Where Science and Faith Converge

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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.

  • Is Global Warming All Bad?

    August 19, 2016

    Want to stir up some controversy? Just make some definitive statement about global warming, either good or bad. Chances are high that someone will strongly disagree. The scientific data demonstrates pretty conclusively that Earth’s surface temperature has risen by 1°F over the last 40 years.

    • Global Warming
    • Earth
  • Orbiting a Binary Star

    August 12, 2016

    Many people consider binary star systems as unlikely places to look for habitable planets. Planetary formation in such systems may experience difficulties not seen in single star systems, and gravitational disruptions could eject any planets that do form. Yet in 2011, astronomers detected the first exoplanet that orbits around both stars in a binary system.

    • Uncategorized
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • What We Actually Know about Potentially Habitable Planets

    August 5, 2016

    The last 25 years has brought a veritable flood of exoplanets. Some of those finds include Jupiter-class planets that take just a few days to complete an orbit. Others showcase Earth-sized planets orbiting stars emitting less than 5 percent of the sun’s light.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Fireflies Inspire Better LED's

    July 15, 2016

    Growing up, I loved catching fireflies (or lightning bugs). Truth be told, I still do. What's not to like about a bug whose rear-end glows on command? And scientists just gave me a new reason to appreciate these remarkable creatures:

    • Life Design
  • Why Did God Wait So Long to Create People?

    July 7, 2016

    The universe started with a bang nearly 14 billion years ago. The solar system formed 4.5 billion years ago. Even the continents have been around for a couple billion years. If, as Christians claim, humanity is so important to God, why did He wait so long to create the first people?

    • Earth's History
    • Geophysics
  • Did the Universe Have a Beginning?

    July 1, 2016

    How do you respond when someone challenges you on one of your strongly held beliefs? Not long ago I faced such a challenge when someone showed me a published paper indicating that the universe did not have a beginning.

    • Universe Design
    • Order of Genesis Creation Events
    • Cosmology
  • Can Planets in the Habitable Zone Actually Support Life?

    June 23, 2016

    It seems that all too frequently we read another exciting announcement that an extrasolar planet has been detected, one that is in the “habitable zone” and would likely be able to host life. The announcement is usually accompanied by an artist’s conception of the planet with oceans, continents, and an atmosphere with clouds that appear decidedly Earth-like.

    • Exoplanets
    • Astronomy
  • Why Does Hydrogen Exist in the Universe?

    May 19, 2016

    The third most abundant molecule in the universe has the most well-known chemical formula—H2O, or water. No one disputes the utility of oxygen for life, but hydrogen plays an equally critical role as a key component of water.

    • Physics

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