We hear two mantras often when it comes to science: the science is settled, and science and faith cannot and should not interact. Joining us today is Matthew Young (hillsdale.edu), Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry at the vaunted Hillsdale College. He pushes back on the idea that people of faith are not thinking people and that faith and science should not work together. After all, God created the awesome and wonderful things that scientists study. Professor Young also describes what Hillsdale College is doing to encourage open dialogue in science so people are free to explore and debate and get to the truth without political or ideological pressure.
We certainly see a lot of examples of how this country is going in the wrong direction, but perhaps the most important trend isn't getting much attention. Joining us today for a sobering conversation is Steve Cable (probe.org), Senior Vice President of Probe Ministries. His studies show that in the last decade the number of Christians who successfully answered doctrinal questions about Christianity fell from 50% to just 25%. In other words, only a quarter of people who claim to be born again Christian answered correctly all 4 questions about what it means to be a born again Christian. For a country built on Judeo-Christian values, this is an alarming indication of what the future may hold for America.
You've heard of the separation of church and state, but there's another separation that predates that: the separation of church and science. Do you have to be an atheist if you're a scientist? Back with us this week is Dr. Stephen Meyer (returnofthegodhypothesis.com), Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He looks at the intelligent design of the universe and contrasts that with theories from the other side. He even dives into the multiverse controversy. He shows that church and science actually fit together and that God's hand is steering the wheel.
We pivot from intelligent design to the topic of racism for the rest of the show. It sounds like the U.S. is one big institutional and systemically racist country with even our founding documents oozing discrimination. That's what we're hearing, but is it actually true? Eric Kaufmann (manhattan-institute.org), Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is with us to discuss his detailed studies into perceived racism from different swaths of society and how no one, regardless of geography or skin color, is benefiting from media and political narratives. When words and sensitive topics like this become weaponized, discussion is shut down and the problem only worsens.
If race is supposedly dividing our country, how should Christians tackle the issue? Rounding out the show this week is Pastor Marcus Gill (marcusgillinternational.org), Founder and President of Marcus Gill International. He draws on his experience in the black community to shows how politicians don't really understand or want to help minorities. He goes on to urge Christians to love everyone, even those who hate you or simply don't agree with you. Despite what the mainstream narrative seems to be, the strength of our country is in both unity and diversity.
There is a popular view that science and religious faith are completely separate. But is it accurate? How did we get to this point of assuming that if you're a scientist, you must be an atheist? We welcome back to the program Dr. Stephen C. Meyer (returnofthegodhypothesis.com), Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He looks at the intelligent design of the universe along with theories from the other side – Darwin on the origin of the universe and Marx's utopian vision to explain where we're headed. These latter theories are falling apart and are even being called into question by those who believe in them. Dr. Meyer also analyzes the multiverse theory in relation to the universe's ultimate Fine-Tuner. He shows that God's hand is evident in the world of science.