Awakened By Science

Scientific Look at the Bible

About this Series

If there is a God, who might that God be?  Is it worth considering one of the world’s religions?  The Bible is unique among religious holy books in that it contains many statements on history, geography, names, dates, prophecy and nature that can be put to the test.  This series looks at the scientific credibility of Biblical statements on creation and nature.  It also uses science, logic and philosophy to critique certain Biblical theological principles.   It is not a traditional Bible study that examines theological aspects of scripture. This series focuses on what science can tell us about the credibility of considering the Bible in one’s journey through life.

The lectures are best listened to in order and tell a story, but each talk can stand on its own and one can immediately go to a subject of particular interest. Topics 2-4 cover the first chapter of Genesis. Most lectures have an optional Dig-Deeper button that connects to a page with additional information on that topic.  This structure allows one to get the complete picture without being overwhelmed with information, while allowing one to further pursue an area of particular interest. A science background is not needed to benefit from the series.  What follows is a description of each topic and a link to the MP3 audio file.  Enjoy!

(1) Introduction

You are about to embark on an intellectual journey. This brief talk prepares you for the trail ahead in three ways.  First it provides an overview of what the series hopes to accomplish and how it is put together.  Second it gives you some key information on science, the Bible and views of nature that will aid in approaching the topic.  Third it contains a brief overview of the topics and what to expect from the series.
Duration: 27 minutes. File size: 13 MB.

(2) Begining and Structure of the Universe

The first verse of the Bible states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  This topic covers how in the early 20th century scientists came to the realization that our universe had a beginning and the formation of Big Bang cosmology.  Could the Big Bang be the creation event mentioned in Genesis?  The talk goes into detail about what we now know about the beginning of our universe and its structure.  The lecture examines Biblical passages besides those in Genesis that comment on the heavens.  It also addresses the nature of time itself.  Be ready to learn some fascinating concepts of astrophysics.
Duration: 48 minutes. File size: 23 MB.

(3) If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?

This is a valid question and the lecture takes three approaches to address this question.  The talk is packed with solid philosophical and logical reasoning to deal with this question in a substantial way.  If you have the time, go to youtube and watch the 5-minute segment “Dr Quantum – Flatland” before listening as it is referenced in the talk.
Duration: 61 minutes. File size: 44 MB.

(4) Formation of the Earth

The Bible mentions several aspects of the Earth’s formation and their sequence.  This talk covers qualities of the earth, sun and stars as they can be compared to statements in the Bible. Genesis chapter one is primarily examined but other passages are referenced as well.  The talk covers: When the Earth formed, The process of its formation, Whether continents appeared first or oceans, The atmosphere, rain, light and darkness.  The lecture clears up a lot of confusion regarding Genesis and covers several points where nature can be compared to the Biblical account.
Duration: 47 minutes. File size: 23 MB.

(5) Appearance of Life Forms Prior to Man

This talk covers the appearance of all life forms prior to man.  The Bible states God creating life and the sequence of creation but it doesn’t go into how.  This talk primarily looks at the sequence of life appearing in the fossil record and compares it to the Biblical account.  Secondarily it will look at the fossil record and some aspects of biology and ask if nature looks like the result of a random or planned process.  The distinction between microevolution and macroevolution is explained but a critique of the role an evolutionary process contributed to life is well beyond the scope of this talk and covered in the Science Trail set of lectures.
Duration: 57 minutes. File size:  27 MB.

(6) Appearance of Man

The Bible tells a story of all humanity arising from a single pair of humans, Adam and Eve, located in a place called the Garden of Eden.  This talk critiques that account based on scientific discoveries and theory.  Additionally the talk explores the reasonableness of an evolutionary explanation for humanity.   Advances in genetic research have shed new light on this topic.
Duration: 55 minutes. File size: 40 MB.

(7) Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is a captivating concept that has interesting philosophical and theological inferences.  The bulk of this talk is just explaining the science of thermodynamics before getting to the philosophical aspects.  It is the most challenging intellectually as explaining thermodynamics is complex and you may want to listen to it a second time.  Don’t let that discourage you.  When presenting this series to a live audience, those without a science background were able to grasp the basics of thermodynamics and the talk proved to be the most popular.  Be ready for some challenging but intriguing concepts with interesting implications.
Duration: 56 minutes. File size: 14 MB. 

(8) How Does One Know if Something is True?

This question came up when this series was presented to a live audience.   There was substantial interest and an adequate response would have been too lengthy for the Q&A session. Therefore, I added it as an additional topic for the following week.  Since that left little time to prepare, this lecture is the least polished but it came out well and added value to the presentation.  It can be skipped without impacting the series if the issue does not raise your interest.  This talk referenced a picture book of Machu Picchu.  If you are not familiar with the Machu Picchu archeological site, consider doing a Google search of images before listening to this talk.  If you listen to this talk and enjoy it, I highly recommend the Q&A session of this lecture found on the Dig Deeper page.
Duration: 34 minutes. File size: 25 MB.

(9) Noah's Ark

The idea of a worldwide flood destroying all life except a handful of people and animals in a boat seems to be the most preposterous story in the Bible. The talk first takes a close examination of what is described in the flood account.  Second it takes a scientific look at issues relevant to the story.  The talk does not offer direct evidence for the flood story, nor give credit to any proposed ark discoveries.  Rather it raises some interesting scientific issues that lend credibility to the account.  Most likely you will be surprised by what is covered.
Duration: 56 minutes. File size: 41 MB.

(10) The Problem of Suffering - Thermodynamics Part 2

If there is a just, powerful and loving God, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?  This is a formidable question that is surprisingly a natural progression from a discussion of thermodynamics.  Although this lecture can be listened to in isolation from the rest of the series, talk #7 on thermodynamics may help illuminate this topic.  Presented here is a logical framework for addressing what is ultimately an unanswerable question.
Duration: 45 minutes. File size: 32 MB.

(11) Are We Alone in the Universe?

Is there other intelligent life in the universe?  This talk explores the likelihood for a planet suitable for intelligent life besides Earth.  The possibility is explored both spatially and temporally.  Spatially meaning could there currently be a habitable planet besides Earth somewhere else in the universe, and temporally meaning could such a planet have existed in the distant past or exist in the future.  A second topic addressed is how several aspects of the Earth and Sun have a narrow time window that is most advantageous to advanced life.  We currently reside in this narrow time window.  The combination of these two topics has some interesting theological implications and addresses the question; if there is a God, would such a being consider us significant?
Duration: 25 minutes. File size: 19 MB.

Additional Topics

This series is organized as a trail of 11 topics, each with its own Dig Deeper page with additional information on that topic.  There are interesting and valuable subjects that pertain to the series as a whole but not specifically to one of the 11 topics above.  The link below takes you to a page with these additional topics and is essentially a Dig Deeper page for the whole series.  It also gives you guidance on how to proceed after finishing this series if you are interested in learning more.