This relates to some other discussions, but I wanted to start it separately. The Big Conversation is a Christian Radio based deal, bringing together scholars with different ideas, but not in a combative debate format. Weinstein tells a little of his back story in the beginning if you don’t know it already. Then he talks about how his thesis is, humans evolved to value belief systems. No matter where we come from, we learn that picking the right one is important. It’s long, so here’s a couple key points.
27 minutes - To do science, you have to accept that we exist as independent minds in a universe. It’s not “faith” in the religious sense, but it’s a starting point without complete proof.
41 - McGrath, the believer, makes a statement about multiple causes and how Christianity is limited in its ability to make sense of the world and that we shouldn’t be “locked into” an interpretation from the past. He’s able to do that because this is a safe place for him to say it. I think your average church goer thinks this way, but they don’t want to say it in mixed company, because it could put them in an uncomfortable position.
Brett responds in a way that keeps the conversation open saying, “those books are full of wisdom that is not up to date”. People who go to church listen to these YouTubes and Brierly’s radio show. Conversations like this can help move this kind of talk into those churches.