Previous Discussions


September 9, 2018

Cosmetic Neurology: Should we remove unpleasant or traumatic memories if we can?

Dr. Bryan Auday

 Dr. Bryan Auday

Dr. Bryan Auday

Recent advances in neuroscience suggest that we are capable of inducing targeted memory loss.  If it will reduce suffering, should we remove painful or unwanted memories? What are the ethical implications of manipulating our mind's stored memories?

Dr. Bryan Auday is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Gordon College.  In 2002, he established a neuroscience program and has been its director from the beginning.

Dr. Auday earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Colorado State University and later received post-doctoral training in cognitive neuroscience. This year he served as co-medical editor and published the eighth edition of the five-volume Magill’s Medical Guide. His current research interests involve studying brain waves and what they can tell us about moral and ethical decision-making.

Dr. Auday lives in Beverly, Massachusetts with his wife Debbie and his daughter Emily.  He is an avid sea kayaker who enjoys teaching the sport to others.

Download Reading   • Towards a New Treatment for Traumatic Memories


October 7, 2018

Why Does a Loving God Not Prevent Evil?

Dr. Thomas Oord

 Dr. Thomas J. Oord

Dr. Thomas J. Oord

For some, this question points to God's apparent indifference to human suffering. Thomas Oord says the answer lies in the impossibility of a fully loving God to intervene in the affairs of human freedom.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies.  Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books.  A twelve-time Faculty Award winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe.  A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

Download Readings

     • An Essential Kenosis Solution to the Problem of Evil

     • The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence


November 4, 2018

“Does Culture Trump Religion Every Time We Worship?”

Rev. Dr. Victor Price


 Dr. Victor Price

Dr. Victor Price

Does culture trump religion in our churches?  The picture of the body of Christ in the book of Revelation is one of every tribe and nation worshipping before the throne.  Certainly the Christian church desires to worship together, but the reality is that, for most of us, our congregations don’t even come close to reflecting that desire.  Can we do better?  Should we do better? Or does our desire (or perhaps need) for a cultural expression of faith trump our religious vision?  And is that OK?

Victor Price is the Senior Pastor of the historic Second Church in Dorchester.  Born on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, Dr. Price responded to call to ministry early in his life. In preparing himself for pastoral ministry, he has earned degrees from Caribbean Nazarene Theological College, Eastern Nazarene College, Boston University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  In addition, at Simmons College he earned an additional Masters Degree in Social Work and is licensed as a Social Worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

As pastor of the Second Church in Dorchester, Dr. Price oversees a vibrant ministry, housed in a massive two-hundred-year-old building, that hosts five church congregations, various weekly ministries, training programs, and other outreach efforts.  Second Church is located in Codman Square on Washington Street at the very heart of Dorchester, MA.