Sunday, July 26, 2009

Press Release for Upcoming ID Conference

For Immediate Release July 26, 2009
Contact – Craig Smith at Shepherd Project Ministries: 720-231-7579 / info@shepherdproject.com


Colorado-Based Shepherd Project Ministries Announces the Legacy of Darwin Intelligent Design Conference for Oct. 30-31, 2009.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his culture-shaking book, The Origin of Species. What has been the impact of a century and a half of the theory of naturalistic evolution dominating our universities and secondary education systems? As even secular researchers have discovered, the answer is frightening. Recent films like Ben Stein’s Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed have contributed to a growing awareness in the non-Christian world that the implications of embracing naturalistic evolution as a culture have been destructive and far-reaching.

On October 30-31 at the Douglas County Event Center in Castle Rock, CO, Shepherd Project Ministries will offer a revolutionary conference featuring scientists, researchers and speakers from the Discovery Institute. The conference will explore the cultural impact of Darwinism and the ground-breaking new evidence for Intelligent Design that is changing the shape of this crucial conversation today.

With presentations by some of the world's foremost Intelligent Design experts, this conference will equip Christians to understand the key issues and be able to speak effectively into a culture that is foundering in the sea of meaninglessness that is Darwin's most lasting legacy.

The world-class line-up of presenters includes Dr. Stephen Meyer (author of The Signature in the Cell), Dr. Michael Behe (author of Darwin's Black Box), Dr. David Berlinski (featured prominently in the recent film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed), Dr. John G. West, Dr. Craig A. Smith, Dr. Douglas Groothuis and more!

Presentations will include:

· Signature in the Cell: DNA Evidence for Intelligent Design
· Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
· Darwin Day in America: The Impact of Darwinism on Our Culture
· Training the Next Generation: Practical Strategies & Resources

Because Shepherd Project Ministries is dedicated to touching both the head and the heart, we have also asked nationally known singer/songwriter Danny Oertli to lead times of worship before each main session.

No scientific background is necessary! This conference is designed to equip ordinary Christians to have an extraordinary impact on our culture.

Space is limited. Register now at www.shepherdproject.com/idconf.

Conference Details:
Oct. 30-31 (7-9:30 pm Friday & 9:15 am – 3:30 pm Saturday)
Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104
Cost: $10 (single), $20 (family), $5 (student)
Register at: www.shepherdproject.com/idconf

2 comments:

Brian said...

So I guess all those accusations, so often vehemently denied, of Intelligent Design really being a religious concept are correct after all.

Doug Groothuis said...

Brian (who doesn't identify himself):

Is this an argument against ID? No, it is not.

The claim is that only religious texts or traditions can support ID. That is false. Science does. However, there is some overlap between the discovery of design in nature (through a design inference) and what the Bible teaches about God as Creator. To reject ID science on the basis of the religious beliefs of some of its proponents (not all) is the ad hominem fallacy. To reject ID as unscientific because it infers a designer, is to beg the question in favor of naturalism.