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  • "Junk" DNA Not so Junky

    January 1, 2000

    A recent report by researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) provides new evidence that non-coding DNA (typically referred to as “junk” DNA or “selfish” DNA) is not useless. Instead it appears to serve an essential function in complex cells.1

    • Junk DNA
    • Biochemical Design
    • Bad Designs
  • Earth's Carefully Crafted Crust

    January 1, 2000

    Researchers have discovered still more indicators of divine design in Earth’s fine-tuned geophysical processes. These indicators belong to an intricate, life-essential cycle (called the carbonate-silicate cycle). This cycle compensates for the ongoing gradual increase in the sun’s brightness.

    • Solar System Design
    • TCM - Faint Sun Paradox
    • Faint Sun Paradox
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Geophysical Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Cambrian Flash

    January 1, 2000

    From two independent teams of paleontologists working in Yunnan, China, comes powerful support for the creation model and at the same time comes further serious challenge to the naturalistic model for the origin of animals.1-2

    • TCM - Speciation
    • Cambrian Explosion
  • Live Here or Nowhere

    October 1, 1999

    In the latter half of this decade, science revealed the importance of our solar system’s position in the galaxy between two spiral arms, where certain life-disturbing phenomena rarely occur and where our view of the galaxy and of the universe beyond is unobstructed.1 A new piece of research by two Russian astronomers shows that our position is special in yet another respect.2 Our sun and its satellites stay between the spiral arms.

    • Galaxy Design
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Habitable Planets
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  • Making Mountains Move

    October 1, 1999

    Geophysicists have known for years that the energy moving Earth’s crust pieces toward and away from one another (plate tectonics) comes from the flow of heat from the core up toward the surface. Recently, however, planetary physicist David Stevenson, of the California Institute of Technology, has shown that plate tectonics, oddly enough an essential for life (though earthquakes may be hard for most people to appreciate), need more than just an energy source. They need a lubricant.1 This added complication to a life-essential physical process represents added support for divine “engineering” of Earth for life.

    • Plate Tectonics
    • Geophysical Design
    • Biodeposits
  • Life Zones in Space

    October 1, 1999

    Life is hardy, but it needs some basics—conditions which can only be found in systems of planets orbiting stars.

    • Solar System Design
    • Habitable Planets
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Extremophiles
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Up (and Away) From the Apes

    October 1, 1999

    In response to a widely publicized change in the Kansas standards for science education,1 Time magazine published a cover story touting human evolution. The August 23 (1999) issue reports “amazing new discoveries” that add to the already “convincing” evidence of humans’ evolving from an ape-like ancestor over the last 4 to 6 million years.2 The writers assert that man is nothing more than the latest ape “served up on the evolutionary palette,” and to support their assertion, they cite four recently discovered hominid “species.”

    • Lucy and Other Hominids
  • Einstein Exonerated in Breakthrough Discovery

    July 1, 1999

    An international team of 31 astronomers, cooperating in what is called The Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP), has just produced the first positive identification of Einstein’s infamous cosmological constant.

    • TCM - Big Bang
    • Universe Design
    • TCM - Origin of the Universe
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang
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  • Blind Faith Fuels Origin-of-life Quest: A Report on ISSOL '99

    July 1, 1999

    The biological community’s mindlock on a natural-process origin of life seems to hold, but its irrationality becomes increasingly obvious with time.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Mars
    • Primordial Soup
    • Panspermia
    • First Life on Earth
    • Extremophiles
  • Interview with student volunteers

    July 1, 1999

    Two collegians, Micah Lott and Sarah McGee, gave Reasons To Believe an invaluable gift this past summer: their time, their energy, and their talents. They worked—without pay—as part of the RTB team, furthering the projects of the ministry. We thought you might enjoy learning about these young people and about their unique contributions.

    • Testimonies
  • President's Laptop - July 1999

    July 1, 1999

    Have you ever been bored in church or Sunday School? How about your kids? Yes, I have been and, yes, mine have been. I have to ask myself, “Why?” especially since God and His Word are anything but boring.

    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Logic
    • Philosophy of Science
    • People of Faith
    • General Apologetics
    • Bible Difficulties
  • Relativity Reaffirms Creation Doctrine

    July 1, 1999

    Though Christians sometimes mistake relativity (a physics term) for relativism (a philosophical term), relativity powerfully testifies of divine creation.1 How? Einstein’s theory of general relativity tells us that space, time, matter and energy all have a finite beginning, a statement uniquely consistent with the biblical doctrine of creation.2 In one sense, to affirm the equations of general relativity is to affirm the Christian’s confidence in the reliability of Scripture and, thus, of its salvation message.

    • Universe Design
    • Big Bang
    • TCM - Origin of the Universe
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Astronomy and the Bible
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  • Ancient Tree Answers Challenge to Genesis One

    April 1, 1999

    Secularists have openly and vociferously mocked the biblical creation account for placing the origin of "trees, seed, and fruit" as early as the third creation day. Biblical apologists point out that the ancient Hebrew words for "tree," "seed," and "fruit" are more broadly defined than we English readers assume as we study our translations.1 Hebrew linguists argue that any large plant containing fiber and producing some kind of food for its embryos would fit the words used in the text. Since such plants date far back in the fossil record, the claim of a contradiction between the biblical record and the scientific record seems questionable at best.

    • Speciation Events
    • Life Design
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Creation "Days"
  • A Twin or Not a Twin?

    April 1, 1999

    All the star-planet systems discovered so far represent extremely hostile environments for life. GAS GIANTS such as Jupiter lack the capacity to support life.

    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • Habitable Planets
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Symbiosis- More Complex Than We Knew

    April 1, 1999

    Biological symbiosis, the mutual dependence of two species on each other (such as bees and flowers) for survival, has often been cited as evidence supporting divine design. Symbiosis demands that two different but uniquely compatible species arise at the same time and in the same place with the morphological structures in place to support the interdependence.

    • TCM - Life Design
    • Speciation Events
    • Symbiosis
    • Life Design
  • Mutations Exceed Expectations

    April 1, 1999

    For the first time, geneticists have measured the proportion of harmful mutations arising in one generation of advanced species. The numbers are staggering.10,11 The harmful mutation rate among chimpanzees, gorillas, and humans is so high as to put all three species a1 risk for relatively rapid extinction. These findings call into question the naturalists' proposal that old, primitive species evolve naturally and gradually into new. advanced species.

    • TCM - Biochemical Design
    • TCM - Life Design
    • Speciation Events
    • Life Design
    • TCM - Speciation
    • Molecular Evolution
    • Biochemical Design
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  • "Evil" Argues for "Good"

    April 1, 1999

    In the last issue of Connections, I began to address this familiar objection to the Christian faith: How does the Christian account for the existence of "natural evil" (the tragedy of destruction and death such as hurricanes and earthquakes cause) in a universe supposedly created by an all-loving, all-powerful God? In this issue I want to discuss how a Christian can turn this question around and challenge the questioner. The notion of evil, far from disproving God, can actually be used as an argument in favor of the existence of God, the biblical God.

    • Problem of Evil
  • Wheat Tells a Story of Beginnings

    January 1, 1999

    DNA “fingerprinting” helps with investigations beyond the criminal courtroom. In one recent case, this research technique was applied to the study of agriculture’s origin, and the results provide a significant corroboration of biblical historicity. According to that study, which compared the genes of wild wheat to those of cultivated wheat, the earliest domestication of grain occurred near the Karacadag Mountains, in southeast Turkey, where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers run close together.1

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • TCM - Human Origins
    • Origin of Agriculture/Human Civilization
    • Molecular Evolution
    • Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth
    • Human Origins and the Bible
  • A Second Opinion on the Giant Panda's Thumb

    January 1, 1999

    If you have encountered Stephen Gould’s famous critique of Christianity, you will be glad to know that it has been contradicted in recent months by the work of six Japanese biologists.

    • TCM - Life Design
    • Speciation Events
    • Morphological Evolution
    • Transitional Forms
    • Macro vs. Micro Evolution
    • Life Design
  • The Heavens Resound with a Message for Mankind

    January 1, 1999

    Three astronomers have discovered yet another of the many delicate balances operating in our solar system, balances that protect life on this planet.

    • Habitable Planets
    • Solar System Design
    • Galaxy Design
    • TCM - Cosmic Design
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Earth/Moon Design
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