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Author: Fazale Rana

I watched helplessly as my father died a Muslim. Though he and I would argue about my conversion, I was unable to convince him of the truth of the Christian faith.

I became a Christian as a graduate student studying biochemistry. The cell's complexity, elegance, and sophistication coupled with the inadequacy of evolutionary scenarios to account for life's origin compelled me to conclude that life must stem from a Creator. Reading through the Sermon on the Mount convinced me that Jesus was who Christians claimed Him to be: Lord and Savior.

Still, evangelism wasn't important to me - until my father died. His death helped me appreciate how vital evangelism is. It was at that point I dedicated myself to Christian apologetics and the use of science as a tool to build bridges with nonbelievers.

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence - evidence that is being uncovered day after day - for God's existence and the reliability of Scripture.

  • Were Neanderthals People, Too? A Response to Jon Mooallem

    February 8, 2017

    Recently, I conducted an informal survey through my Facebook page, asking my friends, “What do you think is the most significant scientific challenge to the Christian faith?” The most consistent concern related to Neanderthals. Why did God create these creatures (and other hominids)? How do we make sense of human-Neanderthal interbreeding? What about Neanderthal behavior? Didn’t these creatures behave just like us?

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
    • Human Origins
  • Q&A: Why Would a Limitless Creator Face Trade-Offs in Biochemical Designs?

    February 1, 2017

    In my experience, no one denies the complexity and sophistication of biochemical systems, regardless of their philosophical or religious views. To put it another way, there is no debate. Biochemical systems have the indisputable appearance of design. The question at the center of the creation/evolution controversy relates to the source of the design. Is it the handiwork of a Creator? Or, is it the product of unguided, evolutionary processes? Is the design authentic? Or is it only apparent?

    • Laws of Physics
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
  • The Female Brain: Pregnant with Design

    January 25, 2017

    I’ve learned the hard way: It is best to be circumspect when offering commentary about pregnancy, especially when women are around. So, it’s with some hesitation I bring up the latest scientific insight developed by a team of researchers from Spain. These investigators discovered that pregnancy alters a woman’s brain. In fact, pregnancy reduces her grey matter.1 (Okay Fuz. Hold your tongue. Don’t say what you’re thinking.)

    • Mental Health
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Life Design
    • Design
  • Does Dinosaur Tissue Challenge Evolutionary Timescales? A Response to Kevin Anderson, Part 2

    January 18, 2017

    What is the proper relationship between science and the Christian faith? Answering that question can be complicated, involving an interplay between science, philosophy, theology, and biblical studies. Perhaps it’s not surprising that evangelical Christians (who all take Scripture seriously) advocate disparate models, weighing differently the data and insights from science and Scripture.

    • Dinosaurs
    • Flood Geology
    • Fossil Record
    • Age of the Earth
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  • Does Dinosaur Tissue Challenge Evolutionary Timescales? A Response to Kevin Anderson, Part 1

    January 11, 2017

    Is there a bona fide scientific challenge to the age of the Earth, which is measured to be 4.5 billion years old? As an old-earth creationist (OEC), I would answer no. But, there has been one scientific argument for a young Earth that has given me some pause for thought: the discovery of soft tissue remnants in the fossilized remains of dinosaurs (and other organisms). Paleontologists have discovered the remnants of blood vessels, red blood cells, bone cells, and protein fragments, such as collagen and keratin, in the fossilized remains of dinosaurs that age-date older than 65 million years.

    • Flood Geology
    • Fossil Record
    • Dinosaurs
    • Age of the Earth
  • Duck-Billed Platypus Venom: Designed for Discovery

    January 4, 2017

    I wouldn’t classify it as a bucket-list experience, but it was off-the-charts cool to see a duck-billed platypus up close a few years ago when my wife and I visited Tasmania. This little creature reminded me of a beaver as he swam around in the water.

    • Design
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
  • Q&A: Why Would an Infinite Creator Employ the Same Designs?

    December 21, 2016

    Because I am a Christian, I see evidence for design in the biological realm. But for me, the converse is also true. Because I see design in the biological realm, I am a Christian. In fact, the elegant designs of biochemical systems convinced me as a graduate student that a Creator must exist and be responsible for life’s origin, paving the way for my conversion to Christianity.

    • Theology
    • Design
  • Reactive Oxygen Species: Harbingers of Evolution or Signals of Design?

    December 14, 2016

    Antioxidants are the latest diet fad. Many people do whatever they can to include foods high in antioxidants in their diets. Some people even go a step further by taking antioxidant supplements. All these actions are meant to combat the harmful effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Produced in the mitochondria, these highly reactive chemical derivatives of molecular oxygen will destroy cellular components if left unchecked.

    • Life Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
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  • Science News Flash: An Old-Earth Perspective on Dinosaur Feathers Preserved in Amber

    December 9, 2016

    Whenever we are in a foreign country, my wife loves to shop at local, out-of-the-way markets. She always finds some of the most interesting souvenirs. It turns out the same is true for paleontologist Lida Xing who purchased several amber pieces from a market in Myitkyina in the country of Myanmar. The amber sold at the market comes from a nearby mine in the Hukawng Valley. While most buyers are looking for amber to make jewelry, Xing was looking for amber with inclusions of plant and animal remains. The amber from the mine dates to 99 million years. Because of the amber’s age, the well-preserved plant and animal remains entombed by this fossilized tree resin offer a unique glimpse at ancient life on Earth, providing details and insight that far exceed those available from highly compressed fossil remains that typically comprise the fossil record.

    • Transitional Forms
    • Evolution
    • Age of the Earth
  • Pseudoenzymes Illustrate Science's Philosophical Commitments

    December 7, 2016

    A few months ago, I had a serious accident while shooting a compound bow in my backyard. The arrow jammed in the guide, and in my attempt to free the arrow, I caused the bow string to derail. When that happened, the string struck my left eye with such force that it fractured my orbit in five places and damaged my retina. I am now legally blind in my left eye. Thankfully, I still have some peripheral vision, but I lost all the central vision in my injured eye. (To mothers everywhere: Yes, I wasn’t careful and I shot my eye out. I should have listened.)

    • Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Ancient Muds Bog Down Evolutionary Explanation for Life’s Origin

    November 30, 2016

    When I was a kid, I played a lot of sandlot football. And nothing was more fun than playing football after a hard rain on a muddy field. It was a blast to slosh around in the mud. But if the field was too muddy, it was hard to run, making it difficult to advance the ball down the field.

    • Origin of Life
  • Can a Creation Model Explain the Origin of Mitochondria?

    November 23, 2016

    Some called her a scientific heretic. Others were a bit more kind, describing her as a maverick. Lynn Margulis (1938–2011) earned her reputation in the late 1960s when she proposed the endosymbiont hypothesis for the origin of eukaryotic cells. Because her ideas about evolution didn’t conform to Darwinian principles, evolutionary biologists summarily dismissed her idea out of hand and then went on to ignore her work for a couple of decades. She was ultimately vindicated, however, as the endosymbiont hypothesis gradually gained acceptance.

    • Evolution
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  • Science News Flash: Chimps Use Tools to Fish for Algae

    November 16, 2016

    Some of my fondest memories as a little kid are the summer afternoons I spent with my grandfather fishing in the Missouri River, near Mandan, North Dakota. I don’t remember catching many fish, but that didn’t matter. I enjoyed spending time with my grandpa. I’m sure the experience was a bit trying for him though. If I detected even the slightest movement, I would reel in my line, hoping there would be a fish on the end. Inevitably, my excitement would give way to disappointment when I discovered that all I had caught was a clump of algae. And, of course, grandpa would have to clean up the mess I created and then recast my line.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
    • Human Uniqueness
  • The Logic of DNA Replication Makes a Case for Intelligent Design

    November 9, 2016

    Why do I think God exists? In short: The elegance, sophistication, and ingenuity of biochemical systems—and their astonishing similarity to man-made systems—convinces me that God is responsible for life’s origin and design.

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
  • Can New Medical Technology Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before?

    November 2, 2016

    When I was in junior high, I would rush home every day after school to tune in to the afternoon reruns of Star Trek. Fascinated by the technology possessed by the crew of the Enterprise, I often imagined what it would be like if I had their high-tech devices.

    • Ethics
  • Placenta Optimization Shows Creator's Handiwork

    October 19, 2016

    The Creator of the universe desires an intimate relationship with each of us. It is one of the more outrageous claims of the Christian faith. And no passage of Scripture expresses the intimacy between Creator and creature more than Psalm 139:13.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Optimization
    • Design
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