Where Science and Faith Converge


  • Defending Concordism

    July 16, 2012

    Since Reasons To Believe now ranks as the world’s leading organization promoting concordism and concordist apologetics, our views and mission are often misunderstood. In response to the new assault on concordism and against Reasons To Believe in particular, I have written a detailed review of the leading polemic against concordism: namely John Walton’s best-selling book, The Lost World of Genesis One, where he targets Reasons To Believe and me personally. In the review I not only respond to Walton’s declaration that “there is no biblical view of material origins,” but also for the first time in writing, I definitively articulate our concordist position and how we believe our perspective can be best applied to bring unchurched seekers and skeptics to faith in Jesus Christ.

    • Creation Miracles
    • Biblical Inerrancy
  • TNRTB Classic: Optimal Design by a Creator

    July 12, 2012

    A few days ago, I described new work that demonstrates the optimal design of the cell’s metabolism. Many other features of the cell’s chemistry are optimized as well. In fact, optimality is a defining feature of biomolecules and biochemical systems. In my view, this optimization evinces the Creator’s handiwork.

    • Biochemical Design
  • The Optimal Design of Metabolism

    July 9, 2012

    One of the biggest shocks I experienced when we moved from Cincinnati to the Los Angeles area thirteen years ago was the traffic—and the complexity of the Southern California freeway system. (When you ask someone for directions, it sounds like a quarterback calling out signals at the line of scrimmage: take the 210 to the 57 to the 5 to the 55 to the... hut!)

    • Biochemical Design
  • TNRTB Classic: The Higgs Boson Detected

    July 6, 2012

    Nearly three years ago, I predicted that scientists would find the Higgs boson by the end of 2012. Well, news from the past week validated my “bold” statement. Now the focus shifts to the important task of measuring the properties of the newly discovered particle to see if they match those expected by particle physicists. I fully expect that these investigations will provide more evidence of the fine-tuned nature of this universe—fine-tuning it must have in order to support life.

    • Particle Physics
  • The Higgs Boson: Discovered or Nonexistent?

    July 2, 2012

    Scientists have finally discovered the Higgs boson—or have they?

    • Particle Physics
  • TNRTB Classic: The Greenhouse Effect

    June 28, 2012

    Earlier this week, RTB visiting scholar Kevin Birdwell wrote about the effects of water vapor in global warming. While previously thought to have a potentially significant impact on global warming, recent studies actually point to water vapor as another fine-tuned instrument used to balance Earth’s climate.

    • Global Warming
  • Climate Change: Warming and Water Vapor

    June 25, 2012

    The Greenhouse effect warms our global climate from a bone chilling 0°F (-17°C) to a mild 59°F (+15°C). This warming is largely caused by the combination of greenhouse gases and clouds, which capture and modify the behavior of heat in the atmosphere.

    • Global Warming
  • Defending Concordism: Response to The Lost World of Genesis One

    June 22, 2012

    Since its 2009 release, John H. Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One; Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate,1 has consistently ranked among the best-selling faith and science books. It has received glowing endorsements from prominent theologians such as N. T. Wright, Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, and scientists Francis Collins, founder of BioLogos and director of the National Institutes of Health, and Davis Young, professor emeritus of geology at Calvin College, all of whom identify themselves as theistic evolutionists or evolutionary creationists.

    • Creation Passages
    • Creation Miracles
    • Biblical Inerrancy
  • TNRTB Classic: Fine-tuned Oxygen Levels for Human Life

    June 21, 2012

    If oxygen is vital for humans, why does it comprise only 20 percent of the atmosphere? Studies of ancient charcoal formations show that the atmosphere contained an even greater (and more variable) fraction of oxygen a few hundred million years ago. However, the increased oxygen content led to a greater threat of massive fires. Humanity arrived on the scene when the oxygen fraction stabilized around the optimal value (for human life) of 20 percent. This just-right timing points to a supernatural Designer.

    • Geophysical Design
  • An Atmosphere Without Oxygen

    June 18, 2012

    Analysis performed on thousands of ancient continental rock reveals the complex interplay of geological and biological process that prepared Earth for human life.

    • Geophysical Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • TNRTB Classic: Cambrian Ecology and the Case for Creation

    June 14, 2012

    A few days ago, I wrote about a recent discovery that shows how the Cambrian explosion fits into the Genesis 1 creation account. Other discoveries about the Cambrian explosion represent a significant challenge for the evolutionary paradigm. When the Cambrian explosion took place, not only did complex, multicellular creatures suddenly appear, but also so did fully developed ecosystems.

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • The “Great Unconformity” and the Cambrian Explosion Conform to the Genesis 1 Creation Account

    June 11, 2012

    New work by geologists from the University of Wisconsin and Pomona College (Claremont, CA) provide added support for the scientific accuracy of the Genesis 1 creation account.

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • TNRTB Classic: Refocusing on the Moon

    June 7, 2012

    Monday’s TNRTB discussed the fine-tuned features of Earth’s celestial companion: the Moon. Previous NASA missions and scientific research revealed the Moon’s essential role in the balance of the solar system. Additional lunar missions could further establish the Moon’s vital role in supporting life on Earth, evidence that points to a caring Creator who designed the solar system and universe for human benefit.

    • Solar System Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Our Remarkable Moon

    June 4, 2012

    We had a rare opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20. Of course, looking directly into the Sun is never a good idea. So, using my telescope’s finder scope, Kathy and I projected the eclipse’s shadow onto a piece of paper in our driveway. The image was so precise we could see sunspots as the Moon passed over the Sun. Even better, the event gave us an opportunity to interact with our neighbors—the kids in particular enjoyed the impromptu science lesson.

    • Solar System Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • TNRTB Classic: Early Earth’s Atmosphere

    May 31, 2012

    On Monday, visiting scholar Kevin Birdwell discussed the importance of cloud cover in understanding Earth’s climate changes. The alterations to Earth’s temperature and atmosphere over the planet’s history greatly impact how we handle both current climate change and intelligent design issues.

    • Geophysical Design
  • Climate Change: Cool Clouds

    May 28, 2012

    Recent reports show a discrepancy between model-estimated cloud cover and actual cloud observations. Considering the role of cloud cover in regulating Earth’s temperature, it’s important to correct models so that they provide more accurate estimates.

    • Global Warming
  • TNRTB Classic: The Benefits of Bombardments

    May 24, 2012

    Collisions with large objects from within the solar system have occurred throughout Earth’s history. These impacts result directly from the processes that formed the Sun and planets. Many large collisions (in the first few hundred million years of Earth’s existence) liquefied the top couple of miles of our planet’s surface, sterilizing any life. Yet this era of bombardment actually prepared the way for advanced life by dramatically reducing the material in the solar system that could collide with Earth during the last 550 million years when multicellular life exploded onto the scene.

    • Solar System Design
  • Late Heavy Bombardment Slows to a Trickle

    May 21, 2012

    Evidence for an early period of intense meteoritic impacts on Earth continues to grow. From 4.1 to 3.8 billion years ago, these events would have regularly sterilized Earth’s surface.

    • Solar System Design
  • TNRTB Classic: Skeletons in the Cambrian Explosion

    May 17, 2012

    A few days ago, I wrote about a recent discovery that highlights the challenge that specific features of the Cambrian explosion pose for the evolutionary paradigm. This discovery is not the first of its kind. Over the last couple of decades a number of findings call attention to the difficulties the Cambrian explosion creates for the theory of evolution.

    • Cambrian Explosion
  • Pikaia Fossils Explode the Evolutionary Paradigm

    May 14, 2012

    A recent campaign by the Royal Ontario Museum to collect more fossils from the Burgess Shale site in the Canadian Rockies has added to the number of fossil specimens of a highly enigmatic creature called Pikaia gracilens.

    • Cambrian Explosion

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