Ronny Nalin - Is the Earth Special?
The search for extraterrestrial life is a fascinating enterprise that has spurred the birth of a dedicated line of scientific inquiry, known as astrobiology. Yet, at present, the earth remains the only place in the universe where humans have been able to empirically detect life and its signatures. Why is it so? Is the earth special? Answering this question requires a basic understanding of some of the parameters that make our planet habitable. This presentation aims at offering a synthetic review of several of these parameters, also incorporating some information gained from the study of exoplanets. Following this review, the presentation tries to relate the current scientific findings on planetary habitability with the Genesis account of creation, highlighting both areas of convergence and tension, and introducing a theological reflection on the original question about the earth being special or not.
Ronny Nalin - Is the Earth Special?
The search for extraterrestrial life is a fascinating enterprise that has spurred the birth of a dedicated line of scientific inquiry, known as astrobiology. Yet, at present, the earth remains the only…
Alexey Popov - Origin of the Universe: Chance or Intelligent Design?
The questions about the origin of the Universe are discussed in this talk. Special attention is paid to the fine tuning of the Universe which made possible the existence of the complex systems and, especially,…
Design in the Universe
Interested in learning more about the strengths of design arguments, as well as some cautions? This article will provide valuable perspectives: https://www.grisda.org/design-in-the-physical-universe-1
Theology and Creationism
If I accept a creationist worldview, what are some implications on my understanding of God and His action in nature? Learn more about some basic theological tenets of creationism in this article: https://www.grisda.org/creationism-contrastive-perspectives-and-values-1
Theory of the Universe
Learn more about theories on the origin of the universe, at http://bit.ly/theory_universe
Genesis Account of Origins
Dig deeper on the richness of information and meaning provided in the Genesis account of origins: https://www.grisda.org/the-genesis-account-of-origins
Is it true that the ancient Hebrews had a naïve view of the physical world, with a solid, hemispherical dome or vault that rested upon mountains or pillars that stood along the outermost perimeter of a…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 1
This episode unfolds at the foothills of the Italian Alps, between Venice and Padova. It was here that Galileo Galilei broke the Aristotelian distinction between perfect heavenly bodies and imperfect Earth.…
Thinking Creation - 05 - God And Nature
This episode 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…
Thinking Creation - 06 - 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…
Alternatives to the Biblical Creation
The biblical record of a 6-day creation thousands of years ago appears to be impossible to reconcile with the Darwinian theory of evolution over billions of years. Surprisingly, this doesn’t stop people from trying to find some kind of compromise between these two very different perspectives. We will look at the most commonly embraced “compromise” position among Christians and ask whether or not it really works, either as science or theology. How does the true account of origins given in the Bible tell us about the Creator that other views contradict?
Martin Pröbstle - Universe, Bible, and Genesis
Martin Pröbstle is professor of Old Testament and Dean of Theology at Schloss Bogenhofen Seminary in Austria. He is the author of several books and has published numerous articles in specialized theological magazines.
Nestor Petruk - Archeology, Old Testament, and Myths
Néstor Petruk is an archeologist and professor of Theology at the Sagunto Adventist Theology College. He is a specialist in Biblical languages and Assyriology and has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.