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  • Earth: God’s Great Symphony

    September 1, 2013

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra comprises over 100 musicians who play more than twenty distinct instruments. Exquisite talent and diversity of instruments enable the orchestra to produce a stirring variety of musical experiences. Some instruments play the melody, which is the main theme of the music. Other instruments add harmony to complement and fill out the ensemble. The percussion usually keeps the rhythm that enables the whole piece to stay together. Even with all the talent and varied instruments, an orchestra requires a conductor to ensure that all the sections maintain the correct tempo and integrate together to produce a pleasing sound.

    • Geophysical Design
  • Earth’s Chlorine Abundance Fine-Tuned for Life

    September 1, 2013

    What do chlorine and Rodney Dangerfield have in common? They both “don’t get no respect.” As a recent research study indicates,1 Earth is uniquely endowed in many overlooked ways with a fine-tuned abundance of chlorine and its many compounds.

    • Earth/Moon Design
  • God’s Providence, Man’s Dominion, and Synthetic Biology

    September 1, 2013

    Is the fictional future of Huxley’s Brave New World becoming a reality? At times it seems that way as scientists rapidly develop the capability to manipulate, modify, and even create life in a laboratory setting. Many people find the prospects of this type of a future terrifying. Because of these fears, Christians often summarily condemn advances in biotechnology.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Historic Christianity’s “Two Books” of Revelation

    September 1, 2013

    What comes to mind with the word, “revelation”? Likely, it’s the last book of the Bible, but in historic Christian theology, revelation refers to God’s personal self-disclosure to his creatures. God took the initiative to reveal himself in two ways: through general revelation (the knowledge of God that comes via the created order), and special revelation (the knowledge of God that comes via redemptive history). Christian theologians sometimes call this dual view of revelation the “two-books theory.” God is the author of both the figurative book of nature (God’s world) and the literal book of Scripture (God’s written Word).

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  • Fine-Tuning and the Speed of Light

    September 1, 2013

    Imagine living in a universe where balls, trees, cars, and all sorts of everyday objects simply popped into or out of existence. Or where those same objects instantaneously moved from one location to another distant location. That would be a bizarre universe indeed. Well, we live in such a universe, at least when looking on small-enough scales. The discipline of quantum mechanics says such things happen, and repeated measurements with the proper tools confirm their reality.

    • Laws of Physics
  • Earth’s Fluctuating Oxygen Levels Support Biblical Creation

    September 1, 2013

    I like climbing mountains. During my Caltech days, a fellow astronomer and I had a 36-hour window between research projects. We quickly packed his car, drove seven hours to a trailhead, hiked several miles to the base of Bear Creek Spire, set up camp, proceeded to summit the Spire (elevation 13,713 feet), downclimbed to our camp, ate the biggest meal of our lives, slept overnight in our tent, and drove back to Caltech early the next morning.

    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Cars and Cells: How Trade-offs Make Good Designs

    September 1, 2013

    I have spent the last few days shopping for a car: decisions, decisions! And of course one of the questions I have to answer is, Do I want horsepower or fuel efficiency?

    • Biochemical Design
  • Song of the Intestine: So Kill Me, Maybe

    September 1, 2013

    Human digestive systems perform a stunning array of tasks to break down food and absorb nutrients. Digestion is spatially and temporally coordinated across many organs to ensure that enzymes (which break down food) arrive as needed. Mucus along the gastrointestinal tract protects a single layer of cells (termed the epithelial cell [EC] lining) from the acidic enteric soup (ensuring you are not digested!) In this location, the intestinal lining, which is required to secure energy and other key nutrients, acts as the first line of defense against invading viruses, harmful bacteria, and parasites.

    • Biochemical Design
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  • Saving Faith

    September 1, 2013

    Parents frequently approach me about what resource they might pass along to their young adult child who is struggling with doubts about their faith. Reasons to Believe offers an array of resources for those who are searching for solid answers to their questions. However, by the time a person’s childhood faith is at this level of crisis, it can be much harder to salvage.

    • Youth
    • Educators/Homeschoolers
  • Creation in Color

    September 1, 2013

    When I was a kid in the early 70s, television shows were just starting to be released in color. Black-and-white television was fun, but color was even better! It offered a more realistic view of how we actually experienced the world.

    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Two Books
  • Explaining the Mind-Related Features of the Cosmos

    June 1, 2013

    Are big-picture belief systems or worldviews—like fighters in boxing—vulnerable to knockout blows? Can certain issues or problems prove so intractable that they render a worldview unviable as a belief system?

    • Consciousness
  • Is the Universe One Giant Computer Simulation?

    June 1, 2013

    Scientists love running simulations. Climate modelers try to simulate how Earth will respond as carbon dioxide levels increase. Particle physicists simulate collisions of particles to understand measurements made in the complex detectors surrounding their particle accelerators. During graduate school and postdocs, I used computers to simulate more gamma rays than I ever detected with telescopes. The prolific use of simulations through all scientific disciplines raises the question of whether we (humanity, Earth and all the life it contains, and even the universe) exist only as simulations in complex computer programs run by our advanced descendants. Remarkably, scientists can test this idea by making measurements of our universe.

    • Multiverse
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  • Case for Creation Susceptible to Drug-Resistant Bacteria?

    June 1, 2013

    In March 2013, the Centers for Disease Control sounded the alarm. Healthcare facilities around the U.S. reported a dramatic rise in drug-resistant bacteria. The culprit fueling this increase was CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae). This microbe normally resides in the human gut, where it is harmless—but if it travels to other parts of the body, it causes a nasty infection called sepsis.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Save the Rats, Stave Off Dementia

    June 1, 2013

    Rats carry disease. They also ravage crops, mess up attics and basements, and pose a danger to children and pets. It’s no wonder an industry exists to exterminate them.

    • Life Design
  • Early Universe Temperature Affirms Big Bang Cosmology

    June 1, 2013

    Creating a good snowball requires good technique. After scooping the right amount of snow, one must squeeze the fluffy white pile to make the snowball. The pressure decreases the snow’s volume, which raises the temperature and melts some of the snow. After releasing the pressure, the newly formed water expands and refreezes, resulting in a ready-to-throw snowball. The same principle––things cool as they expand––applies to measuring the temperature of the universe as it continues to expand after the initial big bang. Scientists seek ways to measure the universe’s temperature—though difficult to carry out—and expect results that affirm inflationary big bang cosmology, otherwise known as the “standard model.”

    • Big Bang
  • Believe It or Not! Ancient Biomolecules Evidence for Old Earth

    June 1, 2013

    When my kids were little we visited the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum in Hollywood, CA, home to displays that commemorate remarkable people who accomplished unbelievable feats. Or did they?

    • Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth
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  • Bulk Flow Galaxy Test Affirms the Big Bang

    June 1, 2013

    Why do scientists repeatedly test whether the big bang model for the origin of the universe is correct? Efforts to escape the Christian implications of the big bang—namely, that the universe has continually expanded under unchanging laws of physics from a beginning of all matter, energy, space, and time—explain its persistent and exhaustive testing. So far, the model has convincingly passed every devised test for which adequate measurements exist. Now, a new study has yielded yet another success.

    • Big Bang
  • The Ten Commandments of Christian Eschatology (“Last Things”)

    June 1, 2013

    Books on Bible prophecy make runaway bestsellers, and the topic of the “last days” preoccupies Christian television programming. With care and discernment cast aside, prophecies and future predictions about the end of the world have proven wrong and have caused the church to lose credibility.

    • End Times
  • The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

    June 1, 2013

    I was recently fascinated while watching the biopic about innovator and activist, Temple Grandin. This groundbreaking animal behaviorist exemplifies high-functioning autism (also called Asperger’s syndrome). Grandin’s unique perceptions of the world, often facilitated by her autism, resulted in a fresh approach to more-humane slaughter techniques. Hugh Ross shares an interesting commonality with Temple Grandin: he is also a high-functioning autistic.

    • Educators/Homeschoolers
    • Learning
  • Embracing Scrutiny

    June 1, 2013

    As a child I spent a lot of time in my backyard digging up rocks and looking underneath them for unseen worlds of bugs and worms. From the bug’s point of view, however, I’m sure that being thrown abruptly into the light of day involved a few moments of distress.

    • Learning
    • Educators/Homeschoolers
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