All Saints Saturday Forum Presents Mary Poplin

Mary PoplinAs part of the All Saints Saturday Forum, we are excited to host Mary Poplin (PhD, University of Texas), the author of Is Reality Secular? Testing the Assumptions of Four Global Worldviews. Dr. Poplin is professor of education at Claremont Graduate University, a teacher, writer, and a serious thinker. She has been the featured speaker at venues across the country including The Veritas Forum. Her latest book makes the case that Christianity is not just a better theory, it is reality, and she will share her compelling insights during our events on February 22, 2020.

The All Saints Saturday Forum encourages Christians to think well and clearly about our faith and the issues that affect our lives. Dr. Poplin will pull from her book for two daytime sessions, and then present an evening talk on important contemporary issues. We pray many will come and be blessed! 

All Saints Saturday Forum: The Christian Worldview: Reality or Not?

In these sessions, Dr. Poplin will demonstrate that the Christian worldview is the only full and true description of reality.

  • 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session:  The Worldviews of Material Naturalism and Secular Humanism
  • Noon Lunch (with advance registration – call 863-688-4502)
  • 1:30 - 3:45 p.m. Session: The Worldviews of Pantheism and Christianity
  • 6:00 p.m. Presentation:  When Christianity and Culture Clash!

Registration for the All Saints Saturday Forum sessions is avalilble by clicking the link below. We will be happy to answer any question you may have about this event by phone or email. 

About Mary Poplin

Professor Poplin earned her PhD from the University of Texas and is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Her work spans K–12 to Higher Education. In K-12 Professor Poplin frequently conducts research on the inside of schools and classrooms, and most recently on highly effective teachers’ classrooms in urban poor schools.  Her most recent work in Higher Education explores the principles of four dominant worldviews and their natural consequences particularly as it relates to higher education.

Funded by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, she and eight colleagues conducted extensive research from 2005-2009 with 30 highly effective teachers in nine low performing urban K–12 schools in Los Angeles County. Again from 2015-2017, her research with nine colleagues focused on educators who are highly effective with specific populations of students: English Language Learners, African American students, community college remedial/developmental learners, Native learners, as well as involving a comparison of upper middle class classrooms to low income ones. Her prior schools research included a study of Voices Inside the Classroom, a study of school reform from inside the school, funded by the John Kluge Foundation.

Poplin’s work in higher education has included administration and scholarship. At various times, she served as dean and as director of teacher education. Academically related to higher education, she explores the contemporary intellectual trends dominant in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. She is a frequent speaker in universities both in the US and abroad. Her latest book, Is Reality Secular in 2014 is a comparative analysis of the four major worldviews – materialism, secular humanism, pantheism and Judeo-Christian thought. 

In 1996, Professor Poplin also worked for two months with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta to understand why she said their work was “religious work and not social work.” Her book on this experience, Finding Calcutta was published by InterVarsity Press in 2008 and is also available in Korean and Chinese.

February 22, 2020, 6 p.m.

Registration is free but space is limited. Registration ends February 12, 2020.

Registration link to come soon.


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