Former skeptic will share findings on faith

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer

A scientist who became a Christian after finding evidence he felt logically supported the faith is scheduled to speak Feb. 1 at First Baptist Church.

Don Bierle, who earned a doctorate in biology and worked as a researcher and professor for 25 years, is set to talk about scientific, archeological and historical evidence for the faith.

“The main message is what we call the ‘why answers’ of the Christian faith,” Bierle said.

The speaker said he explains why people can believe that Christianity is real, in addition to what the faith teaches.

The free seminar is set for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with lunch provided. Bierle’s book “Surprised by Faith,” a recommended resource, is available for $6.

A question-and-answer session with Bierle is scheduled for noon Feb. 2 at the Baptist Student Union at Eastern New Mexico University. The community is invited.

“The seminar is for both those who already believe and those who are skeptical,” Bierle said. “At no time will anyone feel pressured or coerced.”

Bierle said the format is open and interactive, and he will not use scientific or church jargon.

Although Bierle was raised in the Christian church, he said, he became skeptical of the belief during his education. He thought biology supported evolution and didn’t see how the Bible fit in, Bierle said.

Near the end of his doctoral work, Bierle met scientists with doctorates and a belief in Christianity. They provided satisfying answers about things such as why to believe that the Bible is true or Jesus is God, he said.

“You don’t have to check your brain at the door when you want to become a Christian,” Bierle said, explaining that idea surprised him.

However, Bierle said he still had a problem with pride in wanting to work his way to heaven instead of accepting good standing with God as a gift. The seminar includes discussion of that issue and how his pride was broken.

“In this day of skepticism, it’s good to hear the testimony of one who has journeyed from skepticism to faith based on an objective consideration of the historical, scientific and archeological evidence,” First Baptist pastor Dave McFadden said.

Congregation member and Children’s Ministry coordinator Melissa Lamb said she was excited about Bierle’s seminar and had read his book.

“It’s great for someone who’s unsure of whether they completely believe everything in the Bible,” Lamb said.

Lamb believes Bierle gives good evidence about the authenticity of the Bible and comes from a scientific perspective.

FaithSearch Discovery Seminar

When: Three sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1. The last session ends at 2:30 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church, Avenue C and Second Street

Cost: free seminar and lunch, however, Bierle’s book “Surprised by Faith is a recommended resource and costs $6

Don Bierle Question-and-Answer Session

When: Noon, Feb. 2

Where: Baptist Student Union at Eastern New Mexico University

Cost: Free