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 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.
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.