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The Scientific Credibility of Faith with Dr. Hugh Ross
Do the heavens declare the glory of God or do they show indifferent chance?
Special guest Dr. Hugh Ross from Reasons To Believe joins me to talk about science and the Bible.
Dr. Ross gives his testimony for how he became a Christian after searching for answers in other religions.
We discuss various reasons the universe is no accident:
Evidence for fine tuning is exploding in recent years.
The moon is but one of many evidences that the universe is fine-tuned.
The "zero energy" hypothesis doesn't prove the universe came from nothing.
A multiverse is a poor argument against fine tuning.
Humans are a special creation of God, not a product of macroevolution.
Some fun questions toward the end include the following:
What are black holes and what happens to things that get sucked in?
What about the anisotropic synchrony convention for the one-way speed of light proposed by Dr. Jason Lisle?
Dr. Hugh Ross
Dr. Hugh Ross is the founder and president of Reasons To Believe, a Christian apologetics organization founded in 1986 and dedicated to showing the harmony of science and the Bible.
Dr. Ross is an astrophysicist. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of British Columbia and an MS and PhD in Astronomy from the University of Toronto. He also spent five years of postdoctoral work at Cal Tech studying quasars and galaxies.
Dr. Ross has written at least 18 books. The latest include https://www.amazon.com/Weathering-Climate-Change-Fresh-Approach/dp/188665395X (Weathering Climate Change: A Fresh Approach), https://www.amazon.com/Always-Be-Ready-Adventurous-Faith/dp/1886653011 (Always Be Ready: A Call To Adventurous Faith), and https://www.amazon.com/Improbable-Planet-Earth-Became-Humanitys/dp/0801075432 (Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home). Perhaps his most popular book is https://www.amazon.com/Creator-Cosmos-Latest-Scientific-Discoveries/dp/1886653143 (The Creator and the Cosmos), originally published in 1993, now in its 4th edition in 2018.
Dr. Ross is an international speaker and has presented at hundreds of university campuses as well as at conferences and churches around the world.
https://www.reasons.org (Reasons To Believe)
https://www.amazon.com/Hugh-Ross/e/B001JSBHEU (Dr. Hugh Ross' Amazon author page).
Get https://www.reasons.org/ross (free chapters) of Hugh Ross' books at https://reasons.org/ross (reasons.org/ross).
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Texas Hold'em: Birthing People Edition
On my drive to work I talked about the recent developments in the Texas Heartbeat Law status as Texas and federal justices battle over whether abortion is a "constitutional right."
At the end I look at a strange article claiming that Texas abortion controversy overlooks and especially hurts "non-cisgendered" "birthing people."
Dan Berman, "https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/14/politics/texas-abortion-federal-appeals-court/index.html (CNN: Texas abortion law to remain in force, federal appeals court says)," CNN, October 14, 2021.
Mabinty Quarshie, "https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/10/12/abortion-texas-law-puts-extra-burdens-trans-nonbinary-people/5989701001/ (Getting an abortion while trans was always hard. In Texas, a new law puts outsized burdens on them)," USA Today, October 12, 2021.
How to Talk to Jehovah's Witnesses
This is the second of my two guest appearances on the Basic Bible Podcast with Kevin Thompson.
We talked about my 2021 book When the Watchtower Knocks: Discussing an Encounter with Jehovah's Witnesses that I coauthored with my brother John.
Our book narrates John's encounter with Jehovah's Witnesses as we give our commentary. I share with Kevin how I got into apologetics and my thoughts on how to control a conversation with Jehovah's Witnesses. We talk about how the Jesus that Jehovah's Witnesses serve cannot save them.
Check out the https://basicbiblepodcast.home.blog/ (Basic Bible Podcast) with Kevin Thompson
Original interview: Basic Bible Podcast https://basicbiblepodcast.home.blog/2021/10/05/episode-188-when-the-watchtower-knocks/ (Episode 188 - When the Watchtower Knocks)
Also, snag a copy of our book https://www.amazon.com/When-Watchtower-Knocks-Discussing-Encounter/dp/1970142006 (When the Watchtower Knocks: Discussing an Encounter with Jehovah's Witnesses): https://www.amazon.com/When-Watchtower-Knocks-Discussing-Encounter/dp/1970142006 (Paperback) or https://www.amazon.com/When-Watchtower-Knocks-Discussing-Encounter-ebook/dp/B099N1T7M7 (Kindle).
Just a Pinch of Incense
On my drive to work on this episode of Truthspresso Express I offer a challenge to fellow Christians to resist the temptation to bow to tyranny.
Jesus told Pilate the only authority he had came from God.
Jesus told His disciples that all authority is given to Him in heaven and earth.
Early Christians were persecuted because they would not offer a pinch of incense to Caesar.
What are some "pinch of incense" pressures we face today?
Do Christians Need to Tithe?
This is the first of my two guest appearances on the Basic Bible Podcast with Kevin Thompson.
We talked about my 2011 book Freedom To Give: The Biblical Truth About Tithing.
My book explains that, although Christians are not obligated to tithe according to the Bible, we should still give to meet needs and compensate ministers.
Listen to this episode to find out what this is all about!
Check out the https://basicbiblepodcast.home.blog/ (Basic Bible Podcast) with Kevin Thompson
Original interview: Basic Bible Podcast https://basicbiblepodcast.home.blog/2021/09/26/episode-187-freedom-to-give/ (Episode 187 - Freedom To Give)
Also, snag a copy of my book https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Give-Daniel-Mynyk/dp/0982621574 (Freedom To Give: The Biblical Truth About Tithing): https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Give-Daniel-Mynyk/dp/0982621574 (Paperback) or https://www.amazon.com/Freedom-Biblical-Truth-About-Tithing-ebook/dp/B006FSTP4S (Kindle).
The Vax Vex Vortex 2
As I drive to work on Thursday I briefly hit on five articles related to our favorite politicized virus.
Recent studies show the Pfizer vaccine's effectiveness wanes faster and greater than before (down to 20% after four months). Pfizer admits that natural immunity is much better than two dozes of their vaccine. And...
New studies from Israel and Qatar show statistically high adverse myocarditis in teenage boys getting the Pfizer vaccine. Yet...
A New York federal court enforced vaccine mandates for school teachers, but mayor Bill de Blasio isn't cracking down on government departments. And...
A New York school teacher tells his story of being laid off for a year without pay until he gets vaccinated, but he already has natural immunity. And...
A Colorado hospital denies a patient access to a kidney transplant until she and the donor are fully vaccinated.
Maggie Fox, "https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/06/health/pfizer-vaccine-waning-immunity/index.html (Studies confirm waning immunity from Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine)," CNN, October 06, 2021.
Dror Mevorach, M.D., Emilia Anis, M.D., M.P.H., Noa Cedar, M.P.H., Michal Bromberg, M.D., M.P.H., et al., "https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2109730 (Myocarditis after BNT162b2 mRNA Vaccine against Covid-19 in Israel)," New England Journal of Medicine, October 6, 2021.
Chris Sommerfeldt, "https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-elections-government/ny-nyc-de-blasio-covid-vaccine-mandate-cops-firefighters-20211006-qgbr36tb2nhfhkorywsetjfdfe-story.html (De Blasio delays COVID vaccine mandate for NYC cops, firefighters: ‘I like to respect people’s intelligence,’)" My Daily News, October 6, 2021.
Tom Fish, "https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-teacher-vaccine-mandate-tom-wiermann-nyc-bill-de-blasio-1635258 (New York Teacher Put on 'Leave Without Pay' for Refusing Vaccine)," Newsweek, October 4, 2021.
"https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/10/06/kidney-transplant-uchealth-covid-vaccine-leilani-lutali-jaimee-fougner/ (Patient, Donor Denied Kidney Transplant Surgery Over Being Unvaccinated)," CBS Denver, October 6, 2021.
Diverse Topics- Good production quality
Daniel has done a great job of bringing in diverse topics from economics to theology proper to personality discussions.
I particularly appreciate the production quality and down-to-earth discussions, especially with his sweet wife.
These are podcasts that I will have my older children listen to.
There was one podcast where Daniel mentions transgenderism. So, if your children aren't old enough to understand, just be sure to listen to the podcast first.
thanks Daniel for your comments and podcast! I look forward to your future topics.
Daniel has me thinking and examining myself to make sure I’m in the faith. He brings me up before the True and Living God when looking at the Trinity and from there down to my knees when I see myself before a Holy God!
Great information about the Bible, Church History, and recent politics
Both my son and I enjoy listening to these podcasts on Mondays and learning more about subjects such as the trinity, incarnation, etc.