Talks/Seminars

Tom would love to hear your ideas, and will want to shape his input to your group’s needs but he also offers examples of the kind of things he enjoys tackling. Just explore the list below for some ideas. Send Tom a message to talk about your ideas and vision…

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Here are some topics that Tom has addressed in the past…

Academic lectures/seminar topics/courses

  • The concept of worldview
  • Logic and critical thinking
  • Introduction to bioethics
  • What are beliefs?
  • Philosophy of film
  • Religion and film
  • Religion and science
  • Faith and reason
  • Divine hiddenness
  • The Problem of evil
  • Arguments for God
  • Philosophy of truth
  • Introduction to theory of knowledge
  • Introduction to moral philosophy, ethics and meta-ethics
  • CS Lewis and the argument from desire
  • The argument from imagination

Seminars/lectures for the professional or business context

  • How do we see others? The issue of objectification
  • How to grow leaders and pioneers
  • Critical thinking and logic
  • Why work? What is work for?
  • What does success look like?
  • Future technology – the robot revolution?
  • Generation Z/iGeneration – a different generation in the workplace

Lectures on issues relating to Christian belief itself

  • Sequential/exegetical bible teaching
  • Why isn’t God more obvious?
  • Is God a delusion?
  • Is religion dangerous?
  • What is faith?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • Is the cross relevant to life?
  • What is a Christian?
  • Contemporary Eastern Spirituality
  • What is apologetics?
  • Conversational apologetics
  • Dealing with Doubt
  • CS Lewis’ journey to faith
  • Theology of culture/arts
  • Asking questions like Jesus did
  • That’s just your opinion/interpretation
  • Paul in Athens (Acts 17)
  • Spiritual formation and huddles

Lectures/seminars on film or relating to movies

  • Religion on Film – from Transcendence to Terrorism. How does cinema engage with the religious? Explore some of the cinematic commentary offered from Homeland, to There Will Be Blood, Eat Pray Love, Tree of Life and the Revenant – what is cinema saying? And how are we engaging with it?
  • How to watch a movie? Although movies are primarily watched for entertainment value, there are deeper topics and questions in every film. How can we decipher these messages in order to engage with film at a deeper and more self-aware level.
  • Christopher Nolan – Apologist for Reality?
  • Slumdog Millionaire and LOTR – Destiny and Purpose
  • Conversations about Purpose with LOTR, The Hobbit and Slumdog Millionaire
  • Affluenza and film. This seminar combines a discussion of the psychologist, Oliver James’ diagnosis of modern societies’ ailment of ‘affluenza’ as ‘placing a high value of on money, possessions, appearance, social status and fame’ which correlates with increased ‘depression, anxiety, substance abuse and narcissistic personality disorder’, with movies that interact with the theme of materialistic values in our lives. Then we ask together: How does a lifestyle of valuing possessions and things effect us, and how is film tracking, discussing and questioning this? 
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Love
  • Amazing Grace and Taken – Objectification
  • Being Human – Amazing Grace
  • 13 Conversations About One Thing – Happiness
  • Reel Happiness – Exploring Happiness through film
  • Stranger than Fiction – Purpose
  • Inception – Divine Hiddenness
  • Why isn’t God more obvious? with discussions of Inception
  • Transcendence – Transhumanism/evolutionary humanism
  • Downloading Hope – Transcendence
  • Future Technology and What it is to be Human – Sci-Fi and Transhumanism
  • The Hobbit – Unexpected Journeys
  • Superheroes – Why do we love them?

Tom also works with a wider team of speakers at RZIM Zacharias Trust and The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, so if he can’t help you then he can usually connect you to someone who can.

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