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Controversial questions regarding religious beliefs arise in Frank Turek seminar

Senior Reporter

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 01:10

Audience members posed several controversial questions to religious activist Frank Turek, Ph.D, during a seminar Thursday.

Topics brought up by the audience were more controversial than those of the seminar including abortion, same-sex marriage, capital punishment and why God does not stop all evil.

The 220-seat Olson Auditorium in Academic building IV almost hit full capacity as eager ears packed the room.

"I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist, it takes more faith to not believe," Turek, said during his seminar.

The two-hour religious seminar covered the topics of "does truth exist?" and "does God exist?" and attracted members of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), Gamma Sigma Kappa (Gay Straight Kats), the Baptist Student Ministry, the Democratic Socialists and the Catholic Student Center and sponsoring organization Ratio Christi at SHSU.

While members of GSK were apprehensive that the activist would potentially speak against their community, the subject was never brought up by Turek.

The seminar discussed areas such as the Law of Non-Contradiction, the origin of the universe "believe that" versus "believe in," and morality.

Following the presentation was a question and answer session with the audience that lasted for more than 50 minutes, during which, visitors with both opposing and similar views to Turek asked him questions.

"It was all about cognitive dissonance," Brian Petersen, SHSU alumnus and former SSA president, said. "He is so invested in his beliefs. He makes a game of convincing those who already believe in his points, it’s just sad."

Some people joined the Q&A, citing their Bible or bringing up queries about their own beliefs that are similar to Turek’s.

"Thanks for coming to the Frank Turek event," the Ratio Christi of Sam Houston State University’s Facebook said. "I thought that the Q&A went well. Thank you (especially to those who disagree with Dr. Turek) for showing [him] such respect in your dialog. You make me proud to be a Bearkat!"

Turek travels; speaking at conventions and colleges, and presenting "I Have Too Much faith to be an Atheist." The college version of the seminar was broken down into two, two-hour parts. Each part answers two questions.

The second session of the "I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" seminar will take place in February or March 2013. The last half will cover the topics of "are miracles possible?" and "is the New Testament true?"

Members of many Sam Houston State University organizations attended Christian activist Frank Turek’s seminar "I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" on Thursday.

Turek has a radio show that broadcasts on KAFR 88.3 FM in Huntsville at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. He is also the founder and president of CrossExamined.org and has a weekly TV program.

The seminar was also sponsored by the Fellowship of Huntsville Church and the Faith Lutheran Church of Huntsville.

Ratio Christi, an apologetics club, meets every Monday in room 123 of the Chemistry and Forensic Science building at 7 p.m.

For more information about Ratio Christi contact the chapter’s director and faculty advisor Darren Williams, Ph.D., at SHSU@RatioChristi.org.

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