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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 Information Come from a Mind?

    August 14, 2019

    Imagine you’re flying over the desert, and you notice a pile of rocks down below. Most likely, you would think little of it. But suppose the rocks were arranged to spell out a message. I bet you would conclude that someone had arranged those rocks to communicate something to you and others who might happen to fly over the desert.

    • Bioinformatics
    • Intelligent Design
    • Biochemistry
  • New Insights into Endothermy Heat Up the Case for a Creator

    August 7, 2019

    I feel cold all the time. When I was younger, I was always hot. I needed to be in air conditioning everywhere I went. I could never get the temperature cold enough. But now that I am older, I feel like a frail person who is always chilled, needing to drape myself with a blanket to keep warm.

    • Optimization
    • Intelligent Design
    • Biology
  • Is SETI an Intelligent Design Research Program?

    July 24, 2019

    When I was a little kid, my father was chair of the physics department at West Virginia Institute of Technology (WVIT). We lived in faculty housing on the outskirts of the WVIT campus and, as a result, the college grounds became my playground.

    • Science
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Intelligent Design
  • Does Old-Earth Creationism Make God Deceptive?

    July 17, 2019

    Most people who follow my work at Reasons to Believe know I question the grand claim of the evolutionary paradigm; namely, that evolutionary processes provide the exclusive explanation for the origin, design, and history of life. In light of my skepticism, friends and foes alike often ask me how I deal with (what many people perceive to be) the compelling evidence for the evolutionary history of life, such as vestigial structures and shared genetic features in genomes.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Evolution
    • Creation vs. Evolution
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  • Membrane Biochemistry Challenges Route to Evolutionary Origin of Complex Cells

    July 10, 2019

    If you find yourself in need of directions when traveling through New England and you ask a local for help, he or she just might reply, “You can’t get there from here.” As you can imagine, these aren’t welcome words, particularly when all you want to do is make your way to your destination.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Evolution
  • Ancient Mouse Fur Discovery with Mighty Implications

    June 26, 2019

    “What a mouse! . . . WHAT A MOUSE!” The narrator’s exclamation became the signature cry each time the superhero Mighty Mouse carried out the most impossible of feats.A parody of Superman, Mighty Mouse was the 1942 creation of Paul Terry of Terrytoons Studio for 20th Century Fox. Since then, Mighty Mouse has appeared in theatrical shorts and films, Saturday morning cartoons, and comic books.

    • Age of the Earth
    • Fossil Record
  • Satellite DNA: Critical Constituent of Chromosomes

    June 19, 2019

    There is a lot that evolutionary biologists can learn about the purpose of junk DNA from my wife. Let me explain. Recently, I wound up with a disassembled cabinet in the trunk of my car. Neither my wife Amy nor I could figure out where to put the cabinet in our home and we didn’t want to store it in the garage. The cabinet had all its pieces and was practically new. So, I offered it to a few people, but there were no takers. It seemed that nobody wanted to assemble the cabinet.

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Biochemistry
  • Frog Choruses Sing Out a Song of Creation

    June 12, 2019

    My last name, Rana, is Sanskrit in origin, referring to someone who descends from the Thar Ghar aristocracy. Living in Southern California means I don’t often meet Urdu-speaking people who would appreciate the regal heritage connected to my family name. But I do meet a lot of Spanish speakers. And when I introduce myself, I often see raised eyebrows and smiles.

    • Argument from Beauty
    • Biomimicry
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  • Why Would God Create a World with Parasites?

    June 5, 2019

    If God exists and if he is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? This conundrum keeps many skeptics and seekers from the Christian faith and even troubles some Christians.

    • Animal Death
    • Problem of Evil
    • Pain and Suffering
  • Biochemical Grammar Communicates the Case for Creation

    May 29, 2019

    As I get older, I find myself forgetting things—a lot. But, thanks to smartphone technology, I have learned how to manage my forgetfulness by using the “Notes” app on my iPhone.

    • Anthropic Principle
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biochemistry
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
  • Why Would God Create a World Where Animals Eat Their Offspring?

    May 22, 2019

    You may not have ever heard of him, but he played an important role in ushering in the Darwinian revolution in biology. His name was Asa Gray.

    • Animal Death
    • Problem of Evil
    • Carnivores
    • Pain and Suffering
  • Competitive Endogenous RNA Hypothesis Supports the Case for Creation

    May 15, 2019

    When Francis Crick, codiscoverer of the DNA double helix, first conceived of molecular biology’s organizing principle in 1958, he dubbed it the central dogma. He soon came to regret the term. In his autobiographical account, What Mad Pursuit, Crick writes:

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
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  • Pseudogene Discovery Pains Evolutionary Paradigm

    May 8, 2019

    It was one of the most painful experiences I ever had. A few years ago, I had two back-to-back bouts of kidney stones. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Man, did it hurt when I passed the stones! All I wanted was for the emergency room nurse to keep the Demerol coming.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Genomics
  • Why Mitochondria Make My List of Best Biological Designs

    May 1, 2019

    A few days ago, I ran across a BuzzFeed list that catalogs 24 of the most poorly designed things in our time. Some of the items that stood out from the list for me were:

    • Biochemistry
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
  • Self-Assembly of Protein Machines: Evidence for Evolution or Creation?

    April 17, 2019

    I finally upgraded my iPhone a few weeks ago from a 5s to an 8 Plus. I had little choice. The battery on my cell phone would no longer hold a charge.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Does Transhumanism Refute Human Exceptionalism? A Response to Peter Clarke

    April 3, 2019

    I just finished binge-watching Altered Carbon. Based on the 2002 science fiction novel written by Richard K. Morgan, this Netflix original series is provocative, to say the least.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
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