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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.

  • Does Evolutionary Bias Create Unhealthy Stereotypes about Pseudogenes?

    March 18, 2020

    Truth be told, we all hold to certain stereotypes whether we want to admit it or not. Though unfair, more often than not, these stereotypes cause little real damage.

    • Life Design
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Intelligent Design
  • New Genetic Evidence Affirms Human Uniqueness

    March 4, 2020

    It’s a remarkable discovery—and a bit gruesome, too. It is worth learning a bit about some of its unseemly details because this find may have far-reaching implications that shed light on our origins as a species.

    • Image of God
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
  • Ancient DNA Indicates Modern Humans Are One-of-a-Kind

    February 19, 2020

    With eight grandchildren and counting (number nine will be born toward the end of February), I have become reacquainted with children’s stories. Some of the stories my grandchildren want to hear are new, but many of them are classics. It is fun to see my grandchildren experiencing the same stories and characters I enjoyed as a little kid.

    • Image of God
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
  • Cave Art Tells the Story of Human Exceptionalism

    February 5, 2020

    Comic books intrigue me. They are a powerful storytelling vehicle. The combination of snapshot-style imagery, along with narration and dialogue, allows the writer and artist to depict action and emotion in a way that isn’t possible using the written word alone. Comic books make it easy to depict imaginary worlds. And unlike film, comics engage the reader in a deeper, more personal way. The snapshot format requires the reader to make use of their imagination to fill in the missing details. In this sense, the reader becomes an active participant in the storytelling process.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Image of God
    • Human Origins
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  • But Do Watches Replicate? Addressing a Logical Challenge to the Watchmaker Argument

    January 22, 2020

    Were things better in the past than they are today? It depends who you ask.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Biochemistry
  • The Flagellum’s Hook Connects to the Case for a Creator

    January 8, 2020

    What would you say is the most readily recognizable scientific icon? Is it DNA, a telescope, or maybe a test tube?

    • Intelligent Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Genome Code Builds the Case for Creation

    December 18, 2019

    A few days ago, I was doing a bit of Christmas shopping for my grandkids and I happened across some really cool construction kits, designed to teach children engineering principles while encouraging imaginative play. For those of you who still have a kid or two on your Christmas list, here are some of the products that caught my eye:

    • Genomics
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Intelligent Design
  • Mutations, Cancer, and the Case for a Creator

    December 11, 2019

    Cancer. Perhaps no other word evokes more fear, anger, and hopelessness. It goes without saying that cancer is an insidious disease. People who get cancer often die way too early. And even though a cancer diagnosis is no longer an immediate death sentence—thanks to biomedical advances—there are still many forms of cancer that are difficult to manage, let alone effectively treat.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Diseases
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Cancer
    • Biochemistry
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  • Evolutionary Story Tells the Tale of Creation

    December 4, 2019

    In high school I was a bit of a troublemaker. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to be summoned to Mr. Reynolds’ office—the school’s vice principal—for some misdeed or other. After a few office visits, I quickly learned the value of a good story. If convincing enough, I could defray the accusations leveled against me. All I had to do was create plausible deniability.

    • Evolution
    • Convergence
  • Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance Makes the Case for a Creator

    November 27, 2019

    What would it be like to live in a world without antibiotics? It isn’t that hard to imagine, because antibiotics weren’t readily available for medical use until after World War II. And since that time, widespread availability of antibiotics has revolutionized medicine. However, the ability to practice modern medicine is being threatened because of the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Currently, there exists a pressing need to understand the evolution of antibiotic-resistant strains and to develop new types of antibiotics. Surprisingly, this worthy pursuit has unwittingly stumbled upon evidence for a Creator’s role in the design of biochemical systems.

    • Evolution
  • Analysis of Genomes Converges on the Case for a Creator

    November 13, 2019

    Are you a Marvel or a DC fan? Do you like the Marvel superheroes better than those who occupy the DC universe? Or is it the other way around for you?

    • Intelligent Design
    • Evolution
  • Glue Production Is Not Evidence for Neanderthal Exceptionalism

    November 6, 2019

    Football players aren’t dumb jocks—though they often have that reputation. Football is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, toughness, agility, and speed. But it is also an intellectually demanding game.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
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  • Scientists Reverse the Aging Process: Exploring the Theological Implications

    October 30, 2019

    I make dad noises now. When I sit down, when I stand up, when I get out of bed, when I get into bed, when I bend over to pick up something from the ground, and when I straighten up again, I find myself involuntarily making noises—grunting, graining sounds.

    • Ethics
    • Creation & Genesis
  • Origin and Design of the Genetic Code: A One-Two Punch for Creation

    October 23, 2019

    True confession: I am a sports talk junkie. It has gotten so bad that sometimes I would rather listen to people talk about the big game than actually watch it on TV.

    • Optimization
    • Intelligent Design
    • Biochemistry
  • New Insights into Genetic Code Optimization Signal Creator’s Handiwork

    October 16, 2019

    I knew my career as a baseball player would be short-lived when, as a thirteen-year-old, I made the transition from Little League to the Babe Ruth League, which uses official Major League Baseball rules. Suddenly there were a whole lot more rules for me to follow than I ever had to think about in Little League.

    • Biochemistry
    • Optimization
    • Intelligent Design
  • Is the Optimal Set of Protein Amino Acids Purposed by a Mind?

    October 9, 2019

    As a graduate student and a postdoc, I spent countless hours in the lab doing research. Part of my work involved performing biochemical assays—laboratory procedures designed to measure the activities of biomolecules and biochemical systems.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Optimization
    • Biochemistry
    • Anthropic Principle
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