Language of God
102. Reconciling Evolution | Part One

102. Reconciling Evolution | Part One

January 20, 2022

Though the theory of evolution has revolutionized the biological sciences, bringing the theory into the classroom still causes some fear and trembling—from teachers, students, parents. Last fall we spent some time with a group of people who have been researching how to teach evolution better, in a way that acknowledges the emotional and religious tensions that comes into the classroom and attempts to help students understand the science of evolution while retaining—even bolstering—their faith. In this episode we talk about the history of teaching evolution and introduce some of the research from the team. 

Learn more about the Reconciling Evolution Research Group

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101. Jemar Tisby | Splendiferous Wondrous Differences

101. Jemar Tisby | Splendiferous Wondrous Differences

January 13, 2022

Every human bears the image of God, and in God’s good future there will be a great diversity of people from all nations and tribes. But we don’t always live as if that were the case. Dr. Jemar Tisby joins us to talk about the church’s complicity in racism and what we can do about it. Jemar Tisby is the author of The Color of Compromise, a New York Times bestseller, and How to Fight Racism, as well as the recently published How to Fight Racism Young Reader’s Edition. He’s also the co-founder of The Witness: a Black Christian Collective and co-host of the podcast, Pass the Mic. 

100. May Hope Abound

100. May Hope Abound

December 16, 2021

N.T. Wright, Francis Collins, John Walton, Deb Haarsma, Julia Wattacheril, Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet, and Curtis Chang come back to the podcast to share their wisdom about hope. 

Related Resources

Jim Stump's article on hope
Deb Haarsma's article on hope
Arthur Brooks Atlantic article on Hope and Optimism
N.T. Wright and Francis Collins sing 'New World Has Been Born' (video)
Christians and the Vaccine

99. Heino Falcke | The Hidden World Above

99. Heino Falcke | The Hidden World Above

December 9, 2021

From stargazing as a child to helping lead the team which took the first ever image of a black hole, Heino Falcke has only seen his faith and his work as an astronomer as deeply connected. In this episode we talk about his new book, Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, the Universe and Us, where Falcke shares more about what creating the image actually consisted of, and some wisdom he picked up along the way. New discoveries will always challenge and redefine our old frameworks of thought, but Falcke shows us that this change is not fundamental, that it is a humbling reminder that our finite knowledge of the infinite God is always partial. Heino Falcke and his team’s image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87 reminds us of a message from Paul—that we now see through a glass, darkly; then, face to face.

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See the picture of the black hole here

Check out Heino Falcke’s new book

Find out more about Heino on his website

98. Phil Vischer | Being Evangelical

98. Phil Vischer | Being Evangelical

December 2, 2021

His characters on VeggieTales are arguably among the most recognizable voices in the evangelical world. As a co-creator and writer on the show, many of us came to know Phil Vischer primarily through his wacky characters. More recently, however, Phil has taken on a new role in the evangelical community as a thoughtful voice and host of the Holy Post Podcast. Phil has not been afraid to breach controversial subjects, and as a result has been subject to some controversy himself. Yet Phil’s dedication to a truth-seeking and faith centered evangelicalism is an inspiring, and perhaps challenging, model for us all.

50. Shauna Niequist | Let’s Sit Here A Little Longer

50. Shauna Niequist | Let’s Sit Here A Little Longer

November 25, 2021

For Thanksgiving, we’re bringing you an episode about food. Shauna Niequist is a popular author, speaker, and podcaster and we talked about her book called Bread and Wine. Shauna uses food as a gateway into larger, more existential questions about life, what it means to be human, and the nature of our faith. 

This episode originally aired on July 2, 2020.

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97. John Inazu | Sharing Transcendence

97. John Inazu | Sharing Transcendence

November 18, 2021

We live in a world of many different ideas and beliefs and that can make it hard to be in relationships when we disagree about the things we hold most dear. John Inazu thinks there’s a way to live in this world of difference while still being confident and committed to our own beliefs, especially our religious beliefs. He calls this confident pluralism and wrote a book with the same title. In the episode we talk about what that means and how to apply it in the messiness of real life. 

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96. Kyle Van Houtan | Knowledge of the Universe

96. Kyle Van Houtan | Knowledge of the Universe

November 11, 2021

Our guest today, Kyle Van Houtan, has always had a curious mind. From growing up in a military family hopping around coastlines to splitting time between his biology PhD and theology classes while at Duke, Kyle has always been driven to see his faith in light of science and his science in light of faith. As a Christian who is also a scientist, his understanding of the immensity and urgency of climate change demands he understand his call to be a steward of the earth as one to fight against climate disaster; as a scientist who is also a Christian, he feels compelled to foster the Christian virtue of hope in spite of these grim realities. 

Learn about the Loggerhead Marinelife Center

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95. Bethany Sollereder | Choose Your Own Adventure

95. Bethany Sollereder | Choose Your Own Adventure

November 4, 2021

Many have tried to understand why there is suffering in the world. Bethany Sollereder has been working on this topic for many years, and though she hasn’t come up with a perfect answer, her new book, Why is There Suffering?: Pick Your Own Theological Expedition, does provide a new way of contemplating this perennial question. The book allows readers to make their own choices, to see how theological decisions might bring a person to a certain set of beliefs about why there is suffering and how to deal with it. In the second half of the episode, Bethany has a chance to choose her own adventure through the conversation. 

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Other Resources

Bethany Sollereder | Lion Tennis In Heaven (Episode 7)

Lost in a World of Maps (article)

Why is there Suffering? (book)

94. Milmer Martinez Vergara | Our Invisible Community

94. Milmer Martinez Vergara | Our Invisible Community

October 28, 2021

Milmer Martinez Vergara grew up in Colombia and never saw a distinction between science, care for the environment and the faith that was instilled from a young age. His love for science and the ocean brought him on a wild journey from mangrove swamps, to the National Aquarium in Cuba to the oceanside cliffs of California, eventually leading him to a job at Plant with Purpose. In the episode, he talks about his journey and his work with communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, where science can come alongside the needs of the people and together they can find solutions that allow both people and the environment to flourish. 

We recorded this interview in person during the BioLogos Creation Care Summit. Several of the speakers from the summit have been on the podcast before and we’ve had many other great podcast guests talking about creation care. You can find all creation care themed episodes here.

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