Where Science and Faith Converge


  • "Built-In" Causality Allows Universe's Habitability

    April 1, 2009

    You pluck out “duration” prior to finishing the popular jingle, but there’s far more to the comparison than merely space (length, width, height) versus time (duration). That fourth dimension is laden with implications about our very existence.

    • Universe Design
  • A Message from Minerals

    April 1, 2009

    One of my favorite words has been hijacked, thanks to Charles Darwin, and I want to bring it back to its original meaning. Evolution has always meant “change with respect to time,” which is a hallmark of divine creation. Cosmology exemplifies this point. Discoveries showing that the universe is neither infinitely old nor static in its conditions but rather continuously expanding and changing (i.e., evolving) since its beginning a finite time ago turned non-theistic cosmology upside down. Everything researchers learn about the universe’s unfolding features speaks of the cosmic creation event and of exquisite design specifically for humanity’s existence and benefit.

    • Geophysical Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Remembering Walter Martin

    April 1, 2009

    June 26, 2009, marks the twentieth anniversary of the death of an apologist who was well ahead of his time. Evangelical Baptist theologian Walter Ralston Martin (1928-1989) was a unique Christian thinker, scholar, and expert in the study of comparative religions.

    • People of Faith
  • Oxygen Prepares Earth for Advanced Life

    January 2, 2009

    Scientists may be unusual in this way but a time- and energy-intensive home addition offers a great chance to think about evolution and creation.

    • Geophysical Design
  • Exploring the Extent of the Flood: Part One

    January 1, 2009

    In my years of speaking and writing on science-faith issues, I’ve discovered only one topic that stirs more heated debate than the age of the universe or the days of creation, and that’s the Flood of Noah’s lifetime. Often this event is called the Genesis Flood, and yet multiple biblical passages, in addition to the initial narrative (Genesis 6–9), shed light on what occurred and why.

    • Noah's Flood
    • Geology and the Bible
    • Flood Geology
  • Where to Look for Earth's First Life

    January 1, 2009

    There’s a down side to earthquakes and mudslides far beyond what most people are aware of. Plate tectonics and erosion are responsible for destroying the fossilized remains of Earth’s first life. While chemical signatures confirm that life was abundant on Earth back to at least 3.8 billion years ago,1 these two forces seem to have wiped out fossils and fossil fragments older than 3.47 billion years—a significant loss.2

    • Life on Other Planets
    • First Life on Earth
  • Metabolism: A Cascade of Design

    January 1, 2009

    Charles Darwin’s view of the cell differed greatly from the picture we have today. Darwin held to the protoplasmic theory— the idea that the cell consists only of a wall surrounding a nucleus and a homogeneous, jelly-like protoplasm. Biologists at the time could readily envision chemical routes that could produce the single ingredient believed to form this jelly, making evolutionary explanations for life’s origin plausible.

    • Biochemical Design
  • God as the Source of Knowledge

    January 1, 2009

    Does the Bible indicate where knowledge comes from? Since evolutionary processes can’t guarantee true beliefs (see Kenneth Samples’ article, p. 3) naturalism as a worldview faces insurmountable problems. For its part, the historic Judeo-Christian worldview asserts that God is the author of truth, logic, and the laws of nature. They are part of the “invisible furniture” of the universe, finding their source in the Creator’s very being. God’s existence is the precondition to knowledge itself.

    • Logic
    • Image of God
    • Argument from Reason
  • Navigating Verbal Minefields

    January 1, 2009

    Are you an evolutionist or a creationist? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer may not be so easy. Like many words, factors like history and context come into play. As a historical example, if you asked someone anytime before 1859 if he were a creationist, he might say, “No, I’m a traducianist.” Huh? Well, for much of church history until the time of Darwin the origin of the soul (of which creationism and traducianism expressed different views) was a hot topic, just like the origin of everything is today.

    • General Apologetics
  • Galaxy Clusters Confirm Dark Energy

    January 1, 2009

    Growing up in the Midwest, I shoveled snow to earn spending money. The rate at which I cleared a sidewalk depended on two factors: how quickly I shoveled and how rapidly the snow fell. In fact, someone watching me shovel for a couple of minutes could evaluate the rate of snowfall based on how much snow covered the just-shoveled walkway. This picture––think galaxy cluster formation instead of snow accumulation––helps illustrate what astronomers have learned about the role of the mysterious, but highly fine-tuned dark energy in the universe.1

    • Universe Design
    • Galaxy Design
  • Darwin's Doubt

    May 5, 2008

    It may be surprising to learn that the father of modern evolutionary theory (1809–1882) had doubts about his proposed explanation for the diversity of life. Reflective by nature, Darwin worried about the philosophical implications of his biological theory. One concern was whether man’s cognitive, or, belief-producing faculties, which he believed had evolved from the lower animals, could be trusted to produce reliable, true beliefs about reality itself.

    • Naturalism
    • Consciousness
    • Argument from Reason
  • Exoplanets Lack Water

    March 16, 2007

    The first spectral observations of extrasolar planets provide additional support that the solar system was designed to support life. From a naturalistic perspective, one expects to find many planetary systems similar to our solar system. This view implies that the gas giants in these systems should contain abundant water similar to the amount found on Jupiter and Saturn. Contrary to these expectations, the first two spectral observations of extrasolar gas giants found no detectable water. These findings mirror results regarding the uniqueness, in orbital distance and eccentricity, of Jupiter and Saturn when compared to extrasolar planets. RTB’s cosmic creation model anticipates discoveries of this nature and attributes the uniqueness of the solar system in its capacity to support life to the work of a super-caring Creator.

    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Star Formation Peaks

    April 1, 2004

    Since the Bible predicted in considerable detail thousands of years ago that the universe possesses fundamental big bang features, scientific confirmations of such big bang features provide powerful evidence for the Christian faith. An astronomy research team developed a new test of the big bang by analyzing a hundred thousand nearby galaxies to determine the cosmic epoch at which star formation peaks. They determined that for the universe the peak of star formation occurred five billion years ago. They also found that the larger the mass of the galaxy, the earlier star formation peaks. Their findings not only confirm the big bang creation model, but they also establish that the dates for the star formation peak of the universe and for the Milky Way Galaxy both must be fine-tuned for intelligent life to be possible.

    • Universe Design

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