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Symposium at Purdue University to focus on the value of human life

A symposium will go over questions about faith, reason, and life.

Posted: Feb. 2, 2018 11:00 AM
Updated: Feb. 2, 2018 5:09 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A symposium is being held at Purdue University to cover questions of truth. This event has been held on campus for a decade. The theme this year is, "Do you matter? Says Who?" and the event is open to the public.

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The symposium starts Friday night and wraps up on Sunday. Organizer Corey Miller said this event brings in more than 1,000 people to campus each year.

"We have ordinary everyday people and we have academics," Miller said.  "The question about the meaning of human life on what it means to be human and to treat others with respect matters for everyone. The question is why?"

The symposium is led by multiple campus ministries and churches around the area. Questions about faith, reason, and life will be explored. This is done through a series of panels, debates and breakout sessions.

"We try to generate more light than heat even though some of the topics are definitely heated," said Miller. "We want to have the dialogue, have a conversation and from our perspective we want to present the Christian viewpoint in comparison and contrast with other worldviews that answer these questions."

Discussions will be led by some Purdue professors and keynote speaker Scott Rae. Rea is a professor of Christian ethics and fellow for the Center of Bioethics and Human Dignity.

The keynote address will start at 7 o'clock on Friday evening. The symposium will also be available through a live stream.

The schedule for this symposium can be found here.

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