This week we talk to Mike McHargue about beliefs
Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is the best-selling author of Finding God in the Waves, host of Ask Science Mike and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast. He’s a leading voice on matters of science and religion with a monthly reach in the hundreds of thousands. Among other outlets, Mike has written for RELEVANT, Don Miller’s Storyline, BioLogos, and The Washington Post.
In This Interview, Mike McHargue and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- His new book, Finding God in the Waves
- His analogy of our brains being like the government
- Where God is found in our brains
- That if you continually analyze your relationship with a person, eventually that relationship will be less emotionally based and more intellectually based
- That the arts as well as anything looked at or experienced as a whole rather than reductively will help feed your “romantic” wolf in a relationship
- His journey from the Southern Baptist Church to losing his faith to where he is today
- His faith today is a posture of gratitude, surrender, an awareness that life is just something that we have that we didn’t do anything to receive and it is a rare and precious gift and that he extends that gratitude to God (which is found in our unique human capacity to love)
- That reading the Bible shattered his faith
- The necessity to give people the freedom to figure out who they are and live into their own sense of identity
- The value of church when it comes to happiness
- That realizing that he had been fundamentally wrong about his worldview twice before helped him to realize the limits of his knowledge and to not take it so seriously the third time around
- The 4 parts of a meditative practice: Intention, Attention, Nonjudgement, and Relax
- The God gene
- How beautiful the world would be if we were able to allow each other to have unique worldviews
Mike McHargue Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.