Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Our Special Star: Resolving the G-Dwarf Problem

    June 8, 2020

    Does it matter what kind of star the Sun is and where it formed and eventually migrated? Yes, astronomers have learned. In fact, without a just-right solar migration history, humans wouldn’t be here.

    • Milky Way Galaxy
    • Solar System Design
  • Why So Much Beauty?

    June 1, 2020

    Question of the week: Why is our planet so beautiful? Why is it so beautiful now?

    • Earth
  • How Reasons to Believe Responds to Breaking Science News

    May 27, 2020

    Almost every day, my social media pages are filled with requests for my immediate response to breaking science news. Then I receive complaints for not providing a response quickly enough.

    • Science in the News
  • Why Are Supernovae and Kilonovae Essential for Advanced Life?

    May 25, 2020

    Question(s) of the week: How does the uranium and thorium from supernovae produce Earth’s magnetic field and plate tectonics? Can you give us more reasons why we need supernovae?

    • Plate Tectonics
    • Earth Design
  • It Pays for a Galaxy to Slowly Sip, Not Gulp

    May 18, 2020

    Two years ago at a major conference, a medical doctor/researcher who specializes in nutrition approached me. He took one look and said, “I know what you eat.” Amazingly, he identified nearly every item in my diet. His analysis gives credence to the adage, “You are what you eat.”

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Galaxy Design
  • Is Kepler 1649c the Long-Sought Earth Twin?

    May 11, 2020

    Ever since 1995, when the first planet outside the solar system orbiting a hydrogen-burning star was discovered,1 astronomers have been on a holy grail search to find a planet sufficiently like Earth that it could possibly host life. A quarter of a century and 4,255 discovered exoplanets2 later, some people think scientists have found an Earth twin. A team of twelve astronomers led by Andrew Vanderburg published a paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters in which they announced their discovery of an Earth-sized planet, called Kepler 1649c, orbiting its star in the “habitable zone.”3

    • Exoplanets
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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