Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith will feature Fred Heeren, author of the critically acclaimed book, Show Me God: What the Message from Space is Telling Us About God, as part of the Strait Center’s biannual formal lecture series “Topics on Science and Christian Faith.”
The public is invited to attend Heeren’s presentation entitled “Cosmology and Life’s Big Questions” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Wheeler Science Facility room W101 on SBU’s Bolivar campus. A question and answer session will be provided at the end of the presentation.
Heeren also will lead science and Christian faith discussions in two Strait Center classes on Tuesday (at 11 a.m. in Wheeler W123 and at 2 p.m. in Wheeler W102). He will speak in the SBU Chapel service 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Pike Auditorium.
Heeren’s book contains first-hand reports about the greatest discoveries in cosmology from the discoverers themselves. As part of his research, Heeren interviewed Nobel prize-winning astronomers, NASA team leaders, and top theoretical physicists like Stephen Hawking. In addition to its seven printings in English, the book has sold over 100,000 copies in other language versions such as Chinese, Korean, Portugese, and Spanish.
Heeren is the founder and president of Day Star Ministries, a non-profit ministry devoted to communicating the good news of Jesus Christ to the seekers and skeptics today who are being missed by traditional evangelistic approaches. His articles have been published in nationally known newspapers, such as The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and in scholarly scientific journals, such as Nature, New Scientist, and The Scientific American.
Heeren is the editor of Cosmic Pursuit magazine, a magazine (sold in Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc.) for seekers and skeptics that explores and debates the ultimate questions raised by science today.
Heeren has been interviewed by over 100 public and secular television and radio programs. He also has made presentations at multiple USA and international universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University (New York), the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champagne), the University of Colorado (Boulder), and was the invited speaker for the Staley Lectures at the University of Mobile (Alabama). International universities include Universidad del Norte and Universidad de Nuevo Leon (in Mexico), plus Unip Universidade Paulista in Sao Paulo and Campinas State University (in Brazil).
Heeren lives in Olathe, Kan. and has five children, one of whom graduated from SBU in May 2010.
Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 13 consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 14 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past four years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.
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