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Dear friends of the GHCA,
At the last meeting we
started the year with an excellent presentation from Mark Cadwallader
showing that basic philosophy has serious
consequences for society. The astounding amount of war and killing
over the last century is in large part a result of the dominate
philosophical ideas of the times and the leaders in power. Stalin,
Hitler, Mao Tse-tung, and Pol Pot are some of the tyrants that come
to mind who were motivated by evolutionary and materialistic ideas
and values. Between these
men estimates approach a hundred million people were killed to ensure
their power and ideology.
In sharp contrast to those
are Christian men like William Wilberforce who played a major role in
ending slavery and Martin Luther King who's nonviolent protest
movement did much to bring greater equality in the rights actually
experienced among people. With this contrast in view we can begin to
understand the power of philosophical ideas and the associated
At our next GHCA meeting on
February 7th, Tom Peeler will bring our attention to the three
basic questions of philosophy and examines
the answers from both materialistic and Christian perspectives. His
title is Three
Answers - Redux! The three questions are: What exists?
Why? and How can I know? These basic questions guide and influence
everything mankind does. They also have a powerful influence on how
we think as Christians and creationists.
Materialists generally say
that only space, time, matter and energy
exist. They often argue that there is no soul, will, purpose, right,
wrong, good, or evil. But Peeler explains that that all knowledge
comes through thinking and those thought processes required
things like information, language, a conscious mind and purpose!
Physics can't even begin to explain these things. That is the
downfall of materialism and the like. In contrast this is a great
strength for Christian philosophy.
This is really important
material for all Christians and creationists. Most don't know very
well how these philosophical principles fit together with their other
areas of knowledge. Our education and the public media are saturated
with evolutionary ideas and materialism. Do you know how to recognize
it when you see it? Do you know how to respond when it challenges
your way of life? All of this has a powerful impact on our world, our
lives, and Christian apologetics. Peeler's engaging presentation will
teach you a lot! Don't miss this one, please join us; you will be
glad you did!
Tom Peeler has a M.S. degree
in Systems Management,
twenty five years as an officer in the Marine Corps, and many years
in civilian businesses and academia. Now retired, Tom is studying
apologetics and philosophy with Dr. Norman Geisler at Veritas Evangelical
I recently heard Tom give
this talk at the Houston chapter of RTB, where our brothers pursue
the progressive approach to creation science. This will be an
enlightening adventure for all Christians and creationists and our
secular friends as well. So invite one and all to join us. There will
no doubt be a lively discussion and Q&A session following the
Answers - Redux!
space kindly provided at:
First Baptist Church
Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Room, 7 PM
Join us for this great
presentation and the discussion that follows. We will all see these
issues in a new light. Everyone will also enjoy the fellowship,
snacks, and array of creation books and DVDs as well. Please forward
this newsletter to all who might be interested. More information
about GHCA is always at our website, www.ghcaonline.com.
Looking forward to seeing