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BioLogos brings you a podcast about science and Christian Faith. Featuring the voices of experts & thinkers, scientists & theologians, and stories from people who are finding a harmony between faith and science.

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    • 4.8 • 293 Ratings

BioLogos brings you a podcast about science and Christian Faith. Featuring the voices of experts & thinkers, scientists & theologians, and stories from people who are finding a harmony between faith and science.

    16. Fossils | A Window to God’s Creation

    16. Fossils | A Window to God’s Creation

    Fossils open a window deep into the history of the earth. Through that window we learn about how whales evolved from four-legged creatures to the aquatic animals we know today, we learn about our own species and where we came from, and we learn more about God who made it all. Language of God producer Colin Hoogerwerf journeys into the world of fossils alongside paleontologist Ryan Bebej to explore some of these stories. Guest geologist and paleontologist Ralph Stearley introduces us to some of the early Christians who helped figure out what fossils really are, and biological anthropologist Cara Wall-Scheffer joins to talk about what fossils can teach us about what it means to be human.


    This episode originally aired September 12, 2019.


    Find Ryan Bebej’s personal story here.


    See photos from our visit to Calvin’s fossil collection at our website. 


    Find a conversation about this episode at the BioLogos Forum.

    • 46 min
    78. Stephen Freeland | Life on Earth and Elsewhere

    78. Stephen Freeland | Life on Earth and Elsewhere

    Humans have long been captivated by life outside of our planet. While mainstream speculation about aliens is usually confined to the fictitious worlds of Hollywood films, respected scientists have also made sophisticated arguments for their existence. To sort through these claims, as well as recent news of unidentified aerial phenomena, we turned to an expert in the field. 


    Our guest today, Stephen Freeland, has been exposed to a wide range of academic science—he went from studying zoology to computer science to genetics before settling into a career as an astrobiologist. He talks with Jim about what astrobiology is, the rich benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to the subject, and his take on the possibility of life, intelligent or otherwise, beyond our planet.


    Read more about recent speculations and an upcoming government report here.


    Find Avi Loeb and Amir Siraj’s now famous claims about an interstellar object here.


    Check out the article on phosphine in Venus published in Nature.

    • 55 min
    77. Bill Newsome | Neuroscience, Faith & Free Will

    77. Bill Newsome | Neuroscience, Faith & Free Will

    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. 


    Read Bill’s article, “Life of science, life of faith”, here


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    • 57 min
    15. Krista Tippett | Life Together

    15. Krista Tippett | Life Together

    The roaring current of stubborn partisan standoffs challenges us to cement ourselves in our views; dialogue erodes as we ditch the public conversation to wrap ourselves in the self-affirming comfort of our isolated belief nooks. Among the most well-acquainted with this phenomenon is On Being host Krista Tippett, who worked as a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin. But she sees something else as well: a hunger for honest conversation. In this episode, Jim talks with Krista about how her work attempts to feed that desire—and where science and faith live in that discussion.


    Explore the Better Conversations Guide.


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    This episode originally aired on August 29, 2019

    • 53 min
    76. Stephen C. Meyer | Is God a Hypothesis?

    76. Stephen C. Meyer | Is God a Hypothesis?

    Proponents of intelligent design and evolutionary creation have some different ideas about the relationship of science and faith, and relations between BioLogos and the Discovery Institute have not always been easy. But there is some common ground. We explore some of that common ground in this episode while also discussing the philosophical differences between the positions. Stephen Meyer is a leading advocate for intelligent design and is the Director for the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, and his new book, Return of the God Hypothesis, frames this conversation.


    This was meant to be a conversation and not a debate and so the intention was not to stop every time a claim was made that we disagree with. Instead, we made a companion piece to this episode where we point to many resources that do respond to these claims and help to further explain some of the philosophical concepts covered in this conversation.


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    75. Sandra Richter | We Are Only Renters Here

    75. Sandra Richter | We Are Only Renters Here

    Earth Day has not always been a holiday widely celebrated by the Christian Church. It might have something to do with the fact that many Christians have been told that they can’t be both a Christian and an environmentalist. Sandra Richter was told the same thing, but as she studied to become a professor of Old Testament, she found a rich biblical basis for caring for the earth, and she found that in doing so we are also caring for the widow, the orphan and the oppressed. Drawing from her recent book, Stewards of Eden, she helps to break down the biblical call for stewardship and leaves us with a message of hope and encouragement.


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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
293 Ratings

293 Ratings

GenaCassy ,

Embracing Evolution and Faith/Theology

This podcast is one of my favorite ever. I am grateful for the host and the guest who helps the listeners to embrace nuances and complexities. In a world that tries so hard to discourage embracing two truths at the same time, In this community, the prevailing idea is listen to others well; don’t feel the need to reason everything away; science and religion aren’t exclusively opposite or dismissive of the other. You can be spiritual and still live and appreciate science. I am appreciative.

ArielleSalse ,

Amazing

I’m so grateful for this podcast! I love the compelling ideas, the gracious approach to dialogue, and the redeeming work they’re doing in the science / faith divide that has been made here in the states. I’d recommend to anyone! It’s individuals like those at BioLogos who have helped my faith endure in seasons of doubt.

GrumpyUncleNick ,

Is Pretty Good

I’m not the most religious person in the world, and will gladly accept scientific findings the day they come out, but I do find that the weird modern view of choosing one or the other is a little dangerous. It will make a generation of theologians who disregard science like an unhealthy evangelical, and a generation of scientists ready to put down any spiritual concepts like they’re trying to become the worlds next Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens. But Bioslogo’s mission to unite these two concepts is refreshing even to an agnostic like myself. If you are a Christian interested in scientific intrigue, this is the podcast for you.

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