David A. Penner Debates

The David A. Penner Debate is administered through the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College and underwritten by gifts to The Penner Foundation.

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Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon general, whose hearty willingness to face controversial topics and invite honest interchange resembles David Penner's style, initiated the debate series in 1990.

Audio of the Penner Events are available for free download as noted below. They are also available on Wheaton College's iTunesU site.

2010

Greatest Moral Challenges in the Next Decade Part 1 (Speaker Presentations)
MP3| Flash Video

Greatest Moral Challenges in the Next Decade Part 2 with Question & Answer
MP3 Flash video

Speakers

Dr. Larry Arrn, President Hillsdale College, MI

Dr. John Kilner, Director of Bioethics Programs at Trinity International University

Dr. Eric McLuhan, in association with the University of Toronto

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2009

Exploring Christian Identity: Can you be Catholic and Evangelical?
MP3 | Lecture MP3Q & A | Flash video

Speakers

Dr. Francis Beckwith and Dr. Timothy George

Chris Castaldo, Moderator

2004

Building a Better Human: Is it morally acceptable to enhance the chemical and genetic nature of persons?
Part 1 M4A | Part 2 M4APart 3 M4A | Flash video

Speakers

Dr. James C. Peterson and Dr. C. Christopher Hook, M.D.

2003

Church Growth in a Consumer Culture: What is the Calling of the Local Church?
Part 1 M4A | Part 2 M4A | Flash video

Speakers

Dr. S. Craig Bishop,  Dr. George G. Hunter III, Dr. Stephen Long, Douglas D. Webster '73 and Jim Van Yperen '78

Is Preemptive War Morally Advisable?
Flash video

Speakers

Dr. Michael Cartwright and Dr. Keith Pavlischek

2001

Can Public Schools Really Strengthen Moral Chracter?

2000

The Ethical Challenges of Global Capitalism

Speakers

Novak, Sider, Cromartie

1999

The Use of the Human Genome

Speakers

Koop, Collins, Peters, Bohlin

1997

What is a College Education for?

Speakers

Bouchier, Showalter, Heck, Koop

1995

What the Bible Says About the Family

Speakers

Tucker, Piper

1992

The Election of a President

Speakers

Koop, MacNeil, Beck, Holt, Pippert

1990

Ethical Issues Arising from the AIDS Epidemic

Speakers

Koop, Brown, White

Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon general, whose hearty willingness to face controversial topics and invite honest interchange resembles David Penner's style, initiated the debate series in 1990.

Audio of the Penner Events are available for free download as noted below. They are also available on Wheaton College's iTunesU site.

2010

Greatest Moral Challenges in the Next Decade Part 1 (Speaker Presentations)
MP3| Flash Video

Greatest Moral Challenges in the Next Decade Part 2 with Question & Answer
MP3 Flash video

Speakers

Dr. Larry Arrn, President Hillsdale College, MI

Dr. John Kilner, Director of Bioethics Programs at Trinity International University

Dr. Eric McLuhan, in association with the University of Toronto

Read more about the speakers >

2009

Exploring Christian Identity: Can you be Catholic and Evangelical?
MP3 | Lecture MP3Q & A | Flash video

Speakers

Dr. Francis Beckwith and Dr. Timothy George

Chris Castaldo, Moderator

2004

Building a Better Human: Is it morally acceptable to enhance the chemical and genetic nature of persons?
Part 1 M4A | Part 2 M4APart 3 M4A | Flash video

Speakers

Dr. James C. Peterson and Dr. C. Christopher Hook, M.D.

2003

Church Growth in a Consumer Culture: What is the Calling of the Local Church?
Part 1 M4A | Part 2 M4A | Flash video

Speakers

Dr. S. Craig Bishop,  Dr. George G. Hunter III, Dr. Stephen Long, Douglas D. Webster '73 and Jim Van Yperen '78

Is Preemptive War Morally Advisable?
Flash video

Speakers

Dr. Michael Cartwright and Dr. Keith Pavlischek

2001

Can Public Schools Really Strengthen Moral Chracter?

2000

The Ethical Challenges of Global Capitalism

Speakers

Novak, Sider, Cromartie

1999

The Use of the Human Genome

Speakers

Koop, Collins, Peters, Bohlin

1997

What is a College Education for?

Speakers

Bouchier, Showalter, Heck, Koop

1995

What the Bible Says About the Family

Speakers

Tucker, Piper

1992

The Election of a President

Speakers

Koop, MacNeil, Beck, Holt, Pippert

1990

Ethical Issues Arising from the AIDS Epidemic

Speakers

Koop, Brown, White