Today’s interview is with Jay Richards, program director of the Discovery Institute‘s Center for Science and Culture. (articles by Jay here) He talks about the use of intelligent design arguments in Christian apologetics, understanding the limits of arguments, removing obstacles to the Gospel, “God must have done it” caricatures, the Privileged Planet thesis, the factors needed for a life-sustaining planet, the overlap between the conditions for life and the conditions for discovery, the materialistic worldview and the Copernican principle, pre-Copernican cosmology, earth-like exoplanets, design and constrained optimization, the importance of the moon for life and for science, the benefit of philosophical tools for apologetics, advice for apologists, and more.
Full Interview MP3 Audio here. (35 min)
Jay Richards’ books include:
• God and Evolution
• The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery
• Unapologetic Apologetics: Meeting the Challenges of Theological Studies
• The Untamed God: A Philosophical Exploration of Divine Perfection, Simplicity, and Immutability
• THE DVD: The Privileged Planet