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Author: Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. I also am eager to equip Christians to engage, rather than withdraw from or attack, educated non-Christians. One of the approaches I’ve developed, with the help of my RTB colleagues, is a biblical creation model that is testable, falsifiable, and predictive.

I enjoy constructively integrating all 66 books of the Bible with all the science disciplines as a way to discover and apply deeper truths. 1 Peter 3:15–16 sets my ministry goal, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience."

  • Responding to Naturalistic Explanations for Life’s History on Earth

    January 15, 2018

    Many people are convinced that naturalistic explanations are adequate, by themselves, to explain the entire history of life on Earth. How do believers in the God of the Bible persuade these folks that God must have taken a very significant role in shaping the history of life?

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Sun
    • Atmosphere
    • Extinction
    • Earth
  • Resolving the Super-Earth Paradox

    January 8, 2018

    Researchers looking to solve the super-Earth paradox finally have found what very likely is the resolution. Their resolution also has revealed more evidence for the fine-tuning of the solar system to support advanced life.

    • Gas Giant Planets
    • Exoplanets
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Planets
    • Planet Formation
    • Earth
    • Astronomy
  • A New Year, a New Opportunity to Seek God's Leading

    January 2, 2018

    New Year’s Day is when people all around the world make resolutions that they want to keep but almost always never do. Consequently, New Year’s Day sets up many people for disappointment, failure, and depression. My friend here at the Reasons to Believe office, Kenneth Samples, has a cure for these New Year’s Day blues.

    • Christian Life
  • Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2017

    I grew up in Canada during the 1950s and 1960s. A Christmas tradition during that time in Canada for both Christians and non-Christians was to sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. Thus, though I was not raised in a Christian home, every Christmas Eve I was exposed to the rich Christian doctrines that are present in the lyrics of so many Christmas carols.

    • Christmas
    • Christian Life
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  • General Relativity and Its Christian Implications Pass Yet More Tests

    December 18, 2017

    General relativity ranks as the best description of how the universe behaves. It explicitly incorporates the principle that the laws of physics never change throughout both space and time.

    • God's Existence
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Universe Design
    • Laws of Physics
    • Cosmology
  • NASA and Google Announce Discovery of Eight-Planet System

    December 15, 2017

    On December 14, NASA and Google announced the discovery of an eighth planet orbiting the star Kepler 90. Other media outlets picked up the hype from there, with teasers like “first solar system like ours” and “boosting the chances of finding alien life elsewhere in the universe.” What’s the stir about?

    • Solar System Design
    • Sun
    • Stars
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Exoplanets
  • More Evidence for Rare Solar System Doctrine

    December 11, 2017

    The planets in the solar system are a diverse lot. A new study indicates that extrasolar planetary systems are not. The eight planets in the solar system range in size from 3,400 miles in diameter (Mercury) to 86,882 miles in diameter (Jupiter). The mass range is much more dramatic, from 0.055 times Earth’s mass (Mercury) to 318 times Earth’s mass (Jupiter). Densities range from 0.687 times that of liquid water (Saturn) to 5.514 times that of liquid water (Earth).

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • Exoplanets
  • Comments on Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design

    December 4, 2017

    The Counterpoints series produced by Zondervan Publishing “provides a forum for the comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians.”1 Notable theologian Stanley Gundry is the series editor. The format for each book in the series is for three or four Christian leaders or scholars who are divided on an important Christian issue to each write an essay where they explain their position and briefly describe what they believe to be the best evidences for their position. Each essay is followed by responses from the other essayists and a brief rejoinder.

    • Death
    • Bioinformatics
    • Animal Death
    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Book Reviews
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Problem of Evil
    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Plants
    • Origin of Life
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Noah's Flood
    • Laws of Physics
    • Intelligent Design
    • Inerrancy
    • Human Origins
    • Genesis
    • Creation vs. Evolution
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Controversies
    • Age of the Earth
    • Adam & Eve
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  • A Partial Review of the Book, Theistic Evolution

    November 28, 2017

    This week, the book Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, edited by J.P. Moreland, Stephen Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann Gauger, and Wayne Grudem, will be released by Crossway.1 The 1,007-page-long book has been widely touted as the definitive refutation of theistic evolution and evolutionary creationism. The statement on the book’s back cover makes the bold claim that it is “the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced.”

    • Carnivores
    • Ecosystems
    • Garden of Eden
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Theistic Evolution
    • Natural Disasters
    • Laws of Physics
    • Genesis
    • Earth's History
    • Animal Death
  • Lunar Designs Optimize Life for Both Predators and Prey

    November 20, 2017

    I have written before about how miraculously designed our Moon is to make possible the existence of humans, advanced civilization, and certain important scientific discoveries.1 Now, new studies give us yet more reasons to thank God for the Moon.

    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Carnivores
  • Flares Challenge Habitability of Bodies beyond Earth

    November 13, 2017

    In my previous blog post, “Bad Flare Days,” I discussed the latest research establishing how blessed we are to be orbiting a star with the least number of bad flare days, where even on its “bad” days, it is not so bad. As I explained, it is not so bad because our Creator placed us on Earth at the one precise moment in the Sun’s history when its flaring activity is at rock bottom.

    • Extinction
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Stars
    • Exoplanets
    • Sun
    • Solar System Design
    • Origin of Life
    • Mars
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Bacteria
  • Bad Flare Days

    November 6, 2017

    Big solar flares bring spectacular aurora borealis (northern lights). In my days as the director for observations at the Vancouver chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, there were nights when the aurora was so intense and so rapidly moving that it was impossible to do any astronomical observing. We would shut down our telescopes and watch a light and color drama more spectacular than any laser show.

    • Human Origins
    • Solar System Design
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Sun
    • Stars
    • Human Flourishing
    • Extinction
    • Exoplanets
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  • Neutron Star Merger Explains Why We're Here (Expanded Version)

    November 3, 2017

    On October 16, the physicists and astronomers who comprise the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo gravitational wave telescope research teams announced the detection of a fifth gravity wave event. Radio astronomer Alessandra Corsi at Texas Tech University called this detection “a big gift that nature has given us” and “a life-changing event.”

    • Solar System Design
    • Galaxy Design
    • Universe Design
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Stars
    • Early Earth
  • Why Did God Create Dinosaurs and Elephants?

    October 30, 2017

    A common question that we receive at Reasons to Believe is, “Why did God create dinosaurs?” One obvious answer: God likes big animals. Consider the blue whale at up to 190 tons—more than twice as big as the largest dinosaur! As Psalm 104 describes, God has created animals in the greatest imaginable diversity. As I demonstrate in my book Improbable Planet, God has always packed Earth with as much and as diverse life as the physical conditions on Earth permitted.

    • Physiology
    • Ecosystems
    • Genesis
    • Evolution
    • Life Design
    • Dinosaurs
    • Animals
  • Neutron Star Merger Produces a Kilonova and Valuable Metals

    October 23, 2017

    On October 16, the physicists and astronomers who comprise the LIGO and Virgo research teams announced the detection of a fifth gravity wave event. Radio astronomer Alessandra Corsi at Texas Tech University called this detection “a big gift that nature has given us” and “a life-changing event.”

    • Galaxy Design
    • Universe Design
    • Stars
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Early Earth
  • Is the Eternal Home of the Redeemed a Restored Earth?

    October 16, 2017

    Lately, I have been bombarded on my Facebook and Twitter pages with this question. It frequently comes up, too, during my radio interviews and at my speaking events. Part of the upsurge, I am sure, is due to the various Christian authors who have recently addressed this subject.

    • Christian Issues
    • Earth
    • End Times
    • Stars
    • Doctrine
    • Bible
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  • Grateful for Keller and Duncan’s Stand on Adam and Eve

    October 8, 2017

    Dr. Timothy Keller is the widely known and respected founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, vice president of The Gospel Coalition (TGC), and the author of several New York Times bestselling books.

    • Adam & Eve
  • Homochirality: A Big Challenge for the Naturalistic Origin of Life

    October 2, 2017

    Just like every debate has two sides so, also, do some molecules. This two-sidedness is especially the case with the building block molecules that comprise the proteins, DNA, and RNA that are the critical molecular components of all living organisms.

    • Life in the Lab
  • Primordial Magnetic Fields and Cosmic Creation Secrets

    September 24, 2017

    One of the holy grails of modern cosmology is the quest to find the universe’s primordial magnetic fields.

    • Big Bang Theory
  • No Snowballs Out There, but Thank God for Snowballs Here

    September 17, 2017

    Snowballs remind us of the presence of water on Earth—a feature that highlights our planet’s habitability. However, most of the so-called habitable planets in the universe are tidally locked, a problem, it turns out, for the accumulation of snow and ice.

    • Atmosphere
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