason was Dean of the College of Humanity & International Studies at the University of the Nations, Canberra (1994-97). He has also taught in the Political Science Department at Trinity Western University, British Columbia. He is currently the International Ministry Director for Summit Ministries -responsible for Summit’s accredited worldview courses - and an Adjunct Professor in the Jesse Helms School of Government at Liberty University, Virginia.

 

australian speakers

PASTOR ANDREW LANSDOWN

An Analysis of Islam and Literature
and Christianity

Pastor Andrew Lansdown is a Baptist pastor who is presently working with Life Ministries. Life Ministries aims to help Christians and the wider community to consider difficult moral and theological issues from a Biblical perspective through public speaking engagements, journalistic articles and publishing. Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1976, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Comparative Literature from Murdoch University in 1978, a Graduate Diploma in Education from Edith Cowan University, and attended the Baptist Theological College of Western Australia from 1977 to 1980.

DR AUGUSTO ZIMMERMANN

Christianity, Freedom and Law

Dr Augusto Zimmermannis an internationally know legal scholar who works at Murdoch University as a Lecturer in Law. He holds a PhD from Monash University (Australia) as well as a LL.B. and a LL.M. with ‘cum laude’ from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Among other positions, he was Law Professor at the Research Law Department (NPG) of Universidade Metodista Bennett (1997-2000) and Universidade Estácio de Sá; Director of APG/PUC-Rio – the post-graduate student association of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1998); Political Affairs Director of PNBE – The National Thought of Entrepreneurial Bases / Rio de Janeiro Chapter (1998-1999); a member of the Church and Nation Committee, the ethics’ committee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria (2005-2006); and a member of the WA committee of Festival of Light Australia. He is currently a member of the editorial board of Achegas, a Brazilian political science journal; a member of the editorial board of Lumen Juris, a leading law book publisher in Brazil; and a member of the Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Western Australia. Dr Zimmermann has published numerous academic works in several languages and countries.

MR RICHARD EGAN

Resisting the Culture of Death
The Attack on Marriage

Mr Richard Egan is the National Policy Officer for FamilyVoice Australia. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Library Science. He worked in public and academic libraries for 11 years. Since 1994 he has been engaged full-time in civic ministry, seeking to bring Christian principles to bear on law and public policy, especially in the areas of the sanctity of human life and the central importance of the natural family based on marriage. Richard has written numerous submissions to government inquiries and has given evidence to parliamentary committees. Richard also lectures on Scripture and bioethics at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation. Mr Egan will address the topics of :

Resisting the Culture of Death

“All who hate me love death” - Proverbs 8:36 (RSV) “Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened” – Alexander Solzhenitysn, Templeton Address 1983 Abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, human embryo research, human cloning have all become thinkable and doable in our society because man has forgotten God. The Christian worldview leads us to value every human life – made in the image and likeness of God - from fertilisation to natural death. Other worldviews lead to reducing the value of the human person, who is not seen as always an end in himself, but potentially as a means to satisfy other ends. What can Christians do to promote a civilisation of love and truth in the service of life in the face of the systematic advance of a culture of death?

The Attack on Marriage

from God given to man and woman in the very act of creation. This gift survived the Fall and the Flood. What can Christians do to defend marriage today not just for ourselves but for all our society?

DR PHILIP BURCHAM

The Christian Foundations of
Health Care

Dr Philip Burcham is a medical researcher with undergraduate and doctoral qualifications in science. After working at Vanderbilt University in the USA followed by the University of Adelaide, in 2005 he was appointed an Associate Professor at the University of WA. Phillip is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church of Australia, his extracurricular interests include theology, church history, apologetics and Christian education.

DR JOHN G. HARTNETT

Big Bang Belief and the Bible
Starlight Time and the New Physics

Dr John G. Hartnett BSc (hon I) PhD (Time and Frequency Physics) MAIP. John received both his B.Sc. (1st class Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Western Australia (UWA). John was awarded an ARC QE II research fellowship in 2005. He is currently Principal Research Fellow with the Frequency Standards and Metrology research group (UWA). His research includes the development of ultra-stable microwave oscillators based on sapphire resonators, ultra low-noise radar, tests of fundamental theories of physics such as Special and General Relativity. He also has a keen interest in alternative cosmological theories. He has (co-)written two books: Dismantling the Big Bang and Starlight Time and the New Physics. He has published more than 80 papers in international referred journals, contributed 5 chapters to Relativity: Modern Large-Scale Spacetime Structure of the Cosmos, Editor: M. Carmeli, (World Scientific, Singapore, 2008), and holds 2 patents. Dr Hartnett's topics are :

Big Bang Belief and the Bible

The Big Bang origin and history of the Universe is discussed in light of the history given in the Bible and it is found to be consistent in some regards, ie. the Universe has an origin in time, but it is found to be inconsistent with the details of the narrative given in the Bible. The relevance of the issue to Christians is discussed and it is related to the historical development of both uniformitarian principles and modern geological classification of rock strata. I give a brief discussion of the issues with the Big Bang model its problems and why I reject it as a Christian.

Starlight Time and the New Physics

Astronomers in the late 1800s blamed the anomalous precession of the orbit of the planet Mercury on the existence of ‘dark matter’. In fact, traditionally astronomers have done this when they didn’t quite have the right physics. The latter case was solved with Einstein’s general theory published in 1915. Currently ‘dark’ matter and ‘dark’ energy are claimed to inhabit all areas of the universe. I show that they can be accounted for by the introduction of a new 5D cosmology by Carmeli. The extra dimension is the velocity of the universal expansion of space as described by the Hubble law. Using this new cosmology on the large scale structure of the universe it is shown that the best solution to Einstein’s field equations is a galatocentric expanding white hole. That is, we are observers at the centre of a grand Creation event. Dark matter, again, was found to be incorrect physics, and ‘dark’ energy is a misnomer, really it is just a property of the vacuum that the correctly chosen metric describes. Both are explained with the correct physics. The timescale of the Universe is shown to be consistent with the biblical account.

DR BRIAN STONE

Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity

Dr Brian Stone, B.Sc., Ph.D., was Professor and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia from 1981 until his recent retirement. Dr Stone has received numerous awards and prizes in recognition of his academic prowess and teaching achievements.