Where Science and Faith Converge

Take Two

  • Back-to-School: Science Apologetics for Students

    August 30, 2013

    Summer is coming to an end—Halloween items are popping up in stores, pumpkin spice lattes are on the way, and even the trees show signs of turning foliage. (Of course, the SoCal sunshine seems to have missed the memo—as I write this it’s 10 AM and already in the 90s.) Perhaps the most notable signs of the summer-to-fall change are the droves of kids heading back to school.

    • Educators/Homeschoolers
  • Interpreting the Creation Days "Literally"

    August 23, 2013

    Earlier this week, our editorial team was in an uproar over news that lexicographers conceded to popular thought, allowing the informal or emphatic use of the word “literally,” as in “this literally breaks my heart.” One Reddit user even posted the news with the following caption: “We did it guys, we finally killed English.”

    • Creation Passages
    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Adam, Eve, and Changing Tradition

    August 16, 2013

    We humans like tradition. For example, whenever my husband’s family gets together the evening always ends with a game of Tripoley (a combination of Hearts, Poker, and Rummy). Yet sometimes we also like to change tradition—hence why my husband and I have been subtly attempting to introduce some of our new favorite table top games at family get-togethers.

    • Adam & Eve
  • How Not to Handle the Creation-Evolution Debate

    August 8, 2013

    A few weeks ago I found myself in a conversation with an atheist about evolution and creation. What I noticed in our interaction was that he was initially hesitant to admit his belief in evolution (and disbelief in God), and not because he was uncertain of his beliefs. Past experience taught him that identifying himself as an atheist drew a hostile response from the Christians he encountered. Their debate tactics left much to be desired, to put it mildly. It was heartbreaking to imagine this kind, intelligent person in front of me being mistreated by anyone, but particularly by those claiming to be Christian.

    • General Apologetics
  • What Is the Basis for Human Worth?

    August 2, 2013

    A couple of nights ago, my husband and I were perusing our favorite YouTube channels and caught an insightful animated clip explaining the reasons for video game compulsion. The narrator suggests that many gamers turn to their favorite RPGs or other games in order to feel valued and find purpose. In other words, video games help fill an emotional—and dare I say, spiritual—void within people.

    • Image of God
  • Geeking and Reaching Out at Comic-Con

    July 26, 2013

    In case you missed it, last week the world’s nerds were drawn to San Diego like metal to Magneto for the city’s international Comic-Con. I, too, made the annual trek to nerd mecca to get my fandom on. While the reveals (read: announcements) from the Warner Brothers and Marvel panels were spaz worthy, there’s certainly more to do at a con than just scream at screens.

    • Youth
    • General Apologetics
    • Christian Life
  • Sharks and Other Natural Disasters

    July 19, 2013

    Well, the ocean’s top predators certainly seem to be making a splash around the Internet and on television this month. The July 11 premiere of Syfy’s ultra-campy monster flick, Sharknado, lit up Twitter and even fueled a lunchtime discussion in the RTB break room. For those of you (like me) who missed it, Sharknado is about a freak storm that picks up sharks from the ocean and then sends them raining down on Los Angeles. I’m not making this up.

    • Carnivorous Activity
  • Ask Questions, Seek Answers

    July 12, 2013

    Last week on RTB’s official Facebook page we invited people to share some of the science-faith questions their kids ask. Soon, questions poured in. A 5-year-old asked whether her teddy bear would be in heaven. An 11-year-old wondered how to reconcile Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons with Adam and Eve. And another asked whether there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark. (To paraphrase RTB theologian Krista Bontrager’s responses: heaven will be even better than the best things we experience here on earth (see 1 Corinthians 2:9); Neanderthals were creatures distinct from humans. Cro-Magnon is an old term used to describe modern humans (see RTB 101 – Historical Adam); and no, dinosaurs went extinct millions of years before the Flood (see RTB 101 – Dinosaurs).

    • Solar System Design
    • Youth
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
  • Take Two Turns Four!

    July 3, 2013

    Bust out the party hats because today Take Two celebrates its fourth birthday. In celebration of our big day, we’ve compiled some of your favorite posts—consider it a“regifting” of sorts.

    • General Apologetics
  • The Fight against Disease: An Interview with Biochemical Engineer Katie Galloway

    June 28, 2013

    This summer, Dr. Katie Galloway joins the RTB family as an adjunct scholar. As a ministry, we are blessed to have her fresh perspective on science apologetics, specifically the evidence for God in biological systems. Katie’s involvement in RTB stems from both her family’s support of the ministry (she attended an RTB event at the age of three) and her own desire to use science apologetics to help people understand the supporting evidence for the truth of Christianity.

    • Scientists
  • Don't Let Creation Pass You By

    June 21, 2013

    Ferris Bueller might not have been a good student (after all, he ditched school nine times), but his insight on life was on point. These days, work and personal schedules leave little room for us to stop and look around—at the flowers blooming, birds flitting, and passersby smiling. Finding time to savor life seems like a luxury few can afford.

    • Christian Life
    • Creation Passages
  • Last-Minute Redemption

    June 13, 2013

    It’s a good thing RTB theologian Kenneth Samples has an end times booklet in the works because the apocalypse is making a big cultural splash at movie theatres. Doomsday is a perennial topic of interest, but it seems to be getting extra attention from Hollywood this year. There are post-human Earth stories (Oblivion and After Earth); Brad Pitt fighting zombies (World War Z), and this week presents a crass comedic take on the rapture.

    • Salvation
    • End Times
  • Man of Steel and the Original Superhero

    June 7, 2013

    In case it’s not already on your radar, the highly anticipated reboot Man of Steel releases next week. Most are familiar with who Superman is—understandable considering this cultural icon (and first comic book superhero) has been around for 75 years.

    • Christian Life
    • Youth
  • Bright Hope for Tomorrow

    May 31, 2013

    Cemeteries filled with faded tombstones and crumbling mausoleums pepper the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. While exploring some of these burial sites (by daylight), I tried to examine the dates on the stones—but time and weather had rubbed away many of the inscriptions. Even these grave markers, perhaps the only memorials dedicated to the people buried beneath them, could not last forever. This experience led me to ponder the futility of life on Earth.

    • Salvation
  • Pastors’ Views on Creation and Evolution: The Results Are In

    May 24, 2013

    Last week Christianity Today posted an article discussing clergy and their views on origins. As the article reports, new Barna Group research (commissioned by BioLogos) “shows that a slight majority (54 percent) of Protestant pastors across all regions most likely identify with young-earth creation.” Those remaining are more likely to lean toward theistic evolution. The other two positions offered were “progressive creation” (an ambiguous term) and “uncertain” (meh).

    • Origin of the Universe
    • Creation "Days"
  • Star Trek’s Prime Directive and Moral Relativism

    May 17, 2013

    Star Trek Into Darkness, the second installment in director J. J. Abrams’ reboot of the classic sci-fi franchise, warped into theatres this week—and in case you don’t care for spoilers, skip down to the next paragraph. The film begins with Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) violating the United Federation of Planets’ “Prime Directive” (surprise, surprise) by revealing the technologically advanced USS Enterprise to a primitive civilization during an effort to save First Officer Spock’s (Zachary Quinto) life.

    • Ethics
  • The Great (and Lonely) Gatsby

    May 10, 2013

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless classic, The Great Gatsby, reveals a mystical tale of a man (Jay Gatsby) infatuated with opulence, obsessed with reliving the past, and secretly engrossed in loneliness. Through Nick Carraway’s eyes, we glimpse into the sparkling world of Gatsby and of the Jazz Age in post-war, pre-Great Depression America—a time when the country’s youth shunned traditional culture in pursuit of pleasure in gluttonous abundance.

    • Christian Life
  • The Inconceivable Misuse of Science Words

    May 3, 2013

    The same could be said about science terminology. A recent article on LiveScience.com laments the general populous’ frequent misuse of seven science words and phrases. The list includes, “hypothesis,” “theory,” “model,” and “skeptic,” among others. Blame for this lack of understanding, as we at RTB would agree, lies with poor science education.

    • Scientists
  • How Do We (and Our Kids) Know God Is Really There?

    April 26, 2013

    It’s common for RTB to receive book recommendations, manuscripts, and review copies of books. For the most part we’re unable to review them, but now and then someone on staff will spare some time to check out a book that catches their eye.

    • General Apologetics
    • Educators/Homeschoolers
    • Big Bang
    • Creation Ex Nihilo
  • Pixels and Nucleotides: Artistry in the Details

    April 19, 2013

    We’re big movie fans in our house and we love to see how our favorites were made. While exploring the “behind-the-scenes” featurettes on our copy of Disney•Pixar’s Brave I stumbled across a little gem called “Wonder Moss.”

    • Biochemical Design

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