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Beyond science and religion, there is more to the story of life and the cosmos.

We’ll tackle the big questions of why we are here and where the world may be heading. From theologians and scientists to those in the school of New Thought, we’ll address the individual circumstances that led to the formation of their theories and views. Challenging common beliefs and scientific findings, host Philip Mereton talks with experts and authors to find a new worldview of hope.

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Beyond science and religion, there is more to the story of life and the cosmos.

We’ll tackle the big questions of why we are here and where the world may be heading. From theologians and scientists to those in the school of New Thought, we’ll address the individual circumstances that led to the formation of their theories and views. Challenging common beliefs and scientific findings, host Philip Mereton talks with experts and authors to find a new worldview of hope.

    Radical Religion

    Radical Religion

    In his new book, Radical Loving: One God, One World, One People, Rabbi Wayne Dosick, PhD, combines inspiration with revelation, adds a few words of wisdom, and then splices in a series of enlightening tales exemplifying the point at hand. 







    He shines a light on the common ground to all religions, which are all rooted in one Source, and then compares the vision of religion to the deep problems of the current age. By laying one over the other the contrasts become vividly apparent, as evidenced by the multiple ailments of modern society, including crime, hatred, racism, and the battlefield we call politics. 

    The Reality of Miracles

    The Reality of Miracles

    Throughout history, humans have always had extraordinary experiences we often called miracles—events that fill us with wonder and bafflement.  The problem is that under our current scientific worldview, miracles are not supposed to occur because they constitute a violation of the laws of nature. 







    But suppose that what we call miracles actually reveal the true nature of the physical world, which is not limited by what science now classifies as the "laws of nature."  In his new book, The Smile of the Universe: Miracles in an Age of Disbelief, this week's guest, Dr. Michael Grosso, concludes that miracles are facts of the natural world that point to something super-natural.  These accounts take us beyond conventional religion and science to explore the outer reaches of human potential. 

    • 57 min
    Beyond a Materialist Worldview

    Beyond a Materialist Worldview

    As the case against materialism builds, the credentials of the opponents to this pessimistic view of the world continue to increase.  This show's guest, Dr. Harald Walach, holds a double Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, and History and Theory of Science.  He is currently a professor with Poznan Medical University in Poznan, Poland, and author of more than 170 peer reviewed papers, 14 books, and 100 book chapters. He is also the main author of a special report issued by the Galileo Commission, entitled, Beyond a Materialistic Worldview: Towards an Expanded Science.  As Dr. Walach writes, the purpose of this enterprise is to "find ways to expand the scope of science so that it is no longer constrained by an outmoded view of matter and physical reality, and can explore and accommodate significant human experiences, especially evidence indicating that consciousness may go beyond the brain."  Indeed.  As Philip and Dr. Walach discuss on this show, eventually the tipping point will be reached and materialism, the doctrine that the world consists only of impersonal particles and forces, with no purpose, meaning, or goal, will pass away into history. 

    • 40 min
    Reconnecting to the Source

    Reconnecting to the Source

    The Source with a capital S is a neutral, "new age" term referring to the ground of Being. But it has a richer meaning than the Big Bang of modern cosmology or Darwin's primordial swamp out of which life supposedly arose. This Source organizes life, gives it coherence, and injects it with meaning.   If all things came from the Source, then it would seem helpful if we "went home" and reconnected with it.  In fact, this might be the source of what we know as a religious experience.  In his forthcoming book, Reconnecting to the Source: The New Science of Spiritual Experience, How it Can Change You, and How it Can Transform the World, Ervin Laszlo, twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, author of 90 books, and a pioneer of the "new age," presents the case for why we must move to a new paradigm the goes beyond science's current confining materialistic perspective.  In this show, Philip explores Dr. Laszlo's half-century quest to understand the world and what we are doing here.





     

    • 59 min
    Michael Behe: Darwin Devolves

    Michael Behe: Darwin Devolves

    Along with Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin is one of the two leading scientists in our modern era.  The topic of evolution dominates biology and has permeated our thinking far beyond Darwin's original conception of the subject.  To believe in evolution is tantamount to being considered a civilized human being.  But a major problem presents itself:  how many people actually understand what Darwin said or what natural selection means?  How many people realize that according to modern Darwinians, such as Richard Dawkins, the entire living world arose through the mindless selection of random mutations?  Can a world with such obvious signs of design have arisen without a designer?  On today's show, Philip interviews Professor Michael Behe, the author of the best-selling book, Darwin's Black Box and the new book, Darwin Devolves:  The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution.  These science books raise a difficult question for the Darwinian model: random, directionless mutations are much more likely to destroy a living organism than create a new one. If so, then how did random mutations create the living world?  Listen in for the answer to this question.

    • 50 min
    Are Near Death Experiences Real?

    Are Near Death Experiences Real?

    Perhaps no other-worldly phenomenon captures the mind more than near-death experiences.  We are all born with an innate hope that there is something beyond this physical world, and near-death experiences give us a glimpse that these hopes are real.  This show's guest P.M.H. Atwater, L.H.D., had two near death experiences when young.  40 years and 18 books later, P.M.H. is one of the world leading authorities on this rich and fascinating topic. Are NDEs real?  Listening to P.M.H., there appears to be only one answer to that question.

    • 58 min

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