By Veritas Riff
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Academics of faith answering questions facing everyone
||CleanWill massive online courses disrupt faith?||The rise of massively open online courses (MOOCs) is beginning to disrupt the world of higher education. What does this mean for the formation of Christian faith in that world? MIT professor and scientist Troy Van Voorhis tackles this question.||9/16/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuantum physics: coming to a desktop near you?||The latest discoveries in physics could revolutionize computing... and how our society engages with the mysteries of the quantum world.||5/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParental Choice and the Education Gap||Closing the education gap can't be done by government policy alone. Parents from more privileged backgrounds can choose to play a critical role.||3/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe federal government as "turkey farm"||Whoever wins the Presidential election this fall will be reasonably qualified for the job. The same won't be true of hundreds of his appointments. Vanderbilt University's David Lewis explains how political payback in the appointment process leads to poor government performance. (May 2012)||5/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy health care reform needs spiritual reform||New laws and policies won't be enough to tackle the health care crisis. Dr. Ray Barfield of Duke University explains why addressing American spiritual beliefs about the end of life is a missing piece. (March, 2012)||3/26/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Science at War with Religion?||A majority of polled Americans believe that a commitment to science conflicts with a commitment to religion. Oxford physicist Ard Louis seeks to change their minds. (Feb. 2012)||3/2/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe brave new world of genetic medicine||We live in the beginning stages of a medical revolution. But will we like where it takes us? With Joshua Swamidass.||1/4/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe invention of sexual identity||Christians often ask, "Is homosexuality a sin?" The better questions are, "What is homosexuality?" and "What is heterosexuality?" and "Where did this label come from?" With Jenell Paris.||10/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThomas Kinkade vs. Modern Art||What is a work of art? A sentimental image of a candle-lit cabin, or a canvas with a single red square “my four-year-old could have drawn”? With Daniel Siedell.||7/31/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJesus Christ, extra-terrestrial?||If life is found on other planets, does Christian faith come unraveled? Or would other life forms also be redeemed by grace? With Jennifer Wiseman.||6/26/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA philosopher goes to prison and finds hope||Modern philosophy is accused of being an out of touch enterprise locked away in the ivy tower. Does it have anything meaningful to offer those living a grittier version of life? To find out, Andrew Chignell, a philosophy professor at Cornell Universit||4/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is the cultural cost of the bailout economy?||The exact financial cost for the massive 2008 government bailout of the economy is still being tabulated. What is harder to calculate is the toll the action took on Americans beliefs about the government and their own financial obligations. But that c||3/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy are ER waits so long?||The emergency room is the aspect of health care most widely and similarly experienced by Americans. The state of the ER tells us a great deal about the state of health care: the financial pressures involved, its ability to care for the poor, and what r||2/17/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy are so many Christian politicians getting caught in sex scandals?||In the last few years, there has been a virtual epidemic of Christian politicians caught, well there’s no better way to put it, with their pants down. Of all the nine major sex scandals involving all U.S. congressmen since 2006, eight of them involv||1/3/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Glad I found this one!
I have found the level of expertise and topics to be really interesting. This program is pretty new and is very well done. Very cool to have so many experts with different professional backgrounds weighing in on topics that affect all of us everyday. I don't subscribe to many programs and this one is at the top of my list. I find myself waiting with much anticipation for the next theme and who will provide the expert insight! Great program.
I find Veritas Riff to be both throughtful and insightful. I very much enjoyed the first interview and look forward to what lies ahead.
Very interesting material
Renee Hsia provides a fascinating discussion of emergency room healthcare in this most recent podcast, and I appreciated her perspective and expertise. This is an area that needs much attention and improvoment in the days ahead, and I imagine Hsia will be one of the leading voices among her generation. It was great to hear from her before she becomes a household name. Great interview.