Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • The Alien Signal That Wasn’t

    August 31, 2016

    “Hear Me Now? ‘Strong Signal’ from Sun-like Star Sparks Alien Speculation” —CNN “Aliens May Have Sent a ‘Strong Message’ from Deep in Space, Scientists Claim” —Independent “Not a Drill: SETI Is Investigating a Possible Extraterrestrial Signal from Deep Space” —Observer “SETI Team Investigating Mysterious Signal from Star 94 Light-Years Away” —Space.com “Mysterious SETI Signal Sends Alien-Hunting…

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Exoplanets
  • Planet Found Orbiting Sun’s Nearest Neighbor

    August 26, 2016

    A few weeks ago, I discussed the possibility of finding habitable planets in binary star systems. Just a couple days ago, astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet—called Proxima Centauri b—orbiting Proxima Centauri, one of the closest stars to Earth.

    • Exoplanets
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  • 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
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