Where Science and Faith Converge

Take Two

  • Pi’s Path to God

    November 16, 2012

    If you ask Christians what they are most thankful for out of everything in their lives, you’ll likely find that Christ’s “amazing grace” tops the list. For those willing to accept the offer, Jesus’ sacrificial death paid the way to heaven even though humans do not deserve it and cannot repay it. Salvation by grace is an idea unique to Christianity. In 7 Truths That Changed the World, RTB philosopher/theologian Kenneth Samples writes, “Christianity at its heart is a religion not of self-help but of divine rescue.”

    • Religious Pluralism
  • Why I Heart the Big Bang

    November 9, 2012

    Inspiration for this week’s post comes from Facebook, but bear with me. I assure you it has nothing to do with politics or meme generators. In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, several virtual friends have posted real things for which they are thankful. Last week my blogging cohort posted a few gems from Hugh Ross’ thanksgiving list—one that includes gas giants and whale excrement. Oh joy!

    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
    • TCM - Big Bang
    • Other Creation Passages
    • Big Bang
  • What Makes Your Thanksgiving List?

    November 2, 2012

    Confession: I started listening to Christmas music well before Halloween. Yes, I’ll admit I’m one of those people who can’t get enough Yuletide spirit. But sandwiched between the trick-or-treating and gift-wrapping sits Thanksgiving, that wonderful annual reminder to stop and reflect on the blessings in our lives.

  • Eat This: Zombies Are Real

    October 26, 2012

    They prey on their own kind. Some might call it cannibalism, but it’s the only way they can survive. Indeed, the zombie apocalypse is here.

    • Galaxy Design
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • TCM - Biochemical Design
    • Biochemical Design
  • Perfect Timing

    October 19, 2012

    I’m convinced our neighborhood garbage men have “nap detectors” on board their trucks. They show up when, and only when, my daughter is napping. I cringe every time I hear the truck rattling around our apartment complex, and pray the little one will sleep through the commotion below her window.

  • The Times They Are A-Changin'

    October 12, 2012

    This study raises questions about how cultural shifts within the church affect this larger shift toward no religious affiliation. Theologian and philosopher Kenneth Samples fields some of these questions and helps motivate this author (and readers as well, I hope) to think deeply about the foundations of our faith and how we might rethink our approach.

    • Worldviews
    • Christian Life
  • Knocking on the Door: Discussions with Jehovah’s Witnesses

    October 5, 2012

    The idea for this week’s blog literally knocked on my door in the form of two Jehovah’s Witnesses. I didn’t pause to chat with them, partly because I was busy, but mostly because I panicked. I had no idea what to say to them or how to say it. Troubled by my lack of confidence, I went to RTB philosopher/theologian Kenneth Samples for tips on interacting with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  • Gas Giants: A Favorite among Teens!

    September 28, 2012

    Before working at Reasons To Believe, I spent over 10 years in youth ministry and I can honestly say I never taught a lesson or preached a sermon on “gas giants” (though it was a common topic of conversation among the junior high boys!).

    • TCM - Cosmic Design
  • Howling at the Moon

    September 21, 2012

    Next Saturday night (September 29) we’ll have a full moon over Southern California. As the legend goes, a full moon means an increase in lycanthropy—more commonly known as werewolf transformations! Monster-movie fan Sandra finds plenty of theological meat to chew on while watching her favorite creature features (like 1941’s The Wolf Man). She explains, “Werewolves are both human and monster. In a sense, they outwardly represent the inward struggle we all have between our greatness and wretchedness (the imago Dei and our sin nature).”

    • Earth/Moon Design
  • How to Engage a Science Guy (or Gal)

    September 14, 2012

    A few weeks ago, Bill Nye the Science Guy jumped into the science-and-faith conversation with the claim that “creationism is not appropriate for children.” He claims that by denying evolution, “your worldview just becomes crazy, untenable.”

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Worldviews
    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Turning Away Wrath

    September 7, 2012

    The verse jumped out at me from the pages of my devotional booklet. I winced. How often do I need to be reminded to tame my tongue? When I let fall a few unsavory words while on the road; when I’m tempted to answer a sincere question with sarcasm; when momentary frustration threatens to spill over into irritability.

    • Christian Life
  • Once in a Blue Moon

    August 31, 2012

    On July 20, 1969, the world watched as the first human stepped onto the surface of the moon. Today, we scroll online news reports as the world remembers the man whose mission would become a part of history.

    • Space Travel
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Mars: The Search for Water

    August 24, 2012

    Named for the Roman god of war, our red-tinged planetary neighbor continually draws our fascination. In fiction, Mars is often the source of malevolent alien invaders. In space exploration, it’s an important destination for NASA rovers—such as Curiosity, which landed on Mars earlier this month.

    • Mars
  • What Does It Mean to Be Human?

    August 17, 2012

    It’s the million-dollar question that has perplexed every individual, regardless of education, geography, and economical status: What does it mean to be human?

    • Image of God
  • Worlds Apart: Differences between Venus and Earth

    August 10, 2012

    My sisters and I may have been raised in the same home, by the same parents, but our personalities couldn’t be more different. I’m the pragmatic oldest sibling, the middle sister is enigmatic, and the youngest is dynamic.

    • TCM - Cosmic Design
  • A Safe Place for Questions

    August 3, 2012

    I had never felt this depth of despair. It seemed impossible to reconcile what the Bible presented with the religious and cultural injustices going on in the world around me. The questions and challenges that brought me to this severe crisis of faith were paralyzing, and I could no longer proclaim the faith with a clear conscience—not without answers.

  • In a League of Our Own

    July 27, 2012

    Tonight marks the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The opening ceremony is one of my favorite events of the games. I love the pageantry and sense of camaraderie among athletes and countries. As the games progress, I get swept up blog__inline—in-a-league-of-our-ownin the passion of competition, the athletes’ varied back stories, and the unexpected dramas that unfold throughout the event.

    • Image of God
  • Connecting Comics with Faith

    July 20, 2012

    Last week, the comic and pop culture world converged in San Diego for Comic-Con 2012. I attended and am still recovering from all the excitement (i.e., excellent panels, long lines, and camping out). So for this week, Take Two highlights previous posts that touch on comics, pop culture, and, as always, how they relate to the Christian faith.

    • General Apologetics
  • What the Higgs Boson Discovery Means

    July 10, 2012

    Last week scientists announced that they had detected the Higgs boson—or the “God particle”—or at least a Higgs-like particle. While the nickname is more tongue-in-cheek, some assumed the breakthrough was equivalent to scientific detection of God’s existence. Some even “celebrated” the occasion by tweeting and posting unsavory remarks about atheists.

    • Particle Physics
  • Like a Good Neighbor, Gas Giants Are There

    July 6, 2012

    My husband and I have experienced a spate of “interesting” next-door neighbors over the last year. As a new set of neighbors recently moved in, I couldn’t help praying they’d turn out to be a nice, normal family—with a sense of volume control. Having grown up surrounded by such families, I appreciate the value of good neighbors.

    • Galaxy Design

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