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He drinks to better understand beer culture. He rages against hypocrisy and commercialism by immersing himself in the very things that he lampoons. Occasionally he fictionalizes and satirizes events because he wants to. Importantly, personal grievance will not be removed from the narrative for the sake of objectivity. Gone are the NPR voice and the concept of the impartial observer. Conspiracies bubble up. Walker reminds you of Doc Brown from Back to the Future— excitable, sometimes cranky, and full of big dreams and beautiful ideas.

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Love Me. But the show is a true audio original in construct. A young man going through a series of mom-figure friends seems perfectly natural on this podcast, as does three sisters dissecting their birth order and then acting out a fictive scene. The Memory Palace. Producing a history podcast is a delicate thing.

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This is a show that will scar you from time to time. Home of the Brave. Home of the Brave is the independent podcast from the auteur Scott Carrier, a lone wolf who calls Salt Lake City home and spends much of his life on the road capturing nature on tape and interviewing hitchhikers, activists, sectarians, prophets, and doomsayers. Carrier records the people and landscapes he encounters exactly as they would sound in real life, and he never goes for the easy interview.

Recently, he traveled to North Dakota to talk to protesters at Standing Rock. Sidedoor arrived this winter at the same time that a rash of poorly veiled self-promotional audio entered the already flooded podcast universe. In the case of Sidedoor , however, the show has figured out how to remind listeners that the Smithsonian is an endless well of treasures—through trivia told in fun and even sexy ways.

In one episode, a museum employee explains that after much thought, he has decided that the orchid is the most manipulative species and has duped humans into obsession in order to ensure its future. Sidedoor just premiered, but if its start is any indication, this show is one to watch. The host of Millennial , Meghan Tan, pilots listeners through the many kinds of indecisiveness about career, love, money that young people tend to grapple with on the way to middle adulthood. When it comes to her feelings on these subjects, Tan is willing to share them all. She almost always connects with listeners in a way that makes her energy seem transferable—so you can, it feels, warm yourself with her tender, coming-of-age wisdom.

Monday Morning Podcast. Propelled by an inexhaustible amount of scathing, hilarious monologues, Monday Morning Podcast tramples popular culture, the right and the left, athletes, political correctness—everything. Burr is probably laying waste to some blowhard right now. But just when you think Burr has crossed the line, that he has no compassion, you find out the joke is on you. The creator and showrunner Stephen J. In the end, the judges crown a winner based on how much they are awed by the presentation. Gateway Episode: Pick any episode. Unfolding with campfire solemnity, Lore is a pagan ceremony and religious sacrament all at once.

But so few strike the balance that the comedian Pete Holmes does, by sticking rather loosely to an agenda: He finds out how his guests feel about what happens after we die, about religion, meditation, veganism, and multiverses. And most episodes conclude with stories about the hardest time the guest ever laughed, which leaves listeners reminiscing about the happy moments they hoard, too. This ambitious and lovely project was also very simple: It put out a daily profile of someone the producer Austin Mitchell met on the streets of New York City.

Each profile ran at one minute and introduced listeners to people of all ages and colors with various jobs, complaints, and exciting news to share. Just 60 seconds of uninterrupted thoughts from a stranger put your own life into perspective in unexpected ways. Mitchell recently started working on a new documentary podcast called Crimetown with the people who created The Jinx , so Profiles:NYC is on hiatus for now.

The Mortified Podcast. Mortified brings hilarious performance art to our ears with recordings of people telling personal stories in front of an audience at a bar somewhere. The silliness and the laughs will make you regress, in a good way, to a childlike state. If nothing else, Mortified illustrates something everyone experiences during adolescence: We all just wanted to be loved—and we were pretty funny in our self-absorption.

Kay listens. Kay and his show are a valuable model, arguing that cultural divides stem from the unhelpful posture of us versus them. LifeAfter is an audio soap opera that captures your attention entirely, even when its dialogue and plot have holes. This year, we follow a low-level FBI employee as a voicemail-based social media site preserves and perhaps resurrects his wife who died eight months ago. The plot sounds heavy, though LifeAfter is anything but. LifeAfter is the audio equivalent of a beach read, just in time for winter.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. Invisibilia Invisibilia seduces listeners with the apparent promise that it will prove or disprove the unseen forces that surround us. On Being Krista Tippett is as close to a shaman as audio has in the interview space. WTF with Marc Maron In the annals of digital-audio history, Marc Maron will be known for mastering the podcast interview, a form that has taken the best ideas from television sit-downs think Charlie Rose and removed the cameras.

The Memory Palace Producing a history podcast is a delicate thing. Home of the Brave Home of the Brave is the independent podcast from the auteur Scott Carrier, a lone wolf who calls Salt Lake City home and spends much of his life on the road capturing nature on tape and interviewing hitchhikers, activists, sectarians, prophets, and doomsayers. Thus the logical and inevitable conclusion that we can draw is that not only creation has been realized in the Universe, but it has also been realized under the will and design of a very Powerful and Wise Being.

John C. Kothern mathematician and chemist. Thus, it only remains for us to confirm the existence of the original cause for the prevailing order. Man, through his intelligence and innate instinct, has discovered that there is a logical order in the material world, which he can hardly conceive to be accidental. He has also found that matter is deprived of intelligence and will. It is through the very proof of His Existence that man feels, beyond his own understanding and intelligence, a need for the existence of the' Creator It is clear that a special order, without the intervention of man's work and intelligence, governs the universe.

The miracle of life has a supernatural origin. God is, therefore, the origin of the creation of man and all other beings, and He maintains the prevailing order of the world. When we see that the world has been established by the forces of Nature and that it is governed in a precise order, we become aware that it should have an organizer and a director.

These rules and orders in nature are so precise, vast and important that they enable us to foresee precisely the movement of the planets as well as the satellites. Similarly, the existing order in the electrical charges and chemical reactions is so precise that it enables us to express many natural phenomena by algebraic equations.

These rules and orders which we observe in human experiences, are the results of rules and orders which exist in the world of truth and abstraction. The prevailing order or, in other words, the absence of chaos in the world is the evident proof that all happenings are governed by a wise power. Marlaine B. Cryder physiologist. Through the study of the firmament's order, too, we realize the existence of a supreme reality who governs them by contriving certain order. Man is capable of discovering and understanding the mysteries of the world but he is unable to create and establish the prevailing rules and principles.

God alone is capable of establishing natural laws. This Being created matter and energy at a specific time in the past and He placed and put in motion the celestial bodies in the right position and then He bestowed upon the world the possibility of development.

The shape and size of the red globules correspond perfectly with their functions. The same thing applies to other organs which are perfect in shape. If these do not prove the existence of a Wise Creator and an Omnipotent Maker who has control over the creation, then science must be absurd and useless. Their success in the experimental research is the very proof of a wonderful order which exists in the world of matter. In my opinion, everything in Nature is accomplished in accordance with an order and a will.

This will necessitates the existence of a Wise Prudence whom I call God. Many scientists have studied the wonderful properties of water and tried to understand its cause. There are many other things, besides water, whose properties are unknown to man. I have found a convincing answer which solves the problem: Order in Nature is established on account of a Supreme Prudence. This is the grace the blessed Creator has bestowed upon His creatures.

Thomas D. Parx chemist. Doesn't such a well-organized and synchronized system necessitate a Creator? Won't the existence of such orders suffice to conclude that there is a Supreme Being? What a power can be distinguished in them, even those invisible to the human eyes. What a wisdom and what a remarkable perfection can be seen in all. Both the resemblance and difference in their species are in accordance with certain principles and orders. If a sole matter, i. I thought that all these compatibility and harmony between vegetables and insects were enough evidence to indicate that there has to exist a will, a providence for establishing and governing Nature.

It is interesting that we can find an example and a theory for each particular problem in physics. This supposition that the prevailing order is accidental or it is the result of chaos is an insult to the spirit of human intelligence. An intelligent man will, therefore, accept involuntarily a Creator for the order of this world. How is it possible that without the intervention of an Intelligent Being, who shows His creation and through the creation.

His signs, for these wonderful realities, and general facts or general realities, which have reasonable influence in Nature, to have come into existence? He is free from restriction, measure, deficiency and defect. He is in need of nothing and His Existence is infinite and independent. Such an existence and such a perfection cannot accord with pluralism. In other words, He is One by essence. If there existed more than one god, each one would very likely have particular characteristics which would imply the deficiency and defect of each god.

It has been proved by philosophy that the Absolute Existence is the same as unity. As we discussed earlier, this style of reasoning has its roots in philosophy, but we can argue about the Oneness of Allah at other levels as well:. This is contrary to the attributes we attributed to Allah: Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Self-existing. In this connection the Holy Quran says:. In the latter case, their help and cooperation would be absurd and useless. All creatures, from tiny atoms to great galaxies, are connected with each other like a chain and they associate and cooperate with each other.

Billions of stars, though moving fast in different orbits, constitute a single unity as if they were bound to a common destination and depended on a single principle. This unique world has been created by a single God who is Allah. It originated from a single source of power and no command is executed in the world of creation except the command of Allah, the One and the Unique. Skip to main content. View this page in our App. View View. Table of Contents. Chapter 2: The Ways of Knowing Allah.

A Creation of the world The law of causality teaches us that behind the occurring of every phenomenon, there is a cause, and that there can be no effect without a cause. B Movement It is evident that no immobile object can spontaneously move all by itself and no mobile object can come to a stop automatically; an aero plane, an automobile, a wheel, an ant, a mosquito, can be in motion only from the energy they receive. What is the nature of living beings? The 'God- Knowing' nature The curiosity of mankind about the cause of his existence as well as that of other beings, his desire to thank the One who has bestowed upon him grace and blessings, his attention towards the Supreme Perfection and his seeking of His protection in times of despair are some among the innate dispositions, which we call, the 'God-Knowing nature'.

Neglect of innate inclinations It is a matter of great interest to all creatures to preserve their good health and enjoy the gifts and marvels of life. If man sometimes denies this power, it is due to certain reasons, such as: The domination of carnal desires, the deception of the manner of life and conduct of certain religious people inclined towards vanity and negligence, the errors and wrongs of those who claim to be theists, the numerous social and moral abuses undertaken in the name of Allah and religion, the wrong conclusions which are the result of a misconception of Allah, i.

Human nature, the essential basis for knowing God The most essential basis to know God and the manifestation of love and affection between man and the Creator is the return of man to his human nature. A way towards awakening the human nature How can our attention to the correlation of the universe and its general movement towards perfection awaken our God-knowing nature? Paying attention to needs awakens the human nature Man is, involuntarily, subject to numerous inevitable causes and laws.

The vanity of power prevents the manifestation of the human nature As the maternal love is an innate sentiment i. The Proof of Divine Grace 1. What does the Divine Grace signify?

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Signs of the Divine Grace in the vegetable world A study of vegetable cells and the analysis of their composition, the structure of the kernel, the vegetable tissues and their composition, the structure of the roots, their manner of absorbing mineral salts, the circulation of the sap, the chlorophylic function, the particular influence of light, heat and humidity on vegetables, the respiratory and. The Divine Grace from one end of the universe to the other In libraries, the index-cards are classified and numbered according to the subjects of the books, to the name of the authors or to the size and volume of the books to enable the user to pick any specific book easily among thousands of books.

Argumentation of order Multi-colored stones Imagine a child dropping a handful of multi-colored small stones on the ground. Living beings have an aim Generally, all beings in Nature follow a certain aim in the itinerary they pursue and they direct all efforts to realize this aim: the seed evolves to become a plant, an embryo grows to become a living being and so on.

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Relations among beings The position of beings in the scene of Nature bears no relation to that of the multi-colored stones scattered by the ignorant child. Ideal influence and effect The composition of beings and their relations to each other are such that one aids the other in its itinerary towards the goal. The law of order What we mentioned above can be summed up as follows: The study of the evolution of a plant from a seed and the study of the beings whose mystery has been discovered by man's knowledge proves that the world is based on the 'law of order.

Order in the industrial sectors The harmony we distinguished in Nature was called order. Order in Nature The order we observe in an industrial sector is also used in the composition and compilation of natural beings but it is far more precise and wonderful than the former. Final conclusion The essential question is that we have proved beyond doubt this general and philosophical principle.

Necessity and possibility Whatever we see in the world is dependent, i. The calculation of probabilities 1 Choose ten small marbles numbered one to ten and drop them successively into a petty open-end cylinder in a haphazard way. Printing a book 2 If we mix up the letters which have been used in printing a big book, and then try to reprint the same book, how much chance would there he for a man, picking up the letters and placing them accidentally in succession, to have the same book printed?

The typewriter 3 Imagine a small boy who plays with a typewriter: would he, touching the buttons at random, be able to produce long texts or complete poems. Pages of a book 4 According to Pascal, if we detach the pages of a hundred- page book and mingle them together and then ask a small boy or an illiterate person to arrange the book in order, there will be one probability out of a hundred that he picks the first page at the first time.

An aspect of the calculation of probabilities in a molecule Protein, the most essential component part of all living cells, is composed of five elements: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, azote and Sulphur. Words of the Learned In this section, we shall quote, without any comment, a host of opinions expressed by a number of scientists, learned men and experts in different branches of science concerning the knowing of Allah.

Some of these opinions are listed below: 1 Matter as a collection of atoms and molecules, and atoms and molecules themselves together with their constituent particles, i. Kothern mathematician and chemist 2 It is impossible to attribute the order we observe in the solar system to accident. Laplace astronomer 3 Should we negate the existence of God while maintaining that there are some sort of order and provision in Nature, we are, in fact, admitting the contradiction which is against logic and a normal mind.

Landburger biochemist and physiologist Paul C. Abbersold biophysicist Cryder physiologist 6 The study of the structure of the ear shows that its maker has profoundly known the sonic rules and principles. Isaac Newton founder of the gravity principle 7 The universe is put in order and is governed by a Supreme and Eternal wisdom Who manifests the signs and effects of this order in the invariable principles of Nature. Flamarion French astronomer and author 8 The existing order in Nature, which is confirmed by almost all learned men, necessitates the existence of God, the Supreme Wisdom, not only from the standpoint of creation but also in order to preserve the continuity of this order.

Robert Car geochemist 9 Instead of looking for the nature of God and negating His Existence, we must see Him in the existing order in the universe and we must worship Him. John A. Bohler chemist 10 There is a Supreme Wisdom behind the order that exists in the world. Everlyne C. Caliths engineer in chemistry 11 Biologists believe that ultimate skill has been imparted in the structure of animal bodies. Chester Rex physicist and mathematician 12 To study the composition of available chemical elements or new elements, chemists seek help from the Periodic Table of the Elements Mendeleev's Table.

Parx chemist 13 Now we return to the first discussion, i. Oscar L. Breuer physicist and chemist 14 I observed His signs in all beings and creatures. Liste biologist 15 It is impossible that the sound judgment perceives the existence of these rules and orders and yet believes that the world has no origin. Darwin founder of the theory of evolution 16 The appearances and the forms of animals are not accidental.