Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Has the Light Travel Time Problem Been Resolved?

    December 5, 2016

    The Light Travel Time Problem One problem for young-universe creationists is that astronomers observe galaxies that are millions and billions of light-years away. Given the finite and constant velocity of light, the light from these galaxies must have traveled from the galaxies to the astronomers' telescopes for millions and billions of years.

    • Big Bang Theory
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Genesis
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Age of the Earth
  • Giving a Rip about the Big Rip

    November 30, 2016

    In my last blog post I wrote about how astronomers have accumulated overwhelming evidence that the universe will continue to expand at an ever increasing rate. This accelerating cosmic expansion rate is due to slightly more than two-thirds of the universe being composed of dark energy.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • Cosmic Acceleration: Is It Real?

    November 28, 2016

    About a month ago, three physicists published a paper in Scientific Reports in which they called into question what most scientists consider the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.1 In 2011 the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the leaders of two research teams who, through observations made in the 1990s of a certain kind of supernovae (type Ia supernovae), discovered that the expansion of the universe has transitioned from decelerating to accelerating. This transition implied that the two teams had found a missing piece of the universe. The missing piece they found was more than just a piece. It makes up more than two-thirds of the entirety of the universe.

    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Universe Design
    • Design
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • Why Didn’t God Keep Satan Out of Eden?

    November 23, 2016

    One of the most frequent questions I get from children is, why didn’t God keep Satan out of Eden? It’s not just a question I get from children. I hear this question at nearly every one of my speaking events. I especially hear the question when I speak to an audience of highly educated atheists and skeptics. Highly educated atheists and skeptics frequently assert that if Satan actually entered the Garden of Eden and successfully tempted Adam and Eve to rebel against God, then Christianity at a minimum is inconsistent and more likely is plainly false.

    • Origin of Life
    • Creation
    • Genesis
    • Life History
    • Early Earth
    • Challenges to Evolution
    • Cells
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  • Yet More Reasons to Thank God for the Moon

    November 22, 2016

    The more astronomers and physicists research the Moon, the more they discover how marvelously designed the Moon is, and how it makes the ability of Earth to support billions of human beings possible—where many billions of those humans can respond to the Creator's offer of redemption from evil and suffering.

    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Earth's History
    • Design
  • Does Nature Today Reveal More or Less About God? Part 2

    November 16, 2016

    In my previous blog article, I explained and described how science today reveals exponentially more about God, his attributes, and his plans for humanity than it did just a century ago. This exponential increase in revelation from the book of nature provides the fuel for the ministry of Reasons to Believe. Because of this increase, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of skeptics becoming faithful followers of Christ.

    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • God's Existence
  • Does Nature Today Reveal More or Less about God? Part 1

    November 14, 2016

    I get a lot of questions about how effectively science reveals God. One of the most common is, does science reveal more about God today than it did a century ago? Another question I receive is, if science reveals much more about God than it did in the past, why are there so many more atheists today than in the past?

    • God's Existence
  • Did Any Other Humans Survive the Flood?

    November 9, 2016

    I get many questions about Noah’s flood (see last week's blog post), and one of the most frequent questions I get asked is whether any credible Bible interpretation of the flood allows for the survival of humans who were not on board Noah’s ark. My answer depends on how the questioner defines “credible.”

    • Noah's Flood
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  • Too Much Water Is Bad for Life!

    November 7, 2016

    The mantra for the astrobiology community is “Follow the water”—for good reason. Without liquid water, there is no possibility of life. However, many in the astrobiological community take the mantra too far. They consider every planet on which there is the possibility that liquid water may exist on some part of the planet’s surface for some period in the planet’s history as habitable.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Planets
    • Oceans
    • Fine-Tuning
  • Does the Bible Say Noah’s Flood Was Global or Universal?

    November 2, 2016

    I believe the flood of Noah was universal but not global. By universal, I mean that the entire human race and all of the nephesh (soulish) animals associated with humans were wiped out by the flood except for those humans and animals that were on board Noah’s ark.

    • Noah's Flood
    • Flood Geology
  • Another Reason to Thank God for Viruses

    October 31, 2016

    Our most recent scholar-evangelist staff addition is Dr. Anjeanette "AJ" Roberts. You can find a formal photo of her on our website. AJ joined us last August for our Icefall Canyon traverse,

    • Geology
    • Viruses
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Bacteria
  • Middle Ground in the Age of the Universe Debate

    October 26, 2016

    As many of you are well aware, there is a fierce, seemingly never-ending debate in the Christian community over the age of the universe. For several decades now I have been at the center of this debate, having written three books,1 contributed to a debate book,2 and participated in more than a dozen public debates,3 with more books and debates sure to come.

    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Age of the Earth
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  • Middle Age Is Good, Especially for Our Sun

    October 24, 2016

    The most elaborate birthday celebration I ever had was the one that our Reasons to Believe staff organized for my 60th birthday. I was expecting just a token nod for having completed 60 trips around the sun. Instead, I was feted by 60 guests for several hours. The most generous comment of the night was that I had finally attained middle age since I had reached half of the biblical limit on the human life span (Genesis 6:3).

    • Sun
    • Solar System Design
  • 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
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  • 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
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