Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • Discovery Challenges Cause of Earth’s Climate Stability

    October 19, 2020

    Climate change discussions can range from casual to serious, from dismissive to alarmist. But how many people talk about Earth’s current period of extreme climate stability and how we got it? Scientists have been debating the cause of our 9,500-year stable climate, and their findings stand to provide further understanding into an event that has made high-tech human civilization possible.

    • Geophysics
  • Deep Oxygen Cycle Provides Evidence for Creation of Animals

    October 12, 2020

    How many of us take breathing for granted? Our environment consists of about 21% oxygen, which is just right to sustain us. Yet, Earth has not always had the ideal amount of oxygen that we enjoy today. Scientists have learned of a secondary source, called the deep oxygen cycle, that has been “piped in” from Earth’s interior—an elegant process with creation implications.

    • Life History
  • Plant-Predator Symbiosis: Ubiquitous Evidence for Creation

    October 5, 2020

    A casual look at the world of plants and insects may suggest that nothing much is going on, but the constant struggle is anything but quiet. In this “eat, fight, or be eaten” world, scientists continue to learn how species’ various defense mechanisms, both direct and indirect, have emerged concurrently in life’s history to yield balanced, healthy ecosystems. These symbiotic relationships—sometimes involving multiple species—provide evidence for a Creator’s intelligent agency.

    • Life Design
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  • Mantle Bottom Pancakes Benefit Surface Life

    September 28, 2020

    The biggest island in the United States also is the fastest growing. Thanks to a steadily rising hot plume from the lower mantle, Hawaii Island’s land area grows by an average of a little more than 40 acres per year. Though geophysicists have known about hot mantle plumes for several decades, only in the past few weeks have they gained an understanding of the source and mechanisms that produce hot plumes.

    • Geophysics
    • Earth Design
  • More Treasures in Earth’s Attic

    September 21, 2020

    Did Earth hide some of its treasure on the Moon?

    • Earth Design
    • Moon & Its Formation
  • Earth’s Attic: Houston, We Have an Opportunity

    September 14, 2020

    Those of us who are over 60 will never forget the chilling words spoken by the Apollo 13 command module pilot, Jack Swigert, and repeated by the mission commander, Jim Lovell, late evening on April 13 of 1970, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

    • Origin of Life
    • Life History
  • Out-of-This-World Riches

    September 7, 2020

    Our planet is endowed with extravagantly rich mineral ore deposits. How did we get them and why is it significant? It turns out that the source of these deposits is not indigenous; rather, large asteroid/comet strikes over the past 2 billion years produced Earth’s richest metal ore deposits.

    • Comets
    • Asteroids
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