Where Science and Faith Converge


  • TNRTB Classic: Searching for Dark Energy

    May 10, 2012

    Earlier this week, I commented on dark energy’s impact on the fine-tuning argument for a Creator. For years, astronomers have hoped for direct detection of dark energy and the other dark “stuff” of the universe.

    • Universe Design
  • Honing in on Dark Energy Design

    May 7, 2012

    The Supernova Cosmology Project has achieved the most precise measurement of the universe’s dark energy density. The team’s measurements also yield the strongest evidence yet that a cosmological constant provides the best explanation for dark energy.

    • Universe Design
    • Big Bang
  • TNRTB Classic: Awesome Science

    May 3, 2012

    On Monday I profiled four discoveries that, while they may not have an apologetics application, are just too cool or interesting to ignore. I’ve covered other such findings in previous TNRTB posts.

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Laws of Physics
  • More Cool Discoveries

    April 30, 2012

    Occasionally research shows up that may not have any immediate apologetics interest but falls into the “too-cool” category. This installment includes cave formations that track past earthquakes (and possibly predict future ones), light-harvesting hornet shells, a clock accurate to one second every million years, and self-healing, autonomous materials.

    • Laws of Physics
  • Article Highlight: An Old-Earth Creation Model for the Origin of Humanity

    April 26, 2012

    What is it to be human? This is an important question. Perhaps it is the most important question we could ever ask. The answer has profound and wide-ranging implications. In many respects, this question can’t be adequately addressed unless we examine a more fundamental question, “Where do humans come from?”

    • Theistic Evolution
  • Did God Create Using Evolutionary Processes?

    April 23, 2012

    American botanist Asa Gray was one of the first scientists in the United States to adopt and promote Darwin’s theory of biological evolution. Gray was also an orthodox Christian, who saw no conflict between a history of life on Earth that was the outworking of evolutionary processes and the Christian faith. Gray was perhaps one of the first people to espouse the view that has now come to be known as theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism).

    • Theistic Evolution
  • TNRTB Classic: Oxygenation Events

    April 19, 2012

    Humans and other large-bodied organisms, even some single-celled organisms, require free oxygen for survival. For most of Earth’s history, all the planet’s oxygen was locked away in other compounds.

    • Life Design
    • Geology and the Bible
  • A Hazy Atmosphere on Early Earth

    April 16, 2012

    Most scientists think Earth’s early atmosphere looked similar to that of today—dominated by nitrogen and carbon dioxide, largely transparent, and having clouds scattered across the globe. This view contrasts with RTB’s model where Earth’s early atmosphere was translucent (rather than transparent) such that the Sun, Moon, and stars could not be seen regularly from Earth’s surface. One recent paper provides some evidence that supports RTB’s model.

    • Geology and the Bible
  • A Universe from Nothing? A Critique of Lawrence Krauss' Book, Part 2

    April 12, 2012

    In his latest book, A Universe from Nothing, famed astrophysicist Lawrence M. Krauss claims to have shown why the latest physics proves that God is not necessary to explain the universe’s existence and features.

    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • A Universe from Nothing? A Critique of Lawrence Krauss' Book, Part 1

    April 9, 2012

    In his latest book, A Universe from Nothing, famed astrophysicist Lawrence M. Krauss claims to have shown why the latest physics proves that God is not necessary to explain the universe’s existence and features.

    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • RTB 101: Bad Designs Prove Good

    April 5, 2012

    On Monday I discussed a recent report on the human pupil and how the research shows that so-called “bad” designs are often, in fact, optimally designed. Although skeptics like to point to bad designs as evidence in favor of evolution, closer inspection and better data frequently reveal that these mechanisms are optimally engineered—a circumstance that favors a theistic view.

    • Bad Designs
  • Optical Illusion Exposes Reality of Design

    April 2, 2012

    Skeptics like to argue that so-called “bad” designs throughout nature disprove the existence or involvement of a supernatural Creator.

    • Bad Designs
  • Resource Highlight: Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

    March 29, 2012

    The events of Holy Week (Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday) form the backbone of Christian doctrine. In 1 Corinthians 15:14–19, the Apostle Paul points out the Resurrection’s vital importance to Christianity:

    • Resurrection
  • Of Weevils and Wasps: God’s Good Purpose in Animal Death

    March 26, 2012

    Recent reports from University of Tokyo scientists reveal more evidence for the good results produced by carnivorous activity.

    • Carnivorous Activity
    • Animal Death Before Adam
  • TNRTB Classic: Thinking Rightly about Global Warming

    March 22, 2012

    The heated exchanges in the global warming debate make it hard to sort out the legitimate science from the political propaganda. Yet determining the proper course of action requires sound data and a good understanding of how our actions today affect future conditions. Check out RTB 101 global warming page to appreciate what we know, what we don’t know, and how we can think rightly about this issue.

    • Global Warming
  • Combating Climate Change

    March 19, 2012

    We can mitigate a significant portion of the expected global warming in the next century without breaking the bank.

    • Global Warming
  • Curriculum Review: Middle School Astronomy: Real Science-4-Kids (Grades 5–8)

    March 15, 2012
    • Education
  • Why These 20 Amino Acids?

    March 12, 2012

    Biochemists have long puzzled over the 20 amino acids used to build proteins. Why these specific amino acids?

    • Biochemical Design
  • Reinforcing the Base of the Cosmological Distance Ladder

    March 10, 2012

    A team of scientists has provided support for RTB’s cosmic creation model by using a novel method to measure the distance to the Andromeda galaxy. Applying detailed measurements of the light intensity and spectra from an eclipsing binary (a two-star system that undergoes mutual eclipses) in Andromeda, the team made accurate determinations of the masses, radii, and temperatures of the binary components. This information yields an essentially complete picture of the system and allowed the scientists to determine a distance to Andromeda of 2.52 million light years with 6% error. Using other binaries in Andromeda, the astronomers hope to reduce the error below 5%. Since Andromeda is over 10 times farther than the current source used to anchor the cosmological distance ladder, the overall error on all extragalactic distance measurement will be reduced by at least a factor of two. The increased accuracy of distance measurements further ensures that RTB’s cosmic creation model, which relies on accurate distance measurements, rests on a firm foundation.

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth
  • TNRTB Classic: Exoplanet Studies

    March 8, 2012

    Earlier this week, I reported on two new computer simulation studies that help reveal what makes our solar system so special.

    • Solar System Design
    • Extrasolar Planets

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