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Pepperdine University Hosts Fourth Annual Veritas Forum

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Pepperdine hosted the fourth annual Veritas Forum on November 11 in Malibu. The interactive and interdisciplinary 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 featured two speakers who examined the theme, “The Nature of Evil and Suffering,” from their unique perspectives. John Lennox, who presented 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 (‘76), founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, presented a nontheist 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, andSeven Days That Divide the World.

Shermer is the executive director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Society’s Distinguished Science Lecture Series, and adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University.

Join the nearly 15,000 visitors who watched Pepperdine’s Veritas Forum online.