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UK based Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams is Assistant Professor of Worldview and Communications at Gimlekollen College, NLA University, Norway. Website: www.peterswilliams.com

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UK based Christian philosopher Peter S. Williams is Assistant Professor of Worldview and Communications at Gimlekollen College, NLA University, Norway. Website: www.peterswilliams.com

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Apologetics 315 Podcast: An Informed Cosmos with Peter S Williams

11/16/2023
This episode of the Apologetics 315 Podcast, from October 2023, is re-posted here with permission. In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview Christian Philosopher Peter S. Williams about his book An Informed Cosmos: Essays on Intelligent Design Theory. Find his resources at www.peterswilliams.com 0:24 - Intro to our guest 2:15 - About the book An Informed Cosmos 9:25 - Getting clarity on what intelligent design is 14:10 - Is I.D. science? And defining “science” 19:39 - Truth as the most important approach 21:56 - Imposing worldviews on the data? 25:01 - Is evolution the means by which God created? 29:21 - What role does a Darwinian process play? 35:00 - How did Peter go from being a theistic evolutionist to an ID proponent? 40:45 - What tipped the balance for Peter? 46:52 - What role does information play in design detection? 53:21 - Can we recognize non-intelligent design? 54:57 - Theistic interpretations? 56:22 - Paley’s “watchmaker” shows that we can detect design? 1:00:13 - Prevailing errors when thinking about design 1:05:00 - Is intelligent design “creationism”? 1:06:25 - How has intelligent design changed Peter’s thinking? 1:13:30 - Peter’s music - www.peterswilliams.com/composing Check out a past episode with Peter S. Williams: 006 - Outgrowing God? with Peter S. Williams - https://a315.co/4615IYj Books by Peter S. Williams: An Informed Cosmos: Essays on Intelligent Design Theory - https://a315.co/48ugxUc A Universe From Someone: Essays on Natural Theology - https://a315.co/46GLUtl Apologetics in 3D: Essays on Apologetics and Spirituality - https://a315.co/3PtMqUu Outgrowing God? A Beginner’s Guide to Richard Dawkins and the God Debate - https://a315.co/3Pww9xP Getting at Jesus: A Comprehensive Critique of Neo-Atheist Nonsense About the Jesus of History - https://a315.co/46pUFri A Faithful Guide to Philosophy: A Christian Introduction to the Love of Wisdom - https://a315.co/3Ptm0C3 C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists - https://a315.co/48ugxUc ================================ We appreciate your feedback. If you’re on TWITTER, you can follow Chad @TBapologetics. You can follow Brian @TheBrianAuten And of course, you can follow @Apologetics315 If you have a question or comment for the podcast, record it and send it our way using www.speakpipe.com/Apologetics315 or you can email us at podcast@apologetics315.com

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Escaping the Closed Universe: C.S. Lewis vs. Naturalism

10/25/2023
Lecture from the October 2023 Veritas Conference in Grimstad, Norway. See: www.veritasnorge.no/

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Introducing Apologetics in 3D

10/25/2023
Lecture given in October 2023 to youth workers studying at the Gimlekollen campus of NLA University College, including interjections from Bjorn Hinderaker, mostly in Norwegian. With apologies for sound quality at the start.

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 11) Gloria

10/5/2023
This is the last of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. This piece recapitulates the theme of movement one, using it as a setting for the apostle Paul’s comparison between the sufferings of the present world and the glory of the new heavens and earth to come. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics combine an English translation of the opening of John’s gospel, with the Greek terms: Logos (Word), Agathos (Goodness), Veritas (Truth), and Kalos...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 10) Telos

10/5/2023
This is the tenth of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. This piece was inspired by John’s vision of the new heavens and earth in Revelation 21. The choir sing about God’s invitation to the wedding feast of the Lamb (i.e. Jesus Christ) who will wipe away ever tear from our eyes and bring “Shalom” (a Hebrew word meaning peace, wholeness and flourishing). From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics combine an English translation of the opening of John’s...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 9) Kyrie

10/5/2023
This is the ninth of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. A setting of the Latin Kyrie, a traditional prayer for forgiveness, which in English means: “Lord, forgive us, Christ forgive us, Lord forgive us.” From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics combine an English translation of the opening of John’s gospel, with the Greek terms: Logos (Word), Agathos (Goodness), Veritas (Truth), and Kalos (Beautiful-Good). Movement 6: Love. An acapella setting of...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 8) Agnus Dei

10/5/2023
This is the eighth of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. Based on the saying of John the Baptist: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29), the Agnus Dei (Latin for “Lamb of God”) is a traditional liturgical chant that contemplates the meaning of Jesus’ death on the cross in light of his subsequent bodily resurrection from the tomb. Far from being just another failed messiah, Jesus is God’s self-sacrifice of forgiveness in bearing our sin. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 7) Garden

10/5/2023
This is the seventh of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus contemplates his calling to be crucified as a sacrifice for sin and prays that his Father might take away this cup of suffering from him. The music uses suspended resolutions and a fluctuating pattern of major and minor notes that gradually become more resolute and hymn-like as Jesus turns his face to the cross, praying that the Father’s will be done on earth. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 6) Love

10/5/2023
This is the sixth of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. An acapella setting of Jesus’ answer to a scribe’s question about the greatest commandment in Mark 12. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics combine an English translation of the opening of John’s gospel, with the Greek terms: Logos (Word), Agathos (Goodness), Veritas (Truth), and Kalos (Beautiful-Good). Movement 6: Love. An acapella setting of Jesus’ answer to a scribe’s question about the...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 5) Logos

10/5/2023
This is the fifth of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics combine an English translation of the opening of John’s gospel, with the Greek terms: Logos (Word), Agathos (Goodness), Veritas (Truth), and Kalos (Beautiful-Good). From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 4) Weeping Turns to Joy

10/5/2023
This is the fourth of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 3) Sin

10/5/2023
This is the third of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos,...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 2) Light

10/5/2023
This is the second of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. "From Glory to Glory" is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the divine logos, or rational principle behind creation. Only this logos reveals God in person through the incarnation. The lyrics combine an English translation of the opening of John’s gospel, with the Greek terms: Logos (Word), Agathos (Goodness), Veritas (Truth), and Kalos (Beautiful-Good). Movement 6: Love. An acapella setting of Jesus’ answer to a scribe’s question about the greatest commandment in...

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From Glory to Glory (2023): Movement 1) Trinity

10/5/2023
This is the first of eleven movements in the updated and expanded 2023 recording of my From Glory to Glory suite. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. From Glory to Glory is available as a high quality wav file album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/psw_music/sets/from-glory-to-glory-2023 From Glory to Glory is a little under 70 min long suite of contemporary classical music, reflecting on the biblical story and Christian spirituality, drawing upon an eclectic fusion of musical influences. The suite is written for four part choir and an ensemble of instruments. The lyrics are a mixture of English, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. In summer 2023 it struck me that my Sibelius 6 software was 13 years old, and that contemporary software would probably be able to reproduce the sound of a choir singing lyrics, rather than simply going “Ah”! Discovering that this was indeed the case, I reached out to find someone who could use my composition files to produce a new recording of From Glory to Glory using contemporary music technology. That person turned out to be Cuban composer Wilma Alba Cal, whose work includes chamber, choir, orchestral and electroacoustic music (see https://wilmaalbacal.com/). Over the summer of 2023, Wilma used my ‘Sibelius 6’ files and scores to make an updated recording of From Glory to Glory that sounds much more realistic than before, and where the choir sing the words on the scores. This was a collaborative process that involved Wilma gathering information on the sounds I had in mind when selecting from the instruments available in Sibelius 6, and several rounds of feedback about various pre and post-sound-mix versions of the tracks. Instruments: SATB Choir, Gong, Bass Drum, Tubular Bells, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Two Flutes, Grand Piano, Pipe Organ, Min-Moog Synth Lead, Mellatron Strings, Mellatron Choir, Cello, Electric Bass, Synth Bass. Track Notes Movement 1: Trinity. We open with God’s existence prior to creation. A solo piano plays three musical lines, the third of which is generated from the interaction of the first two, representing the way in which God the Father is the “root” of the Divine “triad”, God the Son eternally depends upon the Father, and God the Holy Spirit “proceeds” from the Father and the Son. The piece is also Trinitarian in having three sections. It ends on an unresolved chord, suggesting the eternality of the Godhead. Movement 2: Light. The angels rejoice in God’s creation of light and “dance” among the stars. Movement 3: One Sin. This piece draws upon the opening of G.K. Chesterton’s poem “Ecclesiastes”: “There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray, Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.” In other words, the fundamental sin is acting as if we were wiser than God, as if moral reality should bend to our choices and desires rather than vice versa. The consequences of sin for relationships between humans and with God is represented by the entry of the minor key and the music becoming broken up. Movement 4: Weeping Turns to Joy. This setting of words from Psalm 6:6 and 30:5 was composed in July 2021, as a short, stand-alone piece reflecting on the end of Covid 19 restrictions. In August 2023, I decided to add it into this suite, where it neatly represents the Old Testament experiences of exile (“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” – Psalm 137:1) and hope centered upon in the promised coming of God’s messiah. Movement 5: Logos. The opening of John’s gospel represents God the Son as the...

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Introduction to An Informed Cosmos: Essays on Intelligent Design Theory

10/5/2023
Lecture on the main themes of my book An Informed Cosmos: Essays on Intelligent Design Theory (Wipf & Stock, 2023) delivered 29th September 2023 at English L'Abri (www.englishlabri.org/).

Duration:01:38:28

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Reading Culture in 3D: From Pre-Modernism to Metamodernism

10/3/2023
Teaching from the September 2023 'Worldviews & Communication' course UK study tour, delivered in London.

Duration:00:49:08

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Reading Scripture for Spiritual Formation

10/3/2023
Teaching from the September 2023 'Communication & Worldviews' course UK study Tour, delivered at L'abri in Hampshire. Apologies for the poor sound on parts of this recording, I think I need to get a new microphone cable!

Duration:00:46:25

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Thinking in 3D: Spirituality, Rhetoric & Transcendental Values

9/29/2023
Lecture delivered online to 'Worldview & Communication' students at NLA University College on August 16th 2003, introducing a conceptual 'matrix' of concepts to be revisited in talks on the September 2023 UK Study Tour for the course. My teaching is in English, but the recording also contains some comments by my colleagues Bjorn Hinderaker and Lars Dahle in Norwegian.

Duration:01:11:36

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ELF 2023: Can We Believe In God In An Age of Science? Intelligent Design (Part Seven of Seven)

6/6/2023
The last of seven talks from my pre-forum mini-forum on 'Can we Believe in God in an Age of Science?' at the 2023 European Leadership Forum in Poland.

Duration:00:31:06

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ELF 2023: Can We Believe In God In An Age of Science? Darwinism (Part Six of Seven)

6/5/2023
The sixth of seven talks from my pre-forum mini-forum on 'Can we Believe in God in an Age of Science?' at the 2023 European Leadership Forum in Poland.

Duration:00:19:38