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Dr. Hopkins will led us in three discussions on the problem of "Actually Doing Good" and not just "Being Good" or "Feeling Good" for the Christian.

The first session will be Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Here Dr. Hopkins will discuss Morality and You: How your brain processes morality and makes moral decisions. In this talk we will look at some famous ways in which humans seem to have self-contradicting and confusing moral reactions and how cognitive science helps makes sense of these reactions. We will look at ideas of fairness, innocence, guilt, and luck. The scripture to contemplate is Matthew 6:1-4.

On Sunday morning at 9:30 am, Dr. Hopkins will discuss Morality and Medicine: How are we supposed to help the sick? In this discussion we will look at what it means or should mean to heal and help the sick. What are our responsibilities as helpers? What are our responsibilities as sick people? What are our responsibilities as healthy people? Is it wrong to help people who made themselves sick and continue to do so? Is it wrong for you not to avoid being sick? And would you be surprised to find out the Bible says very little about actually helping sick people? The scripture to contemplate is Matthew 25:35-45.

And finally on Sunday evening at 4:00 pm, Dr. Hopkins will discuss Morality and Them: How are we supposed to help the needy? In this talk we will look at social justice and Christian obligations to do good. What is the difference between being good, having good intentions, and actually doing good? Why have so many well-intentioned programs failed? Why, for example, after 50 years of aid programs to the Mississippi Delta are people still impoverished (but now instead of being emaciated are obese)? Could the actions we assume would be the "good" thing to do actually be the "bad" thing to do? Empirical research into effective altruism, behavioral economics, financial psychology, and cognitive science may help us figure out what doing good really means (and it might not feel good at all). Scripture to contemplate is 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 and Galatians 6:9-10.

Light refreshments will be served at all three sessions -- ice cream on Saturday night, donuts and coffee on Sunday morning, and finger foods on Sunday night. And don't forget about Second Sunday lunch on the 13th!

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