Geoscience Research Institute

The Christian Roots of Science

The Christian Roots of Science is the second episode in the Thinking Creation series. In this episode, the question of whether Christianity acts as a superstition that holds back the advancement of science is examined. The foundational ideas of Christianity are compared with other religious philosophies ranging from Atheism to Animism. Galileo’s involvement in the conflict over Copernican and Ptolemaic understandings of our universe is examined along with the thinking of other great scientists ranging from Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton to Louis Pasteur.

The Great Debate traces some of the philosophies that, over the course of millennia, have lead to the various ideas about origins that are current today. Some of the thinkers discussed include Democritus, Epicurus, Lucretius, Aristotle, the Apostles John and Paul, Thomas Aquinas and David Hume among others. As much as possible, the original words – or at least reasonable English translations – of these thinkers are used.

The Design of Life examines specific properties of life, particularly the chemistry of life, that inform our understanding of where life comes from. The protein Endothelin-1 and molecular machine ATP synthase serve as examples illustrating how life works at the molecular level and how this may inform our understanding of life’s origin. Recent thinking about Intelligent Design theory is examined in relation to life, particularly Michael Behe’s observations on irreducible complexity and William Dembski’s idea of specified complexity.

The Richly Diverse Creation explores where the amazing creatures we observe in the world today came from. Did they evolve? Were they all created by God in the Garden of Eden? Did Noah build a boat that held everything from spiders to Elephants? Are some of the claims made in the Bible even possibly true given what we know from our scientific study of organisms? This episode carefully examines what the Bible actually claims about organisms and what we believe to be true, based on current science, about organism’s ability to adapt to a changing environment. (English, Italian)

God and Nature discusses the relationship between the Creator and His creation. How does the biblical perspective that God is both the Creator and Sustainer of nature inform understanding of the regular laws of nature as well as singularities such as the creation and other miracles?

God and the Big Bang: Big bang cosmology is the most widely accepted scientific understanding of how the universe came into being. This view is remarkably consistent with the biblical record of history. Crucially, both views deny that the universe is eternal and claim it had a beginning. God and the Big Bang explores other areas of agreement and tension between big bang cosmology and the biblical understanding of reality.