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.

  • 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
  • Can Intelligent Design Be Part of the Construct of Science?

    June 27, 2017

    “If this result stands up to scrutiny, it does indeed change everything we thought we knew about the earliest human occupation of the Americas.”

    • Anthropology
  • DNA Wired for Design

    June 20, 2017

    Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t. –Hamlet (Act II, scene II) Was Hamlet crazy? Or was he feigning madness so he could investigate the murder of his father without raising suspicion?

    • Biochemistry
  • DNA: Digitally Designed

    May 24, 2017

    We live in uncertain and frightening times. There seems to be no end to the serious risks confronting humanity. In fact, in 2014, USA Today published an article identifying the 10 greatest threats facing our world:

    • Design
    • Intelligent Design
  • A Critical Reflection on Adam and the Genome, Part 2

    May 17, 2017

    When I began college, I signed up for a premed major but quickly changed my course of study after my first biology class. Biology 101 introduced me to the fascinating molecular world inside the cell. At that point, I was hooked. All I wanted was to become a biochemist. But there was another reason why I gave up on the prospects of becoming a physician. I didn’t think I had the mental wherewithal to make decisions with life and death consequences for patients. And to this day, I deeply admire men and women who do possess that mental fortitude.

    • Theistic Evolution
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Adam & Eve
    • Human Origins
  • A Critical Reflection on Adam and the Genome, Part 1

    May 10, 2017

    Who doesn’t like a bargain? I sure do. And I am a sucker for 2-for-1 specials. For those interested in science-faith discussions, the recent book by biologist Dennis Venema (Trinity Western University) and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight (Northern Seminary) is quite the deal. Two books in one, Adam and the Genome presents a scientific and theological case for evolutionary creationism—the idea that God employed evolutionary processes to bring about the design, origin, and history of life, including humanity.1

    • Intelligent Design
    • Theistic Evolution
    • Human Origins
    • Adam & Eve
  • Conservation Biology Studies Elicit Doubts about the First Human Population Size

    April 26, 2017

    Prior to joining Reasons to Believe in June of 1999, I spent seven years working in research and development for a Fortune 500 company. Part of my responsibilities included method development. My lab worked on developing analytical methods to measure the active ingredients in our products. But more interesting to me was the work we did designing methods to predict consumer responses to our product prototypes.

    • Creation & Genesis
    • Human Origins
    • Adam & Eve
  • Does Radiocarbon Dating Prove a Young Earth? A Response to Vernon R. Cupps

    April 19, 2017

    In my experience, one of the most persuasive scientific claims for a young Earth is the detection of carbon-14 in geological samples such as coal and fossilized dinosaur remains.

    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Age of the Earth
  • Can Science Detect the Creator’s Fingerprints in Nature?

    April 12, 2017

    In early March (2017), I took part in a forum at Samford University (Birmingham, AL), entitled Genesis and Evolution. At this two-day event, the panelists presented and discussed scientific and biblical perspectives on Young-Earth, Old-Earth, and Evolutionary versions of creationism.

    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Intelligent Design
  • What Does the Discovery of Earth’s Oldest Fossils Mean for Evolutionary Models?

    March 29, 2017

    Communication can be a complex undertaking. Often, people don’t say what they really mean. And if they do, their meaning is often veiled in what they say. That’s why it’s important to learn how to read between the lines. Understanding the real meaning when something isn’t explicitly stated usually requires experience and some insider’s knowledge.

    • RTB's Creation Model
    • Origin of Life
  • Latest Insights into Obesity Fatten the Case for Human Design

    March 22, 2017

    As a biochemist, I have come up with a radical new diet plan: Eat less and exercise more. Yet, recent work by a research team led by Herman Pontzer at Hunter College exposed the flaws in my newfangled diet before I could even try it out. As it so happens, an emerging body of data indicates that exercise contributes very little to weight loss.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Anthropology
  • Protein-Binding Sites ENCODEd into the Design of the Human Genome

    March 15, 2017

    At last year’s AMP Conference, I delivered a talk titled: “How the Greatest Challenges Can Become the Greatest Opportunities for the Gospel.” I illustrated this point by describing three scientific concepts related to the origin of humanity that 20 years ago stood as insurmountable challenges to the traditional biblical view of human origins. But, thanks to scientific advances, these concepts have been replaced with new insights that turn these challenges into evidence for the Christian faith.

    • Life Design
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs

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