Pepperdine University will host the fourth annual Veritas Forum on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., at Elkins Auditorium, Malibu. The interactive and inter-disciplinary conference seeks to engage students and faculty in discussions about life's hardest questions and the relevance of Jesus Christ to all of life.
The forum will feature two speakers who will examine the theme, "The Nature of Evil and Suffering," from their unique perspectives. John Lennox, who will present the theist argument, is a professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and pastoral advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, will present a non-theist argument.
Lennox has written a number of books on the interface between science, philosophy and theology. These include God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway?, Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists are Missing the Target, and Seven Days that Divide the World.
Shermer is the executive director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the The Skeptics Society's Distinguished Science Lecture Series, and adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. He received his B.A. in psychology from Pepperdine University, M.A. in experimental psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and his Ph.D. in the history of science from Claremont Graduate University. He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Leeza, Unsolved Mysteries, and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Shermer was the cohost and coproducer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
The Veritas Forum started as an idea more than 17 years ago when Kelly Monroe, a student at Harvard University Divinity School, observed that many of her fellow students felt isolated in their search for meaning and truth. Monroe began to encourage Harvard students, alumni, and professors to write down how their life stories lead them to discover "veritas" or truth in the person of Jesus Christ.
These stories led to Monroe's book, Finding God at Harvard: Spiritual Journeys of Thinking Christians, and a forum that was held for students and faculty from various disciplines and cultures to share of their own questions, suffering, journeys, and discoveries with the Harvard community. Since then, over 80 campuses across the nation have responded to the desire to explore true life by creating their own "Veritas Forums," involving hundreds of speakers and a quarter-million student and faculty participants.
The Veritas Forum lecture at Pepperdine is free and open to the public. For more information on Veritas Forums, visit the official website. Contact Jennifer Christy in Student-Led Ministries at (310) 506-4824 for additional details on the Pepperdine University event.