This is what the public university should be about: the vigorous and respectful exchange of diverse ideas. And that is precisely what happened at Winthrop University last week (April 15). Ratio Christi speaker, Prem Isaac, spoke on "Has Science Buried God?" According to the Winthrop student newspaper, The Johnsonian,
Isaac’s presentation revolved around four integral themes that every person must face: the origin of the universe, the question of morality, the question of meaning and the existence of an afterlife. . . . According to Isaac, the source of tension between atheism and theism lies in the way they relate matter and the mind.
Yet, this tension between atheism and theism was handled in an extraordinary way through this event. This lecture, given by a Christian philosopher and apologist, was hosted by the campus atheist and skeptic club! Yes. It's true. Ratio Christi has been in the process of trying to officially form a chapter on campus and in the process the leaders started a friendly dialog with members of the "Winthrop Organization of Freethinkers" (WOOF). They are "dedicated to rational debate amongst both believers and non-believers" and they generously sponsored this event for the fledgling Ratio Christi group. That is true liberal tolerance as traditionally conceived. Ratio Christi is honored to collaborate with such a group that clearly understands that truth has nothing to hide and that even when we disagree strongly on deeply held matters of faith and reality that we can learn from one another and openly share competing views. We look forward to continuing the discussion!
WOOF Secretary and event coordinator Quiante Jefferies, a junior theatre major, introduced the speaker from Ratio Christi, Prem Isaac. Continue reading the article in The Johnsonian...