Tuesday at Yale: Open Forum on "Meaning in a Post-Truth Culture" with Zacharias and Murray
On Tuesday, October 10, Christian apologists and authors Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray will visit Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, for an open forum titled, “The Quest for Meaning in a Post-Truth Culture.” The event will take place at 7:00pm in the historic Battell Chapel and will consist of a lecture and Q&A with students.
“Pluralistic societies have great challenges and secular assumptions provide for a neutral ground, but both those ideals have immense risks when one searches for collective absolutes or individual meaning. We will explore those strengths and dangers. That is precisely the ‘no man’s land’ we live in today. Is there any hope in this struggle?” reflected Zacharias, who has spoken on dozens of university campuses around the world for the past 44 years. “I always enjoy being at Yale and I look forward to interacting with the students. This is my third visit to Yale in recent times and I will be joined by my colleague Abdu Murray. We would value your prayers."
Yale University, founded on October 9, 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and one of only nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Yale's motto is "Lux et Veritas" meaning "Light and Truth."
Tuesday's open forum is co-sponsored by Christian Union, and is expected to draw a cross-section of the campus for a discussion on values and meaning in today’s culture. "It is our hope and prayer that members of our Yale community and honored guests will be stretched in their thinking, stirred deeply in their hearts, and, in the wake of it all, some may even experience the joy of knowing God personally," said Clay Cromer, Ministry Director for Christian Union at Yale. "This open forum represents the culmination of several months of planning and preparation on campus, and we are filled with anticipation."
“Whether we cling to a secular worldview or place our hope in something transcendent, we all look for meaning in our particular lives and strive to uphold the objective value of human beings. But with such a cacophony of religious and irreligious voices, it may be difficult to determine who, if anyone, has the answers,” said Murray, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity after a nine year investigation into the major world religions. "This is especially difficult in our post-truth culture. What we hope to explore is how the Christian message offers intellectually satisfying, yet emotionally fulfilling answers to life’s biggest questions."
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