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Author: Fazale Rana

I watched helplessly as my father died a Muslim. Though he and I would argue about my conversion, I was unable to convince him of the truth of the Christian faith.

I became a Christian as a graduate student studying biochemistry. The cell's complexity, elegance, and sophistication coupled with the inadequacy of evolutionary scenarios to account for life's origin compelled me to conclude that life must stem from a Creator. Reading through the Sermon on the Mount convinced me that Jesus was who Christians claimed Him to be: Lord and Savior.

Still, evangelism wasn't important to me - until my father died. His death helped me appreciate how vital evangelism is. It was at that point I dedicated myself to Christian apologetics and the use of science as a tool to build bridges with nonbelievers.

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence - evidence that is being uncovered day after day - for God's existence and the reliability of Scripture.

  • Differences in Human and Neanderthal Brains Explain Human Exceptionalism

    September 19, 2018

    When I was a little kid, my mom went through an Agatha Christie phase. She was a huge fan of the murder mystery writer and she read all of Christie’s books.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
  • Yeast Gene Editing Study Raises Questions about the Evolutionary Origin of Human Chromosome 2

    September 12, 2018

    As a biochemist and a skeptic of the evolutionary paradigm, people often ask me two interrelated questions:

    • Humans vs. Chimps
    • Human Origins
  • The Endosymbiont Hypothesis: Things Aren’t What They Seem to Be

    August 29, 2018

    Sometimes, things just aren’t what they seem to be. For example, when it comes to the world of biology.

    • Evolution
  • The Multiplexed Design of Neurons

    August 22, 2018

    In 1910, Major General George Owen Squier developed a technique to increase the efficiency of data transmission along telephone lines that is still used today in telecommunications and computer networks. This technique, called multiplexing, allows multiple signals to be combined and transmitted along a single cable, making it possible to share a scarce resource (available phone lines, in Squier’s day).

    • Design
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  • Design Principles Explain Neuron Anatomy

    August 15, 2018

    It’s one of the classic episodes of I Love Lucy. Originally aired on September 15, 1952, the episode entitled “Job Switching” finds Lucy and Ethel working at a candy factory. They have been assigned to an assembly line, where they are supposed to pick up pieces of candy from a moving conveyor belt, wrap them, and place the candy back on the assembly line. But the conveyor belt moves too fast for Lucy and Ethel to keep up. Eventually, they both start stuffing pieces of candy into their mouths, under their hats, and in their blouses, as fast as they can as pieces of candy on the assembly line quickly move beyond their reach—a scene of comedic brilliance.

    • Design
  • Evolution’s Flawed Approach to Science

    August 8, 2018

    One of the things I find most troubling about the evolutionary paradigm is the view it fosters about the nature of biological systems—including human beings.

    • Design
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Evolution
  • “Silenced” B Cells Loudly Proclaim the Case for a Creator

    August 1, 2018

    When I was an undergraduate student studying chemistry and biology, I hated the course work I did in immunology. The immune system is fascinating, to be certain. And, as a student, I marveled at how our body defends itself from invading microorganisms. But, I hated trying to keep track of the bewildering number of the cells that comprise the immune system.

  • Do Plastic-Eating Bacteria Dump the Case for Creation?

    July 18, 2018

    At the risk of stating the obvious: Plastics are an indispensable part of our modern world. Yet, plastic materials cause untold problems for the environment. One of the properties that makes plastics so useful also makes them harmful. Plastics don’t readily degrade.

    • Microbial
    • Evolution
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  • Sophisticated Cave Art Evinces the Image of God

    May 23, 2018

    It’s a new trend in art. Museums and galleries all over the world are exploring the use of sounds, smells, and lighting to enhance the viewer’s experience as they interact with pieces of art. The Tate Museum in London is one institution pioneering this innovative approach to experiencing artwork. For example, on display recently at Tate’s Sensorium was Irish artist Francis Bacon’s Figure in a Landscape, a piece that depicts a gray human figure on a bench. Visitors to the Sensorium put on headphones while they view this painting, and they hear sounds of a busy city. Added to the visual and auditory experiences are the bitter burnt smell of chocolate and the sweet aroma of oranges that engulf the viewer. This multisensory experience is meant to depict a lonely, brooding figure lost in the never-ending activities of a city, with the contrasting aromas simultaneously communicating the harshness and warmth of life in an urban setting.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Adam & Eve
  • A Genetically Engineered Case for a Creator

    May 9, 2018

    Since the 1960’s, the drug noscapine has been used in many parts of the world as a non-narcotic cough-suppressant. Recently, biomedical researchers have learned that that noscapine (and chemically-modified derivatives of this drug) has potential as a cancer drug. And that is nothing to sneeze at.

    • Life in the Lab
    • Artificial Life
  • Did Neanderthals Produce Cave Paintings?

    April 25, 2018

    One time when our kids were little, my wife and I discovered that someone had drawn a picture on one of the walls in our house. Though all of our children professed innocence, it was easy to figure out who the culprit was, because the little artist also wrote the first letter of her name on the wall next to her “masterpiece.”

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
    • Human Origins
  • Why Are Whales So Big? In Wisdom God Made Them That Way

    April 18, 2018

    When I was in high school, I had the well-deserved reputation of being a wise guy—though the people who knew me then might have preferred to call me a wise—, instead. Either way, for being a wise guy, I sure didn’t display much wisdom during my teenage years.

    • Design
    • Biology
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  • Mitochondria’s Deviant Genetic Code: Evolution or Creation?

    April 11, 2018

    Before joining Reasons to Believe, I worked for nearly a decade in research and development (R&D) for a Fortune 500 company. During my tenure, on several occasions I was assigned to work on a “resurrected” project—one that was mothballed years earlier for one reason or another but was then deemed worthy of another go-around by upper management.

    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Design
    • Evolution
    • Biochemistry
  • Did Neanderthals Have the Brains to Make Art?

    April 4, 2018

    Are you a left-brain or a right-brain person? In the 1960s, Nobel laureate Roger W. Sperry advanced the idea of the split-brain, with each hemisphere involved in distinct activities. According to this model, the activities of the left hemisphere of the brain include thinking in words, logic, and mathematics while the right hemisphere’s activities include imagination, artistic expression, intuition, and feeling. The popular narrative is that some people, such as artists and musicians, have a more dominant right brain. And people such as scientists and engineers, have a dominant left brain. As it turns out, there is no truth to this idea. Although the activities of the two hemispheres differ, no evidence exists that one side of the brain is more dominant in some people than the other. In reality, both sides of the brain work together to carry out any task.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
  • Are Perforated Shells Evidence for Neanderthal Symbolism?

    March 28, 2018

    When my kids were little, there was a good chance my wife and I would spend our Saturday afternoons hanging out at Chuck E. Cheese’s, while our children ran wild, celebrating the birthday of one of their friends. They loved it. My wife and I endured the chaos (and the mediocre pizza). Two things that helped me through those Saturday afternoons were:

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Hominids
  • Believing Impossible Things: Convergent Origins of Functional Junk DNA Sequences

    March 14, 2018

    In a classic scene from Alice in Wonderland, the story’s heroine informs the White Queen, “One can’t believe impossible things,” to which, the White Queen—scolding Alice—replies, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Convergence
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