Archives of past luncheon talks and other events are here.
The Biblical Foundation Of #Blacklivesmatter And The Role Of The Christian In The Movement
Why are people attracted to religion? Is it fear of death? “People are attracted to religion because it provides believers the opportunity to satisfy all their basic desires over and over again. You can’t boil religion down to one essence.”
Dr. Steven Reiss is professor emeritus of psychology at The Ohio State University. He and his wife Maggi have two grown sons.
Dr. Reiss lead the team that discovered anxiety sensitivity, is a leading authority on the co-occurance of mental illness and intellectual disabilities know as “dual diagnosis”, and done much work on the care and treatment of people with developmental disabilities. He has also studied intrinsic motivation and identified 16 psychological needs or “basic desires,” which are goals common to everyone and deeply rooted in human nature. This work lead to his developing a theory of the psychology of religious experiences.
Dr. Reiss’s book The 16 Strivings for God (Mercer University Press, 2016) describes his theory of what attracts people to religion is based on his research in the 1990s on motivation. He and his colleagues surveyed thousands of people and asked them to rate the degree to which they embraced hundreds of different possible goals.
In the end, the researchers identified 16 basic desires that we all share: acceptance, curiosity, eating, family, honor, idealism, independence, order, physical activity, power, romance, saving, social contact, status, tranquility and vengeance.
While the theory can tell us a lot about the types of people who are attracted to religion and different religious experiences, it cannot say anything about the truth of religious beliefs, Reiss said.
“I’m not trying to answer theological questions about the existence or nature of God,” Reiss said. “What I’m trying to answer is the nature of why people embrace religion and God.”
Quotes from the OSU Newsroom.
Bob Trube has posted a review of The 16 Strivings for God on his blog Bob on Books.
Wednesday, February 24, 11:30 AM
Is God timeless? If God is beyond time how does he relate to our time space continuum? Does it makes sense to talk about a timeless person? Does time affect God? Or does God affect time?
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.
At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.
He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
Thursday, January 28, 11:30 AM
It is challenging to overcome the urge to procrastinate, despite the behavior’s negative impact on learning, sense of accomplishment, and life satisfaction. From the perspective of a decade of work in higher education, Lauren Hensley will explain her motivation for studying the topic of procrastination and present key findings from the scholarly literature. She will also explain how faith in God’s promises can help us address the fear of failure, perfectionism, and need for immediate gratification that are at the core of many forms of procrastination.
Lauren Hensley is Senior Associate Director of The Ohio State University’s Walter E. Dennis Learning Center. Her current efforts focus on developing and managing college success courses, leading the Dennis Center’s instructional team, conducting educational research, and collaborating with other university units on initiatives that support students’ learning and motivation. She has been with the Dennis Learning Center since 2006 in roles including Graduate Teaching Associate, Coordinator of Learning Services, and Interim Director. She is a graduate of Ohio State’s Educational Psychology doctoral program, where she received the Loadman Dissertation Award (2014) for her research on procrastination. She also received her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) from Ohio State. Her contributions have been recognized by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, who awarded her a Student Recognition Award for leadership and scholarship (2012), and Student Life Disability Services, who designated her a recipient of the office’s Special Recognition Award for exceptional service (2009). In addition to learning and helping others to learn, Lauren loves to sing. She is grateful to serve on the musical worship team at Vista Community Church and to be a member of Capriccio Columbus, an 85-voice adult choir.
Thursday, November 19, 11:30 AM
OSU Faculty Club – Faculty Club Junior Colleagues Room
Sue Collins led us in sharing with each other brief reviews of books we have read recently and how have helped us grow spiritually. Some of the books we discussed included
Sue noted that she had read that J. K. Rowling had put in clues in the early Harry Potter books that foreshadowed events at the end of the series. When she read the Harry Potter books she looked for they clues. She has also found that a helpful skill in reading the Bible.
Dr. Terry Gustafson, Professor of Chemistry at The Ohio State University, integrates science and faith, with great care for his students.
Thursday, May 14, 11:30 AM
April 16, 2015
October 16, 2014
We shared with each other brief reviews of books we have read recently and that could then be used to start discussion groups on campus. A list of the books discussed is linked below as is a list of books read by the Dead Theologians Society.
Bob Trube posted on his blog about this luncheon with Amazon links to all the books: http://bobonbooks.com/2014/10/21/books-that-have-changed-your-life/
September 18, 2014
What the Bible says about creation care
Speaker Dr. Greg Hitzhusen,
School of Environment and Natural Resources