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.

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    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
  • 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
  • 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
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    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
  • The Human Genome: Copied by Design

    September 19, 2017

    The time my wife Amy and I spent in graduate school studying biochemistry were some of the best days of our lives. But it wasn’t all fun and games. For the most part, we spent long days and nights working in the lab.

    • Design
  • Dollo’s Law at Home with a Creation Model, Reprised*

    September 12, 2017

    Published posthumously, Thomas Wolfe’s 1940 novel, You Can’t Go Home Again—considered by many to be his most significant work—explores how brutally unfair the passage of time can be. In the finale, George Webber (the story’s protagonist) concedes, “You can’t go back home” to family, childhood, familiar places, dreams, and old ways of life.

    • Challenges to Evolution
  • Is 75% of the Human Genome Junk DNA?

    August 29, 2017

    Emerson referred to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first skirmishes of the Revolutionary War, as the “shot heard round the world.”

    • Genes & DNA
  • DNA Replication Winds Up the Case for Intelligent Design

    August 8, 2017

    One of my classmates and friends in high school was a kid we nicknamed “Radar.” He was a cool kid who had special needs. He was mentally challenged. He was also funny and as good-hearted as they come, never causing any real problems—other than playing hooky from school, for days on end. Radar hated going to school.

    • Biochemistry
  • How Are Sea Slugs a Failed Prediction of the Evolutionary Paradigm?

    July 18, 2017

    What is your definition of success? The answer to this question most likely depends on the person you ask. People view success differently.

    • Evolution
  • Why Did God Create the Thai Liver Fluke?

    July 11, 2017

    The Thai liver fluke causes quite a bit of human misery. This parasite infects fish living in the rivers of Southeast Asia, which, in turn, infects people who eat the fish.

    • Animal Death

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