The Cell's Design

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.

  • If God Hates Abortion Why Do So Many Occur Spontaneously in Humans?

    November 25, 2020

    Miscarriage and Troubling Questions Perhaps nothing is more painful and confusing for a woman than when she experiences a miscarriage. My wife and I know this firsthand. Amy’s first pregnancy ended with a miscarriage early in the first trimester. Our joy and excitement were replaced by sadness and an indescribable disappointment. I don’t know if I could ever truly understand how my wife felt then or how she feels now about our loss. We wonder, all these years later, if our first child was a boy or girl. Still, we are so grateful for the wonderful children God did give to us.

    • Problem of Evil
    • Intelligent Design
  • Have Researchers Developed a Computer Algorithm that Explains the Origin of Life?

    November 4, 2020

    As a chemistry major at West Virginia State College during the early 1980s, I was required to take a library course on the chemical literature before I could graduate. During the class, we learned how to use the many library reference materials devoted to cataloging and retrieving the vast amount of chemistry research published in the scientific literature. Included in this list was the multivolume Beilstein’s Handbook of Organic Chemistry.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origin of Life
  • Do Goosebumps Send a Chill Down the Spine of the Creation Model?

    September 2, 2020

    I think few would be surprised to learn that J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter titles are the best-selling children’s books of all time, but do you know which works take second place in that category? It’s the Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine.

    • Intelligent Design
  • Answering Theological Questions on Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding

    August 12, 2020

    When I was a teenager in the 1970s, songs by the Moody Blues were a staple on the playlists of most FM rock stations. This group helped pioneer the progressive and art rock genres in the 1960s. Truth be told, they don’t make my list of all-time favorite rock bands, but some of their single releases are among my favorite rock tunes. One of my favorite songs is “Question.” This track appeared on their 1970 album A Question of Balance. The song expresses the frustration that young people felt in the 1960s and 1970s about the conflict in Vietnam, asking profound and difficult questions, but never getting answers.

    • Human Origins
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
  • Answering Scientific Questions on Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding

    August 5, 2020

    One of my favorite rock bands of all time is Lynyrd Skynyrd. (That’s right…Skynyrd, baby!) I know their musical catalog forward and backwards. I don’t know if it is a good thing or not, but I am conversant with the history of most of the songs recorded by the band’s original lineup.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Origins
  • Is Cruelty in Nature Really Evil?

    July 8, 2020

    I don’t remember who pointed out thedarksideofnature Instagram account to me, but their description was intriguing enough that I had to check it out. After perusing a few posts, I ended up adding myself to the list of followers.

    • Problem of Evil
    • Animal Death
  • Meteorite Protein Discovery: Does It Validate Chemical Evolution?

    June 10, 2020

    Like most little kids, I was regaled with tales about genies and wizards who used their magical powers to grant people the desires of their heart. And for a time, I was obsessed with finding some way to make my own wishes become a reality, too. I blew on dandelions, hunted for four-leafed clover, tried to catch fairy insects and looked for shooting stars in the night sky. Unfortunately, nothing worked.

    • Panspermia
    • Origin of Life
  • The Argument from Beauty: Can Evolution Explain Our Aesthetic Sense?

    May 13, 2020

    Lately, I find myself spending more time in front of the TV than I normally would, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. I‘m not sure investing more time watching TV is a good thing, but it has allowed me to catch up on some of my favorite TV shows.

    • Argument from Beauty
    • Anthropology
  • Another Disappointment for the Evolutionary Model for the Origin of Eukaryotic Cells?

    April 29, 2020

    We all want to be happy. And there is no shortage of advice on what we need to do to lead happy, fulfilled lives. There are even “experts” who offer advice on what we shouldn’t do, if we want to be happy.

    • Cells
    • Evolution
  • How Can DNA Survive for 75 Million Years? Implications for the Age of the Earth

    April 15, 2020

    My family’s TV viewing habits have changed quite a bit over the years. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we would gather around the TV, each week at the exact same time, to watch an episode of our favorite show, broadcast live by one of the TV networks. In those days, we had no choice but to wait another week for the next installment in the series.

    • Dinosaurs
    • Age of the Earth
  • No Joke: New Pseudogene Function Smiles on the Case for Creation

    April 1, 2020

    Time to confess. I now consider myself an evolutionary creationist. I have no choice. The evidence for biological evolution is so overwhelming…

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Intelligent Design
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
  • 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
  • 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

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