Where Science and Faith Converge
  • 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?

  • "I Think, Therefore It Must Be True," Part 1: The Science of Belief

    June 14, 2019

    Late in life, atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell received this challenge: if, after death, he found himself face to face with God, what would he say? Russell replied, “I probably would ask, ‘Sir, why did you not give me better evidence?’”

  • Journey from the Center of a Young Earth, Part 2: Faith and Reason

    May 24, 2019

    In my previous article, I argued that God as the Creator of reality is responsible for the basic components of our common existence. Our interactions with reality lead us to know the nature of truth. Also, as a necessary component, God has given us reason in order to govern and safeguard our acquisition of knowledge. As such, reason is a vital tool in understanding God’s Word and works.

  • Are Religious Experiences Valid?

    May 10, 2019

    When people ask me how I became a follower of Christ, I am always struck with a sudden mixture of ecstasy and caution. My story of coming to faith in Christ involves elements that are not easy to explain to an audience that may not believe in the supernatural. I love relating it, but I try not to give an initial impression of being esoteric and not describing the full picture.

  • Journey from the Center of a Young Earth, Part 1: Epistemology

    April 26, 2019

    We’ve all had journeys of various kinds. Sometimes the conceptual ones are the toughest. They’re fraught with uncertainty, fear, even peril—but the rewards of a satisfying destination make the upheaval more than worthwhile. Such was my case as I sought to understand the truth on the issue of the earth’s age.

  • How Bacteria Train Our Immune System

    April 12, 2019

    When I was growing up, I learned to fear microorganisms. As a child I remember always being concerned about catching a sore throat because the usual treatment was a five-day course of penicillin shots in my backside, twice a day. After more than a couple of sore throats and multiple penicillin shots, I feared being around people with sore throats or colds because I knew that I would be “tortured” again with those shots. I learned to fear tiny, unseen bugs.

  • God’s Genuine Love for All

    March 22, 2019

    Does God genuinely and savingly love everyone? Many theologians say no. However, there are good and substantial biblical reasons to think that God not only loves everyone (in the sense that he does good things for all), but also that he authentically desires every human to enter into a loving and eternal relationship with himself. This blog post will explore two good reasons to embrace the universal divine love. Also, we address one objection1 and offer a practical application of this wonderful truth.

  • Are There Traces of Pre-Fall Civil Society Today?

    March 8, 2019

    A young PhD candidate in sociology asked this question of RTB scholars: “When RTB scholars approach their field of truth, are there specific questions any of them have in mind for applying what they are learning to illustrate God’s character and revelation?” She went on to provide her expectation, giving us a little more context to her question:

  • Deformed in God’s Image?

    February 22, 2019

    Do children born with deformities reflect the image of the God who gives them life? Some websites feature disturbing images of such children along with wording that challenges the idea of an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent God. Three minutes is unsettling to watch. Opponents of Christianity use this material to argue against the veracity of the faith, but this provocative approach elicits a gut reaction rather than a reflective response. Nevertheless, how can the image of God be reflected in people with functional needs?

  • Seeing the Wonder of Transparency

    February 8, 2019

    I was pouring liquid laundry detergent into the washer when I realized, “Hey, it’s clear!” In that moment I became entranced by the wonder of transparency. Through research, I discovered not only how much ingenuity and engineering is involved in making something transparent, but also that transparency is a highly valued aesthetic property in consumer products. Making things like clear cleaning products requires detailed planning and precise chemical composition. Any contaminant makes the product worthless.


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