Want to hear a funny David Berlinski story? Listen to this! Also we explain what Ahmadi Muslims really believe, what salvation means in Islam, and discuss whether humans are still evolving...
Professor Michael Flannery walks us through the rivalry between Darwin and Wallace. They both co-founded the modern theory of evolution. But soon, Wallace split with Darwin over the power of natural selection. For Wallace, evolution by natural selection was real; but its power was limited. It could not explain many aspects of the biological world, leading Wallace to believe that Divine Direction was needed to explain the course of life's evolution.
Video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2wMh8IHK38&
Tahir and Umar are joined by Dr. Damir Rafi, the author of a blistering new critique of the Mindfulness movement. We discuss his experience with it, the origins of Buddhist meditation, the scientific evidence for mindfulness, and a bit of Russell Brand for good measure too. You can watch the video of this discussion via clips of this on our YouTube channel.
Tahir and Umar have a good time taking on Neil DeGrasse Tyson's criticisms of religion - that a good God would not allow suffering, and that religion is not evidence-based. You can also watch this discussion on the Rational Religion YouTube channel.
"End Systemic Racism!" But how? Is trying to fix cultural issues enough? How do we change the economic reality for people? And what is at the spiritual root of racism? Tahir & Umar Nasser, two Ahmadi Muslims, discuss the issues brought forward by Black Lives Matters and recent events in the USA.
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/PvD-dsqWiVU
Do Evangelical beliefs affect foreign policy? Are many Jews and Muslims alike waiting for the wrong kind of Messiah? And is there any evidence that Jesus survived the crucifixion? Find out in the debut episode of The Rational Religion Show!