Tao and Tawheed

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Tao and Tawheed

Tao and Tawheed


Delivered in the Wayne State and UM-Dearborn chapters of the student apologetics club Ratio Christi on November 6 and 7, respectively.

This was the fourth talk Deante Hunter presented, part 4 of a 4-part series in the club's weekly meeting of students in the fall semester 2023 (October 31). This one was intended as a showcase of Dr. Thomas Sowell and his significant intellectual contributions to academia, and as a review of his book, "Discrimination and Disparities". Deante says Sowell and this book had a profound influence on his psyche and led to his decision to reject wokeness. It is also a critique of cultural Marxism (Neo-Marxism), income inequality, social justice, and their essential contributions to wokeness and wokism.

Deante is a senior at UM-Dearborn and a member of the student club Ratio Christi.

How a social gospel forgets what is of first importance.

Recently Wissam Yousif interviewed Scott Cherry, the author of a book called, "The Reason of Reason". This is a short version (4:10). Wissam is a native of Baghdad and has authored 5 books of his own. Having read Scott Cherry's book, he now turns his attention to discover its backstory and its essential content. He also draws insights from Cherry's mind that should kindle your interest in him as a writer, a thinker, and a person, and stimulate you to buy his book which can be purchased in Amazon here: https://amzn.to/36tSyF3.

On May 18 Wissam Yousif interviewed Scott Cherry, the author of a new book called, "The Reason of Reason". Wissam is a native of Baghdad and has authored 5 books of his own. Having read Cherry's book, he now turns his attention to him to discover its backstory and its essential content; and also to glean insights into Cherry's mind that should kindle your interest in him as a writer, a thinker, and a person. Finally, it should stimulate you to buy his book which can be purchased in Amazon here: https://amzn.to/36tSyF3.

This is an article written by Dr. David Urban, Professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was read aloud by Scott Cherry as part of the Locke and Lewis Speech Contest at UM-Dearborn, a non-competing presentation.

Merry Christmas! This message was delivered by Scott Cherry on the third Sunday in Advent (12/15/19) at his home church, Dearborn Covenant. In it he exposits the text of Luke 2:8-20 in which the angels announce the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. He also does a biblical survey of angels throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Missions Conference

This is video #3 of 4 micro-talks by Eddie Yousif in the 2nd Annual Locke and Lewis Lecture Series on Faith and Reason (April, 2019). In it he focuses on the common notions of many religious people worldwide such as Muslims on how to enter heaven, in contrast to Jesus's and his Apostles' prescription in the New Testament. Be sure to watch the other three videos in this series by Eddie Yousif, and then move on to Abdu Murray on "Deriving Dignity" and others in this channel.

This micro-talk is one of two by Steve Schlichter in the 2nd annual Locke and Lewis lecture series. In it he explains how if evolution and naturalism are true then there is no logical reason to trust the mind. You can have evolution or naturalism but you can't have both.

This is a stand-alone micro-video in the 2nd annual Locke and Lewis lecture series. In it the producer gives evidence for the credibility of the Injil, the Muslim equivalent to the revelations given and embodied by Jesus in word and deed which are preserved in the four gospels of the Bible's New Testament.

That Love was Humanized at Christmas!

Video #21 of my 24-day 2018 Advent series

Streamed from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dearborn

The Ultimate Debate. Both debaters are long-term teaching professors at Wayne State University, Dr. Spalding in the School of Business and Dr. Russell in the Philosophy Dept.

Here Ian Lawson explains why human life is sacred, including that of the unborn child, and why this belief is essential to a robust biblical worldview. By extension, he also addresses eugenics and other unbiblical practices that are premised on a deficient view of human life.

In this lecture the presenter argues against the idea that Christianity is myth, largely following John Oswalt’s excellebook, "The Bible Among the Myths". In the first part he compares the characteristics of myth (central being one-ness or monism) with the characteristics of the Bible (central being two-ness or dualism). He then briefly addresses the idea that Jesus is a myth based off of similarities to other pagan myths, pointing out that scholarship no longer takes this idea seriously and showing there are no real parallels between Jesus’s life and the account of individuals in pagan myths (e.g., Mithras, Osiris, Adonis, etc.). He then makes a case for the historicity of the Gospels, and concludes by showing the importance of history to Christianity and why that matters.

Rev. Ben Edwards is the Academic Dean and Instructor in Pastoral Theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

These are lectures #6 and #7 of the Locke and Lewis Lecture Series (3/26 - 4/2/18). In this combined presentation, first Wissam Yousif presents three kinds of evidence for the crucifixion of Jesus (#6). Next (at 47:47) Eddie Yousif presents a graphic description of the physical suffering experienced by victims of crucifixion in general and Jesus in particular (#7)

#6 Wissam Yousif
The history of the world, and God’s plan, revolve around the actual death of Christ and His resurrection. Only ‎one resource, written six centuries later, rejects the real Jesus’s death--the Qur'an (4:157). It says that he was neither ‎crucified nor killed, but replaced by an imposter. Not only does this claim dismiss a well-attested historical event, it also dismisses its significance. Let’s ‎study whether the real Jesus died or not, and let’s see how, where, when, and why He died, and who is behind ‎the claim that He didn’t.‎

#7 Eddie Yousif
There was a tremendous agony involved in the crucifixion of the man believed to be Jesus by all the witnesses. Not only was he horrifically tortured to death but there was a spiritual torment as well. In this lecture, an explicit physiological explanation of the torture and torment of this man is given which shows why the evidence points to the real Jesus, not an imposter. Thank you for watching!

Video #23 of my 24-day 2018 Advent series.

That true peace is personified in Jesus.

Filmed on 1/26/17 in the CASL studio of UM Dearborn.

When people speak of “the worldview of science” almost always what they refer to is naturalism, the view that the physical world is all that exists and that ultimately everything can be explained in terms of natural laws. Those who that science strongly points towards naturalism typically do so because science has succeeded in providing explanations for nearly every facet of our world, from the smallest scale to largest. The conclusion of many, then, is that God is squeezed out of the picture, that there is nothing but the natural world. But does the success of science by itself provide strong support for naturalism? In this lecture it will be argued that it does not. Briefly it will be noted that the enigma of consciousness, of the conscious self, provides good reason to think that naturalism is not the last word. However, the majority of the lecture will develop the thesis that a key problem for naturalism is the conflating of what I call order-of-nature miracles and specific-point miracles. The former, if there are any, would be miracles that God needs to perform regularly or periodically to sustain the order of nature, the normal functioning of the natural world. The latter are miracles performed at specific points in time for specific purposes. The success of science provides significant support for the thesis that there are no order-of-nature miracles, but a “gapless” order of nature accords well with the biblical teaching about God. And the success of science does not address the question as to whether there are any specific-point miracles. That is a question that has to be addressed by historical investigation. The lecture will conclude by considering and responding to one objection to this thesis.

This lecture serves as video #18 of my 24-day Advent series. Its thesis is that the unidentified Messiah figure of the Old Testament is too pervasive and interwoven to have been created and fulfilled by its writers or mere human ingenuity. Therefore it is evidence of a divine source of the Bible.


A message on mercy, forgiveness and deliverance from hell by Rev. Ismail Nemr

This is micro-talk 3 of 10 by Abdu Murray in the 2nd Annual Locke and Lewis Lecture Series entitled "Deriving Dignity: The Grounding for Objective Human Value". If you started with this one be sure to go back to segment 1 to catch the whole message in its full development. Abdu Murray is a Doctor of Jurisprudence and former Attorney at Law. He is currently a public speaker and the Northwest Director for RZIM International. He delivered this message for a student gathering in the Kochoff Auditorium of the University of Michigan — Dearborn.


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Lectures and Seminars celebrating the intersection of Reason and Faith in the intellectual tradition of Christian thinkers and others from various disciplines.