I am available to speak on several prepared topic areas, such as the ones listed below. I am an experienced teacher, workshop leader, presenter, and facilitator. If you would like me to make a presentation or appear at your event, you can contact me: gsmith /at/ ratiochristi dot org. Please include all relevant details, such as date, location, and audience.
The following topics are available, but others can be made available upon request. My general areas of expertise are theology, apologetics, philosophy, and culture, and I can speak on a wide variety of issues within these areas, including the many topics presented in this blog.
Introduction to Apologetics An overview of reasons and evidences for the Christian faith. Includes classic demonstrations of the existence of God and support for the validity of the Bible. Explains what role apologetics should play in evangelism.
What is the Mess We’re In And How Did We Get Here? An overview of the last 300 years of church history, especially as it relates to how the church has viewed the Bible. Explains how the views of the Bible have changed, how the integrity of the Bible has been challenged, and how the views of the Bible affect culture. Includes a summary of modern debates on inerrancy. Defends a strong view of the Bible as God’s word.
An Easy Method For Dealing With Hard Questions This presentation gives some easy to remember tips for responding to seemingly difficult questions from skeptics, atheists, cultists, and members of other religions.
Classical vs. Presuppositional Apologetics An explanation, contrast, and critique of the two main apologetic methods.
Divine Agency & Human Free Will A contrast of various views of God’s control and human free will, including a summary of the main views. A heavy emphasis is put on the view that divine agency is not incompatible with human agency.
Christianity, Atheism, and the Is / Ought Problem A critique of atheist explanations for morality, including an explanation of the is/ought problem as it relates to morality and atheism. Presents a moral case for the existence of God.
Christianity, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormonism An explanation and contrast of the key teachings of these groups. Includes the essential theology that is denied by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, and some tips for how to dialog with these groups.
Historical Evidence in the Bible An overview of the historical corroborations in the Bible, such as the details presented in the Old Testament and book of Acts, as they parallel what we know about secular history.
1800 Years of Church History An overview of the key events in the history of Christianity, including the distinctions between protestants and Roman Catholics, doctrinal controversies, and the Reformation. Can include a summary of modern denominations and their distinctives. This is a good lesson in how to discern between essential and non-essential issues.
What Does The Bible Say About Faith and Reason? An explanation of the passages in the Bible that tell Christians that we have a reasonable faith, one where all Christians are expected to present reasonable answers for their faith.
The Bible As Literature: An Apologetic Defends the integrity and unity of the Bible using internal evidence and literary form.
Is God Immoral? Responds to what is perhaps the most commonly-presented argument by atheists today: that God’s morality in the Bible is abhorrent. How can a good God command the annihilation of all of the people in Canaan? Is it moral for God to send people to Hell? What about the Bible’s view of women?
Beware of Philosophy: Should a Christian Study Philosophy? An explanation of the historic problems that philosophers have caused the church and how the church can respond.
The Theological Implications of Evolution Explains how evolution interacts with key doctrines such as God, Adam, the Fall, and salvation. Explores theistic evolution, gradualism, and special creation. Touches on young earth/old earth implications in the Bible. This is not an exploration of scientific questions.
Was America Born a Christian Nation? Delves into the sayings and teachings of America’s founding fathers. Presents a lengthy series of direct quotes from founders, presidents, legislators, and courts to show that America traditionally had a high view of the Bible and held a biblical world view.