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  • The Method Behind the Madness: New Function Ascribed to Junk DNA

    January 1, 2010

    Polonius thinks that Hamlet has gone mad. But as he listens to Hamlet’s speech, he is convinced that underlying the prince of Denmark’s insanity resides some method—a cleverness and order. He just can’t quite figure out what Hamlet is up to.

    • Junk DNA
  • Latest Research Beats Out the Mixmaster Model

    January 1, 2010

    During my graduate school days, when evidence for a big bang universe was growing exponentially, “mixmaster” models for the universe gained popularity as a potential escape, a loophole for those wanting to ignore the implications of a cosmic beginning in the recent past (as in a few billion or tens of billions of years ago). At that time, such models seemed the best, if not the only, way to explain how the universe came to be so homogeneous (all component parts having the same composition and structure) and isotropic (all points in space manifesting the same physical properties and same physical history).

    • Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang
  • Earth Not at Center of the Universe

    January 1, 2010

    One might think that scientific evidence long ago debunked the idea that Earth resides at the center of the universe. Beginning with Nicolaus Copernicus in 1543, the heliocentric (sun-centered) model gradually replaced the Ptolemaic (Earth-centered) model. Yet scientists continue to propose models that place Earth in such a special location in order to explain astronomical observations.

    • Universe Design
  • Exoplanets Set to Reveal Earth's Rarity

    January 1, 2010

    Fifteen years ago, astronomers knew of only eight planets in the universe (nine if you still count Pluto). Now nearly 400 planets outside our solar system populate an ever-increasing planetary catalog. Recent advances have revealed the first definitive detection of a rocky planet and the first direct observation of a planet-like object orbiting near a sun-like star. While the catalog of extra-solar planets grows, so does the list of requirements the planetary system must meet in order to support life. As astronomers continue to find new planets using existing and novel technologies, the body of evidence showing the uniqueness of our solar system to support life also grows larger.

    • Extrasolar Planets
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  • Status Update: The Latest on Neanderthals

    January 1, 2010

    When I signed on to Facebook several months ago to keep track of my daughters’ online activity, something unexpected happened: I got hooked.

    • Neanderthals
  • More Deaths in the Name of God or No Gods?

    January 1, 2010

    Great evil has been done in the name of Christ. This charge, a frequent objection to historic Christianity raised especially by the new atheist authors,1 typifies discussions of such historical events as the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the Salem Witch trials. While characterizing historic Christianity as harsh and violent, they also insist that atheism, by contrast, is a rational and peaceful belief system.

    • War
    • Atheism
  • Religious Faces in the Crowd: The Prince and the Lord

    January 1, 2010

    Among the world’s great religious leaders, two came to be viewed as representing almighty God in human form. In traditional Hinduism, the god Vishnu appeared or descended into human form as Krishna. In historic Christianity, Jesus Christ entered human history as God Incarnate (the God-man: a single person with both a divine and human nature). Yet while both are recognized (in some sense) as the divine in human form, the identity, mission, and message––ultimately, the hope––of these two figures is quite dissimilar.

    • World Religions/Cults
    • Religious Pluralism
  • Is the Big Bang Biblical?

    January 1, 2010

    Hugh Ross proclaims in the lead article (“Latest Research Beats out the Mixmaster Model”) that the big bang creation model was first described in the Bible thousands of years ago. Let’s take a closer look at this statement.

    • Big Bang
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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  • Mixotrophs - An Evolutionary "Nice Try"

    January 1, 2010

    Amid all the celebration last year over the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his most famous book, On the Origin of Species,1 I heard little or no mention of how often attempts to explain life’s history from an evolutionary perspective have provided stunning new evidence for creation. One recent example springs from a proposed explanation for life’s remarkable recovery after mass extinction events.

    • Mass Extinctions/Extinctions
    • Speciation Events
    • Life Design
    • Geophysical Design
  • Phone Home! Artificial DNA Provides Authentic Evidence for Design

    September 1, 2009

    Moviegoers in 1982 would have heard this exchange as they watched a team of researchers––draped in sterile white gowns, faces covered in masks––huddle in an operating room around an alien creature, the lovable E.T.

    • Artificial Life in the Lab
  • Strange New Worlds: Life Based on Silicon, Arsenic?

    September 1, 2009

    When I was in junior high school, I seldom missed Star Trek (the original series) on TV. In one of my favorite episodes the crew of the Enterprise encountered a silicon-based life-form, called a Horta, on the mining planet Janus VI. Even as a teenager I found this idea intriguing. Could life be based on an element like silicon (or perhaps arsenic, as we'll see later) instead of carbon?

    • Extremophiles
  • GOE or Die: Earth’s Habitability No Sure Thing

    September 1, 2009

    Jason Bourne lives life on the edge. The protagonist of the Bourne spy fiction thriller series relentlessly pursues the truth, with danger lurking at every turn. Regardless of the peril, he must continue. In ways, Earth’s history demonstrates similar hazards. Starting from the most inhospitable circumstances, numerous physical transformations now enable Earth to teem with life. But many of those events brought the Earth—and its life––to the brink of extermination forever. One such change occurred roughly two-and-a-half billion years ago.

    • Geophysical Design
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  • Bird Thinks It Can Dance - Soulish Animals Designed to Bring Joy

    September 1, 2009

    Sometimes tests for the validity of evolutionary and creation models come from unusual research. In this case it’s a bird’s dancing ability.

    • Life Design
    • Consciousness
  • Religious Faces in the Crowd: The Sage and the Savior

    September 1, 2009

    Among the world’s great religious leaders, two became far-reaching moral instructors of humanity. Confucius (the Sage) laid down the ethical foundation for much of Asian civilization. Jesus of Nazareth (the Savior) taught moral lessons that distinctly shaped the ethical nature of Western civilization. Yet while both became great moral teachers, the identity, mission, and message of these two influential men stand in powerful contrast.

    • World Religions/Cults
    • Religious Pluralism
  • Pressure’s On: Accounting for Earth’s Habitability

    September 1, 2009

    Here’s an SAT question for you: Carbon dioxide is to global warming as atmospheric pressure is to ___________. Answer: global warming. While carbon dioxide grabs today’s headlines, atmospheric pressure levels in Earth’s history likely played a critical role in whether the planet would ultimately be suitable for large-bodied animals (including humans).

    • Geophysical Design
  • Exploring the Extent of the Flood: Part Three

    September 1, 2009

    What was the purpose behind God’s act of judgment? The answer helps determine the extent of the Genesis Flood.

    • Geology and the Bible
    • Flood Geology
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  • Life is Out There...Way Out There

    September 1, 2009

    If aliens landed on the South Lawn of the White House tomorrow, would it be “game over” for the Christian faith?

    • UFOs and the Bible
    • Aliens
  • Crossed off the List: Is the Cross Shape of Laminin Evidence for the Creator?

    April 1, 2009

    As I travel around the country to speak on the biochemical evidence for an Intelligent Designer, the biblical Creator, I am frequently asked to comment on laminin. The people who mention this protein are usually quite excited, convinced that its structure provides powerful scientific evidence for the Christian faith. Unfortunately, I don’t agree.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Not Too Tart, Not Too Sweet: Fine-Tuned Gene Expression of Lamin Provides Evidence for Design

    April 1, 2009

    I live in a city in Southern California historically known for its lemon groves. Each spring the community celebrates its history with The Lemon Festival. Along with the weekend’s events, there is no shortage of great-tasting lemonade.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Exploring the Extent of the Flood: What the Bible Says: Part Two

    April 1, 2009

    The previous issue of New Reasons to Believe addressed the extent of the Genesis Flood as indicated by references to the entire “world.” In both its linguistic and historical context, world in the Genesis passages refers not to the entire planet but rather to the “world” of people. So the Flood could have been worldwide without being global.

    • Geology and the Bible
    • Flood Geology
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