Where Science and Faith Converge


  • 3 Surprising New Exoplanet Finds

    December 16, 2013

    New exoplanet discoveries continue to make headlines. Recent studies identified the presence of water in the atmospheres of five hot-Jupiter planets. Data from Kepler revealed a hot-Earth planet that should not exist given its size and orbital location. Direct observations found a planet orbiting a different star, but again its orbital location makes its existence hard to explain. These discoveries highlight the tremendous advances in exoplanet hunting as well as the diversity of planet configurations.

    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Comparison of Human and Chimpanzee Stem Cells Reveals Genetic Differences

    December 12, 2013

    Researchers from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego identified a key genetic difference between humans and chimpanzees when they compared gene expression patterns in induced pluripotent stem cells from both primates. They observed higher levels of expression in the human genome for two genes that repress the movement of the retrotransposon, LINE-1—a type of DNA that moves around the genome. Even though humans and chimpanzees display significant genetic similarities, they also exhibit significant genetic differences in accord with the Genesis 2 creation account.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
  • Was Charles Darwin a Confident Evolutionist?

    December 5, 2013

    It may be surprising to learn that the father of modern evolutionary theory had doubts about his proposed explanation for life’s diversity. In an article entitled “Darwin’s Doubt,” I address Charles Darwin’s worries about the philosophical implications of his biological theory.

    • Argument from Reason
  • Curriculum Review: Science in the Beginning

    December 1, 2013
    • Education
  • Archetype or Ancestor? Sir Richard Owen and the Case for Design

    December 1, 2013

    Geneticist and evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900–1975) once wrote that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”

  • Thankful for Comets

    November 28, 2013

    Gazing upon the night sky during this holiday season may bring a glimpse of a comet that could put on an impressive display. Through Thanksgiving week, comet ISON (known as C/2012 S1 in more formal lingo) will head toward the Sun. If it survives the pass around the Sun without disintegrating, the comet may end up visible with the naked eye in through late December.

    • Solar System Design
  • Multiverse Musings: Is It Testable?

    November 25, 2013

    People regularly question whether the multiverse belongs in the arena of scientific investigation. The answers often center on a key query: Is the multiverse testable?

    • Multiverse
  • TNRTB Classic: Removing Language Barriers in Bible Translation

    November 21, 2013

    Each human language has strengths and weaknesses. The size of its vocabulary gives English great strength. Nearly 4 million words (including species names and biochemical terms) compare to just several thousand each in biblical Hebrew and Greek. This great strength is also a weakness...

    • Bible Difficulties
  • Biblical Genealogies Revisited: Further Evidence of Gaps

    November 18, 2013

    Calculations based on genealogies recorded in Genesis 5, 10, and 11 help form the foundation for the belief in a young earth. However, guest writers Dan Dyke and Hugh Henry argue that the relationships listed in these genealogies may indicate more general ancestor-descendant relationships (rather than parent-child relationships), thus implying that there are gaps in the genealogies that render them unreliable for determining a creation date.

    • Genealogies
  • High Levels of Pseudogene Expression Help Silence the Case for Common Descent

    November 14, 2013

    Based on a study of cells derived from 13 different tissue types, researchers have demonstrated that pseudogenes are expressed at high levels. These high levels of expression indicate the central importance of pseudogenes in cell differentiation and the progression of cancers. As researchers continue to uncover function for pseudogenes, their interpretation as molecular fossils in the genomes becomes less tenable.

    • Junk DNA
  • Global Distribution of Herpes Simplex Virus Supports Biblical Account of Human Origins

    November 11, 2013

    According to a recent study, the genetic variability of a worldwide sample of type I herpes simplex viral strains (HSV-1) provides independent support for the Out-of-Africa hypothesis for human origins—and along with it, added credibility for the biblical account of humanity’s beginnings.

    • Adam & Eve
  • Was B. B. Warfield a Theistic Evolutionist? Part 2

    November 7, 2013

    In recent years, the interpretation of theologian B. B. Warfield as a theistic evolutionist has gained popularity—but there is good justification for questioning this assertion. In this two-part article series, I will explore the compelling reasons to doubt the validity of this view of Warfield.

    • People of Faith
  • Was B. B. Warfield a Theistic Evolutionist? Part 1

    November 4, 2013

    In recent years, the interpretation of theologian B. B. Warfield as a theistic evolutionist has gained popularity—but there is good justification for questioning this assertion. In this two-part article series, I will explore the compelling reasons to doubt the validity of this view of Warfield.

    • People of Faith
  • The Road Less Traveled Is Not for Ants

    October 28, 2013

    In the field of biomimetics, scientists study biological systems in the hopes of using what they learn to help improve human civilization. For example, a recent study of ants’ foraging behavior opened up an opportunity to enhance solutions to dynamic problems such as the closure of an airport, road, or manufacturing plant. This kind of research also carries implications for the debate between creation and evolution.

    • Life Design
  • Cool Discovery: Mountains Moved by Lightning

    October 24, 2013

    Lightning, as fleeting as it may be, shapes the land around us. Although many processes weather the landscape, a recent paper published in the journal Geomorphology demonstrates that rock formations of a particular shape and signature were thought to result dominantly from cold temperatures.

    • Geophysical Design
  • Planet Imaged Wandering in Space

    October 21, 2013

    Planet formation occurs readily throughout the galaxy—but that does not mean that solar systems like ours are equally abundant. The last 20 years of exoplanet studies highlight the numerous ways that the formation of planets around stars, other than the Sun, results in planetary systems incapable of hosting life.

    • Solar System Design
  • Pseudoenzymes Make Real Case for Intelligent Design

    October 17, 2013

    Skeptics often point to so-called bad designs in biochemical systems, such as pseudoenzymes, as a reason to reject intelligent design. Several recent discoveries, however, indicate that pseudoenzymes play a number of critical roles inside the cell. As is often the case, more complete understanding of biochemical structure and function reveals the cell’s elegant chemistry evincing a Creator’s role in bringing life into existence.

    • Bad Designs
  • Resurrected Proteins and the Case for Biological Evolution

    October 14, 2013

    Recently, a team of researchers from Spain resurrected a 4-billion-year-old version of a protein that belongs to a class of proteins known as thioredoxins. The ability to resurrect ancient proteins using principles integral to the evolutionary paradigm is the type of advance that many scientists point to as evidence for biological evolution. In this article, I discuss how this work can be seamlessly accommodated within a creation/design paradigm.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Climate Sensitivity, Part 2

    October 10, 2013

    The determination of climate sensitivity—broadly speaking, the sensitivity of Earth’s climate to changes in energy inputs and outputs—is an important, though tricky area of research. Could scientific knowledge about climate sensitivity suggest something about the design of Earth?

    • Global Warming
  • Climate Sensitivity, Part 1

    October 7, 2013

    A core goal in climate research today is the determination of climate sensitivity. That is, how sensitive is Earth’s climate to changes in energy inputs and outputs? Is the planet’s equilibrium temperature alarmingly sensitive or relatively insensitive to the additions of greenhouse gases in particular and other warming factors in general? What controls Earth’s climate sensitivity? Might these factors suggest something about the design of the Earth?

    • Global Warming

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