Where Science and Faith Converge
  • When Did God Create Adam and Eve?

    October 19, 2016

    No matter where I speak in the world, people in my audiences press me for a precise date for God creating the first human beings, Adam and Eve. Seeing how disappointed they are when I tell them that neither the Bible nor science offers an exact date gives me some sympathy for why Archbishop James Ussher and John Lightfoot felt compelled to calculate to the day and the hour the timing of God's creation of Adam and Eve.

    • Human Migration
    • Human Origins
    • Garden of Eden
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
    • Adam & Eve
  • Natural Selection: Driver of Evolution or Stasis?

    October 17, 2016

    The theory of natural selection as a driver of evolution goes back to Charles Darwin’s visits on the ship Beagle to the Galápagos Islands. There, his studies of finches persuaded him that natural selection leads to the transmutation of species. In other words, through natural selection, one species can transmute into an entirely different species.

    • Evolution
    • Adaptation
  • Have You Thanked God for Earth’s Gravity Today?

    October 12, 2016

    Three summers ago, Fazale Rana and I delivered four lectures on the Cambrian explosion to more than 40 supporters of Reasons to Believe within just a few miles of the site where the first Cambrian explosion fossils were found. As part of that conference, we visited the Mount Stephen fossil beds where the Cambrian explosion fossils were so numerous that we were forced to walk on them.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Life Design
    • Fine-Tuning
  • Binary Pulsar Affirms General Relativity and Cosmic Creation Event

    October 10, 2016

    The most rigorous and compelling proof that the universe was created by an Agent that transcends space and time comes from the theory of general relativity. The best confirmation that general relativity is a true theory comes from measurements on the binary pulsar PSR B1913+16. Thanks to a new study, that best confirmation has now become even better.

    • Inflation
    • Relativity
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Cosmology
  • What Does It Take to Kill a Scientific Model?

    October 5, 2016

    In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul writes,1 Test everything; hold fast to what is good. Paul does not say, and nowhere in his epistles does he imply, that we are ever to hold on to the bad. But, when it comes to testing, how can we unambiguously determine what is good from what is bad?

    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origin of Life
    • Noah's Flood
    • Creation vs. Evolution
    • Faith
  • Clouds Cause Problems for Extraterrestrial Life

    October 3, 2016

    When I was a child, my friends and I would sometimes lie on the grass and watch billowing clouds traverse the sky. As they traversed the sky and changed shape, we would call out to one another what kinds of animals, plants, toys, machines, or symbols the shapes reminded us of. There is no doubt that Earth’s clouds are beautiful and a source of wonder and entertainment. But they are also much, much more. Our very existence depends on clouds and on our planet’s clouds being exquisitely fine-tuned.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Exoplanets
    • Atmosphere
  • How Would the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life Affect Biblical Creation Models?

    September 28, 2016

    With the recent discovery of so many “habitable” planets, I have been bombarded with questions on my Twitter page about how the discovery of extraterrestrial life would impact our biblical creation model.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Theology
    • Origin of Life
    • Meteors
  • 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

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