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Culture Debate Coming to Town Hall

March 12th, 2007

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727

Patrick Henry College’s Town Hall has been, throughout its brief history, a platform for philosophers, theologians, politicians, and artists from around the globe. PHC is proud to announce two Town Hall events scheduled in April, both free and open to the public.

Debate: John Rankin vs. Barry Lynn

Wednesday, April 11, 7pm-9pm

Rev. John Rankin, founder and President of the Theological Education Institute, will be addressing a Mars Hill Forum with guest Rev. Barry Lynn, Director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, on the question of “What is the Nature of Separation Between Church and State?” TEI’s Mars Hill Forum series was began in 1993, and since its inception John has invited the most qualified skeptics he can find who wish to question his evangelical worldview and its public policy implications. The goal is not polemics in a debate, but to win honest relationships in the face of cultural debates that otherwise divide people, all in service to the Gospel. A passion for the love of hard questions is always present in John’s forums, where the biblical nature of a level playing field is employed. John operates on the premise that all debated issues should be equally heard and is confident that in doing so the truth will rise to the top. Please join us for this extraordinary event, which will include presentations from both sides, a dialogue session between Rev. Ranking and Rev. Lynn, and Q&A from the audience.

Daniel Lee

Thursday, April 26, 7pm-8:30pm

Daniel Lee is a Christian Architect, practicing in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. He is the eldest son of Protestant missionaries who spent most of their ministry career in France. The Lord drew his heart to the arts and architecture at a very early age, and he started seriously training in Paris. His weekends as a teenager were spent on the boulevards, and in the great public spaces and buildings of Paris, the same ones that served as Pierre L’Enfant’s inspiration for Washington, DC. He believes that the evangelical community had essentially abandoned the arts for almost a century, and offered no theological grounding for them. This led to a crisis of faith in his life, and it was through Francis Schaeffer and others that he eventually came to believe the Scriptures, to believe that God was calling artists and architects like him to be a valued part of His family. He was trained as a "glass and steel" modernist, and was subsequent trained with highly skilled postmodernists and classicists. Today, the industry's elite push radical deconstructivist architecture. It is in this setting that Daniel Lee assists his clients in working out their own faith and worldview, seeking to create architecture that enables them to lift up the One who reigns over all of space, time and culture.