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​This month we introduce our "Equipping" program. We will spend a portion of these meetings answering a commonly heard challenge or objection to a Biblical perspective on nature and the creation. Our objective is to become proficient in listening to arguments, understanding individuals and then (and only then) providing a reasoned response to the objection raised. We will use varying techniques, including presentation, role play, mock debates, etc., and will ask for volunteers to participate and share experiences with the group. The balance of the meeting will be given to audio and video podcasts on a related topic. This Friday we will explore the origin-of-life experiment typically referred to as "Miller Urey".

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
July RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, July 15th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Equipping 1
With the growing push for atheism in Great Britain, this site offers an alternative perspective from British scholars, as well as those from around the world. 
​Continuing our study and discussion from last month, we will briefly review the "Miller Urey" experiment, as well as the overall claim of abiogenesis. We will then review the current state of origins science and the salient points from which can be used to spur deeper consideration and conversation. We will capture our thoughts and arguments in a format that can be used for quick reference.

In the balance of our time we will watch a recorded presentation by one of our visiting scholars, Travis Campbell. The presentation is an evaluation of the book "Evolving Out of Eden" by Robert Price. We will discuss how Travis analyzes the text and selects points to consider for further thought. Click here for additional presentations Travis has prepared with RTB.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
August RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, August 19th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Equipping 1 (cont.)
This month we enjoy an audio recording of RTB visiting scholar, Travis Campbell, PhD. Philosophical Theology, as he provides a critique of "The Amazing Colossal Apostle," by Robert Price. Travis addressed the Los Angeles Chapter of Reasons To Believe in July, critiquing Price's 2012 text which reasserts the notion that the epistles typically attributed to Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) were actually authored nearly a century after Paul's death. Travis' depth of scriptural and historical knowledge, as well as his sharp intellect provide an excellent example of thinking critically about ideas. Listening to his presentation we hope to glean not only the arguments Travis makes against the basic premises of Price's book, but to assimilate Campbell's diagnostic skills that lead him to those arguments.

The Jacksonville Chapter of RTB meets the third Friday of each month at the offices of Mark Messinese, M.D., 1127 16th Avenue South, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
September RTB - Jacksonville Chapter Gathering
(free and open to the public)
Friday, September 16th, 2016, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Thinking Critically About Ideas