Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • More Reasons to Thank God for Sand

    September 11, 2017

    Sand is one of the most life-essential, civilization critical, and taken for granted commodities on Earth. It is everywhere and very abundant. There are about as many grains of sand on Earth as there are stars in the universe.

    • Design
  • More Reasons to Thank God for Ants

    September 3, 2017

    I must confess that even though I have written extensively about how blessed we humans are to be living on a planet that is infested with ants, I don’t always appreciate it when one of the infestations invades our home.

    • Animals
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  • Grip of Tidal Locking Challenges “Habitable” Planets

    August 27, 2017

    Have you ever wondered why we see only one hemisphere of the Moon? The reason why is because the Moon is tidally locked to Earth.

    • Exoplanets
  • What about Those Who Have Never Heard?

    August 20, 2017

    One of the most frequent objections to the Christian faith I hear from nontheists is “How could an all-loving, all-powerful God condemn people to hell for failing to submit their life to Jesus Christ if they never heard of him and had no access to the Bible?”

    • Christian Life
  • No Reducing Atmosphere for Naturalistic Origin of Life

    August 13, 2017

    64 Years after Miller Experiment, Can the Formation of Building Blocks of Life Be Considered As Solved?

    • Atmosphere
  • Response to Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth Sequel

    August 6, 2017

    Al Gore’s next major film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, is essentially the audiovisual version of his same-titled book released on July 25, 2017.

    • Global Warming
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  • Inhabitability of Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs

    July 30, 2017

    Scripture declares that God knows the number of stars in the universe and that he has assigned a name to each star (Psalm 147:4). Astronomers do not know the exact number but they have a rough estimate: 50–60 billion trillion stars. Of those 50–60 billion trillion stars, astronomers have assigned proper names to only a few hundred.

    • Atmosphere
  • Does a Possible Photon Mass Pose a Threat to Creation Models?

    July 23, 2017

    During the last several years and even weeks, astronomers and physicists have developed new tools that now place strong limits on the maximum possible value of the photon rest mass that, to a significant degree, alleviate concerns about the consequences I raised.

    • Big Bang Theory
  • Cosmological Consequences of Massive Photons

    July 17, 2017

    We all learned in our junior high science classes that photons are massless. This statement has resulted in a lot of confusion for laypeople. In our junior high science classes we were also taught that photons possess energy and, thanks to Einstein’s special relativity theory, energy is equivalent to mass. ... Whenever physicists state that a photon is a massless particle, they mean that it has a “zero rest mass.”

    • Universe Design
    • Inflation
    • Galaxy Design
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
  • Thank God for Perfect Solar Eclipses

    July 10, 2017

    A perfect solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the Moon exactly blocks out the disk of the Sun. Such eclipses are a relatively recent phenomenon and humans are privileged to be able to witness these wonders.

    • Solar System Design
    • Sun
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