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.
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…
Ronny Nalin - Design and Catastrophe: book launch
Design. Catastrophe. Two simple but very strong words. A book recently published by Andrews University Press presents a collection of short essays written by 51 professional scientists, men and women of…
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,…
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
Do we really have a responsibility to care for the earth? Learn about several principles of environmental stewardship affirmed in the Bible, in this article: https://www.grisda.org/how-can-environmental-care-be-grounded-in-biblical-theology-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
"The Hole" is a beautiful film narrated by Alvin Chea, bass singer in the Grammy Award winning group Take Six. It illustrates the Gospel using the creation to help us understand what it means to be "born…
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…
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 - 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: 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…
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?
Noemí Durán - Natural Selection, Epigenetics, and Environment
Noemí Durán is a biologist specialized in animal behavior. She has a PhD in Marine Biology from Loma Linda University and is the director of the European headquarters of the Geoscience Research Institute.
Noemí Durán - In the Beginning, There Was Love
“Survival of the fittest" and “struggle for existence." You have probably heard these expressions before, likely in connection with one of the most famous concepts in evolution: natural selection. Competition and violence are presented as the necessary tool that allowed for the emergence of biodiversity, in contrast with the biblical account of a “very good" creation. In this talk, Dr. Durán illustrates fascinating examples of altruism and cooperation in the animal world, challenging the dominant narrative and pointing back to the time when animals were designed to show the loving character of God.