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Welcome to the Course! Please read the information below for important course information.
This class is taught by Watchman Fellowship Staff Apologist Daniel Ray. In addition to this Daniel is the Co-Author/Co-Editor of the book The Story of the Cosmos. Daniel will guide you through the various chapters of the book digging into the complexity of how we can see the glory of God in the heavens. At the end of this course you will be quipped to teach this at your church, Bible study or class. Each lesson will have a study guide that will assist in developing discussions over pertinent points of the lesson. Upon completion of the course you will be certified to teach this course and you will receive access to two bonus videos.
One last thing before you begin. While the course does not require the book The Story of the Cosmos; we do recommend that you pick it for the optimal learning experience. You can purchase the book from Amazon.com in paperback or ebook (Kindle).
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Exploration of the Cosmos
A Glorious Resonance: The Intelligibility of Nature (Class Notes) [11:43]
In this lesson the glory of God will be examined through the intelligibility of Nature. In the book this chapter was written by Dr. Melissa Cain Travis.
The Stones Cry Glory [11:00]
Jesus told the Pharisees in Luke 19 that if He forbid the crowd to worship Him the stones would cry out. This lesson considers just how the stones cry out.
Eschatology of Habitable Zones [11:39]
Just like the three bears were not looking for porridge that wasn’t too hot or too cold; but just right; our planet is in the perfect place.
The Glorious Dance of Binary Stars [10:46]
The complexity and brilliance of the stars is mind blowing; but we must remember Isaiah 45:12, “It is I [God] who made the earth and created man…”
God, Black Holes, and the End of the Universe [19:25]
Exodus 33 – Moses asks to see God’s face; but is denied and only allowed to partake of the glory of God’s back. We too observe His glory but from a distance.
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler: The Gloriously Odd Couple of Astronomy [13:32]
God’s eternal power and divine attributes have been seen from the beginning of the world. Both men understood that the fingerprints of God are on creation.
Expression of the Cosmos in Art and Literature
The Cosmos and the Starry Night [13:31]
As the heavens declare the glory of God it may very well be the stars that form the letters proclaiming His glory. This lesson exmaines the stars.
Imagine There’s No Heaven?: C.S. Lewis on Making Space for Faith [14:54]
Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin wasn’t able to find God in space; but a further look into space reveals that God has been there entire time. Here’s faith in space.
Recovering a Vision of the Cosmos: Tolkien’s Creation Narrative in the The Silmarillion [13:23]
The greatest story ever told is seen well within the pages of literature. Within this universe is the glory of God seen through this most powerful story.
Evidences Pointing to the Creation of the Cosmos
Creation Ex Nihilo: Theology and Science [14:45]
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If there was a beginning, as the data suggests, there must be a beginner.
The Cosmic Coincidences of Fine Tuning [10:41]
The fine tuning of the universe for life is undeniable. From the gravitational force of Jupiter to the precise percentage of oxygen God design is seen.
Rediscovering the Discarded Image [23:02]
The universe is finely-tuned for the existence and flourishing of humans points to an immaterial, personal, powerful, Creator God.