COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (March 15, 2008, 17:28:00) – Dr. R.C. Metcalf, author of Colliding with Christ: The Science of the Resurrection (2008), will debate Steven Mahone, past president of the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs on Friday, April 4, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The debate was rescheduled from February 28, 2008, due to illness.
The debate will take place at Springs Community Church, which is located on the SW corner of Woodmen and Lexington. The church address is 7290 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Interim pastor, Larry Burtoft, will moderate the debate.
The debaters will address the question, “Is There Hope Beyond the Grave?” This topic takes on an extra measure of significance due to the recent death of the church’s beloved founding pastor, Steven Robert Brooks, who succumbed to ALS on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at the age of 56.
Steven Mahone will argue that while Pastor Steve’s legacy on Earth will help him live on in the hearts and minds of his congregation, family and friends for many years to come, the grave represents our final resting place. While agreeing with Mr. Mahone regarding the legacy we leave behind, Dr. Metcalf will argue for the reality of life beyond the grave.
Mr. Mahone currently sits on the board of directors for Colorado Citizens for Science, a non-partisan group that advances science education in the state. He has debated numerous theists including Jonathan Wells, Kent Hovind and Dr. David Noebel of Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO. He was a guest debater on Focus on the Family, where he challenged Dr. Fazale (Fuz) Rana of Reasons to Believe. He has authored several articles published in the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children.
Dr. Metcalf authored the Science & Religion best-seller Letter to a Christian Nation: Counter Point, released in 2007. In his newest book, Colliding with Christ, R.C. Metcalf adds to the textual and historical evidence in favor of the physical resurrection of Jesus by presenting a thought-provoking new model that explains the events of the first Easter scientifically, but at a lay level. A member of American Mensa, the Evangelical Philosophical Association and the American Scientific Affiliation, Dr. Metcalf holds an M.S. in Science Education, a Doctorate in the health professions, and has partially completed a Master’s Degree in Theology. He has held research positions at both the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.