Lansing Public Library hosts Worldview Forum 2013.
Lectures available for download below!

The Worldview Forum: Understanding Life and the World In Which We Live
What is a worldview? We can search the Internet or books and learn that many people offer a definition of "worldview." Though there are many definitions, there is one common denominator -a worldview is a set of individual convictions and beliefs concerning the world and life. If this is the case (and it is), then, everyone has a worldview. Every person believes something about truth and falsehood; reality and illusion; good and evil; and life and death. We understand and interpret life and the world around us in a certain way; and then, we try to live according to those beliefs. However, the questions arise, "How do we account for these belief systems? How do we know that what we believe is even true? Does each individual determine what is right and wrong for him or herself? Or, is there an ultimate authority and standard by which human beings judge truth, reality, beauty and goodness?

These questions are important because we make decisions every day and live our lives based on how we answer them. And so, we are excited to present to you "The Worldview Forum: Understanding Life and the World in Which We Live." This forum will be an informative series of lectures and discussions, examining various religious worldviews and philosophies that seek to answer and make sense of the questions that we wrestle with in this journey called life. We will primarily look at how Christianity answers these questions. In doing so, we'll hear thought-provoking lectures on the fundamentals of the Christian faith. And then, we'll compare and contrast Christianity to the teachings of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age (& Wicca), and Atheism.

Whenever religious beliefs are discussed, the issue of tolerance is often raised. Because of this, it is necessary that we begin our first lecture and discussion on the topic of tolerance. The lecture is entitled, "Understanding Tolerance: What does it mean to be tolerant in an intolerant world?" Following the lecture on tolerance, we'll hear a helpful and informative lecture on worldview entitled, "Defining Worldview: What is it? Who has it? How do we use it?" These two lectures will "set the stage" for the remaining lectures. Please see the schedule below for dates and topics. We hope to see you there! Presented by Roberto W. Rossi and various experts on the topic of discussion for the week.

Lecture DateSpeakerLecture/Discussion TitleDownload Audio
February 5, 2013Series Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Lecture: Dr. Cornelis P. Venema
1: Understanding Tolerance: What does it mean to be tolerant in an intolerant world?
[1 hour, 23 minutes]
Books mentioned in lecture: The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson;
The New Tolerance by Josh D. McDowell
Listen to Lecture #1
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February 12, 2013Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Lecture: Dr. Nelson D. Kloosterman
2: Defining Worldview: What is it? Who has it? How do we use it?
[1 hour, 22 minutes]
Book mentioned in lecture: Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept by James W. Sire
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February 19, 2013Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Lecture: Dr. Nelson D. Kloosterman
3: The Christian Worldview: The Fundamentals The Bible: What is it? Where did it come from? How did we get it?
[1 hour, 18 minutes]
Books mentioned in lecture: The Ten Commandments: Manual for the Christian Life by Jochem Douma, translated by Dr. Nelson D. Kloosterman;
Responsible Conduct: Principles of Christian Ethics by Jochem Douma, translated by Dr. Nelson D. Kloosterman;
Ultimate Questions
Listen to Lecture #3
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February 26, 2013Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Dr. J. Mark Beach
4: The Christian Worldview: The Fundamentals God: Who is he? What is he?
[1 hour, 18 minutes]
Book mentioned in lecture: Piety's Wisdom by Dr. J. Mark Beach
Listen to Lecture #4
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March 7, 2013Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Dr. J. Mark Beach
5: The Christian Worldview: The Fundamentals Human Beings: Why were we created? What is our ultimate end?
[1 hour, 20 minutes]
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March 12, 2013Rev. John Vermeer6: The Christian Worldview: The Fundamentals Jesus Christ: Who is he? Why is he important?
[1 hour, 5 minutes]
Listen to Lecture #6
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March 19, 2013 (rescheduled to April 9, 2013)Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Rev. Bassam M. Madany
7: Comparing & Contrasting Worldviews Christianity and Islam
[1 hour, 34 minutes]
Listen to Lecture #7
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March 26, 2013Professor Mark D. Vander Hart8: Comparing & Contrasting Worldviews Christianity and Judaism[Audio not available. There was a problem with the recording.]
April 2, 2013Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Professor Alan D. Strange
9: Comparing & Contrasting Worldviews Christianity and Hinduism
[1 hour, 20 minutes]
Books mentioned in lecture: Christianity & World Religions: An Introduction to the World's Major Faiths by Derek Cooper;  Understanding World Religions: An Interdisciplinary Approach by Irving Hexham
Listen to Lecture #9
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April 16, 2013Introduction: Roberto Rossi;
Professor Alan D. Strange
10: Comparing & Contrasting Worldviews Christianity and Buddhism
[1 hour, 20 minutes]
Listen to Lecture #10
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April 23, 2013Moderator: Roberto Rossi;
Dr. Nelson D. Kloosterman
11: Comparing & Contrasting Worldviews Christianity and New Age
[1 hour, 11 minutes]
Listen to Lecture #11
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April 30, 2013Introduction and Moderator: Roberto Rossi;
Professor Alan D. Strange
12: Comparing & Contrasting Worldviews Christianity and Atheism
[1 hour, 23 minutes]
Books mentioned in lecture: Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith by Greg L. Bahnsen and Robert R. Booth; The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinski; Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga; A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists by Mitch Stokes
Listen to Lecture #12
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