John Clayton, a nationally recognized teacher, author, scientist and former atheist, will examine the question “Does God Exist?” in a series of lectures on Sunday, Feb. 28 through Tuesday, March 2 at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon.
The free lectures will directly address key concerns about modern science and faith in God and are designed to create understanding of how honest scientists find ample evidence for a living and creative God. Clayton came to believe in God because of the evidence he found in nature.
“Since I was a science major in physics and earth science in college, I was trying to convince people that God was a silly myth, a fairy tale,” he explained. “I debated religious people who had no basis for their faith. I was pretty well able to make them look ridiculous to other people through rational ways.”
He said he could see there were valid points to their arguments and found himself hoping they wouldn’t bring up certain points. Knowing he was going to run into someone who knew there was good evidence supporting the existence of God, he said he set out to prepare himself for just such a confrontation. As he investigated the Bible, he noted he started to see a different reality. Clayton said he began to realize the things he had said and had heard were not true.
He wrestled with questions about God for 7-1/2 years. The more he researched, read and studied, the more evidence piled up in front of him, he noted. With all the evidence mounted before him that God does indeed exist, Clayton said his mind and heart changed. Since then he has been telling people about the evidence he found.
Clayton is a graduate of Indiana and Notre Dame Universities and holds master’s degrees in physics, math and geology. He has retired after teaching physics and earth sciences for 41 years. He has conducted an average of 40 lecture series per year internationally for close to 40 years, with many being on college and university campuses.
Clayton has received awards from the American Association of Physics Teachers and the National Association of Physics Teachers and the National Association of Geology Teachers. Now, the father of three and resident of Michigan tells about the evidence he found.
Anyone is welcome to attend the series of free lectures, to be held at College Hills Church of Christ, 1401 Leeville Pike, Lebanon. The first lecture will be Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m., and is entitled “Why I Left Atheism.” At 10:30 he will discuss “The New Atheism, New Science and Belief in God.” An afternoon session is set for 4 p.m. for parents on “How to Instill Faith in Children.” For the evening worship at 6 p.m., he will talk on the topic, “Why Did God Create Us and Why Do We Suffer?” A question and answer session will follow for those wishing to stay.
On Monday evening, March 1, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., there will be a free supper for those attending the lectures, with the first lecture to begin at 7 entitled “The Cosmos and Belief in God.” After a 10-minute break at 8, he will begin a session on “The Source—Design or Change,” with a question and answer session to follow for those wishing to stay.
The Tuesday, March 2, evening session will follow the same format beginning with supper and then the topics “What is God and Who Created Him?” and “Which God Should We Believe in and Does It Matter?”
You are invited to attend College Hills for the entire series or any part of the lectures that you can. For more information, visit the website at www.collegehills.org or call the church office at 444-9502.