Philosopher of science Paul Nelson talks with Del Tackett about how history relates to the origin of everything.
DEL: Well, Paul, the reason this becomes serious is that we’re not talking about a history of just boiling water at a certain temperature. We’re talking about a history that deals with the origin of the universe. It deals with the origin of life; the origin of humanity; the origin of sin and why there’s evil in the world; the origin of the geological formations that we have around us; the origin of language. I mean this is history that is not minor. This is dealing with major, major elements of humanity and where we are today.
PAUL NELSON: Yeah. You’re talking about the origin of literally everything. And I think if we zoom out from that and say well what really is the difference between these two paradigms, it isn’t a question of science on the one hand versus religion on the other because both of them are scientific in the sense of looking at a common body of data. Really at the deepest level the difference is two competing views of history – what is the true history of our cosmos?