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Language of God

Summary: BioLogos brings you a podcast about science and Christian Faith. Featuring the voices of experts & thinkers, scientists & theologians, and stories from people who are finding a harmony between faith and science.

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 121. J. Todd Billings | Good Servant, Tyrannical Master | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:39

Medicine is an amazing gift from God. But there are limits to what medicine can do, and when we forget those limits, we forget that God is acting both when bodies are healed and when bodies deteriorate. Todd Billings shares his depth of thought on healing, medicine and chronic disease, which is informed by his own experiences with cancer.  Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 120. Creation Groans | Hope on the Other Side | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:04

How should we respond to a problem that seems unsolvable? This is the question we ask in a series about the environmental crisis as we explore the fine line between hope and despair. After having delved into the hard reality of the environmental crisis for the previous two episodes, we spend this episode with our focus on hope. We explore what exactly hope is, how it relates to optimism, and how, when we find hope, we might also find repentance, forgiveness, joy, and love.  This is the last of three episodes in the Creation Groans series. Check out the list of related resources from this series here. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 119. Creation Groans | Into the Darkness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:49

How should we respond to a problem that seems unsolvable? This is the question we ask in a series about the environmental crisis as we explore the fine line between hope and despair. In this episode we allow ourselves to fully contemplate the woundedness of the planet and we reach into the Christian practice of lament as a way to find hope in the midst of the suffering we see around us. The episode ends with a guided lament liturgy.  This is the second of three episodes in the Creation Groans series.  Check out the list of related resources from this series here. Liturgy music is by Brian Mulder. (Spotify) Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 118. Creation Groans | World of Wounds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:20

How should we respond to a problem that seems unsolvable? This is the question we ask in a series about the environmental crisis as we explore the fine line between hope and despair. In this episode we explore some of the wounds to the planet that often go unseen and we realize that the path to hope begins with the acknowledgement that the wounds are deep and troubling.  This is the first of three episodes in the Creation Groans series.  Check out the list of related resources from this series here. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 117. Jeff Hardin | Science & Wonder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:51

Ever since he was a kid, Jeff Hardin has been fascinated by the natural world. His long standing avenue for connecting with creation has been science, whether old nature documentary series like Wild Kingdom or exploring the early development of nematode worms in his lab in Wisconsin. Jeff's work as a scientist, exploring the intricate details of life’s origin, has only enriched his wonder toward the God who created it all, an awe which feeds back into his teaching and research.  Find out more about Jeff’s lab’s research on the website. Read Jeff’s article on cloning and genome editing. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 116. Susan Wise Bauer | Homeschooling, History, and the Foundation of Science | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:10

Traditional homeschooling and hybrid models have seen a huge uptick in the last couple of years, and, unsurprisingly, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge driver of this migration. But the virus and various school and government responses to it are not the only factor causing parents to consider alternative education options. Contentious discussions of which histories and sciences are taught in the classroom continue to cause worry for parents all over the political spectrum.  Our guest today is historian and educator Susan Wise Bauer. A respected and well known name in the homeschooling world, Susan has spent much of her career developing reliable resources and curricula for homeschoolers. She walks us through her own experiences with, emerging trends in, and the biggest issues facing the homeschooling world today. A Christian, Susan also reflects on the reciprocal relationship between devout theistic faith and careful science. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum. Check out the BioLogos faith & science curriculum, Integrate, here. Find out more about The Well Trained Mind on their website.

 115. Willie James Jennings | Hollow Places, Hallowed Places | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:09

When faced with something completely new, how will our theology help us to respond? Willie James Jennings helps us to look back into history at a time when colonialist settlers came into contact with new land and new people and found in their theology a justification to bring order to the world they found. Our theology today is built upon the idea that the hollow places of the earth are filled with treasures for our taking, rather than the idea that the earth is a hallowed place that glorifies God in all its treasures.  Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 114. Jonathan Moo | Revelation and Radical Faithfulness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:31

Reading the news these days can make it seem like the world is coming to an end. And reading scientific journals, especially regarding climate, biodiversity loss and other environmental issues, can give a similar feeling. Jonathan Moo is a professor of New Testament and environmental studies and he helps break down how Christians might respond to the bleak picture that is sometimes painted of the world. He helps us to look specifically to the biblical account of end times to understand how to put this in perspective with our own times. We find not only darkness in a conversation about apocalypse but hope and the need for a more radical faithfulness.  Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.  

 113. Loren Haarsma | Four Approaches to Original Sin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:07

There are a range of ways that people have thought about original sin, Adam and Eve, and the spread of sin throughout the world. Scientific knowledge, including the science of human evolution has contributed to that conversation but science has not identified a correct position. Loren Haarsma lays out several different approaches in his book When Did Sin Begin and talks with us in the episode about those approaches and the benefits and theological challenges of each approach. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 BONUS: Francis Collins and Phil Vischer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:25

Francis Collins and Phil Vischer sit down to talk about science and faith and the new BioLogos Integrate curriculum. Learn more about BioLogos Integrate. Watch the promo video for Integrate. Get 40% off Integrate units through the end of May! Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 112. Bill McKibben | No License to Give Up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:05

With his 1989 book The End of Nature, climate activist Bill McKibben launched the contemporary movement against climate change. In the several decades since its publication, he has continued informing the public about the status of our climate and advocating for necessary mitigation measures. McKibben is also a Christian who sees his activism as a natural result of his ardent faith. In this episode, he discusses how we got to our current situation, including why he thinks many Christians have historically avoided or actively opposed their Biblical mandate to be stewards of the Earth, as well as why the Christian Church may be the only institution with the power to effectively confront the dominant culture of apathy on this issue. These discussions inevitably confront political commitments, yet McKibben makes a strong case that our Christian responsibilities take precedence over political affiliations.  Learn more about Third Act on their website Check out Bill McKibben’s books here Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 111. N.T. Wright | The Point of Resurrection | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:38

For an episode released during Holy Week, it seemed appropriate to have a conversation with the theologian who has written what many consider to be the seminal work on Jesus’ resurrection, The Resurrection of the Son of God. N.T. Wright is a New Testament scholar of high regard and we talk to him about the resurrection: this miraculous, earth shattering event which changed the course of history. We also hear a bit about how he came to be a theologian and writer who has split his time between academia and ministry.  Find N.T. Wrights free ebook, Preaching the Cross in Dark Times here.  Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

 55. Tim Mackie | What is the Bible? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:21

In this episode, Jim Stump is joined by Tim Mackie, one of the founders of BibleProject. Tim’s transformation from West Coast skateboarder, to Bible student, to video producer may seem surprising, but his unorthodox journey to faith has given him a unique perspective and passion for the Bible. Tim discusses the history of the Bible, explores the context in which it was written, and demonstrates what it looks like to bring the Bible into relevance for people today. Tim Mackie is a writer and creative director for BibleProject, an animation studio that produces videos to help make the story of the Bible accessible to everyone. He has ahis Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. BibleProject YouTube Channel BibleProject Website This episode was originally aired on September 17th, 2020. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.  

 110. Makoto Fujimura | Creating Beauty from Brokenness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:27

Makoto Fujimura is a world-renowned artist often counted among the preeminent figures in the “slow art” movement. Yet Fujimura also has a deep connection to the sciences: he double majored in animal behavior and art during his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University and his father Osamu Fujimura was an influential speech scientist. In this live episode recorded at the 2022 BioLogos Faith & Science Conference, Fujimura reminisces on the roles of art, faith, and science in his childhood; discusses the relationship between these practices today; and presents his vision on how caring for culture can help revive our sense of enchantment with the world by bringing together disparate ways of knowing God’s world.  Images from the live recording are available at our website. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.  

 109. Tish Harrison Warren | God Is A Bad Fairy Godmother | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:46

The problem of evil has confounded people of faith as far back as Job. And the knowledge of the world that has been brought about by science has not made it any easier to answer the question of why a good and powerful God would let bad things happen. Tish Harrison Warren confronts the problem of evil in her book, Prayer in the Night. In the book she asks the question, how can we trust God at all when we can’t trust that God will keep bad things from happening to us? In the episode, we talk about how praying the compline prayer helped her to find an answer to that question and we talk about what prayer is and what it does. We also discuss COVID 19, broaching the topic of returning to in-person church, which she has written about in some recent newsletters in the New York Times. Join a conversation about this episode on the BioLogos Forum.

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