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  • The Next Chapter in Today’s New Reason to Believe

    September 2, 2011

    Today’s New Reason to Believe (TNRTB) began as a way to back up RTB scholars’ claim that new scientific discoveries affirming the Christian faith appear daily in the scientific literature. This feature has been a pivotal tool for helping RTB stay on top of cutting-edge science, as well as a way to deliver fresh content to our subscribers and website visitors.

  • Sulfur Caused Early Life to Sprout

    August 31, 2011

    Researchers made headlines recently when they announced the discovery of evidence for fossilized sulfur-metabolizing microbes.1 Although sulfur is often associated with death and destruction, this latest work indicates it played a key role in allowing life to thrive on early Earth. The data indicates that sulfur-loving organisms existed on our planet, around 3.4 billion years ago.

    • First Life on Earth
  • Milankovitch Cycle Design

    August 29, 2011

    We all know friends and relatives who exhibit frequent, large mood cycles. In some cases, the cycles can be so extreme as to make maintaining a normal life challenging.

    • Earth/Moon Design
    • Extrasolar Planets
  • Bioinformatics and a Literal Adam and Eve

    August 26, 2011

    One of the hottest debates among evangelicals today centers on the question of whether there was a literal Adam and Eve. Some believers adhere to theistic evolution, which rejects the notion that humanity descended from a single man (Adam) and a single woman (Eve) as Scripture describes. This view instead accepts the evolutionary paradigm, including its hypothesis that humanity emerged from a population of at least 10,000 individuals.

    • Adam & Eve
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  • Speaking of Adam and Eve: Study of Languages Supports Biblical Account of Human Origins

    August 23, 2011

    Did Adam and Eve exist? A number of evangelical Christian are now arguing that they didn’t.

    • Adam & Eve
    • Historical Adam
  • The Darkest Galaxy

    August 22, 2011

    In Job 38:19–20, God challenges Job and his friends with these queries, “Where does darkness reside? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?” Thousands of years later, we know that the book of Job got it right. Darkness is not merely the absence of light. It is a variety of substances with specific geographical locations in the universe.

    • Universe Design
    • Particle Physics
    • Origin of the Universe
  • Going to Church Helps You Stay Clean

    August 19, 2011

    In previous Today’s New Reason to Believe posts, I talked about the benefits of church attendance, including fewer mood disorders and longer life, and about how those with positive attitudes towards Christianity proved to be generally happier than their peers. In this article, I will discuss the church’s impact on substance abuse.

    • Christian Life
  • “Sins of the Father” Revisited

    August 17, 2011

    Sin has consequences and not just for the individual committing the acts of sin. Tragically, many times children and grandchildren suffer from the ill-conceived actions of their parents and grandparents, respectively.

    • Bible Difficulties
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  • Sunspot Cycle and Human Health

    August 15, 2011

    For thousands of years, medical practitioners have speculated that human maladies might be correlated with environmental cycles. For example, certain times of the night and certain phases of the moon were thought to be riskier for patients than other times. Modern research, however, has failed to confirm the significance of any such correlations—that is, until just three months ago.

    • Solar System Design
  • Straight Thinking Highlights

    August 12, 2011

    We’re taking a break from the usual Today’s New Reason to Believe format to bring you highlights from Kenneth Samples’ podcast, Straight Thinking. As RTB’s resident philosopher/theologian, Kenneth fulfills the important task of keeping the ministry’s science apologetics grounded in sound logic and solid theology. Through Straight Thinking, he applies critical thinking and the historic Christian worldview to a unique range of topics from the Trinity to American current affairs.

  • Can Evolution Outpace Climate Change?

    August 8, 2011

    In sports, a slow reaction time can prove devastating for players. Think of a batter facing a pitcher’s fastball or a goalie trying to block a puck or a NASCAR driver attempting to avoid a collision. In biology, being slow to change can be devastating for a species—and the naturalistic worldview.

    • Macro vs. Micro Evolution
  • Dinosaur Blood Revisited, Part 2 (of 2)

    August 6, 2011

    Young-earth creationists claim research on Tyrannosaurus rex bones supports their case for a young earth. Former Answers in Genesis leader Carl Wieland has been particularly adamant that this research, led by Mary Schweitzer in 2005, confirms young-earth creationism. According to Wieland, Schweitzer’s team found blood vessels and cells in the bone fossils. However, a closer look at Schweitzer’s papers reveals a different story.

    • Dinosaurs
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  • Dinosaur Blood Revisited, Part 1 (of 2)

    August 3, 2011

    On March 25, 2005, Science magazine reported the discovery of soft tissue in the leg bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex.1 The study was conducted by a team of paleontologists led by Dr. Mary Schweitzer, the scientist who found blood cell remnants in a T. rex bone in 1997. According to the research paper, the soft tissue contains morphological objects that appear to be blood vessels, blood cells, and bone cells.

    • Dinosaurs
  • Choosing a Christian College

    August 1, 2011
    • Education
  • Dinosaur Blood?

    August 1, 2011

    Some creationists claim scientists have found dinosaur blood—actual red blood cells—in the bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex. This, they say, is proof of a recent creation. They argue dinosaur bone should be completely fossilized if it is millions of years old, but the discovery of blood cells in “fresh” bone proves dinosaur remains are only a few thousand years old.

    • Dinosaurs
  • Dollo’s Law at Home with a Creation Model

    July 31, 2011

    In other words, there’s an irreversible quality to life. Most evolutionary biologists believe there is an irreversibility to the evolutionary process as well. In fact this idea is codified in what is called Dollo’s law, which states that an organism cannot return, even partially, to a previous evolutionary stage occupied by one of its ancestors.

    • Adam & Eve
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  • RTB’s Position on Dinosaurs

    July 29, 2011

    Here at Reasons To Believe (RTB) we often receive questions from people wanting to know our position on popular topics such as dinosaurs. In response to these queries, we launched RTB 101, a collection of webpages designed to offer a concise response to a number of the most common questions and to provide links to articles, videos, and podcasts for more in-depth study.

    • Dinosaurs and the Bible
  • Operon Synteny Brings Order to the Case for Intelligent Design, Part 2 (of 2)

    July 27, 2011

    Some researchers say that birth order plays an important role in shaping personality, intelligence, and even sexuality.

    • Molecular Evolution
  • Resolving Faint Sun Paradoxes, Part 3

    July 25, 2011

    In part 1 of this series, I defined the faint young Sun paradox and described how, in the 1970s and 1980s, astronomers and physicists concluded that volcanic gas emissions pumped enough extra carbon dioxide into the early Earth’s atmosphere to sufficiently enhance the atmosphere’s greenhouse effect so as to compensate for the lower solar luminosity. In part 2, I explained how research teams discovered complications that made the faint Sun paradox seem unresolvable.

    • Solar System Design
    • Astronomy and the Bible
  • Timing Is Everything

    July 22, 2011

    They say slow and steady wins the race, and that’s especially true of human developmental timing. Turns out that, in terms of development, humans are like the tortoise that started the race late and slow—yet still won!

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