Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Women in Apologetics on the Rise

    June 18, 2018

    Last November, while working for Reasons to Believe (RTB) at the annual meetings for the Evangelical Theological Society, I met Rachel Shockey from Women in Apologetics (WIA), a fairly new ministry organized in May 2017. We filmed Rachel about WIA for RTB’s 28:19 show. You can check that out that segment here.

  • Evaluating Christian Apologists

    June 1, 2018

    Imagine for a moment that you’re watching a message on YouTube by Hugh Ross. You find the video incredibly faith-affirming. Your brother-in-law is an unbeliever and you wonder if you should send him the link. Maybe it will present some evidence that will persuade him to come to faith in Jesus. At what point do you click on that “Share” button?

  • Phosphate Chemistry Part 2: Phosphates and the Origin of Life

    May 18, 2018

    Research into naturalistic explanations for the origin of life has long focused on how the “building blocks of life” (amino acids, nucleotides, sugars, and fatty acids) could have formed as the necessary precursors for life. An article by two preeminent origin-of-life researchers describing possible synthesis routes for building blocks of life from simple precursors makes no mention of a precursor containing phosphorus. This is a serious omission. Charles Darwin himself knew that there had to be such a source. In speculating about “the first production of a living organism” he wrote: “But if (and oh what a big if) we could conceive in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts,–light, heat, electricity &c present, that a protein compound was chemically formed . . . ” then perhaps life could have gotten the start it needed.

  • Phosphate Chemistry Part 1: Fine-Tuned for Life

    May 4, 2018

    Phosphates don’t get any respect. At least it seems that way from the generally negative attitude toward phosphates displayed on household products bearing the proud claim “Contains No Phosphate” and in state regulations banning phosphates from fertilizers.1 Of course, these labels and regulations came about as a result of phosphate’s life-stimulating properties: high levels in water bodies will promote algae blooms, which ultimately deplete oxygen. Nevertheless, while regulating the use of phosphates one shouldn’t forget the critical role they play in all living organisms. In fact, human civilization would not be here without them.

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  • Does yālad in the hiphil Prove There Are No Gaps in Genesis 5 and 11 Genealogies?

    March 27, 2018

    All attempts to calculate a date for creation and Noah’s flood rest upon one assumption: Genesis 5 and 11 contain complete, father-son genealogies without gaps. This assumption, in turn, rests on the assumption that the Hebrew verb yālad implies a father-son relationship in these chapters.

  • Does the Tower of Babel Confirm Genealogical Gaps in Genesis 11?

    February 9, 2018

    A common assumption is that Genesis 5 and 11 contain complete, father-son genealogies without gaps and, therefore, one can rely on these genealogies to accurately calculate a date for creation and Noah’s flood. However, as we’ve previously presented,1 strong evidence shows that genealogy gaps exist. In this article, we will present additional evidence for genealogy gaps found in the Genesis 11:1–9 story of the Tower of Babel. Bishop Ussher and other no-gap proponents typically date this event at Babel ~101 years after the flood around the time of the birth of Peleg (assuming Peleg is the fourth generation after Noah’s sons).2 However, the three reasons below suggest it is impossible for this incident to have occurred so soon after the flood.

  • Human Milk Designed to Protect Infants

    January 29, 2018

    Around the turn of the last century, studies showed that babies who were breastfed had a lower mortality rate and fewer incidences of diseases than those who were bottle-fed. Since that time, there has been a growing research effort to understand what is special about human milk that provides infants with better health and protection against disease. This research, especially in recent years, has produced some remarkable findings.

  • Welcome to Voices

    January 5, 2018

    With the arrival of the new year, new things are afoot. And one of the new creations at Reasons to Believe is a web feature called Voices—the official blog of our visiting scholars.

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