Language of God
125. Diving Deep Into Science and Religion | Live from the UK

125. Diving Deep Into Science and Religion | Live from the UK

September 22, 2022

For the past three years, the Faraday Institute and Theos have undergone a large-scale research project to find out how people in the UK understand and think about science and religion. They found that the conversation is much deeper and much more interesting than is often portrayed. Nick Spencer, one of the co-authors of the report and Bethany Sollereder, a theologian and one of the interviewees from the report discuss the findings and how to move into the deep end of the science and religion conversation. 

Read the Report here.
Learn more about Theos and The Faraday Institute.

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60. David Lahti | Nature, Culture & Evolution

60. David Lahti | Nature, Culture & Evolution

September 8, 2022

David grew up exploring the natural places where there were few people. But his love for nature led him back to people and to a deep desire to understand why we have the ideas that we have about the world. His training in both philosophy and biology has given him an ability to explore these questions from many different angles. In the episode, David tells of his circuitous journey, from childhood to his current career, and how his scientific view of the world and his spiritual view of the world were developed in a way that made them inseparable. Then Jim and David talk about cultural evolution and how the ideas interplay with the current landscape of faith and science in the United States.

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124. Deb Haarsma | James Webb Space Telescope

124. Deb Haarsma | James Webb Space Telescope

August 25, 2022

Deb Haarsma visits the studio to talk to Jim about the James Webb Space Telescope and some of the first images that it has sent back to earth. 

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123. Denis Alexander | God’s Good Created Order

123. Denis Alexander | God’s Good Created Order

August 18, 2022

Denis Alexander has been writing about science and religion for over 40 years. That work eventually led him to found the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. He tells of his scientific career and his faith upbringing, which brings to light some differences in the relationship between science and religion in the United Kingdom and the United States. He also discusses the topic of scientific determinism which has been the focus of some of his more recent work and ends with some advice to young Christians pursuing a career in the sciences. 

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77. Bill Newsome | Neuroscience, Faith & Free Will

77. Bill Newsome | Neuroscience, Faith & Free Will

August 4, 2022

In this conversation with acclaimed Stanford neuroscientist Dr. Bill Newsome, we hear about his journey to becoming a neuroscientist, how hundreds of millions of neurons enable the fantastic emergence of a unified visual world, and how free will might operate in relation to the seemingly infinite causal chains which bring us all to this moment. Along the way, Dr. Newsome shares his own experiences with science and faith and why biological explanations should not be seen as weapons beating back the claims of Christianity. 

This episode originally aired on May 27, 2021

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41. Water | Exploring Spiritual & Scientific Depths

41. Water | Exploring Spiritual & Scientific Depths

July 21, 2022

Water is mysterious. It is cleansing, it is dangerous, and it is life-giving. In our everyday life we can tend to overlook just how fascinating and important water is. Water is interesting both scientifically and biblically, so it’s only fitting that we explore it. And in this episode we do just that. Because this is a complex topic, we asked several experts to join us in this episode. You’ll hear from Kent Frens, Jenni Brandon, Sandra Postel, and Ben McFarland who each talk about water through their areas of expertise.

Here’s some fun Ocean Facts

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This episode originally aired on April 23, 2020

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122. Simon Conway Morris | Complete Imponderables

122. Simon Conway Morris | Complete Imponderables

July 14, 2022

The science of evolution in general has been solidified for a long time now, but there are still plenty of new discoveries and implications being drawn out of the specific details of how our world evolved. Among the scientists doing fascinating work in these areas is Simon Conway Morris, who has become relatively famous both in and outside the professional scientific community for his work on fossils from the Burgess Shale, the Cambrian Explosion, and convergent evolution. Morris’ new book, From Extraterrestrials to Animal Minds: Six Myths of Evolution, draws from a number of these areas to make its claims. In this episode, we chat about the book, some of the well-established tenets of convergent evolution, and even some more controversial hypotheses on human uniqueness among animals and extraterrestrial intelligent life. While not all scientists agree with the conclusions Morris comes to, our conversation still brings clarity to the obscure limits of science and what these limits mean for us as Christians.

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121. J. Todd Billings | Good Servant, Tyrannical Master

121. J. Todd Billings | Good Servant, Tyrannical Master

July 7, 2022

Medicine is an amazing gift from God. But there are limits to what medicine can do, and when we forget those limits, we forget that God is acting both when bodies are healed and when bodies deteriorate. Todd Billings shares his depth of thought on healing, medicine and chronic disease, which is informed by his own experiences with cancer. 

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120. Creation Groans | Hope on the Other Side

120. Creation Groans | Hope on the Other Side

June 30, 2022

How should we respond to a problem that seems unsolvable? This is the question we ask in a series about the environmental crisis as we explore the fine line between hope and despair. After having delved into the hard reality of the environmental crisis for the previous two episodes, we spend this episode with our focus on hope. We explore what exactly hope is, how it relates to optimism, and how, when we find hope, we might also find repentance, forgiveness, joy, and love. 

This is the last of three episodes in the Creation Groans series.

Check out the list of related resources from this series here.

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119. Creation Groans | Into the Darkness

119. Creation Groans | Into the Darkness

June 23, 2022

How should we respond to a problem that seems unsolvable? This is the question we ask in a series about the environmental crisis as we explore the fine line between hope and despair. In this episode we allow ourselves to fully contemplate the woundedness of the planet and we reach into the Christian practice of lament as a way to find hope in the midst of the suffering we see around us. The episode ends with a guided lament liturgy. 

This is the second of three episodes in the Creation Groans series. 

Check out the list of related resources from this series here.

Liturgy music is by Brian Mulder. (Spotify)

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