The Why? Series is an annual Zacharias Trust event that explores key questions about the Christian faith.
Next Why? Series Training Day Event
Irrational? Immoral? Intolerant? Dangerous? – Is all religion bad?
‘Religion poisons everything’ (Christopher Hitchens)
Religion appears to be the root cause of many of the problems we see in the world around us today. It not only seems to inspire normal people to do terrible things, like the terrorist attacks we see happening in Europe, but it has also been used to justify all kinds of abhorrent behaviour, from sexism and racism, to slavery and genocide. This intolerance is bad enough, but some would say that the worst thing about religion is that it encourages irrational thought, as well as an anti-scientific attitude. It is no wonder so many people appeal to the sentiments of John Lennon’s song, ‘Imagine’, which asks to us think of a better world that is free from religion.
So what should we make of the suggestion that religion is irrational, immoral, intolerant and dangerous? Should we really view all faiths in the same light or are there strong reasons to believe that the Christian message in particular is true? Are there good answers to the common objections people raise about Jesus’ teaching and might it even be that the Bible is not the cause of the world’s problems today, but the answer to them?
The ‘Why? series’ is run by the Zacharias Trust and is designed to help believers explore key questions about the Christian faith. The interactive training not only provides approaches and answers to some of the most difficult topics believers face today, but also gives practical guidance for those wanting to communicate their faith more effectively.
1. Dangerous: Would the world be a safer place without religion? – Simon Edwards
2. Immoral: Is the Bible sexist and racist? – Lara Buchanan
3. Intolerant: Are christians anti-gay? – Sam Allberry
4. Irrational: Are God and faith anti-science and anti-reason? – John Lennox
5. Q&A panel
DATE: Saturday 25th March 2017
VENUE: St Mary’s Church Bryanston Square, Wyndham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ
TIME: 10:00am – 4:45pm, Doors open at 9:30
COST: £20.50 (£12.00 concessions)
Location: St Mary’s Church (Bryanston Square), Wyndham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ
Getting to the venue by tube/train:
From Marylebone station take the station exit onto Harewood Row. Turn right out of the station and continue until you meet Harewood Avenue, where you will see a Travel Lodge in front of you. Turn left and continue down Harewood Avenue, cross over the Marylebone Road and then carry on down Enford Street. When you meet York Street you will see St Mary’s in front of you.
From Baker Street tube station exit onto the Marylebone Road and turn right (or if you exit via Baker Street turn left and then right when you get to Marylebone Road). Continue straight down the Marylebone Road – you will need to cross over at some point – and turn left when you reach Enford Street. Go down Enford Street and when you meet York Street you will see St Mary’s in front of you.
For full details on all public transport please visit the Transport For London website – http://www.tfl.gov.uk – and if you put the church postcode into Google maps then you can double check how to get there!
If you are getting to the event by car then please be aware there is no parking available at the venue. There are several NCP and Q-Park car parks nearby, please go to the following websites for more details: http://www.ncp.co.uk/find-a-car-park or http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/city/london. The rough cost to park for the day is £35-£40.
St Mary’s Church is accessible by wheelchair and by those with restricted mobility. There is a lift to access the ground floor, where the toilets, refreshments and bookstall are.
What to bring:
We advise that you bring something to write with and something to write on, note taking is encouraged! We will also have an extensive bookstall where purchases can be made with cash, cheque or card payments.
Lunch and refreshments:
Lunch is NOT included. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch and eat this in the church during the lunch break, or alternatively there are plenty of cafes and sandwich shops within a 5-10 minute walk of St Mary’s if you would prefer to go out and buy something. Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be provided throughout the day and are included in the cost of your ticket.
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Previous Why? Series Events
In May 2016 the Zacharias Trust hosted the first “Why Series” based on the topic of suffering. The talks of the day equipped people to answer one of the greatest objections to the existence of a good and loving God.
Keynote talks throughout the day included…
Suffering and Free Will – AMY ORR-EWING
Suffering and Jesus – NABEEL QURESHI
Suffering and Natural Disasters – SHARON DIRCKX
Suffering and the Love of God – VINCE VITALE
Replay our live YouTube broadcast of ‘Why Suffering?’ event