The Intelligent Design of American History | Michael Medved with Stephen Meyer

The Intelligent Design of American History | Michael Medved with Stephen Meyer

ID is a scientific theory competing with neo-Darwinian evolution, but it’s more than that: a paradigm for understanding human history, especially the history of the United States. In a new podcast episode of Great Minds with Michael Medved, Michael switches places with ID theorist Stephen Meyer to discuss his latest book, The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic.

An Historical Mind

Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and bestselling author. His daily three hour show reaches 200 stations across the country and an audience of more than 4 million placing him, for nearly two decades, on the Talkers Magazine list of the top ten political talk shows in the United States. Born in Philadelphia, Michael attended public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles before starting Yale at age 16 as a National Merit Scholar. He majored in American History and graduated with honors, before attending Yale Law School, where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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Show Notes

Timestamps more closely approximate the audio than the video.

  • 01:20 | A turnabout
  • 01:50 | A protracted argument for providence in American history
  • 02:25 | Intelligent design as a more likely explanation for the “happy accidents” of American history
  • 04:15 | Forty straight flushes, July 4, 1826
  • 05:40 | The death of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, a jubilee year, the 50th anniversary of July 4th
  • 06:55 | Auspicious weather and the first two wars of the Revolutionary War
  • 10:40 | A series of meteorological events coincident with the Battle of Brooklyn, “The American Dunkirk”, August 27, 1776
  • 16:45 | “An angel in the whirlwind”, “the invisible hand”, and “tokens of providence”
  • 17:30 | When did we stop believing in the hand of providence?
  • 17:55 | An aspect of anti-Americanism
  • 18:50 | Not special privileges, special responsibilities