Many people can name a specific reason why they became a Christian, but how many would say the reason is “math”? Probably very few, and Douglas Ell is one of them. Kevin talks to Doug about his recent book Counting to God, in which he explains how mathematical analysis of the…
Many people can name a specific reason why they became a Christian, but how many would say the reason is “math”? Probably very few, and Douglas Ell is one of them. Kevin talks to Doug about his recent book Counting to God, in which he explains how mathematical analysis of the scientific evidence over several decades finally persuaded him to change from atheism to Christianity. For Doug, it wasn’t moral arguments, spiritual feelings, or difficult life circumstances that brought him to God. He needed hard evidence, and that’s just what he found. Kevin and Doug discuss this evidence, from biology (the fact that so many organisms have completely unique and functional DNA code with no evolutionary history) to quantum mechanics (the existence of measurable, physical phenomena that defy the laws of physics) and beyond. They show that God isn’t just a last resort to cover gaps in scientific knowledge: there are irrefutable positive evidences why He is absolutely necessary to understanding life and the universe.
After graduating from MIT with a double-major in mathematics and physics, Doug earned a Masters in Theoretical Mathematics before entering into field of law. His long and successful career practicing law, combined with his training in mathematics and science, have made him the ideal person to examine both the evidence and arguments for (and against) God. After repeatedly finding that the evidence points to God rather than away from him, Doug remarked to a colleague (Professor Peter Fisher, Head of MIT’s Department of Physics) that someone needed to write a book about this incredible information. His colleague responded, “Why not you?”
The resultant work, Counting to God, is available at Doug’s website (CountingToGod.com) as well as from other booksellers. It is a great tool for strengthening the faith of believers, as well as prompting unbelievers to think deeply about their worldview and the questions it raises.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” –John 1:1
This episode first aired on March 19th, 2016.