By JASON REYNOLDS
Tennessee Christian News
NASHVILLE – Christian scholars will hold an apologetics panel discussion on Saturday, Nov. 1 to defend the truth of the gospel.
The Defending Truth apologetics conference will be held at Trevecca Nazarene University from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Panelists include: Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, Director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture and founder of the intelligent design movement; Dr. Frank Turek, President of CrossExamined.org and award-wining author/coauthor of: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” “Correct, Not Politically Correct” and “Legislating Morality;” Dr. Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of LifeWay Research and author; Dr. Alex McFarland, Director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at North Greenville University and author of the best-selling “10 Most Common Objections to Christianity;” J. Warner Wallace, cold-case homicide detective, Christian case maker and author; Abdu Murray, former Muslim, now president of an apologetics-based ministry dedicated to offering the truth of the Gospel to Muslims, Jews, cult members and skeptics; and Troy A. Miller, president and CEO of the NRB Network.
I had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Turek earlier this week. He said each panelist will spend one hour speaking about his area of expertise – his topic will be on gay marriage, which he addressed in “Correct, Not Politically Correct.”
That book examines natural law: “why you can’t change natural law and not expect consequences.”
Only one state (Maine) has changed the definition of marriage by popular vote, he said. In three states, legislatures acted and the people did not overturn the decisions. All other cases have resulted from “judicial tyranny.”
The judges’ use of the 14th Amendment to push gay marriage is bogus, Dr. Turek said.
On TownHall.com, he writes, “It’s absurd rationally because everyone already has equal marriage rights. Every person has the same equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex. That law treats all people equally, but not every behavior they may desire equally. Same sex marriage and natural marriage are different behaviors with different outcomes, so the law rightfully treats them differently. One behavior perpetuates and stabilizes society, and the other doesn’t.
“The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was passed in 1868 to prevent states from discriminating against newly freed slaves. At that time blacks and women didn’t even have the right to vote, yet no one ever thought a court could use the “equal protection” clause to change state voting laws. So why do courts think they can use it now to change state marriage laws? Are we to believe that “equal protection” does not guarantee a woman’s right to vote but does guarantee a woman’s right to marry another woman? ”
Same-sex attraction is a behavior, while race is not, he said.