Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Another Reason to Thank God for Earthquakes

    September 26, 2016

    Living as I do in earthquake country, I frequently get asked the question, "Why would an all-loving, all-powerful God subject us to earthquakes?" My answer is that given the laws of physics God chose for the universe—

    • Plate Tectonics
    • Natural Disasters
    • Geology
  • Balancing Apologetics and Experiential Knowledge of Christ

    September 21, 2016

    Apologetics and especially apologists have frequently gotten a bad reputation in the church for being all head and no heart. I often encounter this assumption when I speak, particularly when audiences learn that I was a research astronomer at Caltech and even more so when they discover that I have Asperger’s Syndrome.

    • Christian Life
    • Apologetics
  • More Evidence of Mass Extinction Event Challenging Evolutionary Models

    September 19, 2016

    Mass extinction and mass speciation events are prominently featured in creation vs. evolution debates.1 Evolutionists argue that the mass extinction events were sufficiently tepid and allowed enough life-forms to survive so that they could naturally evolve during the mass speciation events occurring thereafter.

    • Extinction
    • Dinosaurs
    • Creation vs. Evolution
    • Challenges to Evolution
  • What Is a Scientific Model?

    September 14, 2016

    Our primary strategy at Reasons to Believe for encouraging unchurched, largely biblically illiterate adults to faith in Jesus Christ is to research and present them with new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior from the frontiers of scientific research.

    • RTB's Creation Model
    • Reasons to Believe
    • Naturalism
    • Jesus Christ
    • God's Existence
    • Creation
  • Ionic Strength and Planetary Habitability

    September 12, 2016

    In the movie The Martian, actor Matt Damon plays the role of an astronaut stranded on Mars. He survives by growing potatoes in a greenhouse in Martian soil that he fertilizes with his own bodily wastes. For a number of reasons this movie plot line is not realistic.

    • Fine-Tuning
  • Answering Questions about Reincarnation

    September 8, 2016

    People ask me whether or not reincarnation actually happens, why a loving God wouldn’t give people multiple chances to pass the test of life, why it matters if someone believes in reincarnation, and how I would explain people’s memories of events in “past lives” if reincarnation is not real. In this blog article, I will briefly answer these questions, but first I will explain the origin of reincarnation beliefs.

    • World Religions
    • Religion
    • Hinduism
    • Bible
  • What Does a Ninth Planet Mean for the Creation Model?

    September 5, 2016

    Recent research establishes that the configuration of planets in the solar system necessary to make advanced life possible on Earth requires that the solar system start with two gas giant planets (Jupiter and Saturn) and three ice giant planets (Uranus, Neptune, and another planet approximately the size of Neptune).

    • Early Earth
    • Comets
    • Asteroids
  • Why I Love Nature and Think Everyone Should Too

    September 1, 2016

    Ken Samples, our staff philosopher, says he doesn’t know anyone who loves nature as much as I do. He wanted to know what it is about nature that I find so attractive and why I will go to such extreme physical means to get to beautiful natural settings. He is not alone. Hundreds of friends and strangers alike have asked me the same question.

    • Creation
  • Are We Alone in the Cosmos?

    August 29, 2016

    My book Improbable Planet, due to be released next week, provides the most extensive explanation and documentation to date about how the entire universe, every event in Earth’s history, and every life-form that has ever existed must be exquisitely fine-tuned to make possible the existence of human beings.

    • Sun
    • Solar System Design
    • Exoplanets
  • Did Aliens Put a Wow Signal in Our DNA?

    August 24, 2016

    The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) community has defined a Wow! signal as a transmission that is so unusual in its characteristics as to challenge reasonable naturalistic explanations, thereby leaving open the possibility that the transmission was sent by an intelligent being or community of intelligent beings.

    • SETI
    • Origin of Life
    • Evolution
    • Artificial Life
  • Unique Time Window for Mountain Scenery

    August 22, 2016

    Kathy and I, some RTB staff, and a few friends of the ministry recently returned from an extraordinary adventure. We trekked the Canadian Rockies, navigating around crevasses on three different glaciers with crampons, ice axes, and ropes, crossing several moraine fields, ascending and descending on shale and scree, ...

    • Mental Health
    • Earth's History
    • Geology
  • If Jesus is God, Why Did He Call Himself the Son of Man?

    August 18, 2016

    I have met a lot of skeptics and cultists who assert that Jesus never claimed to be God. Rather, they say he referred to himself as the son of man. It is not just skeptics and cultists who are troubled by this issue. I have met just as many Christians who ask, “If Jesus is the Son of God, why did he so consistently refer to himself as the son of man?”

    • Jesus Christ
    • Apologetics
  • More Reasons to Thank God for Apex Predators

    August 15, 2016

    There is something majestic and beautiful about apex predators. When we took our sons to a zoo or a wild animal preserve during their childhood years, the first animals they wanted to see were lions, tigers, bears, and wolves—the animals at the top of the food chain, what zoologists refer to as apex predators.

    • Life Design
    • Carnivores
    • Creation vs. Evolution
  • Universe Cannot Be Created Because That Would Be Magic?

    August 10, 2016

    Naturalists, atheists, and skeptics are taking a not-so-new approach to dismissing the scientific evidence for God. Recently, they have been asserting that any claim to God creating the universe is out of bounds since such a claim is an appeal to magic.

    • Uncategorized
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Cosmology
    • Apologetics
  • Long-Term Habitability Requires a Sun-Earth Twin

    August 8, 2016

    The popular science news outlets are filled with articles claiming that our galaxy is teeming with habitable planets—as many as 40 billion by some estimates. These claims and estimates are based on astrobiologists noting that about 20 percent of the 3,480 planets discovered so far are “habitable” in that they could conceivably have liquid water existing on some part of their surface for at least a brief time period.

    • Solar System Design
    • Exoplanets
  • If We Allow Science to Correct the Bible, Doesn’t That Make Science God?

    August 3, 2016

    Many Christians, and for that matter many non-Christians, are uneasy about an alliance between science and the Bible. Non-Christians worry that the Bible will be allowed to trump or discount science. Christians worry that science will be permitted to trump or discount the Bible.

    • Science & Faith
    • Interpretation
    • Bible
    • Apologetics
  • Dark Energy and Gravity Withstand Tests

    August 1, 2016

    In the life sciences, researchers are discouraged from challenging certain reigning paradigms, such as the evolutionary explanation for the origin of humans. The opposite is the case in the astrophysical sciences. Astrophysicists are encouraged to critique and test even the best established facts, principles, and laws of physics and astronomy. An example of such a critique and test, one that has enormous implications for our biblical cosmic creation model, was announced just days ago.

    • Universe Design
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Laws of Physics
    • Cosmology
    • Dark Energy
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • The Cambrian Explosion and Evolutionists’ Responses

    July 27, 2016

    Whether I speak at a church, a university, a seminary, or a research firm, during the Q&A time I am inevitably asked about the Cambrian explosion. I also get emails about the Cambrian explosion. Here is an an example from our inbox and my answer:

    • Naturalism
    • Animals
    • Evolution
    • Genesis
  • Farming Revolution Simultaneously Launches in Multiple Locations

    July 25, 2016

    The earliest humans were engaged in agricultural industry, but humans were not able to launch and sustain a large-scale, specialized agricultural industry until Earth entered a period of extreme climate stability.1 Discoveries that early humans were engaged in agriculture are so recent that I was not able to include much of that news in my new book, Improbable Planet (releasing September 2016), until the day before final galleys were sent to the publisher.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
  • Were Humans Specially Created, or Did They Evolve from a Hominid?

    July 20, 2016

    Some of the most frequent questions I get asked on Twitter are about human origins. Here is an example of a question and my answer in slightly more than 140 characters. Q: I was taught humans and Neanderthals evolved from a common ancestor. You say humans were created. What evidence shows my teachers are wrong?

    • Human Origins
    • Evolution
    • Hominids
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Anthropology

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