"Science is the best means humans have to learn facts about reality. What my beliefs about God do for me is allow me to function in the crushing weight of all those facts."
Mike McHargue is the host of Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists podcasts and more recently, the best selling author. Mike gave his life to Jesus when he was just seven years old, and was an ardent follower of Christ for many years, until a series of events in his adult life began to unravel his faith. He began to doubt the existence of God, and slowly became an atheist, a journey that for the most part he kept to himself. His process of coming to terms with his doubt, his loss of faith, his love and understanding of science and how the human brain works and his curiosity and ultimately acceptance of his own mystical experiences is documented in his new book "Finding God In the Waves."
Mike is a husband and father, a theologian and a self proclaimed nerd, and I've found Mike is best summed up by his friend, speaker and author Rob Bell:
"I was once at a party with Mike and I began asking him questions about science or the brain or God or some similar topic and when he responded something fascinating happened. It was a fairly large party, with people in the living room where Mike and I were, spilling out into the dining room and the kitchen, but when Mike started casually answering my questions people stopped talking to each other and started listening to Mike. And moving closer, and hanging on every word. I don't mean to make this sound overly dramatic, but I've seen Mike talk, both casually and more formally over the past few years, and this always happens: people lean and hang on his every word. It isn't just the content of what he says, which blows people's minds, and it isn't just his clarity-he is an outstanding communicator, it's something else. Something deeper, richer, more profound-something involving his soul, his life, his integrity, his heart. This is someone filled with wonder and awe, who looks at the world and in the facts and pain and science and poetry and heartbreak sees something beautiful at work, and he has the uncanny ability-maybe the better word would be power-to explain and describe and articulate that something beautiful like few people I've ever heard. Mike is a rare talent, a rare voice, a rare soul."
Join host Hayley Karl as she speaks with Mike about his journey into the Christian/Atheist paradox, kicking certainty addiction, the Zombie Apocalypse, and how he heartily embraces being wrong.