Where Science and Faith Converge


  • 3 Ways Planet Earth Stands Out

    March 24, 2016

    Is Earth special? A large fraction of the scientific community doesn’t think so. In fact, most have adopted the Copernican principle, believing that Earth’s capacity to support life is commonplace. However, a number of factors indicate that Earth may be rare (or possibly unique) in its capacity to support life—even among the 100 sextillion terrestrial planets in the observable universe, according to a recent paper.

    • Exoplanets
    • Astronomy
  • Why Are the Aliens Silent?

    March 21, 2016

    Are we alone? This question has intrigued humanity for millennia. Hollywood has made billions of dollars producing movies that speculate on the answer.

    • Exoplanets
    • Astronomy
  • Ultraviolet Light Illuminates More Problems for Chemical Evolution

    March 17, 2016

    When my wife and I visited Australia, our hosts warned us repeatedly to use sunscreen. The thinning ozone layer near the South Pole intensifies the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in Australia.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origin of Life
  • Beetles Inspire an Engineering Breakthrough

    March 14, 2016

    ... beetles (the insect, not the musicians) have offered their fair share of inspiration—at least in the engineering world. The latest contribution comes from the Namib Desert beetle (Stenocara gracilipes). Using the beetle’s shell as inspiration, a team of researchers from Virginia Tech (VT) recently developed a new type of frost-free surface.

    • Life Design
  • How Gravitational Waves Help Explain the Universe’s History

    March 10, 2016

    On February 11, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) research team announced that they had discovered gravitational waves.1 This remarkable achievement by the world’s most sensitive detector (over a 4 kilometer laser baseline, LIGO can detect a distortion in space-time as small as one-thousandth the diameter of an atomic nucleus) affirmed what many physicists consider the most significant prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity—namely, that gravitational disturbances emanate waves.

    • Universe Design
    • Origin of the Universe
  • Could Earth’s Toughest Life-Forms Survive on Mars?

    March 7, 2016

    Stranded on Mars and assumed dead, astronaut Mark Watney tells himself, “I’ve got to make water and grow food on a planet where nothing grows.” While The Martian is a work of fiction, it accurately depicts how difficult it is for life to survive on the red planet. But many real-world astrobiologists are convinced that life—or remnants of it—will eventually be discovered on Mars.

    • Life on Other Planets
  • 3 Ways Parents Can Encourage Their Aspiring Scientists

    March 3, 2016

    As my daughter, a high school senior, prepares for the next steps in her life, I’m noticing how my role in her life is changing as well. Now that she’s signed up for the SAT and thinking through her college choices, I’m acting more like a life coach than a boss.

    • Youth
    • Learning
  • Imago Dei and the Ethics of Gene Modification

    February 25, 2016

    To boldly go where no one has gone before—or not? That is the question when considering whether we should dabble in genetic engineering. I have been a Trekkie since the early ’70s when I watched Star Trek alone in my parents’ bedroom—since no one else in my family was interested.

    • Stem Cells
    • Cloning
  • Do Christian Creeds Support a Calendar-Day View of Creation?

    February 23, 2016

    One of the most divisive issues in the church today is how to interpret the first chapters of Genesis. What are the lengths of the creation days? What is the age of the earth? These questions are not new. The church has been wrestling over these issues for nearly 2,000 years.

    • Historical Theology
    • Creeds
    • Creation "Days"
  • Discovery of Gravitational Waves Affirms Einstein’s Theory

    February 15, 2016

    As black holes move through space, the intense gravitational fields warp the fabric of space-time, creating ripples called gravitational waves. Although a wealth of observational evidence indicates black holes exist, the crucial gravitational waves predicted by GR have eluded scientists for over a century—until now.

    • Relativity
    • Einstein
  • A Periodic Table for Protein Structures Reveals Biochemical Design

    February 11, 2016

    In 1869, Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev devised the periodic table of elements. He discovered that ordering the chemical elements according to atomic number exposed periodic trends in the elements’ chemical and physical behavior. This periodicity allows scientists to make sense of the bewildering complexity of chemical systems and provides them with a user-friendly framework to organize and predict chemical and physical properties.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Phosphorus No Help for Chemical Evolution

    February 8, 2016

    In their attempts to support a naturalistic origin-of-life scenario, these researchers have demonstrated the critical role an intelligent agency must play in life's genesis...

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
  • The Role of Short-Lived Radioisotopes in Creating Life

    February 4, 2016

    Have you thanked God for short-lived radioisotopes today? You should. Because our solar system was exposed to a huge abundance of short-lived radioisotopes (SLRs) at the time of its birth, primordial Earth was transformed from being rich in volatiles (gases and liquids) and poor in refractories (heavy elements resistant to heat and wear) to being exactly the opposite. This transformation made it possible for Earth to become a home for advanced life. Praise be to God!

    • Solar System Design
    • Earth/Moon Design
  • Recent Research Strengthens the Creation-Friendly Grand Tack Model

    February 1, 2016

    Last month I wrote an article describing how the Grand Tack model explains the orbital configurations of all eight planets and all five asteroid and comet belts in our solar system. The heart of this model is an inward migration of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune where, at different times, each planet stops moving inward, proceeds to migrate outwards, and finally settles into its present stable orbit.

    • Solar System Design
  • The Lab: Preparing a New Generation of Leaders in Science

    January 28, 2016

    Science can be a legitimate Christian calling and God has specially gifted certain young people with natural abilities in science, mathematics, and engineering. We want to be strategically and supernaturally connected to these future leaders.

    • Youth
    • Learning
  • Answering FAQs on Vaccine Safety

    January 25, 2016

    My previous article titled "Vaccine Safety and Loving Our Neighbors" generated some ardent reader responses. In this follow-up article I would like to acknowledge and address many of these responses, especially those from readers who expressed concern over the evidence for vaccine effectiveness and safety.

    • Christian Life
  • Did Mars Ever Have Liquid Water?

    January 21, 2016

    In recent years, the question of Mars has shifted from whether it hosts advanced life (an idea shown to be futile) to whether it hosts water.

    • Mars
  • Is the Peer Review Process Advancing Science?

    January 18, 2016

    In today's society, we often look to science as an unbiased source of truth, regulated by the peer review process. Unfortunately, the phenomenon of publication bias—well-documented in the scientific literature—permeates a variety of scientific studies.

    • Worldviews
  • How Face Mites Support the Biblical Account of Human Origins

    January 14, 2016

    It's a little gross to consider, but every one of us has mites that live in our hair follicles. Most of the mites are found near our cheeks, nose, forehead, eyebrows, and eyelashes.

    • Adam & Eve
  • Is the Solar System Too Fine-Tuned for Modern Science?

    January 7, 2016

    All standard planetary formation models, when applied to the solar system, are stymied by the Mars Problem. The most sophisticated planetary system models can explain the masses and orbits of the solar system’s four gas giant planets, Mercury, Venus, and Earth. According to these models, however, Mars should be as massive as, or a little more massive than, Earth—but it’s not; and the main belt of asteroids should include a few bodies as massive or nearly as massive as Mars1—but it doesn’t.

    • Solar System Design

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