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Author: Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. I also am eager to equip Christians to engage, rather than withdraw from or attack, educated non-Christians. One of the approaches I’ve developed, with the help of my RTB colleagues, is a biblical creation model that is testable, falsifiable, and predictive.

I enjoy constructively integrating all 66 books of the Bible with all the science disciplines as a way to discover and apply deeper truths. 1 Peter 3:15–16 sets my ministry goal, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience."

  • Is Earth's Terrestrial Biosphere at the Temperature Tipping Point?

    March 8, 2021

    For many of us, seeing the words "temperature tipping point" may rouse concern or alarm. For researchers who study Earth's climate, two factors help them know whether we're reaching a tipping point.

    • Life Design
    • Atmosphere
  • New Fine-Structure Constant Measurement Affirms Cosmic Creation

    March 1, 2021

    A new measurement has provided affirming evidence for the standard model of particle physics and for creation.

    • Particle Physics
    • Big Bang Theory
  • New Telescope Observations Provide Cosmic Creation Confirmations

    February 22, 2021

    Astronomers’ quest to understand features of the early universe and how it originated includes making “maps” of leftover radiation from the cosmic creation event.

    • Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Life Design Shows Empathetic Transfer of Pain and Relief

    February 15, 2021

    "I feel your pain." Anyone in pain appreciates such an expression of empathy, but could these words be truer than we realize?

    • Genesis
    • Animals
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  • What Will Happen if Arctic Sea Ice Loss Continues?

    February 8, 2021

    Climate change has been and will remain a key topic of discussion and concern for many people. For scientists, sustained study of Arctic sea ice provides one reliable measure of what the future may hold. Are we headed for warming or an ice age?

    • Oceans
    • Global Warming
  • Earth's Primordial Magma Ocean Affirms Genesis 1 Creation Events

    February 1, 2021

    Can science test the veracity of biblical creation events such as whether Earth's early atmosphere was opaque? I have always maintained that the answer is yes. In fact, the Bible invites such testing. In this way, science can affirm or negate the Bible's statements about creation.

    • Genesis
    • Early Earth
  • Cambrian Creatures’ Diverse Complex Eyes Reinforce Creation Narrative

    January 25, 2021

    Does evolution or creation better explain the rapid emergence of complex animals? If there’s one event in Earth’s fossil record history that garners more spirited discussion than any other, it would be the Cambrian explosion.

    • Life Design
    • Evolution
  • Beetle Wing Design Inspires Flying Robot Construction

    January 18, 2021

    That “preference” manifests in a new research finding showing that in some species of beetles the Creator has crafted designs so amazing that scientists are copying them to build a superior generation of robots.

    • Challenges to Evolution
    • Life Design
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  • Solar Design: Resolving the Solar Abundance Problem

    January 11, 2021

    Our Sun is a star like no other. I have discussed the Sun’s amazing design in one published book, a forthcoming book,1 and in various articles (see resource list below). Our Sun uniquely makes possible advanced life and advanced civilization on Earth.

    • Sun
    • Fine-Tuning
  • Artificial Night Lighting May Cause Ecosystem Collapse

    January 4, 2021

    Who would have thought that turning on the lights at a beach resort could devastate coral colonies?

    • Ecosystems
    • Life Complexity
  • New Deuterium Measurements Bolster Big Bang Cosmology

    December 28, 2020

    One of the most definitive tests of the biblically predicted big bang creation model is the primordial abundance of deuterium.

    • Ecosystems
    • Life Complexity
  • Earth’s Biodiversity Benefits All Life

    December 21, 2020

    Americans like options, lots of them. A visit to an American supermarket, a mall, or an online outlet like Amazon reveals a bewildering array of choices.

    • Ecosystems
    • Life Complexity
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  • Responding to the Cardiac Dangers of Current Events

    December 14, 2020

    When Jesus stood before Pilate to be judged, Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders.” By referring to his kingdom as a spiritual reign and not one of this world, Jesus gives us good reason to maintain a healthy perspective on and participation in current events, including sports and politics.

    • Events
    • Natural Disasters
  • Large Mammals Help Maintain Ecosystems by Fertilizing Plants

    December 7, 2020

    Humans love animals of all kinds and sizes. Our enjoyment and care for these creatures fuels our passion to preserve them. To buttress our efforts, new research has revealed insight about animal-plant ecosystems that may motivate us even more.

  • The Challenge of Default Atheism

    November 30, 2020

    At the XVIIIth International Society for the Study of the Origin of life (ISSOL) conference held at the University of California in San Diego on July 16–21, 2017, Fazale (Fuz) Rana and I had the pleasure of many thoughtful conversations during extended mealtimes with origin-of-life research scientists. When they found out that we were Christians working at Reasons to Believe, they immediately assumed that we were not scientists, or at least not serious scientists. When we asked why, their responses were revealing. They equated the pursuit of serious science with atheism. One biochemist declared, “I am a scientist. Therefore, I am an atheist.”

    • Naturalism
    • Origin of Life
  • Playing in Forests Benefits Children

    November 23, 2020

    As parents know, taking young children to the forest for camping, hiking, and recreation is a great way to relax and create family memories. The mental benefits of such excursions help offset the stresses of city life. New research shows that the benefits to children may be more extensive than we realize. Playing in forests appears to confer health gains and enhanced learning.

    • Diseases
    • Bacteria
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  • Moon's Early Magnetic Field Made Human Existence Possible

    November 16, 2020

    The proximity of Veterans Day made me think of the American flag and then, about stars. Astronomers like to think about the properties of stars, including their nuclear burning histories, in order to appreciate how they gave us the life-friendly conditions we enjoy today. Part of that stellar history involves detection of neutral hydrogen in galaxies more than 8 billion light-years away. Now, a team of astronomers has employed an innovative telescope technique to detect this hydrogen, a find that helps us understand star formation history and the conditions conducive to life today.

    • Universe Design
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Anthropic Principle
  • Breakthrough in Star Formation History Helps Explain Life in the Universe

    November 9, 2020

    The proximity of Veterans Day made me think of the American flag and then, about stars. Astronomers like to think about the properties of stars, including their nuclear burning histories, in order to appreciate how they gave us the life-friendly conditions we enjoy today. Part of that stellar history involves detection of neutral hydrogen in galaxies more than 8 billion light-years away. Now, a team of astronomers has employed an innovative telescope technique to detect this hydrogen, a find that helps us understand star formation history and the conditions conducive to life today.

    • Universe Design
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Anthropic Principle
  • Do Superhabitable Planets Exist?

    November 2, 2020

    With all the problems humans face managing Earth’s resources for the benefit of all life, many people wonder if we can abandon Earth and move to a superior planet. Are there planets better suited for habitability than Earth? Three astronomers at the University of Washington have published a paper in which they list 24 candidate superhabitable planets.1 Naturally, their paper has caused quite a stir on the internet.

    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Earth Design
  • It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alone

    October 26, 2020

    Two months ago, Kathy and I watched the reality television series Alone. The show chronicles a competition among ten wilderness experts who are isolated from each other and all other humans as they attempt to survive in the Canadian Arctic for 100 days. Contestants begin with no food and only 10 basic survival items like a sleeping bag, tarp, axe, saw, flint, nylon line for making snares or a gill net, a bow, and a limited number of arrows. The 100 days extended from late September until the end of December when the contestants would be facing blizzards and temperatures below -40°.

    • Psychology & Mental Health
    • Adam & Eve
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