SPECIAL EPISODE: "OMG he's a creationist" - Thoughts On Life's Biggest Questions

Inspired by a couple of popular YouTubers who recently took to their own podcast to share about their worldview and a little about their own personal story — and because people are always asking (and making assumptions) about my worldview — I decided to record a special podcast episode talking about my own worldview and story. If this isn't your thing (or sounds boring) please feel free to skip this episode and catch up next week as we get back to business as usual (talking tech!). Otherwise, if you need a break from all the bad news lately and maybe wanna talk about some bigger, more important (and fun) issues, you're in the right place! We'll be exploring some big topics that might stretch your mind a little (like: why is there something rather than nothing?). Enjoy (and thanks for giving me a seat at the table in the free marketplace of ideas)!

TIME STAMPS:

0:21 - What is this special episode and why am I making it?

6:52 - What to expect from this episode (what's coming up)

8:09 - Part 1: Why is there something rather than nothing... and how did humans get here?

10:49 - Basic science really isn't hard to grasp

12:47 - The difference between "science" and "scientism"

13:37 - Is atheism incompatible with the scientific method?

16:11 - Darwinian evolution and the biology student

17:29 - Yale professors article: Giving Up Darwin (a mathematical challenge)

25:15 - Are scientists looking at alternatives to Darwinian evolution?

26:26 - Molecular biology and biochemistry: time is not on Darwin's side

31:01 - Darwinian evolution and the mousetrap problem (irreducible complexity)

32:32 - The amazing nanotechnology and molecular machines inside cells

33:33 - Darwin Devolves

34:56 - Biomimetics: how humans copy nature's designs

36:44 - Fine tuning vs the multiverse hypothesis

46:42 - Discussing The Cambrian Explosion and Darwin's Doubt

48:04 - Discussing the DNA enigma (specified functional information in DNA)

52:54 - Mind vs brain matter & the power to choose

58:01 - Recap of everything mentioned so far

59:15 - Nobody looks at Stonehenge and think "oh, that happened by accident"

1:00:12 - Greatest quote from Berlinski's The Devils Delusion

1:02:48 - Before origin of life, what about origin of matter?

1:05:39 - The Return Of The God Hypothesis (book)

1:08:13 - "Clever" little sayings and people who just don't want to believe

1:11:57 - Intelligent Design... unfairly dismissed in academia?

1:15:52 - Intermission: take a bathroom break, grab more snacks

1:16:08 - Part 2: My own story and experience...

1:38:42 - I'm the last person you need to preach to about Christian hypocrites

1:41:50 - Why Christianity? Aren't all religions basically the same?

1:46:03 - How could a good God allow for so much suffering?

1:50:58 - How can a rational person believe that miracles are real?

1:55:27 - Wait... atheists believe in a virgin birth too?!

1:58:04 - Can you — legitimately — trust the Bible and Gospels?

2:10:01 - How can I believe in a God that punishes people for all eternity?

2:14:33 - Can't pick a worldview by consensus...

RESOURCES:

Books:

The Devil’s Delusion - Atheism And It’s Scientific Pretensions (Berlinkski) - https://amzn.to/2yeahTY

Human Nature (Berlinkski) - https://amzn.to/2WS57rb

Darwins Doubt - The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (Meyer) - https://amzn.to/3dIsxFu

Signature In The Cell - DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (Meyer) - https://amzn.to/3bAtoGj

Return of the God Hypothesis - Compelling Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God - https://amzn.to/2xx2uR4

Darwin Devolves - The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution (Behe) - https://amzn.to/2yeaypY

Darwin’s Black Box: Biochemical Challenge to Evolution (Behe) - https://amzn.to/2UJGVVc

Can Science Explain Everything? (Lennox) - https://amzn.to/2JnIJht

God's Undertaker - Has Science Buried God? (Lennox) - https://amzn.to/2vZSyPs

The Case For Jesus - The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ (Pitre) - https://amzn.to/3dIRdxl

The Logic Of God - 52 Christian Essentials for Heart and Mind (Zacharias) - https://amzn.to/3dGn1my

Why Jesus? Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality (Zacharias) - https://amzn.to/3bEdI4V

Jesus Among Other Gods (Zacharias) - https://amzn.to/3bx4PKi

The End Of Reason - A Response to the New Atheists (Zacharias) - https://amzn.to/2X6Ej6P

Has Christianity Failed You? (Zacharias) - https://amzn.to/2QVUBLR

Why Suffering - Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Zacharias, Vitale) - https://amzn.to/2wDoKZr

Letters from a Skeptic - A Son Wrestles With His Father’s Questions about Christianity (Boyd) - https://amzn.to/3bCdlrr

The Problem of Pain (Lewis) - https://amzn.to/2WWyJ6S

God In The Dock (Lewis) - https://amzn.to/2wQZ5wd

The Story of Christianity (Textbook) (Justo Gonzalez) - https://amzn.to/3bJ5Y1H (Audiobook version: https://amzn.to/3bOMbxV)

Articles:

Giving Up Darwin - A fond farewell to a brilliant and beautiful theory (Gelernter) - http://bit.ly/2wkHQmr

Atheism Is Inconsistent with the Scientific Method, Prizewinning Physicist Says (Billings) - http://bit.ly/2IagOku

Videos:

Mathematical Challenges to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution (Hoover Institution) - https://bit.ly/2UOGU2f

Stephen Meyer: Return of the God Hypothesis (Socrates In The City) - https://bit.ly/2UrUXMa

Is Homology Evidence for Evolution | Long Story Short (Discovery Science) - https://bit.ly/2Ut3caQ

The Workhorse of the Cell: Kinesin (Discovery Science) - https://bit.ly/2UMPXAX

James Tour: The Mystery of the Origin of Life (Discovery Science) - https://bit.ly/33UFTtM

"Darwin's Doubt" with Stephen Meyer (Socrates In The City) - https://bit.ly/39stz5a

Michael Behe: Darwin Devolves (Socrates In The City) - https://bit.ly/348jA41

Channel: Discovery Science - https://bit.ly/39wGqDo

Channel: RZIM - https://bit.ly/39vt2z6

Channel: Unbelievable? (Hosting the conversation between Christians and Skeptics) - https://bit.ly/2Uy2WaR

Podcasts:

ID The Future - https://bit.ly/2JosUH5

Just Thinking (RZIM - https://bit.ly/2JrThME

The Defense Rests (RZIM) - https://bit.ly/33UF1p0

Episode: A Lawyer's Case for the Resurrection (Pt. 1) - https://bit.ly/2Uvdwz3

Episode: A Lawyer's Case for the Resurrection (Pt. 2) - https://bit.ly/33VBk28

Episode: Just Thinking episode on Hell - https://bit.ly/2JqjxXt

Websites:

Discovery Institute - Public policy think tank advancing a culture of purpose, creativity and innovation. - https://bit.ly/3awg2e8

RZIM - Difficult Questions. Thoughtful Answers. - https://bit.ly/3ayKzIm

My Apple Music Playlist: Catch This Waaaave! - https://apple.co/2JnuMQu

Acknowledgements:

A few giants I'd like to thank for letting me stand on their shoulders: Martin Weber, Stephen C. Meyer, Ravi Zacharias, David Berlinski, Abdu Murray, Michael Behe, James Tour, John Lennox, Brant Pitre, Eric Metaxes, Justo Gonzalez, David Gelernter, Amy Orr-Ewing
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