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  • 2 Days Late but Right on Time

    April 15, 2011

    Last week a friend texted me asking if I had received the gift she mailed. “Not yet” I replied, though, according to her, it should have already been delivered. Two days later the packaged arrived: a beat-up envelope stuffed with a card and a CD. The hand-written note read, “I’m not sure what you are going through right now, but the Holy Spirit whispered to me to send this to you.” The CD was a compilation of worship music.

  • Top 5 Reasons

    April 8, 2011

    In precisely one week Maureen and I will take the public bus of the skies to San Jose, CA. Our destination: A writers’ conference in Mount Hermon. In preparation for this (or any) trip, I must create what’s known as The List—an inventory of each day’s attire and complementing accessories to pack. (It’s a shameful habit, I know.)

    • Universe Design
    • Galaxy Design
  • Pun Intended

    April 1, 2011

    Pranksters and jokesters rejoice—April Fool’s Day is here. While there’s bound to be a joke or two sprung on the RTB staff today, I’ll confess right now that I’m not the culprit. Sigh. I’ve never been any good at pulling pranks, but we do house a few jesters in our midst.

  • Junk in the Evolutionary Trunk

    March 25, 2011

    Why people are compelled to couple a hopeful word like “Spring” with a laborious task like “cleaning” I’ll never know. But alas, it’s time once again to hear that oxymoronic phrase and perhaps even (gulp) consider partaking in the dreadful suggestion.

    • Junk DNA
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  • Red in Tooth and Claw

    March 18, 2011

    If there’s one issue that really divides old-earth and young-earth creationism, it’s animal death before the Fall. For many, the idea of an ancient Earth is unacceptable because such a time frame would necessitate animal death prior to Adam and Eve’s sin—a scenario often viewed as incompatible with the loving and benevolent God of the Bible.

    • Animal Death Before Adam
  • Learning the Lingo

    March 11, 2011

    It’s a peculiar thing to be surrounded by people and feel all alone. Yet such was my predicament last week. With a few hours to spare before IAM’s Encounter 11 began, I wandered, in solitude, the streets of Tribeca. The city’s pace and air brisk, as I, shivery and slow, sought adventure in this foreign land.

    • Transitional Forms
    • Life Design
  • Getting to Know You: An Interview with Dr. Patricia Fanning, Part 2 (of 2)

    March 4, 2011

    We’ve been getting to know RNA biochemist and RTB’s first visiting scholar, Dr. Patricia Fanning. Picking up where we left off February 18, we end the interview with an enlightening discussion on embryology and the uniqueness of humans (plus, a little taste of Patricia’s nonscientific interests).

    • Junk DNA
    • Biochemical Design
  • Adjusting Our View of Chance or Choice?

    February 25, 2011

    This oft-debated question gets top billing in the upcoming sci-fi/thriller The Adjustment Bureau(release date March 4), and moviegoers will leave theatres not only mulling over where they parked but if that parking spot were predetermined for them.

    • Ethics
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  • Getting to Know You: An Interview with Dr. Patricia Fanning, Part 1 (of 2)

    February 18, 2011

    We appreciate the need for fresh insight on the science-faith relationship from experts in disciplines not covered by our own awesome quartet of scholars. Enter the Visiting Scholar Program. How it works is the current RTB scholars invite a colleague to spend a season, say a few months up to a year, in Southern California working at the RTB headquarters, helping us expand our resources (articles, podcasts, etc.) and develop our coverage of varying scientific fields.

    • Testimonies
  • A Message from a Skeptic

    February 11, 2011

    Call me a skeptic. A nonbeliever. Even a hater. But in a perfect world—a world that suits my preferences, I should say—it doesn’t exist.

    • Worldviews
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Creating Life in the Lab

    February 4, 2011

    Last October, the church-sponsored small group my husband and I belong to welcomed two children into the world. I crocheted blankets for these latest arrivals. As I weaved the shiny hook in and out of loops of soft, pastel-colored yarn.

    • Artificial Life in the Lab
  • The Dark Side

    January 28, 2011

    Four years of seminary and one step from becoming a priest, Michael reveals he doesn’t believe in God. Before he can walk away, he’s asked to train with senior exorcist Father Lucas—and to view firsthand the darker side of his faith.

    • Moral Evil
    • Christian Life
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  • A Trip to Hell with Screwtape

    January 21, 2011

    In describing the process of writing The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis said, “I never wrote with less enjoyment . . . The work into which I had to project myself while I spoke through Screwtape was all dust, grit, thirst, and itch.” Nevertheless, Lewis’ book of diabolical epistles remains one of his most popular works, as Fellowship for the Performing Arts’ successful and highly praised stage adaption proves.

    • Hell
  • Dating Methods That Work

    January 14, 2011

    In case you haven’t heard, ABC’s The Bachelor is back. This season Brad Womack returns to endure once again the attempts of a couple dozen women to flirt, flaunt, and fight for his affection. (To me, the show plays out like a stale romance novel, but people enjoy it enough to stomach fifteen—yes, fifteen—seasons of it.)

    • Radiometric Dating Techniques
  • Reconsidering the James Ossuary

    January 7, 2011

    Eight years ago, a small group of scholars shocked the world when they announced data that could potentially make unbelievers reconsider their skepticism about Jesus (see Biblical Archaeology Review, Nov/Dec 2002). A 2,000-year-old limestone box offered potentially the first direct evidence to Jesus: the James ossuary.

    • Historical Apologetics
    • General Apologetics
  • A Take Two Christmas

    December 23, 2010

    Used in both secular and religious festivities, Christmas trees have become a ubiquitous holiday symbol. (The modern Christmas tree originated in sixteenth-century Germany.) It’s my favorite holiday decoration. Yet, as I put the finishing touches of tinsel on our aromatic evergreen, I said to my husband, Darren, “Have you ever thought about how weird this tradition is? We bring a 6-foot tree into the house and hang shiny objects on it. Why?”

    • Salvation
    • Christian Life
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  • Greetings, Programs!

    December 17, 2010

    Disney’s TRON Legacy opens in theaters today. It’s been 28 years since the original debuted. For its time, TRON was an astounding breakthrough in computer-generated special effects. It helped pave the way for the digital wonders gracing the screen today. Although there’s nothing “special” about the film’s effects now, the existential issues TRON touches on remain timeless. As one hijacked program asks, “If I don’t have a User, then who wrote me?”

    • Worldviews
  • Exit the Dragon: A Look at the Dawn Treader

    December 10, 2010

    What does an enemy look like? Take a second to picture it—someone who snarls and gripes, maybe even cuts others down with sharp words. Someone who might deserve getting knocked down a peg or two.

    • Christian Life
  • Christmas Controversies

    December 3, 2010

    The weekend following Thanksgiving, my husband and I decked the halls of our apartment with wreaths, garland, and a Nativity scene. And next week, we’ll drag home a heavenly scented Douglas fir to decorate with lights and sparkling ornaments. Christmas is my favorite time of the year, as it is for many people. I love the food, songs, decorations—everything! The festive spirit of the season buoys my own spirit.

    • Christian Life
    • Worldviews
  • The Take Two Thanksgiving Spectacular 2010

    November 24, 2010

    I grew up in a great neighborhood, surrounded by friendly families with kids my age—but they aren’t the only neighbors I’m grateful for. I praise God for Earth’s neighbors, too, specifically the gas giants.

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