Inaugural Women in Apologetics Conference at Biola University

 

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This event is the first of its kind and I suspect it will be the first of many more.

The inaugural Women in Apologetics conference, hosted by Biola University, takes place this coming weekend, January 19-20th.

Christian apologetics is a branch of Christian theology that aims to present historical, reasoned, and evidential bases for Christianity, defending it against objections.

The keynote speakers are 4 accomplished apologists:  Mary Jo SharpNatasha Crain, Melissa Cain Travis, and Hillary Morgan Ferrer,.

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In addition to the keynotes, there will be 12 breakout sessions, each featuring specialized topics, answering questions such as, “Can we trust the Bible?”, “Does Christianity oppress women?”, and “Who is Jesus in Islam?”

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I have the priviledge of participating as a breakout speaker at this historic event! You can see me on the bottom row, third over. Can you guess what I’ll be talking about?

The arts, of course!

The title of my talk is, “A Creative Defense: How the Arts Point to God”.  There will be three main areas of interest: shared aesthetic experience, recognition of beauty, and the uniqueness of human creativity.

My Google slides are ready, my dress is back from the cleaners, and I have a ready supply of chocolate for the trip!

If you have any questions about this upcoming conference, please don’t hesitate to contact them here.  And if you are able to make it to Biola next weekend for the conference, please stop by and say hello!

Have a blessed weekend!

~Scarlett

Scarlett Clay WIA 2018

 

Published in Germany’s “Das Haus/Ideen Magazin” 2017

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The holidays came and whizzed by so quickly, I hardly had a chance to decorate my own tree! I’m a bit behind on my blog.

For posterity (*my kids*) I wanted to post about the honor I had of having my “Cupcake Liner Butterflies” published in Germany in 2017.

Das Haus’ Ideen Magazin is a wonderful publication in Germany with engaging pictures and wonderfully creative ideas. I only wish I spoke German! It is a compliment to the publishers that the magazine is so engaging, even to a non-German speaker. It’s a lovely magazine from cover to cover!

I want to thank the publishers of Ideen Magazin for including my project in this publication. I was surprised and delighted to have my first international publication and they did a terrific job including just the right photos and tutorial information.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy 2018!

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“Muddle Knowledge” ~ A Haiku on Molinism

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This composition is dedicated to the Christian philosopher, Paul Helm. Of all the authors I’ve read in 2017,  he has had the most profound impact on my doctrinal views.  Paul Helm is a brilliant British philosopher and theologian of the Calvinist persuasion, and on deeper issues of  Christian doctrine, his writings have aided my understanding. On an especially esoteric theory called Molinism (Middle Knowledge), his writings have been extremely helpful.

 

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liberty of indifference

decadent Jesuit

dealing God a good hand

by Scarlett Clay, 2017

 

References:

Title and line 1:  Play on the phrase “middle knowledge”, which is often used as a synonym for Molinism, taken from Helm’s article here. First phrase- Paul Helm calls the ‘liberty of indifference” a rationale upon which Molinism depends. You can read it in context at Helm’s Deep.

Line 2: Blaise Pascal, Pensees. Penguin, 1966.  This phrase is used in #964 on page 340.

Line 3: W.L. Craig explains how Molinism views God as being dealt a hand of cards here.

 

 

 

 

A Peek Into Narnia

 

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One of the things we love about the Narnia series is the magical wardrobe. Throughout the stories, Lewis is asking us to consider that reality includes more than what we see in our daily lives. The conversation the Pevensie children have with the Professor is revealing. Their younger sister, Lucy, insists that she has discovered another world and her siblings find it hard to believe…

How do you know your sister’s story is not true?” the Professor asks them.

“Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies, and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then, and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Of course, Lewis used this same logical reasoning to argue for the truth of Christianity in many of his literary works.  He hadn’t found any evidence to suggest that the person called Jesus of Nazareth was a liar or a lunatic. At the age of 32, he became convinced that Jesus’ claims about this life and the next were true and became “the most reluctant convert it all of England”. If you’re interested, you can read more about his life here.

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I found this used jewelry box at Good Will for $3. It reminded me of a wardrobe, so I set out to create a peek into Narnia!

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I painted the trees with artificial snow from Hobby Lobby. This scene needs to look wintery!

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Next, I flocked miniature pine trees using a spray adhesive (sprayed outside) and then rolling them in artificial snow to coat.

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Glued the trees in with the hot glue gun and cut two small hills out of styrofoam so the ground wasn’t so flat.

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These tiny .05 mm acrylic stones added frosty sparkle!

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A map of Narnia was printed from my computer and trimmed to fit inside the door frames.


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And these wood cutouts added a whimsical look to the corners.

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Using brad rings and two snowflake charms, I created handles for the doors.
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Covered the bottom of the scene with an artificial blanket of snow and then glued more powdered snow over it. On the inside of the doors I adhered photos of fur coats, covered with translucent vellum.

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Found a Victorian style lamp post on Amazon!

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The lovely music accompanying this post is “The Wardrobe” by Harry Gregson-Williams.

Thanks for stopping by to look inside the wardrobe! Have a blessed week ~Scarlett

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“Kicked Out of Church” on DesiringGod.org

I was kicked out of church a few years ago.

I didn’t create any art about it when it happened, but I’ve continued to think about it a lot. It changed my life.

There are so many ways we can communicate what is in our hearts and minds: drawing, painting, singing, acting….

In trying to share this story, writing seemed like the best medium. You can read the story at Desiring God.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I hope you have a blessed week.

~Scarlett