Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Human Migration: Beachcombing from South Africa to South America

    January 7, 2021

    Have you ever thought about your ancestors? Who they were, and where they came from? Arguably, where we come from represents one of the most important questions anyone can ask. Thanks to today’s cutting-edge DNA tests, people can travel back in time to find close relatives, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

    • Human Origins
  • The Human Mind: Our Greatest Natural Resource

    December 17, 2020

    What is Earth’s greatest natural resource and why does it matter in the context of taking care of our planet?

    • Creation & Genesis
  • Beneficial Space Technologies Require a Special Planet and Solar System

    December 3, 2020

    In the first chapter of Genesis, God instructs mankind to “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). Some commentators say that the last part, “subdue it,” means “to exercise great care over.” It stands to reason that exercising great care includes learning as much as possible about our planet that allows us to flourish as God intended for his human creatures. Accordingly, scientific development of space technologies continues to reveal special features of our home planet which make that thriving possible.

    • Solar System Design
  • Einstein Did Not Predict Determinism

    November 26, 2020

    My brother and I had plans to go fishing that Sunday. It was a spring day off from working around our family farm. Carrying our fishing poles, tackle, and lunches, we crossed the covered bridge over Camp Creek. As we passed opposite the community church, a sleek black car pulled up alongside us. The passenger side window slid silently down, and I heard my Sunday School teacher’s familiar voice, “Are you coming to my Sunday School class today, Tim, or going fishing again?” I blushed and mumbled something unintelligible. Frustrated, she continued, “God already knows what you will choose.”

    • Relativity
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  • How Christianity Best Explains Human Equality

    November 12, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that many jobs we might have taken for granted, such as supermarket cashiers or online delivery drivers, are both essential and of great value to the well-functioning of society. This observation reminds us that a person’s inherent value is not based on their salary or job title. It also highlights a deep intuition that all humans are equal, regardless of differences in talents and abilities. As a society we believe the best versions of our political and social institutions should recognize this equality, and so we favor democracy and the protection of fundamental rights. We oppose racism and sexism because they demean and treat other humans as less than. All humans are equal and their gender or the color of their skin does not affect their value.

    • Image of God
  • Is There Evidence for the God of the Bible in Ancient Cultures?

    October 22, 2020

    According to the Bible, every human being on planet Earth is a descendent of Noah and his family (Genesis 9:18-19). If this is true, evidence should be found among ancient cultures for the God of the Bible. It will come as a surprise to many, but that is precisely what is found in the lore of the most ancient cultures of the world. Yet this fact remains unknown to most, even in Christian circles.

  • Do Hallucinations Explain Jesus’s Resurrection?

    October 8, 2020

    Were the disciples hallucinating when they met Jesus after his crucifixion? Do psychiatric disorders explain the disciples’ belief in Jesus’s resurrection?

    • Resurrection
  • Biomedical Solutions to COVID-19 Highlight Human Immune System Design

    September 25, 2020

    As the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) continues to wreak havoc throughout the world, scientists have been working diligently to come up with a solution to this daunting pandemic. Hopes remain high for a vaccine, but a safe and effective one may not come soon enough to prevent more people from being infected.

    • Life Design
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  • Christian Environmentalism in an Age of Bobos

    September 11, 2020

    In his 2000 book Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, New York Times columnist David Brooks coined the term bobos to describe the current cultural norm that embraces a duality of bohemian and bourgeois values.1 Not only is it an apt term for describing much of modern secular America, it’s also a helpful one for Christians facing the challenges of living in today’s America. Many of those challenges are obvious (e.g., the new spiritual pluralism and moral relativism), but others can be sneaky and subtle, sounding innocent while raising important spiritual issues.

    • Ethics
    • Earth Science
  • Follow the Science: It Leads to God

    August 21, 2020

    In recent months you’ve often heard elected officials say: “I follow the science.” They are referring to the current pandemic; but hearing this mantra so many times raises a more general question: does our society in general really “follow the science”?

    • Creation vs. Evolution
  • Could the Genesis Flood Have Happened the Way It Was Written?

    August 7, 2020

    When I was growing up, I came across a stack of comics at my grandma’s place and was immediately drawn to the cover artwork. One series, The Crusaders by Jack Chick of Chick Publications fame, was my initiation into apologetics.

    • Noah's Flood
  • COVID Strikes Back?

    July 24, 2020

    Just when America looked like it had turned a corner, COVID has seemingly returned with a vengeance. Most of the recent media attention has focused on rising infection rates in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California. Three of those four (FL, TX, and CA) top the list of most populous states, so their raw case numbers should be no surprise. The fourth most populous state is New York, which (second only to New Jersey) leads not just the US but the entire world in accumulated per capita infections and mortality. Understanding the COVID “comeback” helps us offer an informed, compassionate response.

    • Viruses
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  • The Importance of Building a Relationship with God among Different Cultures

    July 17, 2020

    I experienced many different cultures and beliefs growing up in Hong Kong, the city where “East meets West.” These experiences included three different religious schools in which I studied Buddhism and Catholicism during my elementary school years and Islam during my high school years.1 I respected the imams, gurus, priests, and nuns who devoted their lives to education in these religious schools, but what they taught me about God was vague and confused, particularly when it came to having a personal relationship with him. That’s what I needed—a personal relationship—and what I think many science-minded people long for as well.

    • God's Existence
  • Language and Biochemistry: Evidence for Intelligent Design

    June 19, 2020

    Have you ever composed a text message on your smartphone and had the app suggest the next word? It is amazing that, many times, the app is correct. How does it work? By sheer chance? Or by reading your mind?

    • Language
  • How to Think about COVID Conspiracy Theories

    June 5, 2020

    While people do indeed conspire and real conspiracies have existed, I tend to treat them with care because they can hurt one’s credibility should they prove untrue. I do so for at least three reasons: the methodological, the psychological, and the spiritual. I’ll explain each and will also offer an alternative approach for dealing with novel conspiracy theories that may help maintain our witness for Christ.

    • Abductive Reasoning
  • Are We All God’s Children?

    May 22, 2020

    I frequently see comments on social media claiming, “We are all God’s children.” Generally, people intend this sentiment to mean that God has the same relationship with every human equally. The implication is that God relates to each person directly as heavenly Father. Sometimes this phrase is even used to affirm universal salvation (i.e., that everyone will ultimately be saved).

    • Good Questions
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  • How Did Daniel Cope with Trauma during Captivity?

    May 8, 2020

    Humans in all eras of history have suffered trauma, especially from the horrors of war. How might people in the ancient world have coped with traumatic events without access to modern treatment options? Was coping even a possibility? We can learn much about trauma by looking to Daniel, a biblical figure who endured multiple severely traumatic events during his lifetime.

    • History
    • Bible
  • What Is the Medical Cause of Jesus’s Death?

    April 24, 2020

    How did Jesus die? In the ancient world, execution by crucifixion involved a slow, agonizing death without obvious injury to vital organs. Jesus’s cause of death was crucifixion. However, the physiological process resulting in cessation of life, medically termed the mechanism of death, is unclear. Consequently, there has not been a clear consensus among physicians as to what physiological mechanism ultimately caused him to die. Some proposed mechanisms of Jesus’s death have included: cardiac rupture, suffocation, and shock. Some say Jesus didn’t die at all, an idea referred to as the “swoon theory.” Which of these propositions, if any, provides the most plausible explanation for the mechanism of Jesus’s death?

    • Good Questions
  • Nutritional Needs for Men and Women Highlight Gender Differences

    April 17, 2020

    “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

    • Genesis
    • Creation
    • Anatomy
  • Why Would a Loving God Punish Us?

    March 27, 2020

    When I was five years old, Postman Pat was my favorite TV show. So, when I misbehaved my punishment included missing the show. I suffered, as only a five-year-old can, knowing that my siblings were watching while I was banished to my room.

    • Biblical
    • Morality
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