by John Henson
A new center, devoted to the defense and teaching of the existence of God, has opened and a new facility will be built next year.
The Warren Christian Apologetics Center has purchased land and is set to begin construction soon on a 7,200 square foot building which will include a library, 290-seat auditorium, classrooms and offices, according to Dick Sztanyo, minister of the Pelham, Alabama Church of Christ.
Sztanyo is assisting the founders, Charles Pugh, W. Terry Varner and Thomas Bart Warren in the project. The Vienna, WV facility will be completed in the spring of 2011.
In the late 1970s, Dr. Thomas B. Warren, noted professor of Bible and logic at Harding Graduate School of Religion and Tennessee Bible College, organized a group of Christians devoted to stand against atheism. Warren, who died in 2000, is probably best known for his debate with Dr. Antony Flew in 1976 in which Warren’s opponent abandoned his proposition and later declared he believed in a supreme being. Sztanyo said the center is a continuation of that work.
In contrast to some centers operated by denominational churches, the Warren Center is planning to put together a defense of God’s existence based on certitude, rather than probability, Sztanyo said. He said the center’s mission is threefold: the center will focus on the existence of God, the inspiration of the scriptures and the deity of Christ.
“While we appreciate the direction other apologetics centers have, we’re going to approach this from a philosophical and biblical background, rather than a scientific one,” Sztanyo said. Since science deals with empirical data gathered in current time, it can’t factually prove God’s existence or his creation of the universe.
Their website is already up and running./1 The center is currently publishing and teaching. Its founders are speaking on its behalf. Sztanyo said the center is creating an endowment designed to pay for the day-to-day operation of the facility.
Just as the church is better and stronger with more faithful Christians teaching the truth, the cause of Christ will be better with more people defending and teaching the truth about the existence of God. If this center keeps its focus on its mission, then its creation will be an asset to the Lord’s church and its work.
by John Henson