Good Heavens!  The Human Side of Astronomy
A Special Broadcast on Meteors with a younger Wayne

A Special Broadcast on Meteors with a younger Wayne

October 17, 2021

This is a special extended broadcast of Good Heavens! featuring our very own Wayne Spencer (a BLAST from the past!). This is an excerpt from a message by Wayne about meteors from 1991.  Wayne discusses the Arizona meteor crater and the Tunguska meteor explosion over Russia in 1908.  A little something special for you, an extended bonus episode about our meteor series!  Enjoy!

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How Meteors Impact Us Today (Part 2)

How Meteors Impact Us Today (Part 2)

October 4, 2021

Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona, just over 30 miles outside of Flagstaff. 

What slammed into what is now part of the Arizona desert to make this giant three-quarter-mile-wide and some 600-feet-deep hole in the ground? Scientists believe the meteor was between 150 and 200 feet wide. 

Earth is impacted routinely by meteors and micrometeors, tens of thousands of tons per year in fact, but thankfully a majority of these are no bigger than a sand grain or fine dust. 

But once in a great while, KABOOM! The Earth gets blasted by a much larger meteor. There are other geological signs of impact craters throughout our planet. Astronomers are working diligently to try and detect what are known as "near-earth asteroids and meteors" before they catch us off guard. 

So how do such wonders point us to the glory of God? How can they remind us of who God us? How do they fit in with our understanding of the heavens that God has created? 

Come and see! 

On part two of our discussion about these enigmatic floating rocks, Wayne and Dan take you around the world to some of the more well-known impact sites and meditate on what we can glean from them about our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Resources for our these episodes on meteors:

Meteorites book: 
https://www.amazon.com/Meteorites-Story-Our-Solar-System/dp/0228101743/ 

Book:  Night Sky with the Naked Eye
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Sky-Naked-Eye-Constellations/dp/1624143091/

Best Meteor Showers in 2021
https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/best-meteor-showers-in-2021/

Meteor in Russia from 2013 - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBLjB5qavxY

Meteors, Meteoroids, and Meteorites Oh My!  Part1

Meteors, Meteoroids, and Meteorites Oh My! Part1

September 27, 2021

Shooting stars. Meteors. Bright flashing streaks of light zipping through the heavens! 

They are a wonder and delight to all of us. If you've ever stood under the canopy of a pristine dark sky filled with stars and have seen even one meteor take you by surprise, you know the childlike delight that stirs the soul. 

But what exactly are meteors? From where do they come? What exactly are we seeing? What's the difference between meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites? And how might these celestial messengers declare the glory of God? 

Come along with Wayne and Dan as they dive into the science and the glory of these cosmic fireworks that so take our breath away! They'll break down the science and lift up the glory of God in meteors and they'll even tell you when you can catch a glimpse of some of the most prolific meteor showers of the year. 

Resources for our these episodes on meteors: 

Meteorites book: 
https://www.amazon.com/Meteorites-Story-Our-Solar-System/dp/0228101743/ 

Book:  Night Sky with the Naked Eye
https://www.amazon.com/Night-Sky-Naked-Eye-Constellations/dp/1624143091/

Best Meteor Showers in 2021
https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/best-meteor-showers-in-2021/

Meteor in Russia from 2013 - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBLjB5qavxY

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God and Cosmology with James Sinclair - Part 2

God and Cosmology with James Sinclair - Part 2

September 20, 2021

This episode of Good Heavens! is part two of our conversation with physicist and author James Sinclair about God and cosmology. James has worked with Dr. William Lane Craig on a number of publications about cosmology and was integral in helping Dr. Craig and "team theism" prepare for this debate!   It was a delightful and wide-ranging conversation centered around the 2014 debate between cosmologist and atheist Dr. Sean Carroll and Christian philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig.  

On part one we talked about billionaires in space, science fiction, and Dr. Carroll's thoughts on theism in general.  On part two James helps us better understand why time and entropy are problems for naturalistic accounts of the universe. We also tackle why Christians should be not only just interested but actively participating in the dialogue about the universe and creation in general.   So come and find out why the best science about the universe is better explained by God's existence!

Some links for further study below.

Contending with Christianity’s Critics:
Article: At Home In the Multiverse? Critiquing the Atheist Many Worlds Scenario.  Author James Sinclair
https://www.amazon.com/Contending-Christianitys-Critics-Answering-Objectors/dp/0805449361/
  
God & Cosmology:
William Lane Craig & Sean Carroll in Dialogue
Article: Cosmology & Cosmologists with the “Does God Exist?” Problem: A Consideration of kalam’s Second Premise.  Author: James Sinclair
https://www.amazon.com/God-Cosmology-Dialogue-Greer-Heard-Grear-Heard/dp/1506410774/

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God and Cosmology with James Sinclair - Part 1

God and Cosmology with James Sinclair - Part 1

September 13, 2021

On this episode of Good Heavens! Dan sits down with physicist and author James Sinclair to discuss God and cosmology. James has worked with Dr. William Lane Craig on a number of publications about cosmology and was integral in helping Dr. Craig and "team theism" prepare for this debate! 

It was a delightful and wide-ranging conversation centered around the 2014 debate between cosmologist and atheist Dr. Sean Carroll and Christian philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig.  On part one we talk about billionaires in space, science fiction, and Dr. Carroll's thoughts on theism in general.

SPOILER ALERT! We discuss the endings of the films Interstellar and Contact, just in case you haven’t seen them! 

For more information on James' work: 

Contending with Christianity’s Critics:
Article: At Home In the Multiverse? Critiquing the Atheist Many Worlds Scenario
Author James Sinclair
https://www.amazon.com/Contending-Christianitys-Critics-Answering-Objectors/dp/0805449361/
  
God & Cosmology: William Lane Craig & Sean Carroll in Dialogue
Article: Cosmology & Cosmologists with the “Does God Exist?” Problem: A Consideration of kalam’s Second Premise
Author: James Sinclair
https://www.amazon.com/God-Cosmology-Dialogue-Greer-Heard-Grear-Heard/dp/1506410774/

 

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Our Fascination with Mars Part 2

Our Fascination with Mars Part 2

September 6, 2021

Mars has inspired more than just astronomers and scientists. Mars has had and continues to have a profound impact on our collective imaginations, influencing a musical composer, countless artists and writers! 

What was God thinking when He made Mars? Why make such a world? How does Mars declare the glory of God? 

Dan and Wayne explore Mars from the comfort and safety of their armchair rocket ships.  Our armchairs cost much less than a rocket and are far more comfortable and safe.  So come and continue the adventure exploring the little red dot that goes back and forth across our evening and night skies. 

Links for further Martian Exploration: 

See Wayne's notes on missions to Mars:
https://creationanswers.net/goodies/MarsMissions&TheRedPlanet.pdf 

NASA Mars Exploration Website
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars-exploration/missions/

Mars' catastrophic geology (article by Wayne Spencer)
https://creation.com/mars-catastrophic-geology

Video:  NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0b_ijaYMQ  

Carl Sagan talking about exploring Mars in 1972
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhv5V_8RPiI

Why do we want to go into space?  (Feb 2020 Good Heavens program)
https://www.patreon.com/posts/why-do-we-want-34422720

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Our Fascination with Mars Part 1

Our Fascination with Mars Part 1

August 30, 2021

As long as we have been observing the heavens, we have known of the immortal wandering stars of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. What is it about these "planets" that fascinate us so? Why do we spend billions of dollars sending robotic probes and satellites to the surface of a distant, lifeless, and desert wilderness? 

From the safety of our armchairs, Dan and Wayne discuss our fascination with the red planet, and the various space exploration missions to Mars from multiple nations.  The name "Mars" is a reference to the god of war in ancient Greece. We hope you'll join us for our adventure to the vermillion wanderer as we explore its fascinating features and ponder how we see Mars as the creation of God's "fingers" (Psalm 8) ultimately a manifestation of the glory of God in Christ! 

Links for further Martian Exploration: 

See Wayne's notes on missions to Mars:
https://creationanswers.net/goodies/MarsMissions&TheRedPlanet.pdf 

NASA Mars Exploration Website
https://mars.nasa.gov/mars-exploration/missions/

Mars' catastrophic geology (article by Wayne Spencer)
https://creation.com/mars-catastrophic-geology

Video:  NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0b_ijaYMQ

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Flood Stories (Part 2) from Native People of North & South America

Flood Stories (Part 2) from Native People of North & South America

August 23, 2021

This is part five in our five-part series on the Genesis flood found in Genesis chapters six through nine. On this episode, we discuss the significance of the prevalence of these flood narratives for us today. They are more than just mythical tales. It cannot finally be mere coincidence that all of these stories share common elements found in the book of Genesis. 

On our first episode we featured a Young-Earth perspective on the flood with Dr. Tim Clarey of the Institute for Creation Research here in Dallas, Texas. On parts two and three, we featured an interview with Old-Earth creationist and astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross about his perspective on Noah's flood.

Our guest this week is author Nick Liguori who has compiled an impressive and unique anthology of flood stories from indigenous people and tribes throughout North, Central, and South America.

It is an unprecedented collection of carefully documented stories told by tribal elders, missionaries, anthropologists, and historians of these native people groups.

If the Genesis flood really happened, we should expect to find these stories from different people groups. Many of these tales have similar elements to the details found in Genesis, messenger birds, a raven, a dove, a boat or canoe, only a handful of people being saved, divine displeasure and a rainbow of promise.

Nick has shared these articles summarizing his book:

https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends-americas-part-1/

https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends-americas-part-2/

https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends-americas-part-3/

For ordering the book:

https://store.icr.org/echoes-of-ararat.html

https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Ararat-Collection-Legends-America/dp/1683442717

From the back cover of Echoes of Ararat

Nick Liguori is a civil engineer and and avocational researcher of biblical history and creation science. Nick has focused his research on the Book of Genesis and the Flood, including compiling a massive archive of references to the Flood from the histories and traditions of nations all over the world. Nick believes that a right view of God is critical to a right view of ourselves, and a right view of history is critical to a right view of God. Nick and his family live in Virginia.

 

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Flood Stories (Part 1) from Native People of North & South America

Flood Stories (Part 1) from Native People of North & South America

August 16, 2021

This is part four in our five-part series on the Genesis flood found in Genesis chapters six through nine. On our first episode we featured a Young-Earth perspective on the flood with Dr. Tim Clarey of the Institute for Creation Research here in Dallas, Texas. On parts two and three, we featured an interview with Old-Earth creationist and astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross about his perspective on Noah's flood. 

On parts three and four, we feature author Nick Liguori who has compiled an impressive and unique anthology of flood stories from indigenous people and tribes throughout North, Central, and South America. 

It is an unprecedented collection of carefully documented stories told by tribal elders, missionaries, anthropologists, and historians of these native people groups. 

If the Genesis flood really happened, we should expect to find these stories from different people groups. Many of these tales have similar elements to the details found in Genesis, messenger birds, a raven, a dove, a boat or canoe, only a handful of people being saved, divine displeasure and a rainbow of promise. 

So come and be fascinated and encouraged by what these ancient native peoples have to say to us today. We believe what Nick has compiled serves as a powerful confirmation of what we read of Noah and the flood in Genesis. 

Nick has graciously shared summary articles of his book: 

https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends-americas-part-1/

https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends-americas-part-2/

https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/flood-legends/flood-legends-americas-part-3/

For ordering the book: 

https://store.icr.org/echoes-of-ararat.html

https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Ararat-Collection-Legends-America/dp/1683442717

From the back cover of Echoes of Ararat

Nick Liguori is a civil engineer and and avocational researcher of biblical history and creation science. Nick has focused his research on the Book of Genesis and the Flood, including compiling a massive archive of references to the Flood from the histories and traditions of nations all over the world. Nick believes that a right view of God is critical to a right view of ourselves, and a right view of history is critical to a right view of God. Nick and his family live in Virginia. 

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.

In the Days of Noah - Part 2  Dr. Hugh Ross’ View of the Genesis Flood

In the Days of Noah - Part 2 Dr. Hugh Ross’ View of the Genesis Flood

August 9, 2021

On this episode, we continue our conversation with astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross from Reasons to Believe, who holds to an "old-earth" view (4.5 billion years). Dr. Ross presents his understanding of the text of Scripture, the science, and how he sees Noah's flood mentioned in Genesis 6-9.  

But most importantly, Dr. Ross models charity and grace towards those who hold to a young-earth view (6-10,000 years), recognizing the most important aspect of this discussion is not finally the science, but modeling civility, compassion, and the love of Christ.    

We have also featured a "young-earth" view of the flood from Dr. Tim Clarey of the Institute for Creation Research here in Dallas, Texas. That program was called "Modern Geology and the Biblical Flood with Timothy Clarey."

We believe as Christians that there is room for civil and charitable disagreement about the scientific details of the flood and we hope that no matter if you are a young or old-earth creationist, or a skeptic or unbeliever, that you can see how Dr. Ross and Dr. Clarey charitably disagree but affirm that the flood described in the Bible really did happen and most importantly, they both affirm the inspiration of Scripture and the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our aim is to present different perspectives and model Christian charity and love in how we address the issues that divide believers.  

For more about Dr. Ross and Reasons to Believe: https://reasons.org/ This broadcast and our broadcast with Tim Clarey of the Institute for Creation Research do not constitute an endorsement of young or old-earth creationism and do not  necessarily reflect the views of Watchman Fellowship, Inc. Arlington, TX (https://www.Watchman.org). 

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.

 

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