Theologist hosts religious discussion

March 25, 2017


John Stack
Staff Reporter | jes062@ latech.edu


For the first time, on March 14, a small fireside discussion was convoked in the parlor of Adams Hall concerning the question: Is there a personal God?


Faculty, students, staff and those merely intrigued provided snacks and refreshments out of pocket as they gathered together to open the topic to discussion for all.


When arranging the evening, Ron Coody, theologist, said he wanted to provide a relaxed atmosphere where people could come together and converse in an amicable environment regardless of his or her disposition.


“The lack of a flaming debate may have disappointed some people, but it wasn’t necessary last night,” Coody said.


He said the idea was fivefold: to model cordial and constructive conversation between differing parties, to introduce the subject of a personal God to people who have thought little about it, to introduce the subject of the Christian message to people for whom it is perhaps new or unexamined, for those who already believe or who are questioning and wonder whether science and reason have anything to say for or against the question a personal God’s existence, and to allow people to openly share their questions and comments about God in a safe environment.


“We had somewhere between 60 and 80 in attendance at the event, so it encouraged the organizers with Cru/Bridges (a Christian conference for college students) that there is interest on campus in serious spiritual questions,” Coody said.


He said that he thought that they just barely scratched the surface on the issues and was sorry that Dr. Lee Sawyer couldn’t stay longer to discuss whether there is any scientific evidence for belief in a personal God.


“I was just there to present the science,” said Lee Sawyer, academic director of Chemistry and Physics. “Not necessarily to agree or disagree, but to show how some of the most profound scientists’ ideas were complemented by a belief in something more than themselves.”


He said there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the commingling of science and religion and that he would like to do this again to explain what science is, what it is not and what is our actual current knowledge of the universe.


It was not only the students and faculty who had an interest in this event.


Cru/Bridges organized the event to accommodate all; and one of their employees, Kesha Jean-Batiste was there supporting their shared idea of an amicable environment.


“I work for Bridges International Church under the umbrella of Campus Crusade for Christ commonly called CRU,” Kesha Jean-Batiste said. “I came not only to hear what these men had to say, but to get an idea of how well it was received by those who attended and their level of interest.”


There are a lot of people who are curious about these things but not sure where to start discussing them, she said.


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