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  • Grand Canyon Formed over Millions of Years

    October 1, 2008

    So exclaimed my then five-year-old son as our car approached the south rim of the Grand Canyon. His reaction echoes the sentiments of most people witnessing the grandeur of this natural wonder for the first time. The canyon ranges anywhere from four to eighteen miles wide, and it extends over 250 miles in length. Visible from the top rim, the turbulent rapids in the Colorado River nearly one mile below grind away at the rock in the canyon’s bottom. An impressive site indeed!

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
  • The Human Appendix: What Is It Good For?

    October 1, 2008

    Absolutely nothing! That’s the answer soul singer Edwin Starr gave in 1970 to the question, “War, what is it good for?” It’s also the same response evolutionary biologists give when asked about the human vermiform appendix.

    • Bad Designs
  • Gravitational Lens Test for Creation

    October 1, 2008

    Apart from the Bible no known book or essay of science, philosophy, or theology written previous to the twentieth century even hinted at the universe’s ongoing expansion.

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Origin of the Universe
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • TCM - Origin of the Universe
    • Universe Design
    • Big Bang
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • How Come the Bible Doesn’t Condemn Slavery?

    October 1, 2008

    With hands tied above and his battered body hanging from a beam, the shirtless young black man absorbed punishing whiplashes until he placated his white owner by uttering his new name. Such images from the TV miniseries Roots imprinted on the minds of a generation the brutality of slavery.

    • Ethics
    • Bible Difficulties
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  • Small Effect Sheds Light on Dark Energy

    October 1, 2008

    A new tool for examining the nature of the universe’s enigmatic dark energy may yield clues to the future of the cosmos.

    • Instrumentation
    • Universe Design
  • iDNA: The Next Generation of iPods?

    July 1, 2008

    A couple of years ago I bought a 30GB iPod classic for Christmas. At that time I couldn’t imagine what I would do with all that storage capacity, but it was the same price as an 8GB iPod nano, so I bought it nonetheless. Less than a year later, I ran out of space on my iPod. This year for my birthday my wife gave me a 160GB iPod. And in less than three months, I’ve already used about a third of the available storage space.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Humpback Whale Fins: Fresh Evidence for Design

    July 1, 2008

    I remember being taught as a child that the humpback whale must be an accident of nature. The weird bumps along the leading edge of the humpback’s flippers (or fins) seemed to thwart the aerodynamic (or aqua-dynamic) efficiency of this massive sea mammal. These noticeably counterproductive features served as evidence against the wisdom and involvement of a benevolent Creator.

    • Life Design
    • Whales
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Bad Designs
  • Earth’s Deep, Life-Sustaining Oxygen Reservoir

    July 1, 2008

    Southern California, home to RTB, requires a huge quantity of water to maintain its large population and diverse economic and industrial activity. The region’s water needs exceed the local supply so an aqueduct system pipes water from various reservoirs throughout the state into the area. Removing access to these reservoirs would not only drop the population by a factor of a thousand or more (say, from 25 million to less than 25 thousand) but would also force the region to a near Stone-Age existence.

    • Geophysical Design
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  • How Can Yahweh Be Perfectly Good and Just and Yet Command Extermination?

    July 1, 2008

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous atheist, asserts that the God of the Old Testament is “a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser.”1

    • Bible Difficulties
    • Problem of Evil
    • Moral Evil
  • A New Telescope "Almost" in Space

    July 1, 2008

    At 16,000 feet and in the rain shadow of the Andes Mountains, northern Chile's virtually cloudless, extremely arid Atacama Desert1 provides an ideal location for large telescopes. Free from light pollution and radio interference, this desolate area is home for a new radio astronomy facility called the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA.2

    • Instrumentation
  • Explaining a Great Cosmic Coincidence

    April 1, 2008

    During graduate school I used a telescope in southern Arizona. The long, winding mountain road to the ridge where this telescope sat passed a twenty-foot boulder that had fallen off its perch and slid down the mountain. The somewhat weathered (but easily discernible) trough it formed during its fall caught my eye. Because a rock this size falls infrequently I was fortunate to witness the consequences of its slide before they were completely weathered away. It would have been even more improbable to see the rock as it fell, since the boulder spends the vast majority of the time either on top of the mountain or at the bottom. Picturing the universe as that boulder, cosmologists witness an amazing "timing coincidence": they see the rock barreling down the mountain.

    • Universe Design
  • Functional DNA amid Piles of Junk

    April 1, 2008

    Sometimes my daughters' bedrooms are unbelievably messy. Junk everywhere. It often looks like a clothes bomb detonated. I have no idea how they can find anything in the aftermath of such devastation.

    • Biochemical Design
    • Junk DNA
    • Bad Designs
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  • Is Faith in God Merely Wishful Thinking?

    April 1, 2008

    Sigmund Freud (1859-1939), the father of psychoanalysis, formally developed the psychological theory that human beings invented God out of desire to find security in the midst of a fearful natural world.1

    • Naturalism
    • Atheism
  • Angling for Better Measurements

    April 1, 2008

    Triangulation1 may sound like a horrible way to die (on par with the rack), but in fact the term refers to a method for measuring distances to faraway objects. As far back as 600 BC, the Greeks used the technique to determine astronomical measurements such as the size of the earth and the distance to the Moon and to the Sun.2 It involves measuring the baseline and angles of a triangle whose sides extend out to the object in question. From these one can determine the triangle's height, which is the distance to the object.

    • Instrumentation
  • Do Infinite Universes Explain the Fine-Tuning?

    January 1, 2008

    A monkey randomly hitting keys on a keyboard will eventually produce the entire collection of Shakespeare's works–at least if the monkey types for an infinite amount of time.

    • String Theory
    • Multiverse
  • Pairing Up on the Dance Floor

    January 1, 2008

    Imagine jostling and bumping your way around a crowded dance floor. The lights are low and the music is loud. You are trying to connect with a blind date. And all you have to go on is the person's name. It might take you most of the evening to find your companion.

    • Biochemical Design
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  • Designed to Live, Designed to Die

    January 1, 2008

    "Why don't we see new species emerging now?" Charles Darwin faced this question nearly 150 years ago when he proposed the theory of evolution. His answer–all Earth's habitats are full.

    • Mass Extinctions/Extinctions
    • Speciation Events
    • Solar System Design
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Life Design
    • TCM - Faint Sun Paradox
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Faint Sun Paradox
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • "Lucky" Pictures of Sky May Reveal Design

    January 1, 2008

    Scientists don't take kindly to the notion that luck plays a large role in achieving good results. It is well-thought-out experiments and plain hard work, not unpredictable luck that produce the best repeatable science. But even scientists might admit that with a new technique for taking high-resolution pictures of the sky, luck is the whole ballgame. Dubbed Lucky Imaging,1 this method could revolutionize the capability of ground-based telescopes.

    • Instrumentation
  • Human or Hobbit?

    October 1, 2007

    "Middle Earth" is not a real place. Humans, dwarves, elves, and hobbits never lived together. But in the fall of 2004, Australian and Indonesian paleoanthropologists stunned the archeological world when they published evidence for hobbit-sized hominids (see box below “Who Were the Hominids?”) that coexisted for a time with modern humans.1 Since their discovery, these little creatures have been at the center of a big scientific controversy. They have also prompted questions about the validity of RTB's views on human origins.

    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Lucy and Other Hominids
  • The Dark and Bright Sides of Cosmology

    October 1, 2007

    Astrophysics has its ironies. Here’s one: Studies of the brightest galaxies in the universe led to the discovery that 99 percent of all matter is "dark matter".1 But matter is only part of the universe (about a fourth). The rest is energy. Adding irony to irony, research focusing on the brightest stars in the universe shows that "dark energy" is far more abundant than dark matter, making up most of the rest of the universe. Despite its often negative connotation, this "darkness" is not a bad thing.

    • Consciousness
    • End Times
    • Mass Extinctions/Extinctions
    • General Apologetics
    • Life Design
    • Worldviews
    • Universe Design
    • Two Creation Model
    • TCM - Two Creations
    • Naturalism
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Human Origins and the Bible
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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