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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.

  • Protein Amino Acids Form a “Just-Right” Set of Biological Building Blocks

    February 21, 2018

    Like most kids, I had a set of Lego building blocks. But, growing up in the 1960s, the Lego sets were nothing like the ones today. I am amazed at how elaborate and sophisticated Legos have become, consisting of interlocking blocks of various shapes and sizes, gears, specialty parts, and figurines—a far cry from the square and rectangular blocks that made up the Lego sets of my youth. The most imaginative things I could ever hope to build were long walls and high towers.

    • Optimization
    • Proteins
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Love Is in the Air and It Smells Like Intelligent Design

    February 14, 2018

    Being the hopeless romantic, I worked hard last year to come up with just the right thing to say to my wife on Valentine’s Day. I decided to let my lovely bride know that I really liked her signaling traits. Sadly, that didn’t go over so well.

    • Image of God
    • Intelligent Design
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Design
  • Rabbit Burrowing Churns Claims about Neanderthal Burials

    February 7, 2018

    As a kid, watching cartoons was one of the highlights of my afternoons. As soon as I arrived home from school, I would plop down in front of the TV. Among my favorites were the short features produced by Warner Brothers. What a wonderful cast of characters: Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety, Yosemite Sam, the Tasmanian Devil, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. As much as I loved to watch their shenanigans, none of them compared to the indomitable Bugs Bunny. That “wascally wabbit” (to quote Elmer Fudd) always seemed to create an upheaval everywhere he went.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
    • Hominids
  • Is the Laminin “Cross” Evidence for a Creator?

    January 31, 2018

    As I interact with people on social media and travel around the country to speak on the biochemical evidence for a Creator, I am frequently asked to comment on laminin.1 The people who mention this protein are usually quite excited, convinced that its structure provides powerful scientific evidence for the Christian faith. Unfortunately, I don’t agree.

    • Design
    • Intelligent Design
    • Proteins
    • Biochemistry
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  • Did Neanderthals Self-Medicate?

    January 24, 2018

    Recently, researchers from Australia and the UK studied the calculus scraped from the teeth of Neanderthals and compared it to the calculus taken from the teeth of modern humans and chimpanzees (captured from the wild) with the hope of understanding the diets and behaviors of these hominins.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Image of God
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Origins
    • Anthropology
  • Does Development of Artificial Intelligence Undermine Human Exceptionalism?

    January 17, 2018

    On one hand, it appeared to be nothing more than a harmless publicity stunt. On October 25, 2017, Saudi Arabia granted Sophia—a lifelike robot, powered by artificial intelligence software—citizenship. This took place at the FII conference, held in Riyahd, providing a prime opportunity for Hanson Robotics to showcase its most advanced robotics system to date. And, it also served as a chance for Saudi Arabia to establish itself as a world leader in AI technology.

    • Synthetic Biology
    • Science Technology
    • Controversies
    • Anthropology
  • Did Neanderthals Make Glue?

    January 10, 2018

    Fun fact: each year, people around the world purchase 50 billion dollars’ (US) worth of adhesives. But perhaps this statistic isn’t all that surprising—because almost everything we make includes some type of bonding agent.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
  • New Research Douses Claim that Neanderthals Mastered Fire

    January 3, 2018

    A few months ago, I posted a link on Twitter to a blog article I wrote challenging the claim that Neanderthals made jewelry and, therefore, possessed the capacity for symbolism.

    • Human Origins
    • Hominids
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Anthropology
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  • Does the Recovery of Oils from a Fossilized Bird Evince a Young Earth?

    December 20, 2017

    Is there scientific evidence that the earth is only 6,000 years old? In spite of the valiant efforts of young-earth creationists (YECs), I have yet to come across any compelling scientific arguments that the earth is only a few thousand years old. At least not until I learned about the numerous discoveries of soft-tissue remnants associated with fossils that date to several hundred million years in age, in some instances.

    • Biblical Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Fossil Record
    • Age of the Earth
  • Brain Synchronization Study Evinces the Image of God

    December 13, 2017

    As I sit down at my computer to compose this post, the new Justice League movie has just hit the theaters. Even though it has received mixed reviews, I can’t wait to see this latest superhero flick. With several superheroes fighting side-by-side, it begs the question: “Who is the most powerful superhero in the DC universe?”

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
    • Adam & Eve
  • Molecular Scale Robotics Build Case for Design

    December 6, 2017

    Sometimes bigger is better, and other times, not so much—particularly for scientists working in the field of nanotechnology. Scientists and engineers working in this area are obsessed with miniaturization. And because of this obsession, they have developed techniques to manipulate matter at the molecular scale.

    • Chemistry
    • Image of God
    • Design
  • Fatty Acids Are Beautiful

    November 22, 2017

    I doubt the typical person would ever think fatty acids are a thing of beauty. In fact, most people try to do everything they can to avoid them—at least in their diets. But, as a biochemist who specializes in lipids (a class of biomolecules that includes fatty acids) and cell membranes, I am fascinated by these molecules—and by the biochemical and cellular structures they form.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
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  • Ribosomes: Manufactured by Design, Part 2

    November 8, 2017

    “I hope there are no creationists in the audience, but it would be a miracle if a strand of RNA ever appeared on the primitive Earth.” Hugh Ross and I witnessed the late origin-of-life researcher, Leslie Orgel, make this shocking proclamation at the end of a lecture he presented at the 13th International Conference on the Origin of Life (ISSOL 2002).

    • Origin of Life
    • Design
  • Ribosomes: Manufactured by Design, Part 1

    November 1, 2017

    Before joining Reasons to Believe in 1999, I spent seven years working in R&D at a Fortune 500 company, which meant that I spent most of my time in a chemistry laboratory alongside my colleagues trying to develop new technologies with the hope that one day our ideas would become a reality, making their way onto store shelves.

    • Origin of Life
    • Proteins
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Evolutionary Paradigm Lacks Explanation for Origin of Mitochondria and Eukaryotic Cells

    October 3, 2017

    One of my favorite U2 songs is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” For me, it’s a reminder that because of Christ, my life has meaning, purpose, and a sense of destiny. Still, I will never discover ultimate fulfillment in this world no matter how hard I search, but in the world to come—the new heaven and new earth.

    • Cells
  • Whale Vocal Displays Make Beautiful Case for a Creator

    September 26, 2017

    A few weeks ago, I did something I always wanted to do. I listened to the uncut, live version of the Allman Brothers’ Mountain Jam from beginning to end.

    • Philosophy
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