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The Veritas Forum

Summary: How can we mend a broken world? How should we seek justice? What is the good life? The Veritas Forum helps students and faculty ask life's hardest questions. Many of the world's leading universities were founded to answer the big "why" questions. Our mission is to help them confront these questions anew. Learn more at

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 Is Wholeness Possible in Suffering? | Dr. Raymond Barfield | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:59

Pediatric oncologist Ray Barfield lost his Christian faith after witnessing the suffering of children with cancer. Though he later returned to Christianity, his doubts transformed his perspective on human flourishing. At a Veritas Forum from the University of Washington, Barfield observers how it’s not so much the absence of suffering but our response to it that fosters wholeness. Moderated by Max Hunter, Assistant Professor of Biology; Director of PPHS at Seattle Pacific University. Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast!

 Does Faith Divide Us? | Tahera Ahmad & Russell Moore | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:13

Tahera Ahmad, Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement at Northwestern, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, discuss their Muslim and Christian faiths respectively and whether faith divides or unites us. Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast ~ Thank you!

 Meaning-Making Methodologies | Francis Su & Paul Asimow | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:13

Harvey Mudd College Mathematician Francis Su and Caltech Geologist Paul Asimow discuss their personal perspectives on meaning and purpose from the stage at California Institute of Technology. Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast. Thank you!

 The Bible: Gospel, Guide, or Garbage? | Dr. NT Wright & Dr. Sean Kelly | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:05

How should we view the Bible? New Testament scholar and theologian NT Wright and Harvard philosopher Sean Kelly discuss one of history’s most influential books at The Veritas Forum at Harvard University. Moderated by Dr. Jay Harris. Please like, share, subscribe to, and review this podcast. Thank you! [this is a throwback episode from 2013]

 525,600 Minutes: Time, Eternity and Finding Value in Our Lives | Alan Lightman & Meghan Sullivan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:18

Dr. Alan Lightman, MIT, and Dr. Meghan Sullivan, Notre Dame, discuss how the modern world is impacting the way we view and utilize time and what that means for humanity. Dr. Meghan Sullivan's current book is titled 'Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence' with a forthcoming book titled 'God and the Good Life' (with Paul Blaschko). Dr. Alan Lightman's new book is called 'Three Flames.' Please like, share, review and subscribe to this podcast. Thank you!

 Can You Hear Me? | Dr. Curt Thompson & Dr. Kathryn Lofton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:37:33

Dr. Curt Thompson, Author, and Dr. Kathryn Lofton, Yale University, discuss the shifting connectivity of modern university students. Please like, share subscribe to and review this podcast.

 How Can Religion Heal Rather Than Divide? | Dr. Miroslav Volf | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:52

Theologian Dr. Miroslav Volf, Yale University, discusses how religion ought to be a healing force in our world rather than a divisive one. Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast. Thank you!

 Liberal Arts Education: What’s The Point? | Dr. Robert George and Dr. Cornel West | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:14

Dr. Cornel West, Harvard Divinity School and Dr. Robert George, Princeton University, discuss the value of a liberal arts education at The Washington University in St. Louis. • • Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast. Thank you!

 God & The Universe | Dr. Stephen Barr | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:53:19

Astronomer and Physicist Dr. Stephen Barr, University of Delaware, discusses the interplay between our modern understanding of the universe and the role our faith and the bible plays in how we understand. Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast. Thank you!

 Is Science Enough? Faith, Reason, & the Human Need for Certainty | Dr. Troy Van Voorhis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:37

Dr. Troy Van Voorhis, a chemist at MIT, speaks to an audience at the University of Florida about whether science is enough to give us the reason and certainty we seek in life. ~~ Please like, share, subscribe to and review this podcast.

 Can Faith & Science Coexist? | Dr. Ian Hutchinson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:52

Dr. Ian Hutchinson, a nuclear scientist at MIT, takes to the stage at the University of Virginia to discuss the sometimes tense relationship between faith and science while challenging scientism; the belief that everything can be explained through science. Please like, share, subscribe and review this podcast. We really appreciate your support.

 What Makes Humans Special? | Dr. David Lahti & Dr. Andrew Berry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:56:53

Dr. David Lahti, Evolutionary Biologist of Queens College at the City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Berry, Evolutionary Biologist of Harvard University discuss the biological developments that make humans unique. Recorded from the stage at Harvard University. If you find this and other episodes meaningful, please subscribe, share and review this podcast.

 New Season of The Veritas Forum Podcast (Trailer) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:10

Thank you for your patience while we've been revamping this experience for you. This is the Veritas Forum Podcast. As before, we're bringing you new and familiar speakers asking the big questions at our forums on college campuses around the country. Join us tomorrow as we launch the first episode, a conversation between Dr. David Lahti of The City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Berry of Harvard University about what makes humans special. If you like this podcast and want to hear more, please like, share, subscribe and review. From all of us here at The Veritas Forum, we thank you!

 Drawing The Line: The Ethics of Gene Editing | William Hurlbut & Rudolf Jaenisch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:22:01

Stanford neurobiologist William Hurlbut and MIT genetic biologist Rudolf Jaenisch discuss the ethics of gene editing at a Veritas Forum from MIT, moderated by Cullen Buie, MIT professor.

 Boundaries for Your Soul | Kimberly Miller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:57

In her recent book, Boundaries for Your Soul, therapist Kimberly Miller describes the process of turning your inner critic into your biggest champion. Instead of fighting or ignoring our feelings and anxieties, Kim wants us to befriend them. On our latest podcast episode, Kim discusses the approach that transformed her life and the lives of her clients.


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