Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 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
  • James 2 and Its Connection to Mathematical Logic

    March 13, 2020

    I have heard many sermons on the issue of faith and good works as conveyed in the book of James. Each time I hear such a sermon I am led, as a mathematician, to connect the relevant Scripture and mathematical logic or, simply, logic. Making such a connection shows how science/mathematics provides compelling evidence for the accuracy of the Bible and the Christian worldview.

  • Why Is It So Hard to Eat Healthy?

    February 21, 2020

    One of the many ways that modern civilization reflects a Christian worldview of the nature of humanity—creation, fall, redemption—is in the kinds of food we eat. With food accessibility being a nonissue for most people, we might expect most of us to be making wise food choices, correct? Well, not exactly, and this is how a biblical view of humanity helps.

  • Doing Apologetics in a Scientific Context

    February 7, 2020

    How can we share our evidence-based faith effectively? I have found that context is key. In my outreach efforts, I have invited nonbelievers to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment and their responses have typically led to ongoing, fruitful discussions.

  • God Created a Home for Us in a Sacred Place

    January 24, 2020

    When I reflect on the first verse in the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), what often comes to mind is a quote from one of my favorite theologians, R.C. Sproul, describing God’s creation as “a grand theater of divine revelation.”1 In Genesis 1, the almighty, loving God and his creative acts take center stage. We learn that he has the incredible power to create something out of nothing by simply speaking it into existence. And we see how he designed the heavens and the earth as a sacred space for his people where he would be in relationship with them. Within this sacred space where God is present and active, the earth is the center of interest—the place he created to dwell among his people.

  • Did Moses Write the Torah? A Brief Positive Case for Mosaic Authorship: Part 2

    January 10, 2020

    Part 1 of this two-part series cited two reasons to believe the traditional view that Moses authored the first five books of the Bible (Pentateuch or Torah). Mosaic authorship, as noted, has been largely abandoned in academic circles. What does this mean? Is the Bible’s authenticity in jeopardy?

  • Did Moses Write the Torah? A Brief Positive Case for Mosaic Authorship, Part 1

    December 27, 2019

    The notion that Moses actually lived and wrote the first five books of the Bible has long been rejected in academic circles and is now being increasingly questioned among conservative Old Testament (OT) scholars. However, since Mosaic authorship is the traditional view of the church, it would be unwise for Bible believers to reject Moses’s involvement in the production of the Torah (or Pentateuch, the first five books). Indeed, while the Torah probably did not come into its final form until the sixth century BC, there are at least five good lines of internal evidence suggesting that Moses (thought to have lived around the fifteenth century BC) authored the Torah. We will look at two of those reasons here in the first part of a two-part series.

  • Do Extremophiles on Earth Mean that Life Is Common in the Galaxy?, Part 2

    December 13, 2019

    fisherman grabs his net with a rather large mesh size and heads for his favorite lake. After a day of fishing, he notices that his entire catch is larger than six inches. He concludes, therefore, that there are no fish smaller than six inches in the lake. This is an example of observer selection bias where the fisherman arrives at a false conclusion by not accounting for the design of his net.

  • Do Extremophiles on Earth Mean That Life Is Common in the Galaxy? Part 1

    November 22, 2019

    In Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, both the Americans and Nazis are desperately attempting to find and capture the Ark of the Covenant that is depicted in the Hebrew Bible. Their quest to find the elusive, power-laden artifact makes for an action-packed, wildly popular adventure movie. But what made those two rival groups think that the Ark actually existed and, if it did, that they could find it?

  • Reality Is More Than Sense Perception

    November 8, 2019

    As a child, I hated playing double-deck pinochle with my father. He always won—unless, I had learned, some of the cards were missing. Then I had an increased chance, especially if I knew which ones were missing, while my father’s assumption that we were playing with a full deck reduced his chances.

  • Two Reliable Tools Provide Evidence for an Old Earth

    October 25, 2019

    Calculating Earth’s age remains a contentious area of study that often divides Christians and keeps scientifically minded skeptics from considering evidence for the Christian faith. Nevertheless, two methods of determining age—radiometric dating and tectonic plate movement—stand to resolve conflicts and provide evidence for creation’s history. As I’ll explain, it’s literally a “game of inches” that takes place in Hawaii.

  • Is Supernatural Causation Compatible with Science?

    October 11, 2019

    When defenders of naturalistic evolution state their case, they frequently begin with the claim that their theory is “scientific.” Alternative views, especially those that would invoke supernatural causation, are pejoratively dismissed as “pseudoscience,” pseudo because they falsely claim to have scientific legitimacy. Given science’s respected status, this becomes a powerful rhetorical device to marginalize Christian claims that life on Earth involved the supernatural intervention of God.

  • Do Nutrition Scientists and the Bible Agree on What Constitutes a Healthy Diet?

    September 27, 2019

    One of the promises Christians hold dear—and invite nontheists to consider—is that as humans place their faith in the redemptive work of Christ, the infinite personal God of the Bible will live in us. Thus, our bodies are “temples” of the Holy Spirit and we are not our own but have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). The apostle Paul then admonishes us to “honor God with your bodies.”

  • Luck or Design? Earth’s Water-to-Landmass Ratio Essential for Life

    September 13, 2019

    Humans have always wondered about their place in the universe—specifically, whether we are alone. And in today’s scientific age, we have added more details to that initial question. We wonder, why is there life on Earth rather than on Mars or planets around other stars? Is life common or rare? Are there intelligent beings living on other planets? If so, then those planets likely require Earth’s marbled appearance—including 71% of its surface comprised of water—in order to be habitable, according to a recent study.1 We’ll explore that discovery after some foundational work on planetary habitability.

  • “What We Thought Wasn’t True”: How Erroneous Belief Helped Fuel the Opiate Epidemic

    August 23, 2019

    America remains in the grip of an opiate* epidemic. Over 70,000 Americans died from legal and illegal drug overdose in 2017 alone, more than four times higher than in 1999.

  • “I Think, Therefore It Must Be True,” Part 2: The Science of Certainty

    August 9, 2019

    Most of us think we’re smarter than most of us. In a recent large survey, 65% of Americans rated themselves more intelligent than average.[1] Believing we’re very smart, we assume we’re usually right. But is that confidence warranted?

  • Carbon-14 Dating Supports the Writing of the Great Isaiah Scroll Prior to the Crucifixion

    July 26, 2019

    Radiocarbon dating is one of the best-known tools used by geochemists to obtain an age of ancient materials such as wood, bones, charcoal, and coral reef limestone. The method is suitable for samples less than 50,000 years old, and can be applied to disciplines like geology, paleontology, anthropology, and archaeology. Famous artifacts and sites dated with carbon-14 include the Dead Sea Scrolls and Hezekiah’s tunnel.

  • Is Faith in Progress Warranted?

    July 12, 2019

    Anyone who has lived at least a couple of decades has witnessed technological breakthroughs that have transformed society. Many people hold the ideas of “progress” and “progressive” in high regard. Who could be opposed to making progress toward a better future? As we consider an answer, this question raises another: To what end shall we make progress?

  • Changing the “We Can’t Expect Much” from Churched Kids Culture

    June 28, 2019

    Years ago, as a college student applying to veterinary school and then as a practicing veterinarian, the goals and expectations set forth were clear: anything less than high performance was not an option. Later as an executive for multinational organizations, I learned and taught knowledge transfer methods and processes as high performance meant survival in an increasingly globally competitive marketplace.

  • Responding to UFOs in the News

    June 25, 2019

    Is the US government interested in the UFO phenomenon again? A recent spate of news reports indicates so. What does this development mean for Bible believers who are skeptical of the idea? And how can Christians respond respectfully and helpfully?


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