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Contact us: adorientempodcast@gmail.com On Twitter @adorientempod On the Web Ad Orientem Podcast Mentioned on this episode and further resources: Jesus the Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Las Vegas Children's Bible Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin Deacon Erin Giles on the ordination of women to the priesthood The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Conver…
 
Contact us: adorientempodcast@gmail.com On Twitter @adorientempod On the Web Ad Orientem Podcast Mentioned on this episode and further resources: Jesus the Good Shepherd Anglican Church, Las Vegas Children's Bible Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin Deacon Erin Giles on the ordination of women to the priesthood The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Conver…
 
Episode Notes Contact us: adorientempodcast@gmail.com On Twitter @adorientempod On the Web Ad Orientem Podcast Mentioned on this episode: The Sacramentalists St Paul's Anglican Church Cell to Wine Cellar Newsletter From Cell to Wine Cellar Podcast Conciliar Post Earth and Altar Nashotah House Theological Seminary Matins Podcast Theology Over Drinks…
 
Episode Notes Contact us: adorientempodcast@gmail.com On Twitter @adorientempod On the Web Ad Orientem Podcast Mentioned on this episode and further resources: Anglican Studies https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/anglican-studies/id482438110 Misserable Offenders https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/miserable-offenders/id1409444827 The Sacramenta…
 
Ben (our resident Catholic) discusses the seven books of the Deuterocanon (or Apocrypha), what they are, and why they are included in the Catholic Old Testament canon. N.B. While Ratio Christi at Texas A&M does not officially take a position on the canonical status of these books and many Protestants reject them, they nevertheless are useful for un…
 
We turn to the question of ancient Israelite religion. While we usually think of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism as the big three monotheistic religions, is the historical reality more complicated than that? Psalm 82 takes centre stage in a discussion of the unseen spiritual realm. Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confronting-old-t…
 
We conclude our discussion on the question of Israelite origins by tackling the ethical objection to the Hebrew invasion of Canaan. Did God command genocide? How does Jesus influence our interpretation of these unnerving accounts? Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confronting-old-testament-controversy/…
 
The question of Israelite origins remains one of the hottest debates amongst ancient historians. Did a massive Hebrew invasion force wipe out the Canaanites in the 15th/13th century B.C.? Is the entire military career of Joshua invented from thin air? Building off of the previous discussion of the exodus, we proceed into the murky waters of the con…
 
The Hebrew exodus from Egypt is the founding event both in Israel’s history as a people and the redemptive history of Christian faith. But, is there any evidence such an event occurred? We discuss the archaeological background, the major options for dates (early, late, and more), as well as different theories about the exodus. Slides and video avai…
 
We conclude our discussion on Genesis, creation, and evolution by addressing the controversy over the historical Adam & Eve. First, we outline the biblical data concerning Eve & Adam. Next, we survey the scientific data related to human origins. Lastly, we wrap up by integrating different interpretations of Eve & Adam with various theological syste…
 
Zach and Andrew casually chat about some loose threads from the Genesis and science meeting. They clear up some confusion about stellar parallax, discuss additional interpretations of the days of Genesis, and expand on the intelligent design movement. Referenced Papers Laland Kevin N.,et al (2015) The extended evolutionary synthesis: its structure,…
 
We continue addressing the controversy on Genesis, creation, and evolution. In this episode, we focus on the scientific questions of (i) the age of the earth, (ii) common ancestry, and (iii) how life diversified. Next time, we will hone in on the question of Adam & Eve. Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confronting-old-testament-cont…
 
Confronting Old Testament Controversy 2: We begin our discussion on creation, evolution, and Genesis by addressing the controversy over the genre of Genesis 1-11, aka the “Primeval History”. Andrew surveys the relevant literary categories and the debate over literalism, metaphor, and history. Slides and video available at http://rc-tamu.org/confron…
 
Confronting Old Testament Controversy 1: Zach discusses the text of the Old Testament (Tanakh) including the primary text types; the Septuagint, the Masoretic text as well as the most important manuscripts, including codex Leningradensis as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Qumran. Next Zach discusses textual transmission and the questions…
 
Despite being the majority of the Bible, the Old Testament remains a difficult and sometime perplexing corpus of writing. With ancient laws, long histories, and confusing prophecies, we are often left wondering…what do we do with the Old Testament? We kick off our Fall 2020 semester with guest speaker Dr. Micah Green to address the question “What D…
 
In this audio from the vault, Jace leads a conversation about what St. Paul meant by justification and how that influences our view of sin and Christs’s wo Subscribe to the Think Theism podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or thinktheism.org Disclaimer: Think Theism is an independent podcast produced in association with Ratio Christi TAMU. The opin…
 
Zach and Andrew interview Dr. Joshua Swamidass about his new book The Genealogical Adam & Eve which aims to show that a literal Adam & Eve is fully compatible with the contemporary evolutionary account of human origins. Video of the interview: https://youtu.be/HKZxPXiF9rA Resources mentioned during or relevant to the episode “The Genealogical Adam …
 
Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Joshua Swamidass. We discuss some of the particulars of why neo-Darwinianism is no longer the reigning paradigm in contemporary evolutionary biology. Swamidass argues that the deficiencies intelligent design theorists point to have been acknowledged (and addressed) as early as the 1960s. In particular, “Haldane’s di…
 
Part 1 of our interview with Dr. Joshua Swamidass. We discuss Dr. Swamidass’s journey from young-earth creationism to “affirming evolutionary science”. We also address the role evolution has played in some high profile deconversions from Christianity. Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3 of our interview where we discuss the particulars of intelligent …
 
Zach and Andrew interview Dr. Michael J. Behe, professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. We discuss Dr. Behe’s work in the intelligent design movement with his book trilogy Darwin’s Black Box, Edge of Evolution, and Darwin Devolves. Next, we revisit the past with…
 
Dr. Michael Behe and Dr. Joshua Swamidass debate evolution, intelligent design, and which way the evidence points. Video of the debate available at tx.ag/veritas2020 The scientific community seeks to give an account of the world around us in terms of mathematical laws and natural processes; this description even extends to the account of biological…
 
Fr. Robert Verrill (Baylor University) joins us to discuss the implications of contemporary quantum theory with Thomistic metaphysics. The premise may seem bizarre. St. Thomas Aquinas (i) lived 700 years before the advent of quantum theory, (ii) believed in a geocentric cosmos, and (iii) believed that earth, air, fire, and water were the only four …
 
Andrew surveys a few different versions of the cosmological argument. Then, we discuss a particular version of the argument popularized by Gottfried Leibniz that tries to show that a necessary being who is the explanatory ground of being must exist. Notes can be found here: Cosmological Arguments Tickets for Veritas 2020 can be found here: tx.ag/Ve…
 
In this episode, we review the divine council then begin to discuss the Old Testament roots of the doctrine of the Trinity. We survey the ancient Near Eastern concept of a Divine Council and how the ancient Hebrews adapted elements of it. Next, we survey the Hebrew concept of “Two Powers in Heaven” where there are two distinct YHWHs, visible and in…
 
In the previous episode, we discussed the material of the Old Testament (aka Tanakh or Hebrew Bible). This time, we will be moving on to discuss the higher level conceptual world of the Ancient Near East and its influence on the biblical authors. Specifically, we look at the idea of a “divine council” present in Biblical texts such as Psalm 82. “Go…
 
We provide an overview of the material elements related to the composition & formation of the Old Testament, then discuss how this shapes our understanding of inspiration. Overall structure of the Old Testament Key events in history of Israel Important textual witnesses What JEDP means Outline: RC Old Testament Outline Veritas Forum 2020 “God and/o…
 
Thanks for your support this year! The 2020 Veritas Forum will be on February 20, 2020 in Rudder Theatre at 7pm. Sign up for free tickets here: tx.ag/Veritas2020 Sign up for the mailinglist: tx.ag/RCEmail If you’d like to support Ratio Christi financially, consider donating at ratiochristi.org/donate Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify RSS f…
 
The authority of the Bible is central to Christianity. Human authors were carried along by the Holy Spirit to provide the written revelation of God. Many Christians believe that God, being Truth itself, could not inspire a collection of documents containing any error, thus, leading to the idea of biblical inerrancy. But what does this mean? What co…
 
What has Jerusalem to do with Yosemite? Guest Speaker Dr. Robert Garcia discusses environmental ethics and how Christian approaches may have unique insights in the often heated debate. To make the question most poignant, Dr. Garcia focuses in on the question of if/when it is acceptable to eat animals and what obligations we have to non-human member…
 
Zach and Andrew interview Dr. Michael G. Strauss, professor of physics at the University of Oklahoma, about his book The Creator Revealed: A Physicist Examines the Big Bang and the Bible. In the first half of the conversation, we discuss scientific evidence for the existence of God from (i) big bang cosmology and (ii) the fine-tuning of the univers…
 
Religion and science have been often viewed as incompatible. However, recent scientific discoveries about our universe and planet have led many to reconsider God. In this talk, Dr. Michael G. Strauss surveys three lines of scientific evidence that point towards a Creator: (i) the origin of our universe, (ii) the fine-tuning of our universe for life…
 
The resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Says the apostle Paul, if Christ has not been raised, you are dead in your sins and your faith is in vain. The historical argument for the resurrection of Jesus has played a chief role in Christian apologetics, as well. In this episode, Zach takes a whirlwind tour through the theo…
 
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” claims Jesus. But what about those that never hear about the way, truth, and life? C.S. Lewis reflected deeply on this question and offered a few interesting perspectives. Dr. Robert K. Garcia is an Associate professor of Philosophy at Texas A&M and teaches the Ph…
 
While there are numerous arguments for the existence of God, most believers accept theism independent of sophisticated arguments and evidence. Are these theists irrational? In this episode, Zach discusses the idea of Reformed Epistemology developed by Alvin Plantinga who argues Christian believers can be warranted independent of evidence. The core …
 
Jared Oliphint, Ph.D. student in the Texas A&M Philosophy Dept., joins us for a fun conversation about abstract objects and how it relates to theism. The problem is motivated by an inconsistent triad of propositions, formulated by Greg Welty: Abstract objects (AOs) exist. If AOs exist, they are dependent on God. If AOs exist, they are independent o…
 
In this meeting, Ben discusses the diversity of early Christians and if that poses an objection to the concept of “orthodoxy”. Resources referenced include Orthodoxy & Heresy in Earliest Christianity by Walter Bauer The Heresy of Orthodoxy by Michael Kruger Lost Christianities by Bart D. Ehrman The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development …
 
This episode is a rehost of RED-C Roundup. Subscribe at https://redcroundup.podbean.com On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, host Dcn. Mike Beauvais spoke with two guests to Texas A&M University for the Veritas Forum sponsored by the Christian Faculty Network and the Catholic Faculty and Staff Network on campus. The Veritas Forum brings to American college…
 
On October 23, 2018 Matt Dillahunty debated John Ferrer on “Do We Need God for Morality?” Questions of right, wrong, good, and evil are some of the most profound. For many people, God plays the central role of Moral Lawgiver. With this comes the concern that unless God exists, ethics is in serious trouble. As Nietzsche once put it, morality “has tr…
 
Zach chats with Dr. Robin Collins (Messiah College) about fine-tuning, creationism, God-guided evolution, the problem of evil, philosophy of mind, free will, and what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Most of the papers referenced in this interview are available at Dr. Collins’s website: http://home.messiah.edu/~rcollins/ Special thanks to RED-C Rad…
 
Tony Reinke (desiringgod.org) discusses how to maintain spiritual health and sanity in an age where digital devices and social media are clamoring for your attention. Part of the 2019 Veritas Forum at Texas A&M University. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify RSS feed: http://rc-tamu.org/feed/podcast/think-theism…
 
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