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  • TNRTB Classic: Looking Beyond Earth

    November 10, 2011

    On Monday, we saw one way naturalists are looking beyond Earth to explain—independent of a supernatural Creator—the origin of life. For this week’s classic TNRTB I recommend reviewing my article “Could Impacts Jump-Start the Origin of Life?” for a critical assessment of one research team’s attempts to use both terrestrial and extraterrestrial solutions to offer a strictly naturalistic account for life’s emergence.

    • First Life on Earth
  • Homochirality and the Origin of Life

    November 7, 2011

    Life requires homochirality in certain molecules. When scientists failed to demonstrate a naturalistic explanation for homochirality via terrestrial chemical pathways, they turned to astronomical mechanisms. However, research continues to prove fruitless and instead, makes it clear that supernatural design is a much better explanation for the existence of life-essential homochirality.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • TNRTB Classic: Martin Luther's Paradigm Shift

    November 3, 2011

    Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church paradigm

    • Historical Theology
  • Explore Evolution: A High School Textbook Review

    November 1, 2011
    • Education
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  • The Worldview of Continuity

    October 31, 2011

    Did you ever have what you thought was a new idea—only to discover someone had beaten you to it?

    • Worldviews
  • TNRTB Classic: Bioinformatics and a Literal Adam and Eve

    October 27, 2011

    Monday’s TNRTB focused on contradictions between predictions produced using bioinformatics and the fossil record. Bioinformatics is an important field, with major implications for creation-evolution debates, that we have only recently begun to explore at Reasons To Believe. Our first article on this topic is available at the link below.

    • Adam & Eve
  • TNRTB Classic: Extrasolar Planets

    October 20, 2011

    Astronomers continue to detect an increasing number of extrasolar planets. These discoveries may seem like a threat to the RTB creation model, but we expected such findings and anticipate that continuing studies will further affirm the position that a supernatural Creator fashioned Earth for human life.

    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Star Wars-Like Planet Discovered

    October 17, 2011

    For the first time astronomers have detected a planet orbiting a binary star. Since most Sun-like stars form in binary systems, this discovery could possibly increase the number of potentially earthlike planets that might exist in our galaxy. However, though there are more planets in the galaxy than originally thought, Earth’s extensive fine-tuned development requirements indicate that few, if any, exoplanets will support life.

    • Extrasolar Planets
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  • TNRTB Classic: Explaining Homochirality

    October 13, 2011

    On Monday I wrote about researchers’ recent attempt to account for the origin of homochirality. This latest work is just one in a series of failed scenarios.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • One More Crack in the Mirror: Misplaced Hope in the Latest Model for the Origin of Life

    October 9, 2011

    Many of us are told that compelling scientific evidence exists for the emergence of life from inanimate matter via chemical evolution (also known as abiogenesis). Proponents some times defend this claim by pointing out in biology textbooks descriptions of laboratory experiments that simulate the chemical reactions on the early Earth.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origins of Life
  • Coming to Grips with the Early Church Fathers’ Perspective on Genesis, Part 5 (of 5)

    October 6, 2011

    I enjoyed chess during high school. The rules are simple yet the game is exceedingly complex and challenging. Unlike in most games, a direct assault is rarely a good idea. Instead, the best approach is to slowly maneuver your pieces into a strategic position. Only after everything is in place is it time to spring your trap and seize your opponent’s chess pieces.

    • Creation Passages
    • Church Fathers
  • Milky Way Galaxy’s Midlife Crisis

    October 3, 2011

    In trying to explain the fine-tuning of the Sun’s age, I will sometimes tell an audience that stars are like people. They are unstable when young and when old. Only when the Sun is almost exactly middle-aged does it manifest the stable conditions required for advanced life.

    • Galaxy Design
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  • Genomic Data, the Fossil Record, and Bioinformatics

    October 3, 2011

    Scientists observe that the number of new species to emerge in the recent past (last few million years) is dramatically lower than expected, causing inconsistency with predictions based on genomic data. Here we discuss the root causes of this inconsistency in the evolutionary paradigm and how these findings are better accommodated by the Reasons To Believe creation model.

    • Speciation Events
  • Coming to Grips with the Early Church Fathers’ Perspective on Genesis, Part 4 (of 5)

    September 29, 2011

    Lee Strobel opens his book The Case for Christ by describing a criminal case that he covered as the legal editor for the Chicago Tribune.1 James Dixon was accused of shooting a Chicago police sergeant. There were eyewitnesses, a motive, and the injuries on the officer. They even found Dixon’s gun with one bullet fired. To add to it all, Dixon actually confessed. An open-and-shut case. Or was it? It took two words—“pen gun”—from an informant to turn the entire case upside down. (A “pen gun” is a small gun disguised as a simple pen.)

    • Creation Passages
    • Church Fathers
  • Hidden in Plain Sight

    September 26, 2011

    I have a tendency to lose my reading glasses. Yet (with my husband’s help), I usually discover that they are in plain sight. Researchers may have felt like this recently when they discovered that a supposed pseudogene—which they have been aware of since the 1980s—is in fact a functional gene.

    • Junk DNA
  • Coming to Grips with the Early Church Fathers’ Perspectives on Genesis, Part 3 (of 5)

    September 22, 2011

    Crime investigation shows like CSI remain popular on TV. The typical episode has investigators reconstruct a crime based on the evidence left at the scene. This involves careful examination, methodical lab analysis, scientific deductions, and thoughtful conclusions. Discovering even minute clues can help demonstrate the guilt or innocence of the client.

    • Creation Passages
    • Church Fathers
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  • “Hurry Up and Wait” Pattern in the Fossil Record Supports Creation Model

    September 19, 2011

    Many people maintain that the fossil record (a record of life’s history) supports the evolutionary paradigm.

    • Transitional Forms
  • Coming to Grips with the Early Church Fathers’ Perspective on Genesis, Part 2 (of 5)

    September 15, 2011

    Radio host Paul Harvey was famous for his ability to tell compelling stories, often stopping for a commercial break and leaving the audience waiting breathlessly during the long pause. He always returned with his trademark phrase, “And now for the rest of the story.”

    • Creation Passages
    • Church Fathers
  • Body Size and Extinction Risk

    September 12, 2011

    The high school rugby I team I played for had by far the lowest average body mass of any team in the Vancouver school district. To get some idea how puny we were, I was the second biggest player on the team! As we watched our much-larger opponents get off their bus, our coach would encourage us by saying, “Remember, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.”

    • Macro vs. Micro Evolution
  • Coming to Grips with the Early Church Fathers’ Perspective on Genesis, Part 1 (of 5)

    September 8, 2011

    Understanding early Jewish and Christian interpretations of Genesis’ opening chapters has been a passionate pursuit of mine for the last five years. This is a very difficult and complex topic, but one that can yield important insights into the contemporary debate over the age of the earth. Given my background, a friend asked me to review Coming to Grips with Genesis, a new young-earth creationist book edited by Terry Mortenson and Thane H. Ury.

    • Church Fathers
    • Creation Passages
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