Many people find stability and hope in faith in God but can neuroscience now explain religion away as merely a brain-state?
In search for meaning, purpose and fulfilment billions of Christians trust in a personal God to provide that loving foundation for their lives. But as more research and discoveries about how the brain functions have been made can we confidently assert that religious experience is entirely a natural phenomen?
Has neuroscience filled a gap and squeezed out God?
Are we just our brains?
In this informal and thought-provoking Open To Question event Dr. Sharon Dirckx will address the challenge that faith in God is delusional. Her talk will draw on her research and experience and a neuroscientist and a committed Christian.
This event is especially geared to friends who are sceptical about the claims of Christianity and have honest questions about Jesus Christ – his identity purpose and relevance for us today.
When: Wednesday 21st October 2020
Time: 8.00pm – 9.15pm
Where: Online via Zoom. Meeting details will be sent you when you register.
Cost: Free online booking essential. Click HERE to book your place.
Dr. Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at the OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and a speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Originally from a scientific background, she has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, US.
Sharon is an OCCA alumna having completed the OCCA program in 2005 during its founding year. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts across the UK, including the 2014 Veritas Forum at the University of Oxford.
Sharon has appeared on Justin Brierley’s program “Unbelievable?” on Premier Christian Radio, and several BBC programs including Songs of Praise, Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday, and Radio 4 Beyond Belief. Her topics of interest focus on science, theology, “mind and soul,” and the problem of evil, and she speaks and lectures throughout the UK, as well as internationally.
Her first book, ‘Why?: Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering’ (2013), won the prize for best book at the 2014 Speaking Volumes UK Christian Book Awards (presented by Pam Rhodes). Why? interweaves the stories of people who have suffered, with a practical look at some “why?” questions on suffering. Sharon’s latest book, ‘Am I Just My Brain?’ (2019), examines questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy, and theology.Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children.Event Date: 20201021
Event Price: FREE