The debate has a long history and is every bit as volatile today as it has been for centuries. Where did everything (including us) come from? Surprisingly, although there have been many complicated explanations given, there are only two possible choices: (1) Matter before mind; (2) Mind before matter. That's it.
This series examines the various positions on the origins of the universe and mankind, with the goal being to answer the key philosophical question "Why is there something rather than nothing at all?"
Why does it matter whether you believe that you came from some primordial pool or from the creative power of God? This presentation makes a case that what you believe about your origins matters supremely, and showcases the ramifications of taking the wrong philosophical path.
The study of cosmogony concerns itself with the origins of the universe. It is a branch of science that attempts to answer the main philosophical question posed by Heidegger and others: "Why do we have something rather than nothing at all?" This presentation examines the various answers to the question and, using the philosophical 'appeal to the best explanation' approach, provides evidence for a Creator.
Atheist Richard Dawkins says, “What lies at the heart of every living thing is not a fire, warn breath, nor a ‘spark of life’. It is information, words, instructions. . . . Think of a billion discrete digital characters. . . . If you want to understand life think about digital technology.” There is a difference between raw data and information, and that difference is 'intelligence'. This presentation examines evolution and then information theory to show how each points to a Creator of all that exists.
How should the book of Genesis be interpreted? As just a story or as actual history? Does it describe an earth that is relatively young in age (6-10,000 years old) or one that is much older? This presentation lists out the various interpretations of Genesis along with their relative strengths and weaknesses.