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Author: Jeff Zweerink

Since my earliest memories, science and the Christian faith have featured prominently in my life - but I struggled when my scientific studies seemed to collide with my early biblical training. My first contact with RTB came when I heard Hugh Ross speak at Iowa State University. It was the first time I realized it was possible to do professional work incorporating both my love of science and my desire to serve God. I knew RTB's ministry was something I was called to be a part of.

While many Christians and non-Christians see the two as in perpetual conflict, I find they integrate well. They operate by the same principles and are committed to discovering foundational truths. My passion at RTB is helping Christians see how powerful a tool science is to declare God's glory and helping scientists understand how the established scientific discoveries demonstrate the legitimacy and rationality of the Christian faith.

  • Another Way Life Requires Carbon

    March 31, 2017

    Have you ever hard-boiled an egg? As the egg basks in the heat of the boiling water, the gooey, almost-liquid egg white and the gelatinous yolk slowly transform into spongy and powdery solids. Yet, when the egg cools back to its original temperature, the interior remains solid. Why is that? You might be inclined to respond "Because that's the way eggs work." True, but that seemingly ordinary property of eggs ...

    • Universe Design
    • Proteins
    • Requirements for Life
    • Life Design
  • Science Journals and Creation Ex Nihilo

    March 17, 2017

    What is the most popular verse in the Bible? Most would say John 3:16, but I think a good case exists for Genesis 1:1—“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Aside from being the first verse in the Bible, it also articulates an important Christian doctrine: creation ex nihilo. God created the entire physical universe out of nothing.

    • Origin of the Universe
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Creation
  • Persuasive Reasons: Thoughts on Fine-Tuning

    March 10, 2017

    Recently, I wrote about what I find as the most persuasive argument (scientifically speaking) for the truth of Christianity. Big bang cosmology reveals a marked correspondence between the biblical description of the universe and our best scientific explanation. The fine-tuning argument ranks second on my list of most persuasive arguments, but only because it has a less-direct connection to the Bible.

    • Universe Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Life Design
    • Galaxy Design
    • Fine-Tuning
  • Thoughts on Is Genesis History?

    February 24, 2017

    A lot of people have inquired about RTB’s response to the documentary Is Genesis History? We have purposely not posted anything about the documentary because no one on our staff had seen it. Last night, I saw Is Genesis History? along with two of my colleagues. Here is our response.

    • Disunity in the Church
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Science & Faith
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Intelligent Design
    • History
    • Genesis
    • Age of the Earth
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  • The Most Persuasive Scientific Reason to Believe?

    February 3, 2017

    What scientific argument for the truth of Christianity do you find the most persuasive? (I would love to hear your answer on either Facebook or Twitter.) As I contemplated this question, my answer was big bang cosmology. Here’s why.

    • Origin of the Universe
    • Laws of Physics
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Bible
  • The Lab 2017: Two Exciting Developments

    January 27, 2017

    Are you a student between 16 and 22 years old, thinking about pursuing a science-related career? Do you know someone who is? Reasons to Believe developed The Lab to help equip these students for fruitful scientific careers as Christians.

    • Resources
    • The Lab
    • Reasons to Believe
    • Education
  • From the Big Bang to Humans

    January 6, 2017

    Life abounds on planet Earth. We are familiar with numerous forms, like people, pets, insects, and fish. Using microscopes, we see a host of bacterial and viral organisms. Digging in the dirt reveals bones of enormous dinosaurs. Life takes many different shapes, sizes, and lifetimes.

    • Universe Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Late Heavy Bombardment
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Genesis
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth
    • Early Earth
    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2016

    As we head into the weekend, let me wish you a merry Christmas!

    • Incarnation
    • Jesus Christ
    • Holiday
    • Christmas
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  • Never Fear an Honest Question

    December 16, 2016

    “How does this work?” “Why did that happen?” “Is this really true?” I love questions. I enjoy learning from insightful responses (either spoken or read) and delight in providing a helpful answer to questions others have. Even questions for which I have no answer provide pleasure through pondering how I might find a good response.

    • Jesus Christ
    • Reason
    • Good Questions
    • Faith
  • Fine-Tuning: Responding to a Common Objection

    December 2, 2016

    I have heard another rebuttal to the fine-tuning argument . . . that maybe you can address. The rebuttal goes like this:

    • Laws of Physics
    • Fine-Tuning
  • Equations I’m Thankful For

    November 25, 2016

    Do you like equations? During my short teaching stint, I encountered many people who find equations intimidating. Personally, I find it amazing that a few symbols on a piece of paper capture the behavior of remarkably complex phenomena.

    • Laws of Physics
    • Lists
    • Holiday
  • Can We Travel outside Our Solar System?

    November 11, 2016

    How do you get to a planet orbiting another star? The Millennium Falcon would simply make a jump to light speed. Although creators of the Star Wars universe never really explain how this works, it seems to depend on entering some hyperspace beyond the usual three spatial dimensions of our universe.

    • Exoplanets
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  • Does Life Need to Be Carbon-Based?

    October 28, 2016

    Some science fiction writers imagine incredible adventures in bizarre or far-fetched environments. One personal favorite of mine is the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Where No One Has Gone Before.” A character referred to as “The Traveler” uses his unusual powers to transport the Enterprise to the outer rim of the universe where the line between thought and reality blurs. It was a fascinating episode (except for the presence of Wesley Crusher). Increasingly, science fiction writers imagine creatures that depart from an essential component of all Earth life—being carbon-based.

    • Universe Design
    • Biochemistry
  • The Importance of Plate Tectonics

    October 21, 2016

    Just one year after moving to Southern California, I experienced a dramatically different display of nature’s power. Early in the morning on October 16, 1999, the magnitude 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake struck. It is quite an experience to walk into your kids’ bedroom while your house moves up and down like a boat on the ocean!

    • Atmosphere
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Natural Disasters
    • Geology
    • Earth Science
    • Earth
  • Is Our Solar System Common?

    October 14, 2016

    Copernicus showed that Earth is not at the center of the solar system. Further studies show that the sun resides in a rather remote part of the galaxy and that numerous stars host planets. According to popular opinion, these and many other discoveries demonstrate how science has stripped humanity of any real importance.

    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Exoplanets
  • How Did Migration Affect Our Solar System?

    October 7, 2016

    Try to imagine the last collision you witnessed that improved the objects involved. As much as I like collisions, they almost always bring destruction. Similarly, consider what happens when a bowling ball moves through a field of tennis balls. Everything the bowling ball encounters gets scattered all over the place. Yet as scientists study the environment of the early solar system, they find that...

    • Solar System Design
    • Early Earth
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  • Water Plumes Provide an Opportunity to Test Models

    September 30, 2016

    Earlier this week, news of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa splashed across news headlines. The excitement about the discovery was not centered on the existence of water but rather on the likely source of the water.

    • Water
    • Requirements for Life
  • What Evidence Is There for a Multiverse?

    September 23, 2016

    By any human measure, that boundary is an incredible distance away, but it does mean that our observable universe has a definite size. This raises an interesting question: What, if anything, exists outside the observable universe?

    • Inflation
    • Multiverse
  • Would Discovering Aliens Disprove Christianity?

    September 16, 2016

    According to the popular narrative, Copernicus’s assertion that the earth orbited the sun started a relentless process of scientific discovery serving to remove any thought that humanity occupied a special place in the universe. Earth was not the center of the solar system, the sun was not the center of the galaxy, and the Milky Way was not the center of the universe.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • UFOs & Extraterrestrials
    • SETI
    • Historical Theology
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Exoplanets
  • How Long Can Earth Support Life?

    September 2, 2016

    Fortunately, in all of the movies, something always saves humanity. In real life, the threats are much worse and offer little hope, at least for humanity on Earth. So let’s survey some of the genuine and unavoidable threats to life on Earth.

    • Extinction
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