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Video:  Return of the God Hypothesis Part 1 with Stephen C. Meyer

Video: Return of the God Hypothesis Part 1 with Stephen C. Meyer

June 7, 2021

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."  Genesis 1:1

 "Great are the works of the Lord. They are studied by all who delight in them."
Psalm 111:2

Today there exists a confidence in the minds of many skeptics and unbelievers that science has somehow disproved God's existenceAccording to our guest, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer of Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington, nothing could be further from the truth. In his latest book, The Return of the God Hypothesis, Dr. Meyer unpacks and examines the leading scientific theories in both cosmology and biology and demonstrates with lucid, evidentiary detail, how God is indeed the best explanation for the existence of the universe and life within it.

On part one, we discuss Dr. Meyer's personal journey and the latest findings in the science of the universe. You'll find your faith encouraged as we discover together that rather than doing away with God, the exquisite discoveries of the last century point directly to divine intelligence, affirming the wondrous truths of Scripture that everything that has come to be has been made and is sustained by the risen Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 1; Psalm 19; Psalm 111; Isaiah 40:26; Colossians 1; John 1; Hebrews 1:3; 11:3).

From Dr. Meyer's website, http://www.thereturnofthegodhypothesis.com

Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle.

Video courtesy of Good Heavens on Patreon.com


Return of the God Hypothesis Part 1 with Stephen C. Meyer

Return of the God Hypothesis Part 1 with Stephen C. Meyer

June 6, 2021

Thanks to Podbean listeners, Good Heavens was recently nominated by Welp Magazine to be in a list of the Top 20 Podcasts in Astronomy for 2021!  To see the article go to https://welpmagazine.com/20-best-astronomy-podcasts-of-2021/

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."  Genesis 1:1

 "Great are the works of the Lord. They are studied by all who delight in them."
Psalm 111:2

Today there exists a confidence in the minds of many skeptics and unbelievers that science has somehow disproved God's existenceAccording to our guest, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer of Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington, nothing could be further from the truth. In his latest book, The Return of the God Hypothesis, Dr. Meyer unpacks and examines the leading scientific theories in both cosmology and biology and demonstrates with lucid, evidentiary detail, how God is indeed the best explanation for the existence of the universe and life within it.

On part one, we discuss Dr. Meyer's personal journey and the latest findings in the science of the universe. You'll find your faith encouraged as we discover together that rather than doing away with God, the exquisite discoveries of the last century point directly to divine intelligence, affirming the wondrous truths of Scripture that everything that has come to be has been made and is sustained by the risen Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 1; Psalm 19; Psalm 111; Isaiah 40:26; Colossians 1; John 1; Hebrews 1:3; 11:3).

From Dr. Meyer's website, http://www.thereturnofthegodhypothesis.com

Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle.

 

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Good Heavens nominated for top astronomy podcasts by Welp Magazine!

Good Heavens nominated for top astronomy podcasts by Welp Magazine!

June 1, 2021

Welp Magazine is a strategy resource for business and technology.  It rates the 20 best podcasts in various categories.  Welp has included the Good Heavens podcast in a list of the "20 Best Astronomy Podcasts of 2021!"  I'd like to thank Welp and thank our listeners!  This is an honor that is specifically for Good Heavens on Podbean.

Dan and myself are both former secondary teachers with an interest in astronomy.  We wanted to communicate astronomy in a way that is not too technical for the average person, and make it relevant to people.  We are both Christians and we have interviews from Christians of various backgrounds that has bearing on astronomy, science, faith, and apologetics.  We believe astronomy affirms faith in God and gives wonder at the universe another dimension.  We discuss both Biblical mysteries and scientific mysteries.  We actually started Good Heavens on the Patreon platform  (https://www.patreon.com/GoodHeavens).  But we added Good Heavens on Podbean in order to make the program more readily available on more platforms.   

There are a number of astronomy related podcasts worth checking out in this new Best of list (https://WelpMagazine.com/?p=17771).  We are glad that Good Heavens is in the mix.

Creation & Climate Science Part 2 with Dr. Jake Hebert

Creation & Climate Science Part 2 with Dr. Jake Hebert

May 1, 2021

There are moral implications and assumptions about climate change. And it is thus vitally important we have a proper understanding not only of the history of Earth, but of current scientific paradigms about the environment that smuggle in a moral imperative about what we ought to do about the environment. 

If the heavens and earth are not created, if the Genesis Flood did not occur, and God did not judge the world as Scripture tells us, then how do science or the environment give us any moral commands? Is biological life on earth threatened by human behavior? What does it mean to be human and alive on Earth today?

Scripture is clear about these questions. We are created in God's image for the purpose of bringing Him glory. He created the world as very good but it was impacted by human sin. God judged the wickedness of man in a global Flood. Much of modern geological science denies a flood ever took place, and by implication, negating God's judgment. But climate change and the science of the environment have theological and moral implications. Both sides of the debate recognize there is much at stake. 

On part two of our discussion with Institute for Creation Research physicist Dr. Jake Hebert, we look more into the nature of Earth's history and environment and discuss how these issues are related to God and His glory in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jake Hebert's page on the ICR website:   https://www.icr.org/jake_hebert/

Jake's book, The Ice Age and Climate Change.

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Creation and Climate Science with Dr. Jake Hebert

Creation and Climate Science with Dr. Jake Hebert

April 24, 2021

Climate science is making headlines today. It is one of the hot topics of our time. But what is the science that underlies current scientific assumptions about the environment? Is it sound? Is the planet headed for a catastrophe of our making?  

How do we best interpret the history of Earth? Is the past a key to the present? How many ice ages have there been? Come and see climate science as you probably have not seen in the headlines! 

On this special two-part episode of Good Heavens! Wayne and I talk with Institute for Creation Research physicist Dr. Jake Hebert III about the current state of climate science and the importance of getting Earth's geological and environmental science right. 

Dr. Hebert argues that how we understand the physical universe will profoundly influence how we interpret the current state of our environment. 

If God doesn't exist, from where do we derive the moral imperative to care for Earth's climate? Is the Earth a fragile biosphere or is God governing it through His providential wisdom and care? At Good Heavens! we affirm that God is still on the throne and in control of what He has made. 

Dr. Jake Hebert earned a Ph.D. in physics in 2011 from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he did cutting-edge research on the connection between cosmic rays, solar activity, and weather and climate.

Jake Hebert's page on the ICR website:   https://www.icr.org/jake_hebert/

Jake's book, The Ice Age and Climate Change.

Video of largest glacier calving ever filmed: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3VTgIPoGU


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The Lamb of God - The Passover in the Gospels

The Lamb of God - The Passover in the Gospels

April 4, 2021

Matthew, Mark, and Luke see the Last Supper as a Passover meal. But John seems to say the Passover meal had not yet occurred. Can this discrepancy be reconciled? On this special Easter edition of Good Heavens! Wayne and Dan examine a solution proposed by Dr. Colin J. Humphreys in his book, The Mystery of the Last Supper

We do not argue this is the only possible or conceivable solution, but we do find it persuasive enough to make a podcast out of it! 

So come and see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. 

https://creationanswers.net/biblical/crucifixiondate.htm 

https://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Last-Supper-Humphreys-ebook/dp/B004V9O7BO/ 


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The Sun, Moon, and Time - Calendars Part 2

The Sun, Moon, and Time - Calendars Part 2

March 27, 2021

If you have not yet listened to part one in our series, we encourage you to check it out before diving into Part 2. 

In Part 2, Wayne and I discuss the ways in which ancient Jewish people kept time, we talk about the beauty and regularity of the sun and moon that give us the ability to know times and seasons and we also discuss the wondrous regularity of nature. 

Why is it that the sun, moon, and stars all faithfully seem to know their place? Why is it we can predict where they will be in the sky? Why is nature so regular and ordered? 

We think it is because Jesus created nature to be this way. It is His "fixed order" that He established when He created the heavens and the earth. And in Jeremiah 31, the LORD uses this "fixed order" of the cosmos as an example of His unfailing and steadfast love toward us in Christ, and even to all creatures great and small, including a humpback whale who delights to eat anchovies! 

So come and spend some time with us as we explore the wondrous regularity and usefulness of the sun, moon, stars, and nature. 

In Part 3 we will discuss how calendars are relevant to the last week of Christ and the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion.

Books and resources mentioned:

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy

Encyclopedia of Ancient Astronomy

The Mystery of the Last Supper

Links to resources on Wayne's website.

https://creationanswers.net/biblical/crucifixiondate.htm
https://creationanswers.net/goodies/LastWeek_Christ_Outline.pdf
https://creationanswers.net/goodies/LastWeekofChrist.pdf

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For Signs and for Seasons - Calendars of the Ancient World

For Signs and for Seasons - Calendars of the Ancient World

March 19, 2021

What's the date today? What time is it? For many people and times, the answers to these questions were not always easy to determine. Today, we take it for granted we can tell time by a clock or look up a date on a calendar. 

On this episode, Wayne and Dan discuss some fun and curious tidbits about calendars, from the Babylonians, Egyptians, and Romans to the late 16th century when there was a great calendrical reform by Pope Gregory VIII. We talk about the Julian and Gregorian calendars and how the sun and moon figured into months and years. 

This is part one of a three-part series that will culminate in the final days of Jesus of Nazareth, leading up to His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, all in line with Easter celebration on Sunday, April 4th of this year. 

Books and resources mentioned: 

The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy 

Encyclopedia of Ancient Astronomy 

The Mystery of the Last Supper 

Links to resources on Wayne's website. 

https://creationanswers.net/biblical/crucifixiondate.htm

https://creationanswers.net/goodies/LastWeek_Christ_Outline.pdf
https://creationanswers.net/goodies/LastWeekofChrist.pdf

Podbean enables our podcast to be on Apple Podcasts and other major podcast platforms.  To support Good Heavens! on Podbean as a patron, you can use the Podbean app, or go to https://patron.podbean.com/goodheavens.  This goes to Wayne Spencer. If you would like to give to the ministry of Watchman Fellowship or to Daniel Ray, you can donate at https://www.watchman.org/daniel. Donations to Watchman are tax deductible.

 

The Majesty & Mystery of the Universe Part 2

The Majesty & Mystery of the Universe Part 2

March 6, 2021

There is much to the universe we simply don't know. And this unknown aspect of the cosmos inspires and fascinates us, inviting us to explore and engage it's tacit voice, "Come and see!" 

The psalmist (Psalm 111:2) proclaims, "Great are the works of the LORD, they are studied by all who delight in them". While many scientists who study the cosmos do not acknowledge God as the Creator, their dedication to knowing more about the heavens tells us the created order is imbued with an inestimable value, majesty, awe, and wonder. 

We are willing to spend time, effort, and money to knowing more about it's undisclosed secrets. 

Whether it is the surface of the moon or the wondrous artistic sculpting of the cloud formations of Jupiter to the most distant galaxies, known or unknown, we believe it all declares the glory of God. 

Some of the mysteries mentioned in this series for your further exploration! Note there are not specific "Christian" points of view expressed in these websites and resources and do not necessarily reflect the views of Wayne, Dan, Good Heavens, or Watchman Fellowship, Inc.

Fast Radio Bursts:
https://astronomy.com/news/2020/11/astronomers-have-finally-found-the-cause-of-mysterious-fast-radio-bursts

Gamma Ray Bursts:
https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/objects/bursts1.html

Book: We Have No Idea
https://www.amazon.com/We-Have-No-Idea-Universe/dp/0735211523/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=We+Have+No+Idea


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ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team

The Majesty and Mystery of the Universe Part 1

The Majesty and Mystery of the Universe Part 1

February 24, 2021

The universe is filled with "known unknowns" to quote the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. They are fascinating, mysterious and worthy of our attention. There are all sorts of wonderous and fantastically mysterious light sculptures in the cosmos. We talk about the mysteries of stars, galaxies, galaxy structures, fast radio bursts, gamma ray bursts, and all kinds of other things that presently remain a mystery to astronomers, cosmologists, and astrophysicists. And we think all these great unknowns point to the glory of God in Christ. So come and see what's up in our marvelous universe and be amazed by what we don't know! 

 

Some of the mysteries mentioned in this series for your further exploration! Note there are not specific "Christian" points of view expressed in these websites and resources and do not necessarily reflect the views of Wayne, Dan, Good Heavens, or Watchman Fellowship, Inc. 

 

Mysterious light: https://www.npr.org/2020/11/18/936219170/scientists-discover-outer-space-isnt-pitch-black-after-all

 

MONDhttps://newatlas.com/physics/modified-gravity-evidence-dark-matter/ 

 

Technetium: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/08/01/a-periodic-table-surprise-the-one-element-in-stars-that-isnt-on-earth/?sh=2fa74570df74

 

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