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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."

  • Life after the Pandemic

    May 4, 2020

    The SARS-2 virus, responsible for COVID-19, has turned life upside down in nations all over the world. As I write, regions of the United States have been hit as hard as any other nation. This historic event makes everyone wonder, “Will life ever be the same?”

    • Viruses
    • Ethics
  • COVID-19 Prompts Focus on Protective Action

    April 27, 2020

    COVID-19 has caused untold global suffering—deaths, debilitating illnesses, and the disruption of social structures, not to mention economic woes. As in the case of virtually all disasters, the pandemic has brought forth both the best in humanity and the worst: acts of selflessness, kindness, generosity, and compassion, as well as panic, hoarding, defiance of reasonably protective guidelines, and other expressions of selfishness. Can historical analysis and technological innovation help us minimize future outbreaks?

    • Viruses
    • Death
  • Domestication, Human Exceptionalism, and Creation

    April 20, 2020

    How many origin events has Earth’s life undergone? From a naturalistic perspective there is just one origin of life: the origin of the Last Universal Common Ancestor (LUCA). Naturalistic models for life posit that somehow physics and chemistry on the early Earth gave rise to a simple bacterium from which all organisms presently have a common descent. These models also claim that all life can be explained by physics and chemistry alone.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Animals
  • Does a Cosmic Cold Spot Challenge Creation?

    April 13, 2020

    My wife is very sensitive to cold spots in our home. So is our cat. Both can sense tiny temperature differences among the rooms in our home and determine which room is the coldest. Based on that sensitivity, they will do everything they can to avoid spending time in our home’s cold spot.

    • Universe Design
    • Origin of the Universe
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  • Resolving the Cosmic Expansion Rate Anomaly

    April 6, 2020

    Breakthroughs in astronomy in the early part of the twentieth century were the first of many scientific confirmations of the biblical cosmic creation model. It was the discovery of cosmic expansion that first persuaded astronomers that the universe had a beginning. Detailed measurements of the expansion of the universe throughout its history led to the recognition that space and time were created and that a Causal Agent beyond space, time, matter, and energy created our universe of space, time, matter, and energy.1

    • Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Viruses and God’s Good Designs

    March 30, 2020

    Among the many questions I have received on my social media pages is this one: Why would an all-powerful and all-loving God create a world in which viruses exist?

    • Viruses
    • Earth Design
  • Is COVID-19 the Plague Prophesied in Revelation 6?

    March 23, 2020

    I have been bombarded with questions about the COVID-19 outbreak on my social media pages and at my speaking events. Before you presume that I am being reckless about the latter, I am presently doing my speaking events via Zoom. Last week, I spoke to audiences in Adelaide, Australia, and St. Louis using this technology. This past Sunday, I taught my Paradoxes class with not only me but everyone in the class participating from the comfort of their homes via their computer or smart device. (Incidentally, all are welcome to participate and ask questions live on Sundays at 11:00 AM PT at paradoxes.org.)

    • Viruses
    • Natural Disasters
  • More Reasons to Love Others as You Love Yourself

    March 16, 2020

    Does science provide evidence for the biblically consistent idea of altruism? Are people more able to endure pain with the knowledge that their sacrifice will help another human being?

    • Mental Health
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Physiology
    • Morality
    • Ethics
    • Christian Life
    • Blaise Pascal
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  • The End of Cosmic Greatness and the Beginning of Life

    March 9, 2020

    When Wayne Gretzky retired from playing professional hockey, National Hockey League fans referred to his departure as the end of greatness. Nicknamed “The Great One,” he was so great that no hockey fan then or now can imagine that any hockey player coming close to matching Gretzky’s talent.

    • Requirements for Life
    • Universe Design
    • Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • Is the “Hand of God” Evident in Life’s Origin?

    March 2, 2020

    How did life on Earth begin? Does an experimenter’s intervention reveal the “hand” that made life?

    • Life Complexity
    • God
    • Origin of Life
    • Life History
    • Life Design
    • Proteins
    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Early Earth
    • Challenges to Evolution
  • Cosmic Inflation Confirmed and Why We Need It

    February 24, 2020

    Advancing science continues to reveal that we live in a just-right universe. Our universe exhibits three truly astounding features: it is presently extremely large, every region of the universe is thermally connected to every other region, and its shape is geometrically flat. All of these amazing cosmic features are necessary for physical life to exist in the universe and without cosmic inflation, we wouldn’t have them.

    • Universe Design
    • Inflation
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • Does Moderate Alcohol Drinking Permanently Harm Our Brains?

    February 17, 2020

    We know that alcohol consumption can impair brain function. It’s the reason why many governments penalize drunk driving. We might assume, however, that brain function impairment from alcohol consumption is temporary, at least for moderate drinkers of alcohol. A new study published in January 2020 now refutes that assumption.

    • Physiology
    • Christian Issues
    • Bible
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  • Did Ancient Carbon Dioxide Compensate for a Cooler Sun?

    February 10, 2020

    Most of us have only scant memories of our early childhood. While I can recall many details from when I was four years old, I have only a few memories from my third year, such as the layout and furnishings of the small apartment that my parents, my two sisters, and I lived in not far from McGill University in Montreal. I also remember a couple of walks in Montreal with my parents. As for my second year, I have only one intact memory—that of seeing the outside and inside of a wooden station wagon belonging to the hydraulics engineering company my father founded. I wish I had more detailed and extensive memories, but I do not.

    • Requirements for Life
    • Earth's History
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Sun
    • Meteors
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
    • Atmosphere
  • Miracles of the Mid-Pleistocene Transition, Part 4

    February 3, 2020

    As human bodies age, thermodynamics, gravity, and electromagnetism take their toll. And what is true for human beings is also true for planets and moons.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth Design
    • Natural Disasters
    • Earth Science
    • Geophysics
    • Comets
  • Why the Moon Lost Its Magnetism and Earth Did Not

    January 27, 2020

    As human bodies age, thermodynamics, gravity, and electromagnetism take their toll. And what is true for human beings is also true for planets and moons.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Geology
    • Sun
    • Planets
    • Planet Formation
    • Geophysics
    • Solar System Design
    • Requirements for Life
    • Oceans
    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Mars
    • Life History
    • Earth Design
    • Earth's History
  • Earth’s Furnace Is Ideal for Life

    January 20, 2020

    Getting heat to cold places, especially during winter, ranks as a great human concern and source of comfort. And though we may not ever think about Earth’s giant interior furnace, humans exist due to the benefits of its fine-tuned flow.

    • Earth Design
    • Earth's History
    • Late Heavy Bombardment
    • Life History
    • Mars
    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Oceans
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Requirements for Life
    • Solar System Design
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  • Complex Life Requires a Lot of Energy

    January 13, 2020

    Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wonder where your get-up-and-go went? It takes a lot of energy to face the challenges of modern civilization. The difficulties facing humanity have differed over the millennia, but have always demanded a lot of energy expenditure.

    • Solar System Design
    • Life Complexity
    • Stars
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Sun
    • Life History
    • Earth's History
    • Earth Design
  • The First Noel 2.0

    January 6, 2020

    Today marks the traditional date for the Epiphany and Christmas carols are still ringing in my head.

    • Incarnation
    • Stars
    • Christmas
  • Diamonds Are Forever, But Not Earthquakes or Life

    December 30, 2019

    “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” So the song goes, but the processes that created these gems, namely earthquakes, have not generated such lyrics. Understandably, many people fear earthquakes and wish they would never happen.

    • Earth's History
    • Geophysics
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Sun
    • Requirements for Life
    • Life History
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
  • The Day Earth Burped and How It Saved Humanity

    December 23, 2019

    Have you ever been embarrassed by burping in a public setting? I have. I remember a time I was speaking before an audience of a thousand-plus people and my message was also being live-streamed to the internet when I let out a loud burp into the microphone. My gaffe got the audience laughing and made them more comfortable listening to a science nerd talk about scientific evidences for the Christian faith.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Geology
    • Human Flourishing
    • Sun
    • Requirements for Life
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Oceans
    • Life History
    • Earth's History
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
    • Atmosphere
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