Where Science and Faith Converge
  • Phosphate Chemistry Part 1: Fine-Tuned for Life

    May 4, 2018

    Phosphates don’t get any respect. At least it seems that way from the generally negative attitude toward phosphates displayed on household products bearing the proud claim “Contains No Phosphate” and in state regulations banning phosphates from fertilizers.1 Of course, these labels and regulations came about as a result of phosphate’s life-stimulating properties: high levels in water bodies will promote algae blooms, which ultimately deplete oxygen. Nevertheless, while regulating the use of phosphates one shouldn’t forget the critical role they play in all living organisms. In fact, human civilization would not be here without them.

  • Does yālad in the hiphil Prove There Are No Gaps in Genesis 5 and 11 Genealogies?

    March 27, 2018

    All attempts to calculate a date for creation and Noah’s flood rest upon one assumption: Genesis 5 and 11 contain complete, father-son genealogies without gaps. This assumption, in turn, rests on the assumption that the Hebrew verb yālad implies a father-son relationship in these chapters.

  • Does the Tower of Babel Confirm Genealogical Gaps in Genesis 11?

    February 9, 2018

    A common assumption is that Genesis 5 and 11 contain complete, father-son genealogies without gaps and, therefore, one can rely on these genealogies to accurately calculate a date for creation and Noah’s flood. However, as we’ve previously presented,1 strong evidence shows that genealogy gaps exist. In this article, we will present additional evidence for genealogy gaps found in the Genesis 11:1–9 story of the Tower of Babel. Bishop Ussher and other no-gap proponents typically date this event at Babel ~101 years after the flood around the time of the birth of Peleg (assuming Peleg is the fourth generation after Noah’s sons).2 However, the three reasons below suggest it is impossible for this incident to have occurred so soon after the flood.

  • Human Milk Designed to Protect Infants

    January 29, 2018

    Around the turn of the last century, studies showed that babies who were breastfed had a lower mortality rate and fewer incidences of diseases than those who were bottle-fed. Since that time, there has been a growing research effort to understand what is special about human milk that provides infants with better health and protection against disease. This research, especially in recent years, has produced some remarkable findings.

  • Welcome to Voices

    January 5, 2018

    With the arrival of the new year, new things are afoot. And one of the new creations at Reasons to Believe is a web feature called Voices—the official blog of our visiting scholars.

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