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.
Timothy Standish - I Believe!
Do “The heavens declare the glory of God”? How could anyone know if it’s true? Is truth something that is proven or something that is discovered and recognized? What is the cost of believing what is True? In this presentation, Dr. Standish addresses these foundational questions and shares his testimony of belief in the Word of God.
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?
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.
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!
Suzanne Phillips - My God Did This!
Faith is foundational to the Christian experience, yet God has not let Himself without a testimony. Part of this testimony of the creatorship and godliness of God is material, and can be encountered in the study of the natural world. In this presentation, Dr. Phillips discusses some of the realities revealed in the Bible that are also discoverable using the methods of science, and shares her personal experience of amazement in encountering, while studying biochemistry, a God who is truly worthy of worship.
Ronny Nalin - In the Beginning God Created
Does the Bible present an understanding of origins that is obsolete in light of modern advancements in scientific knowledge? Are there better witnesses to truth than the Word of God, when it comes to origins? In this talk, Dr. Nalin shares his testimony of trust in the infinite wisdom of the Word of God, and introduces contributions from other scientists who have dedicated their life to the study of nature and have found that God's revelation is trustworthy in a way that pierces through all times and cultures.
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.
Edward Zinke - Theology, Bible, and History
Edward Zinke has a master's degree in Theology from Andrews University and is the author of several books and numerous articles. He was a co-founder of the Adventist Theological Society and a member of the Biblical Research Institute and the Faith and Science Council.
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.
Timothy Standish - Mutations, Darwin, and Theory of Evolution
Timothy Standish is a biologist specialized in genetics and has a PhD from George Mason University. He is a Senior Researcher and responsible for communication and audiovisual production at the Geoscience Research Institute.
Raúl Esperante - Dinosaurs, Fossils, and The Flood
Raúl Esperante is a senior researcher at the Geoscience Research Institute and has a doctorate in Paleontology from Loma Linda University. His research projects include the study of fossil whales in Peru and the study of dinosaurs in different parts of the world.
Suzanne Phillips - Cells, Death, and Design
Suzanne Phillips is a doctor of biology, a specialist in microbiology, and Chair of the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda University.
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.
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.