Seeking Understanding: John Walton
If you have ever heard of “free radicals,” you know something about the work of Dr. John Walton, a professor of chemistry at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Dr. Walton’s work concentrates not only on the destructive reactions that come to mind when most people think of free radicals, but also on the positive effects of these fascinating chemicals. He also studies the potential of free radicals in industrial and environmental chemistry. What we know about free radicals because of the work of Dr. Walton and other chemists can also inform our understanding of how life came into being. Based on his life as a scientist and the research he has done, what does Dr. Walton believe to be the most reasonable explanation of life’s origin? This is the subject of this 22:30 episode of the Seeking Understanding series.
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.
Ben Clausen - Sharing: What Adventists have to offer the scientific community
Dr. Ben Clausen made this presentation on May 19 during the 2021 Adventist Virtual Global Campmeeting. Here he explores strategies from his years of experience for being part of the scientific community…
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…
What attitudes will foster constructive dialogue on the controversial subject of origins? This is the introductory video to a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points…
Are any assumptions involved in deciding how to interpret the geological record? This video is part of a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points made in the book Faith…
Is there geological evidence that supports a short-age theory of geology? This video is part of a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points made in the book Faith Reason…
Christians on Science
Why is it that when it comes to the big questions on origins (e.g., how did the universe come to be, how did life first appear on Earth, where do humans come from?) there are radically different interpretations…
Two approaches in geology
Learn more about the ups and downs of the concepts of catastrophism and uniformitarianism in geology from this article: https://www.grisda.org/the-role-of-catastrophes-in-scientific-thinking-1
What is unusual about widespread sedimentary deposits and other features of the sedimentary record? Learn more on the subject from this short article: https://www.grisda.org/was-there-a-great-genesis-flood-1
What are "Lazarus taxa"? What can we learn form them about order in the fossil record? Explore this subject in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/lazarus-species-1
Does the geologic record preserve evidence for the occurrence and extent of former ice ages? What kind of information is used to make these inferences? Learn more on glaciations and the geologic record…
Change in Species
Many kinds of animals appear designed for predation and violence, in contrast to what one would expect based on the biblical description of Edenic peace. It seems that animal species must have changed…
What are Archean rocks? Is it true that they contain evidence for life existing at the time of their formation? Learn more on the subject in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/traces-of-life-from-archean-rocks-evidence-and-challenges-1
What is the Cambrian explosion? Why was Darwin puzzled by it? Learn more about this topic in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/cambrian-explosion-and-darwins-doubt-1
Plate tectonics is an example of scientific revolution, where a new way of understanding data from nature was established over a short interval of time. Learn more about how plate tectonics relates to…
Catastrophic Earth Science
Do you want to learn more about the history and significance of catastrophism in geology? Here is a short article on the topic: https://www.grisda.org/catastrophic-earth-science-a-realistic-science-1
Catastrophism is a very important concept in geology. Learn more about its role in formulating scientific hypotheses in this article https://www.grisda.org/catastrophism-discussion-of-its-current-status-in-geology-and-a-prediction-1
Ever heard of megabreccias? Learn more about them at http://bit.ly/Megabreccia
Have you ever heard of "paraconformities"? Learn more about them at http://bit.ly/Flat_Gaps
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…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 1
This episode unfolds at the foothills of the Italian Alps, between Venice and Padova. It was here that Galileo Galilei broke the Aristotelian distinction between perfect heavenly bodies and imperfect Earth.…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 2
This episode, centered around the town of Predazzo in the Dolomites of Italy, addresses the early modern geology controversy on the origin of granites. At stake in this debate was much more than the origin…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 3
This episode, filmed in the spectacular Swiss Alps of canton Glarus, presents an account of the development of ideas on the origin of mountains. It is both humbling and exciting to realize how much geological…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 4
This episode explains how an enigmatic suite of dark rocks in the Swiss Alps bears witness to the enormous tectonic forces which have been unleashed in the past history of our planet. If you are a teacher,…
Three different kinds of lava are found in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Enjoy this brief description of each kind and the conditions under which it is formed.
Black Sand Beach
Black sand beaches are iconic of Hawaii, but where do they come from and how long do they take to form?
Seeking Understanding: Ariel Roth
Ariel Roth has dedicated his life to understanding Earth history. This documentary - with spectacular videography of the Grand Canyon and also featuring material from his time under water in the Hydrolab…
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 - 02 - The Christian Roots of Science
In this episode, the question of whether Christianity acts as a superstition that holds back the advancement of science is examined. The foundational ideas of Christianity are compared with other religious…
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 - 04 - The Richly Diverse Creation
This episode explores where the amazing creatures we observe in the world today came from. Did they evolve? Were they all created by God in the Garden of Eden? Did Noah build a boat that held everything…
Seeking Understanding: Elaine Graham Kennedy
Dr. Elaine Graham Kennedy was born into a dedicated Christian family and grew up in an active church where the Bible was central. She participated in the youth groups, did well in school and then she allowed…
Seeking Understanding: John Walton
If you have ever heard of “free radicals,” you know something about the work of Dr. John Walton, a professor of chemistry at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Dr. Walton’s work concentrates not only…
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…
Seeking Understanding: Isabel de Moraes
Dr. Isabel de Moraes is a remarkable woman who has become one of the leading scientists living today. What challenges did she have to overcome? Why does she work inside a huge synchrotron facility on a…
Evidence of the Recent Creation
Living things provide abundant evidence of their relatively recent creation. Claims that life, and death, are billions of years old exploit the fact that we can’t do time travel to see if they are true. All we can do is consider the record of the past we have in God’s Word and in His creation. Join us as we examine just a little of the clear evidence that life on Earth is thousands rather than millions of years old.
Ronny Nalin - Geology, Hominids, and Biblical Record
Ronny Nalin is Professor of Geology at Loma Linda University and Deputy Director of the Geoscience Research Institute. He has a PhD from the University of Padova and regularly publishes articles on sedimentology and stratigraphy in specialized magazines.
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.
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?
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.
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.