Can Scientists and Religious Leaders See Eye to Eye?


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  • Jubilee
    Jubilee  Month ago +1926

    Middle Ground is back!! Thanks everyone for watching this highly requested episode. As always, we are not saying science and religion necessarily have to exclude each other - there are religious scientists out there! Instead, we are exploring two sides that society often pits against each other in hopes of finding middle ground #radicalempathy. Let us know in the comments below what future episodes you'd like to see!

    • airgladys
      airgladys 4 days ago

      There needs to be a middle ground dinner table questions. Where we ask these very questions at the dinner table with friends and family.

    • Pema Kunsal
      Pema Kunsal 6 days ago

      I think it'd be a very informative to have Tibetans and Chinese natives come to a middle ground in regards to politics, culture, and human rights

    • Louise Malika
      Louise Malika 14 days ago

      Please make one with sheikh hamza yousuf....

    • Louise Malika
      Louise Malika 15 days ago

      Why not bring a imam?

    • Rok poznič
      Rok poznič 15 days ago

      flat earthers vs scientists?

  • KareemEdits
    KareemEdits 19 hours ago

    Who else wished they brought a Muslim leader like a sheikh to this event

  • Anym
    Anym 23 hours ago

    Well you're the pastor. Of course you're alone in the creation of the universe lmao

  • Husky SM
    Husky SM Day ago

    The scientist should be from philosphy, physik and astrology or biology.

  • Sarion Burks
    Sarion Burks Day ago

    The Rabbi is not Rabbi . I’m outta here .

  • .
    . Day ago

    Its Interesting what the man say at 3.22 the moral is already in us, that's the concept of fitra in islam

  • Mr A
    Mr A Day ago +1

    why do people think that to be religious means to reject science. Or to be a scientist that you have to reject religion. That is completely false, and an uneducated way of thinking. While as some scientist believe in the big bang. As a Muslim, I believe in the one who caused the big bang.(Allah). May god(Allah) guide all of us to the truth.

  • Mr A
    Mr A Day ago +1

    In the Quran, Allah(god) states, "Every sect is rejoiceful in their beliefs." And when everyone dies than they will truly know the truth of life. May god guide us to the truth.

  • YourDaddyPotato
    YourDaddyPotato Day ago

    I imagined them pulling out swords and killing each other

  • Zyden
    Zyden Day ago

    A generic dog, and generic cat. LOL. I do love both religion and science when the people have 'all the answers.' Neither knows it all, and I distrust anyone who says they do! The more you learn, the less you realise you know.

  • Fandom Fanatic
    Fandom Fanatic Day ago

    If there’s no life after death then what’s even the point of anything?

    • TBat87
      TBat87 Day ago

      If there's an eternal life after death, then why does this lifetime matter?

  • j c
    j c 2 days ago

    Does anyone else think that monk is cute lmao

  • Samyaza Prime
    Samyaza Prime 2 days ago

    Pure Arrogance!.......

  • O Overlyloved
    O Overlyloved 2 days ago

    That Rabbi... seriously?? Choose better people next time

  • Fri
    Fri 2 days ago

    W H E R E' S T H E B I O L O G I S T T H O

  • JMLS ;
    JMLS ; 2 days ago

    The monk and pastor were definitely my faves! You can feel how pure the monk was

  • lo que la gente promete cuando se quiere

    Best middle ground video I've seen yet. Really smart, respectful and chill people.

  • Sean Mack
    Sean Mack 2 days ago

    I think this series is great and has a lot of potential to become even more influential. I would love to see much longer, more in depth pieces (1 hr or more) to allow both sides to truly get into the heart of the matter and find a middle ground. Given the popularity of podcasts and other long-form entertainment, there's a clear audience for it.

  • Tris Marsh
    Tris Marsh 2 days ago +1

    My mouth actually dropped when the geologist said the earth is sloppy. If you have a basic high school education then you know that even the simplest organism is complex

  • michael meza
    michael meza 2 days ago +3

    I hope that one day i can match the monks energy

  • Antonius Chamberlain
    Antonius Chamberlain 2 days ago +2

    ummmm... that's not a rabbi... that's hardly even a jew...

  • Alexandra DM
    Alexandra DM 2 days ago +1

    I loved those scientist! Glad they are from different fields. I agree highly with their point of view.

  • Bridget Nyangena
    Bridget Nyangena 2 days ago

    This is a good talk. Made me think a lot about what's going on.

  • Mr Universe
    Mr Universe 2 days ago

    Hey look its Josef Seed

  • Food & Money
    Food & Money 2 days ago

    i expected two very entitled groups, but i instead found two very humble groups.

  • AlmostEmily
    AlmostEmily 2 days ago

    maybe i just am greatly uneducated when it comes to Judaism, but wasnt a lot of what the Rabbi was saying not accurate?

  • Solo V
    Solo V 2 days ago

    Science actually can backup evidence of the Bible and Jesus. Also how can you put so much faith into science even though it’s based of human mind which is not perfect. Putting faith into God is knowing that He is your creator and He created us in His image and to know Him. and it says in the Bible faith is believing in the things not seen!! Yes I don’t see God but I’ve seen answered prayers I have been healed I have experienced peace and love unexplainable. God is so good.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 Day ago

      +Solo V "there is evidence where Jesus has walked"
      The argument isn't whether there was a man named Jesus (Yeshua) who walked on Earth. The argument is whether a divine Jesus walked the earth.
      I don't deny that a human Jesus walked the Earth. What I do contend is that there is zero evidence to support that a divine Jesus walked the Earth ... a Jesus who was born of a virgin, walked on water, rose from the dead, and was/is the son of Yahweh.
      The existence of a human Jesus doesn't make the claims of Christianity true, you would have to provide evidence that a divine Jesus existed in order to claim Christianity is true.

    • Solo V
      Solo V Day ago

      +TBat87 Im not here to ague all I will say is God is a supernatural God. And even if the science hasn't proved all the points there is evidence where Jesus has walked and many more check out Kent Hovind check out the book more than just a carpenter.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 2 days ago +2

      "Science actually can backup evidence of the Bible and Jesus."
      Give specific examples of this.
      The bible claims that the earth existed before the sun and stars, that all birds existed before all land animals, that there was a first man created out of dirt and a first woman created out of a rib bone, that there was a global flood survived by a 600 year old man and 2 of every animal, and that all the world languages originated at the Tower of Babel. Are any of these stories historically true and scientifically accurate? No, and that doesn't even begin to cover the amount of historical and scientific falsehoods presented in the bible.
      "Also how can you put so much faith into science even though it’s based of human mind which is not perfect."
      Because of empirical evidence, the scientific method, and the process of peer review. Perhaps you should go back to grade school and learn about these things again.

    • Substrata85
      Substrata85 2 days ago +1

      Science has never provided evidence of Bible/Jesus, exactly the opposite.

  • Carolien Baeyens
    Carolien Baeyens 3 days ago +1

    The pastor kinda looks like Andy Samberg

  • Philolaus Sith66
    Philolaus Sith66 3 days ago

    In Alchymie, the Occultist's Way:
    With wands both good and evil
    these spirits battle ever trapped
    The alchemists or puffers fill'd
    the elements or soul itself
    of fires and a cause to live
    to nobler cause and magic
    the ruling class, both guilt and will
    and, aristocracies high logic
    the fate of fires are filled again
    the metalsmiths are marr'ed
    the alchymies a nobler war
    and puffers clinging hard
    -Frank Bird

  • hsdjsd shdhsdnsmsd
    hsdjsd shdhsdnsmsd 3 days ago

    The religious people are so much more self reflective. At 3:38 everyone should have said yes because no humanbeing has a beliefsystem that explains everything. The religious people were intelligent enough to understand that, the atheist were too stubborn.

    • hsdjsd shdhsdnsmsd
      hsdjsd shdhsdnsmsd 2 days ago

      +TBat87 Atheism is of course a belief system. And there are thousands of questions that no scientist can answer yet. Maybe in the future but right now nobody can claim to be able to explain everything, thats just nonsense-

    • TBat87
      TBat87 2 days ago

      Atheism isn't a belief system, and if everything these people believe is supported by evidence, that there are not things that there beliefs cannot explain.

  • yourestillconcernedwithme

    That Buddhist is pretty attractive.

  • kittysrock16
    kittysrock16 3 days ago

    The Buddhist was so cool! :) really liked hearing him speak

  • Barack Obama
    Barack Obama 3 days ago

    Considering Islam is the most scientific religion, why didn’t you bring in an imam?

  • Lexie Michelle
    Lexie Michelle 3 days ago

    The Buddhist monk makes me happy idk why.. his presence is so warming

  • Pedro Henrique Bandeira

    Great video! ✌🏽

  • Caitlin Jago
    Caitlin Jago 3 days ago

    I have so much respect for this Buddhist Minister

  • pusheen
    pusheen 3 days ago

    Shouldve brought a Sufi in this.

  • Hailey Terry
    Hailey Terry 3 days ago

    I think this isn't really a great topic because there's lots of middle ground between most religions and science. The things in religion that people think are anti-science, at least the religions I know, are not accepted as "fact" the way many people believe it is, and they're not necessarily contradictory. Creationism and evolution theory can exist in the same mind without ruining the universe, I promise.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 2 days ago

      Which religions are you referring to exactly?

  • Ryan Holmes
    Ryan Holmes 3 days ago +3

    Sloppy ??? Take a look at just one piece of DNA if even one tiny part is misplaced or switched around we wouldn’t be here right now !

    • TBat87
      TBat87 2 days ago

      You're assuming that the goal of the universe was for the existence of homo sapiens, which isn't true

  • Brigitte vega
    Brigitte vega 3 days ago

    The “rabbi” pissed me off

  • Shmuel Barak
    Shmuel Barak 3 days ago

    im not trying to be toxic but if a rabbi doesnt believe the world was created or there is after life why is this person consider themselves a rabbi? maybe she should call her self a jewish mentor for the reconstructionist jews. just feel like this can give the watcher the wrong impression on what a rabbi is.

  • Maria Mesa
    Maria Mesa 3 days ago

    I would freak out when i was kid and i would think about dying and I would be soooo scare about not existing and that that no one wilk ever know me

  • David Griffith
    David Griffith 3 days ago +1

    mu nut hurt

  • kostasz7z
    kostasz7z 4 days ago

    Whats astonishing is the fact that people dont understand or do not want to understand what DNA is.
    You can prove a Designer with DNA alone. The logistics would make the Designer God.
    Evolution has two pillars. Natural Selection (which is a provable fact) AND Random Mutation (which has been mathematically PROVEN TO BE IMPOSSIBLE).
    Evolution CANNOT work with only 1 of its 2 PILLARS.
    Atheists are WILLINGLFULLY IGNORANT. They are intellectually DISHONEST and arrogant morons.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 2 days ago

      Provide a link to your source that random mutation has been mathematically proven to be impossible.

  • Loser
    Loser 4 days ago

    I love this buddhist dude. He makes 0 sense but I still like him. Hahaha

  • jamie .jamie
    jamie .jamie 4 days ago

    i dont understand what advantage that walking to the chairs after every question has, other than the producer trying to develop a unique tradition he can then cash in on. For continuity and comprehension, this is a distraction. It is also embarrassing watching the Buddhist and the Christian trying to find common ground, when all there is, is goodwill between them.

  • LogicalNextStep
    LogicalNextStep 4 days ago

    If it makes you feel better, we create separation. Religion is an abstract concept, we made up. It doesn't 'do' anything. The root of the actions is us.

  • djointa
    djointa 4 days ago

    isn't Rabbi USELESS?
    if y'all bring an ustadz(in islam) and the story will not run like this way
    i got bored actually

    VARUN DIVIT 4 days ago

    There is something that we don’t know about “ super natural power ?” NO it’s just science we don’t know about.

    VARUN DIVIT 4 days ago

    Flat earther vs physicist.

  • Rosabelle Hennings
    Rosabelle Hennings 4 days ago

    Scientists are just people looking for purpose and answers

  • Jc Citalan
    Jc Citalan 4 days ago

    All the guests were confused nobody really believed in something or someone.
    And what the Gospel does is to show the human being the only way to the true God, Jesus Christ!
    But there was not a man of God who spoke in the name of God!

  • Abel Bahta
    Abel Bahta 4 days ago

    First of all RIP to the parents of the Buddhist minister. All I want to say is if u r religious u don't need to argue against science. Like if u believe a higher power created the universe all scientists r doing is exploring ur god's or goddess's creation. It is a good thing actually to see n discover how complicated n mind boggling the universe is.

  • DunnoKnowles
    DunnoKnowles 4 days ago

    which religious leader? Some religion literally worship science. Some indifferent. And some deems science as satan's tool like christianity

  • Mike Klein
    Mike Klein 4 days ago

    A Pastor, a Rabbi and a Buddhist Minister Walk into a Bar. The Rabbi doesnt believe in God. The Pastor and the Buddhist Minister become best friends.

  • Trex79
    Trex79 4 days ago

    Science. Proves. Religion.

  • Juan Elyd
    Juan Elyd 4 days ago

    The pastor looks like Tchami

  • nicebluejay
    nicebluejay 4 days ago


  • Soph
    Soph 5 days ago

    Don’t really get how a pastor is a “religious leader”....but ight.

  • Austin Bedwell
    Austin Bedwell 5 days ago

    im not a god fearing man, but that pastor and monk seem genuinely kind hearted people regardless of beliefs

  • Quillow D.
    Quillow D. 5 days ago

    Explain how DNA is coded and the first cell was formed. Nobody can explain it scientifically, but there are alot of theories about this improbability. This leaves room to have divine intervention explain Abiogenesis.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 5 days ago

      +Quillow D. The Ancient Greeks couldn't explain how lightning occurred ... did their lack ignorance make their belief in the god Zeus anymore reasonable or plausible? Nope.

    • Maksie0
      Maksie0 5 days ago +1

      If there's no scientific explanation for something, the answer is "I don't know", not "God did it".

  • Cryptonian
    Cryptonian 5 days ago +5

    the reason religion will always be an insult to human intellect is because it NEVER uses reason and logic to argue BECAUSE ITS BASED ON FAITH AND STORIES. these debates are a waist of time

    • charmaine jangano
      charmaine jangano 20 hours ago

      Science helped confirm a lot of biblical stuff....

    • Austin Smith
      Austin Smith 2 days ago

      Cryptonian you do understand there are prophecies that have come to pass right. I can defiantly argue with facts beyond faith and stories. And you do understand that all of science is legit just theory. Even the laws of motions are just theories. So just made up ideas that a man came up with. See we can do this all day an talk semantics. End of the day we could argue all eternity and we would probably walk away without accomplishing a single thing.

  • Lyrsavivor
    Lyrsavivor 5 days ago +1

    No matter what you believe or what religion you follow, I would hope that everyone can acknowledge that science is not a belief or religion or even a mindset, moreso a thing or a tool. For example, say that you see a a flower in your backyard and you wonder why more flowers arent growing in your frontyard so you'll conduct an experiment taking in different elements such as water, light, soil, etc. and through that you find that specific flowers need specific conditions. Thats what science is, you conducted a science experiment, all it is is studying literally anything and testing parts of it and asking questions and trying to find an explanation for what you see. Science just deals with the physical world and observations and experiments with that to find explanations for maybe why majority of plants are green or why this animal does this weird thing or whatever. Religion is a whole separate deal, that deals with more philosophical questions and not what we already have here. So know that you can be a practicing scientist in whatever field and also go to church for whatever religion, but please dont ever think that science is optional, education is important and all science is is studying a field and educating yourself.

  • jellycoding
    jellycoding 5 days ago +2

    I have read a lot about this and I don't see any reasons to believe there is a God. I do however see a lot of reasons to NOT believe there is a God.

  • A G D
    A G D 5 days ago +10

    I think these videos are too short to answer such gigantic questions in a meaningful way. The concept is a great idea, but In practice the result is vague statements with little backing them up.
    Longer conversations are going to be needed for more meaningful conclusions.

  • Andrew k***
    Andrew k*** 5 days ago

    Alot of modern science is based on the bible and its recount of historical events.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 5 days ago

      +Andrew k*** Such as ...?

    • Tonybc
      Tonybc 5 days ago +2

      not really

  • Gabrielle Chitamu
    Gabrielle Chitamu 5 days ago

    I wish the clips of each person talking could've been longer.

  • GamingFreak
    GamingFreak 5 days ago

    What's the difference between a pastor and a priest?

    • TBat87
      TBat87 5 days ago

      What christian denomination they're from

  • GamingFreak
    GamingFreak 5 days ago

    They should have gotten an Imam instead of the rabbi

  • Aisling
    Aisling 5 days ago

    Lmao did anyone else mishear when she said "volcanologist" and think she was saying her religion

    • Maksie0
      Maksie0 5 days ago

      Praise the Volcano God!

  • Sophie Smith
    Sophie Smith 6 days ago

    They should do Catholic priests and satanists

  • Lux Fero
    Lux Fero 6 days ago +1

    What's the Buddhist monk said is very important, if a religion don't let you think about your life and your own belief,that's mean that this religion is a cancer for humanity such as Islam, every Muslims that you'll meet in your life will tell you how much their religion is great and beautiful,because they were raised by fear of going to hell, that's why their parent told them to not think.

  • Ronza -
    Ronza - 6 days ago +2

    I trust Gyokei with my life

  • MrJasonLB
    MrJasonLB 6 days ago

    3:35 Your answer

  • y e n
    y e n 6 days ago

    please put english subtitles for non native english speakers, we (or maybe just me) find it kinda hard to understand what they're saying without subs. also, i'm a visual learner and perhaps it's one of the factors of this sturggle 😅

  • Dakota C
    Dakota C 6 days ago

    The chemist "I'm just as confused now as I was then." They all confused. I like the common ground and open-mindedness that they have. It's nice.

  • Alice Yue
    Alice Yue 6 days ago

    there was statement taught in my Catholic school that I live by: "religion without science is blind, but science without religion is boring". I believe that science helps me understand how Awesome the creator is and even having a greater appreciation for the world!!!

  • Ness G
    Ness G 6 days ago

    Honestly, where are the scientists from when they say there is nothing that their belief cannot explain? Can we talk about electrons or macroevolution? Also, most scientists believed that there is a God or an intelligent designer for the universe, they just did not believe it was specifically Christian.

  • zitronentee
    zitronentee 6 days ago

    Real spiritualist and real scientist are supposed to be open-minded. So, probably not much contradiction.

  • WolfHowl
    WolfHowl 6 days ago +8

    "If you make all religious people forget about their religious beliefs and destroy all religious documents, in a thousand years it will all be gone and never come back. If you do the same thing with science, in a thousand years, it will all be back excactly how it is today".
    -Ricky Gervais

    • Austin Smith
      Austin Smith 2 days ago

      WolfHowl false it is all a theory an higher being(alien) can come down right know and tell us all are math is wrong and we would be forced to believe him or her.

    • WolfHowl
      WolfHowl 2 days ago

      +Austin Smith It is a fact, wether you disagree or not. Science can always be proven. Religion cannot

    • Austin Smith
      Austin Smith 2 days ago

      WolfHowl wrong just so wrong.

    • Terr Di
      Terr Di 2 days ago

      In Islamic terms, if you destroy both religion and science altogether completely today, God will still preserve the both of them the next day through the new generation of human beings; babies.

  • sanad dennis
    sanad dennis 6 days ago

    The jew was really confusing

  • Funny Bunny
    Funny Bunny 6 days ago

    The Buddhist minister makes me feel calm and peaceful

  • Mariam Baker
    Mariam Baker 6 days ago

    I believe God put a system on Earth, which we call Science.

    • Maksie0
      Maksie0 6 days ago +1

      The scientific method was developed by humans several centuries ago.

  • Uxma Jed
    Uxma Jed 6 days ago

    Volcanologist? Paleontologist? Lol why not bring a mathematician and physicist to represent science? Science is only science because of math 😬 p.s. you could look to science to answer if murder is right or wrong ... specifically to evolutionary science...murder is wrong because without legal justification, it violates a being's most basic right to survive and fulfil their evolutionary purpose.

  • crystal ?
    crystal ? 6 days ago

    yoooooo long beach represent

  • Kate Massey
    Kate Massey 6 days ago

    Well that was pleasant

  • Brianna Gordy
    Brianna Gordy 6 days ago

    I work with and know some brilliant scientists. I vividly remember a conversation I had with an astrobiologist where they said "if we consider the simulation theory or multiverse theory, we cannot rule out the hypothesis of god". They stated how ignorant it is to say "there is no God" like it's a factual statement. Do I believe the Bible? In truth? No. That was written by man. But who's to say there isn't some ultra intelligent being/creator out there? It could be a life form in which we cannot even begin to comprehend. If we consider the other theories we have, we cannot rule out the God hypothesis. We can't rule out that an intelligent being created the universe and us. Those who say god doesn't e it's as if it's a factual statement, are not intelligent individuals. They're foolish. They're fools.

    • Brianna Gordy
      Brianna Gordy 5 days ago

      TBat87 True. I hadn't even realized I used theory. It was like 3 A.M. when I wrote this and my professor would scold the hell out of me for using that interchangeably.

    • TBat87
      TBat87 5 days ago

      The existence of a god isn't a scientific theory, it's a hypothesis

  • Meeroy Yenkins
    Meeroy Yenkins 6 days ago

    Lol I love the pastor he is so happy and smiley

  • Honey Amber
    Honey Amber 7 days ago

    .........The absolute worst Rabbi....😪

  • omar elmokhtar bouabboune

    i really want to contact the pastor

  • Maddi Smith
    Maddi Smith 7 days ago

    I really enjoyed this episode, I found it informative and interesting! It’s always important to see into the lives and experiences of others to try and understand them. Thank you for making these videos!

  • Jaden Hassan
    Jaden Hassan 7 days ago

    hold up, how come they didnt include a muslim or imam

  • Jonvon Culaton
    Jonvon Culaton 7 days ago

    I just think their discussions wouldve been better if they pitted the scientists against Christians/Catholic priests, an Imam and a traditional Jewish Rabbi,

  • oliver dibbs
    oliver dibbs 7 days ago

    So one of the religious leaders is just an edgy atheist. It's like she walked out and called herself a pagan.

  • sarah blaand
    sarah blaand 7 days ago

    gyokei looks so young for his age!

  • carla massoud
    carla massoud 7 days ago

    This made me cry so lol f u :/

  • syl nimrod
    syl nimrod 7 days ago

    One day human create AI robot then human extinct. In 30000000 years the AI created ita own kind, will the AI believe in its creator(human) existance? How can the AI understand the minds of its creator.

  • Anastasia
    Anastasia 7 days ago

    The funny thing is I know so many priests who are scientists

  • Noah Marcheel
    Noah Marcheel 7 days ago

    The buddhist just looks so chill!

  • Adam Z
    Adam Z 7 days ago

    Im not a religious person and have always struggled to understand how/why people are. The statement made at 3:48 i think sums up the reason for religion/religious beliefs perfectly..