All Saints’ Episcopal Church is pleased to showcase Dr. Mary Poplin, Professor of Education Studies, Claremont Graduate University, during its next Speaker Forum: The Christian Worldview - Reality or Not?
Dr. Poplin, a teacher, writer, and a serious thinker, will speak February 22, 2020 to the community on how and why the Christian worldview is the only full and true description of reality. She will draw from her 2014 book, “Is Reality Secular?” during the Forum sessions, which makes the case that Christianity is not just a better theory; it is reality.
Dr. Poplin will share from personal experience, including a tale of intellectual and moral crisis, a search for truth and a willingness to challenge the ideas pushed by the Western academy and media. Her brilliant mind and quest for truth eventually led her to “know” that Christianity is the worldview that matches reality and is true.
What caused this intellectual crisis? Not that her life was a meaningless mess, though it was, but time spent with Mother Teresa in Calcutta exposed the emptiness and spiritual vacuum in her existing worldview. Mary realized that she could describe what the sisters did; however according to her secular worldview she could not make sense of why they did it. The need to understand the why sparked her pursuit of the truth.
Join us for Dr. Poplin’s intriguing perspective and insight on contemporary issues facing Christians and ways to approach them.
All Saints' Speaker Forum: The Christian Worldview - Reality or Not?
- 9 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.
- 1:30 - 3:45 p.m. Session: The Worldviews of Pantheism and Christianity
- 6 p.m. Presentation: When Christianity and Culture Clash
The general public is invited to the main evening presentation at 6 p.m. and welcome to attend the daytime sessions. This is a free Forum, but registration is required.
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.
Mary Poplin | The Secular Imperative on the Humanities
In this video she answers the following questions: 1- What is the secular imperative on the humanities? 2- What is it to have a redeemed nature and what does a Judeo-Christian perspective on this amount to? 3- Shouldn't the humanities be religiously neutral? 4- What is the origin of your fascination for this topic? This video is made during the AKC Summer Seminar 2017: "What the Humanities Contribute to the University".
February 22, 2020, 6 p.m.
Registration ends February 12, 2020.