God in Big History 5:5 (beta) “Evidential Prophets”


Published on Jul 4, 2014

Part 5 of 5 explores how a *factual* view of God and revelation, in light of the trajectory of Big History, clarifies our way into the future and restores the relevance (indeed, necessity!) of unflinchingly bold, science-based prophetic speech. Time codes below:

00:38 Overview of 7 main questions covered in this course
01:50 A *factual* view of God/revelation redeems prophetic speech
02:10 Thresholds of Complexity / Trajectory of Cosmic Evolution
06:23 How? Wise governance
06:39 Stewart’s “Evolution’s Arrow” / Larkin’s “Environmental Debt”
11:07 Thomas Berry quote and Carl Sagan quote
11:44 Climate crisis as ‘the greatest moral issue in human history’
12:26 AAAS “What We Know” campaign — 97% and 99%
14:33 Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds
15:16 Bill McKibben and James Hansen as modern-day prophets
17:37 Wendell Berry and Neal deGrasse Tyson quotes
19:48 Resources on Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Our Response
24:12 Cost of ignoring ‘evidential revelation’ / 5 painful questions
30:56 Great Reckoning & Great Homecoming / Triple idolatries
34:32 “Thus Sayeth the Lord”…
35:50 Why putting a price on carbon is of utmost importance
37:14 “The gospel…” / Factualizing “the second coming”
39:52 Gil Bailie quote
41:37 Carl Sagan quote / Religion 3.0 / 6 points of agreement
43:35 Recommended resources
44:44 Overview of course / Honoring the past, blessing the future
48:11 80-second video clip: Big History / The Great Story
49:37 Carl Sagan quote / Questions for Reflection or Discussion

MENTIONED: David Christian, Bob Bain, Craig Benjamin, Fred Spier, Cynthia Stokes Brown, Bill Gates, AAAS, Naomi Oreskes, Erik Conway, Bill McKibben, David Roberts, James Hansen, Tom Friedman, Paul Gilding, John Englander, Richdard Heinberg, James Howard Kunstler, Kathleen Dean Moore, Jorgen Randers, David Gershon, Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone, John Michael Greer, PZ Myers, Michael Scott Earl, Richard Dawkins, Paul Hawken, Larry Rasmussen, Bron Taylor, Paul Loeb, John Mather, Craig Mello, Carl Sagan

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