Essential Apologetics – Michael Strauss Univ. of California at Santa Cruz 2004 – On the Origin and Design of the Universe

Michael Strauss

Physics professor Michael G. Strauss, born in 1958 to a family whose dad Richard L. Strauss would become Pastor and Bible teacher. In 1977 he chose to attend Biola University where he studied his 2 interests, science and theology. You can read more about Mr. Strauss’s stellar achievements here. He is currently a tenured professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, Oklahoma where he has joined  the DØ experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Center (Fermilab). As a member of the DØ collaboration he has made contributions to the testing of silicon sensors for the upgraded vertex detector, to the track finding algorithms, to a measurement of the photon production cross section which probes the gluon content of protons, and to other QCD measurements. He is currently studying properties of B mesons that contain a b-quark, the production cross section of jets coming from quarks and gluons, and other QCD analyses. At CERN, he is a collaborator on the ATLAS detector.
The following presentation (with slides) was given at University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004 in support of the Big Bang theory (but with an old earth perspective vs young earth – 6 day creation view). Of particular interest:

Recent discoveries of science had been proclaimed long ago in the Bible:

  1. The Universe had a beginning (Bible 3500 yrs ago, scientists 70 yrs. ago)
    „In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Gensis 1:1
  2. The stuff of the universe did not exist at one time.
    „We understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible”.  Hebrews 11:3
  3. The Bible claims that God is transcendent. He acts independent of space and time. The Bible is the only book that talks about God acting outside of time. „This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”. Apostle Paul – 2 Timothy 1:9 Also in Titus 1:2 Apostle Paul writes, „(We have) eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”. (Apostle Paul wrote this in the 1st century, scientists discovered this fact in 1970)
  4. The transcendent God chose to make himself known in the dimensions of space and time… (Jesus) became flesh and made His dwelling among us”.  Apostle john, John 1:14 …so that he might have a relationship with humans…”to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. Apostle john 1:11

Next Strauss goes over some of the main arguments for „origins’ (there are about 100 of them) where if things were just so scientifically speaking, the universe could not exist.

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Is God Dead? Atheism vs Christianity. Debate (2 hours) at Wheaton College

April 2008 – Setting: Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Cole Memorial Chapel- Cicero’s Podium, a Great Issues Debate Series (a  worthy 2 hour debate)

Peter Kreeft (Professor of Philosophy, Boston College) vs Michael Tooley, (Professor of Philosophy and College Professor of Distinction, University of Colorado, Boulder).

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