Where Science and Faith Converge

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Can Dinosaurs Be Resurrected from Extinction?

    September 25, 2019

    If you could visit a theme park that offered you a chance to view and even interact with real-life dinosaurs, would you go? I think I might. Who wants to swim with dolphins when you can hang out with dinosaurs? Maybe even ride one?

    • Synthetic Biology
    • Dinosaurs
    • Evolution
  • Primate Thanatology and the Case for Human Exceptionalism

    September 18, 2019

    It was the first time someone I knew died. I was in seventh grade. My classmate’s younger brother and two younger sisters perished in a fire that burned his family’s home to the ground. We lived in a small rural town in West Virginia at the time. Everyone knew each other and the impact of that tragedy reverberated throughout the community.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Origins
    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Animal Death
  • Simple Biological Rules Affirm Creation

    September 4, 2019

    To say that biological systems are complicated is an understatement.

    • Ecosystems
    • Argument from Beauty
    • Anthropic Principle
  • ATP Transport Challenges the Evolutionary Origin of Mitochondria

    August 21, 2019

    In high school, I spent most Sunday mornings with my family gathered around the TV watching weekly reruns of the old Abbott and Costello movies.

    • Challenges to Evolution
    • Intelligent Design
    • Cells
  • 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
  • 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

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