CPBD 001: Robert Russell – God and Physics

by Luke Muehlhauser on January 6, 2009 in Podcast,Science

Here it is, the first episode of my new podcast, Conversations from the Pale Blue Dot (CPBD). I’ll be interviewing experts of all religions, worldviews, and opinions. It’s an interfaith podcast, hosted by an atheist.

In today’s episode, I:

  • Tell my personal deconversion story.
  • Interview Robert Russell, founder of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
  • Answer the first listener question, “What is atheism?”

guest robert russellRobert Russell is a professional physicist and ordained theologian studying the interaction of today’s science and religion. He is the founder of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, a long-term judge for the Templeton Prize, and author of Cosmology: From Alpha to Omega.

Among other things, we discuss:

  • how quantum mechanics might inform the Christian’s understanding of how God acts in the world
  • how evolution might inform the Christian’s understanding of sin
  • the interaction between science and religion
  • the future of science and religion

Download CPBD episode 001 with Robert Russell. Total time is 47:09.


My apologies for the audio quality; I’m still working on that.

Let me know what you think, and submit your own questions for me to answer on the show!

Note: in addition to the regular blog feed, there is also a podcast-only feed. You can also subscribe on iTunes.

Two very good podcasts (with entire production teams behind them) covering the same topics as Conversations are Interfaith Voices and Unbelieveable.

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CharlesP June 10, 2009 at 11:20 am

The sound was a bit rough, but the content was good.   I liked hearing you tell your story even though I’d read it on the site before. I too was a “true believer” in my youth, moved away from practice in my 19-21 age, moved back toward the church warily for about 10 years (being highly involved with my local church, though fighting theology a good bit), and in the last 2-3 years really delved into the arguments on both sides of the god/no-god debate, ending up as an atheist still married to my christian high-school sweetheart… and trying to figure out how to compromise on how the kids get raised (and if/how I break it to my parents).

I know how hard it can be to keep up a podcast (as I’ve failed at keeping my writing one up), but hope you can continue to do these interviews and put out the content.


peter November 11, 2009 at 11:11 pm

how do you consider a true christian to be one who flip flops on his trust in god so much man?

one thing everyone gets wrong is that they look online and to others for the evidences for or against atheism or christianity. yet they fail to realize the sources are biases whether they say it or not.

search out the truth for yourself man.


Paul Johnsen February 9, 2011 at 8:04 am

Is it not reasonable to expect a God of science to have created all religions, not just the Christian faith. Since science is non-denominational, why should the recognition of God be encased in Christianity or any other denomination. A God of science need not have intermediaries such as synagogue, church, or mosque, but shuld be apprehended directly from science. PJ


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