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.
Ben Clausen - Nature and the Power of God
This presentation will share of the greatness of God in nature from the atom to the universe, but then note that God’s greatest display of power may best be seen in the still small voice that came to Elijah.
Ben Clausen - Sharing: What Adventists have to offer the scientific community
Dr. Ben Clausen made this presentation on May 19 during the 2021 Adventist Virtual Global Campmeeting. Here he explores strategies from his years of experience for being part of the scientific community…
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…
Timothy Standish - Creation Changes Everything
Imagine a world without love, one in which struggle and competition dominates everything. Beauty is an illusion, everything has a selfish motivation and nothing exists for any reason other than the cold…
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,…
What attitudes will foster constructive dialogue on the controversial subject of origins? This is the introductory video to a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points…
Christians on Science
Why is it that when it comes to the big questions on origins (e.g., how did the universe come to be, how did life first appear on Earth, where do humans come from?) there are radically different interpretations…
Christianity and Science
Learn more about how Christianity has contributed positively to the advancement of science: https://www.grisda.org/248-1
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
What have we learned from biological systems that has helped inventors and engineers find more efficient solutions? Learn about brilliant designs in nature, and what they imply, from this article: https://www.grisda.org/biomimicry-the-search-for-brilliant-design-1
What can we learn about design and flight from hummingbirds? Discover more on this fascinating subject in this article: https://www.grisda.org/birds-and-flight-1
What is the Cambrian explosion? Why was Darwin puzzled by it? Learn more about this topic in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/cambrian-explosion-and-darwins-doubt-1
Christianity and Science
What are some of the foundational tenets of a Christian worldview that provided a good platform for the development of science? Learn about this subject at https://www.grisda.org/christianity-and-the-beginning-of-science-1
Design in Nature
Organisms cannot survive alone. They are part of a plan, similar to the way a well-designed factory works with various departments cooperating together. The real question is: Who designed the marvelous…
Theory of the Universe
Learn more about theories on the origin of the universe, at http://bit.ly/theory_universe
Beauty and Design
Have you ever paused in awe of something? Our ability to appreciate beauty is a miracle in itself. Learn more about beauty and intelligent design at https://bit.ly/2LGU4IJ
Want to learn more about a creationist approach to biogeography? read this introductory article: https://www.grisda.org/creation-flood-and-biogeography-part-1
Tim Standish describes how thoroughly the needs of newborn babies are anticipated in the design of their mothers. It appears that mothers customize the milk they produce for their children depending on…
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.…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 2
This episode, centered around the town of Predazzo in the Dolomites of Italy, addresses the early modern geology controversy on the origin of granites. At stake in this debate was much more than the origin…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 3
This episode, filmed in the spectacular Swiss Alps of canton Glarus, presents an account of the development of ideas on the origin of mountains. It is both humbling and exciting to realize how much geological…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 4
This episode explains how an enigmatic suite of dark rocks in the Swiss Alps bears witness to the enormous tectonic forces which have been unleashed in the past history of our planet. If you are a teacher,…
Thinking Creation - 01 - The Great Debate
This episode 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,…
Thinking Creation - 02 - The Christian Roots of Science
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…
Thinking Creation - 03 - The Design of Life
This episode 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…
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…
Seeking Understanding - Martin Klingbeil
For Martin Klingbeil, the Berlin Wall was an immovable landmark that permanently separated him from neighbors in the same city. When the wall fell and Germany was reunited, history unfolded before his…
Seeking Understanding - Michael Hasel
Seven centuries before Christ was born, the Kingdom of Judah was torn apart by Assyrian invaders. What can the remarkable record of these events found in the palace of King Sennacherib tell us about these…
Seeking Understanding: David Pennington
This Seeking Understanding episode features Dr. Pennington, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who performed the second ever ear reattachment; the first being Jesus’ reattachment of Malchus’ ear after…
Seeking Understanding: Isabel de Moraes
Dr. Isabel de Moraes is a remarkable woman who has become one of the leading scientists living today. What challenges did she have to overcome? Why does she work inside a huge synchrotron facility on a…
Seeking Understanding: Randall Younker
Dr. Randall Younker has worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East for most of his professional life. During the course of his education, his faith was challenged in the accuracy of Moses' account of…
Design at the Molecular Level
Scientists are just beginning to understand the structure and function of minute machines that are essential for life. Inside cells, these submicroscopic motors, generators and other machines operate by the same principles as the machines we are familiar with, only at much higher efficiency and within incredibly tight tolerances. What best accounts for these engineering marvels? Shelley Quinn and Tim Standish, PhD
Design In Fossil Organisms
Have you ever had the opportunity to examine a real fossil? Maybe you have seen dinosaur bones or shells encased in rock. Do these remains of once living organisms look less designed than the creatures we find living around us? How might the same engineering challenges faced by living creatures have been solved by these ancient creatures? What do the conclusions we draw tell us about the Creator of these ancient yet elegant organisms? Shelley Quinn and Tim Standish, PhD
Design in Other Animals
Are other creatures fundamentally different from humans? The surprising answer is both “Yes” and “No”. Why does the biblical account of creation lead us to believe that there should be profound similarities between humans and other living things? What makes us different? How does the Bible define the relationship between humans and other creatures? Shelley Quinn and Tim Standish, PhD
Design in Humans
Incredible as it may seem, Charles Darwin and his modern followers believe the human body contains examples of poor design. Is this pessimistic view of ourselves supported by the evidence? We will look at some of the abundant evidence that humans are engineering successes using one of the very masterpieces that Darwinists commonly present as an example of bad design. Shelley Quinn and Tim Standish, PhD
Design in Ecology
In the Darwinian view, life is locked into a struggle for survival in which every organism is in a competition to the death and only the most fit survive. Is struggle and competition really what we observe in the relationships between organisms? Or is there a far more beautiful principle to be discovered if we take the time to actually look at how life works?
DNA and Design
DNA is amazing, but what exactly is it? What does it do in every living thing? Why is DNA just the right material for the function it performs? Why does just about everyone who studies it acknowledge that DNA at least looks designed? Are there good reasons for Darwinists to deny that DNA is evidence of design? What does DNA tell us about the Creator who wrote out the instructions for life in this remarkable molecule?
Seeing Beauty in the Creation
For a Bible-believing Christian, nature is filled with beauty. We know in the depths of our hearts that the tragedy of sin has terribly damaged God’s creation, yet it still reveals breathtaking beauty everywhere we look. What does this tell us about the Creator? How does the artist Nathan Green respond to what he sees and paints from nature?
Good Creation and Natural Evil
Despite the creation’s elegance and beauty, it is clear that there is something wrong in the world. Where does all the death and suffering marring the creation come from? How does the Bible help us to understand the current state of the creation and the Creator’s solution to the problem?
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?
Believing the Bible and Believing Science
There is a myth that has been repeated over and over again, yet no amount of repetition can make it true. It says that Christians live in a world of faith that somehow denies reality and that science is only about reality. According to these twin falsehoods, Christians must put aside their faith to be scientists and science has ultimate authority when it comes to the truth about our world and our origin. Join us as we discover why many of the greatest scientists, both past and living, have been led by their Christian faith to be scientists.
Sharing the Creation
Christians understand the basic facts of creation from the biblical record. This doctrine is foundational to the biblical worldview and all other biblical doctrines. How is this most effectively shared with those who do not believe? There is no perfect way of reaching every mind, but there are a few principles that can greatly increase the likelihood of productive engagement with those who do not yet know their Creator. Join us as we share these simple rules for reaching others with the everlasting gospel that all Christians are called to share with the world!
Leonard R. Brand - Science, Evolution, and Fossils
Leonard R. Brand is a researcher and professor of Biology and Paleontology at Loma Linda University. He has published his research in scientific journals and has a PhD from Cornell University.
Edward Zinke - Theology, Bible, and History
Edward Zinke has a master's degree in Theology from Andrews University and is the author of several books and numerous articles. He was a co-founder of the Adventist Theological Society and a member of the Biblical Research Institute and the Faith and Science Council.