The 2014 Warrawee Lecture

2014 Warrawee Lecture
The Warrawee Lecture is an annual event proudly brought to you by Warrawee Anglican Church providing a marvelous opportunity for believers from all church backgrounds in Northern Sydney to benefit from the expertise of an eminent scholar on a particular aspect of our Christian faith.

In 2014 we welcomed Rev Dr George Athas, Dean of Research and lecturer in Old Testament, Hebrew and Church History at Moore Theological College. George is married to Koula, and they have two daughters, Hosanna and Josephine. They attend Earlwood Anglican Community Church in Sydney. George is Dean of Research and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at Moore Theological College. He is the author of The Tel Dan Inscription (Continuum, 2003), and co-editor of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS): A Reader’s Edition (forthcoming). and assistant editor of the Story of God Bible Commentary series (Zondervan).

The last few decades have seen a plummeting confidence among scholars in the Bible’s historicity. And until recently, historians were preparing to bury King David as an historical figure. Archaeology has since provided reason to be more confident in the historicity of David. Yet key questions remain. How do the Bible and Archaeology intersect? Can we be confident in the Bible’s historical claims? Dr Athas considered the case of King David as a way into these important questions.

The Buried King with Rev Dr George Athas

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Question Time

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God Science and History

Many people today perceive a marked incompatibility between faith in God and science. There is a sense that the remarkable advances in scientific enquiry have made the idea of God redundant.

Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist described the significance of his work this way, ‘what I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.’

There’s also a similar perception of the relationship between faith in God and history. There is a perceived gulf between Jesus of Nazareth and the findings of historical investigation.

Talking about Jesus in an interview last year, Richard Dawkins opined that ‘the evidence he existed is surprisingly shaky’.

Tonight we’ll be exploring the many sides to these issues, and we’re privileged to host two men who are not only convinced of the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but have thought deeply about how faith in God intersects with science and history.

Andrew Ford holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in genetics and cell biology, and has published research in the area of neuroimmunology, and John Dickson is the Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Andrew Ford talks on the compatibility of faith in God with the disciplines of science.

John Dickson talks on the compatibility of faith in God with the disciplines of history.

The Warrawee Lecture 2013: Can I Fall Away?

The Warrawee Lecture is an annual event proudly brought to you by Warrawee Anglican Church providing a marvelous opportunity for believers from all church backgrounds in Northern Sydney to benefit from the expertise of an eminent scholar on a particular aspect of our Christian faith.

This year we are privileged to host the Rev Dr Peter O’Brien. Peter has been married to Mary, in Peter’s own description, ‘for 50 wonderful years’, and they have four children – David, Stephen, Libby and Sarah, and 10 grandchildren.

Peter became a Christian at the age of 19 after hearing the English preacher David Harris preaching on the robe of Christ’s righteousness at Eastwood Anglican Church. Peter later studied at Moore Theological College and was ordained as an Anglican minister before serving the Lord Jesus as a missionary in India for a decade.

Peter completed doctoral studies in New Testament at Manchester under renowned New Testament scholar F. F. Bruce during this time. Moore College became the O’Brien family home from 1974 until Peter’s retirement from full-time teaching in 2009.

Peter is a New Testament scholar of international reputation and has published more than a dozen books on mission and the letters of the New Testament, many of which have become benchmarks of evangelical scholarship.

The letter to the Hebrews has featured in each stage of Peter’s academic career. Peter taught a course on the letter to the Hebrews in his first year in India, at the University of Manchester he attended F. F. Bruce’s lectures on Hebrews, and on his retirement from full time teaching Peter’s own commentary on the letter to the Hebrews was released in the Pillar series.

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