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.
A Look Back at TNRTB
Starting in 2003, Hugh Ross and Fuz Rana posted brief summaries of research papers in which they saw some apologetics link to the Christian faith. Over the following months, these postings became a daily feature, giving readers the reference, a 3–5 sentence description of the paper and its apologetics value, and a listing of additional resources for further study. Hugh and Fuz, joined by Jeff Zweerink in August 2005, highlighted approximately 1,200 published research findings between January 2004 and May 2007.
The TNRTB feature changed substantially in May 2007. The summaries expanded to 500–1,500 word articles, allowing more complete descriptions of new discoveries and their relevance to Christianity. Scholars Kenneth Samples and Dave Rogstad joined the group of TNRTB authors, along with occasional guest writers.
Over the next four years, Ken’s posts focused on philosophical and theological issues rather than on scientific discoveries. Two of his most important contributions included a series on logic and another on end-times issues. Starting in 2011, Ken’s posts were incorporated into Reflections, a blog aimed at helping and challenging Christians to think carefully about the implications of their worldview.
From 2007–2011, Hugh, Fuz, and Jeff each wrote at least one TNRTB entry per week on a scientific advance of apologetics import. This effort translates to more than 200 articles per author.
Recent TNRTB Highlights
- Hugh: Naturally, Hugh pointed to many astronomical discoveries, such as this review piece on the search for “god particles.” But he also addressed other issues such as how research in the Persian Gulf supports the biblical account of humanity’s origin. Over the past three years, Hugh has deliberately focused on interdisciplinary research, including an explanation of how whales (the variety of species and their history) fit within a creation model.
- Fuz: As might be expected, Fuz wrote extensively on such topics as hominids and biochemical design. In fact, many of his TNRTBs found their way into his most recent book, Creating Life in the Lab. Discoveries leading to this book allowed Fuz to make a novel case for design based on the expertise required to generate life in a laboratory setting.
- Jeff: While Jeff did discuss a possible explanation for Moses’ parting of the sea, most of his articles aimed at astronomical findings related to extrasolar planets and the multiverse. Jeff also reported on how scientists mimic nature’s designs as their inspiration for technological advances.
- Dave: JPL physicist and RTB scholar Dave Rogstad also contributed a number of valuable articles to the TNRTB archive. Some described the evidence and implications of a particular scientific concept, such as extra dimension, and others highlighted how Christian principles have enabled effective scientific progress.
- Patricia: Our visiting scholar, biochemist Patricia Fanning, helped fill in for Jeff when his research work at UCLA intensified. Her six-part series discussing the outdated concept of “junk DNA” shows how this popular area of research provides evidence for design, rather than supporting the naturalists’ cause.
- Guests: Additionally, volunteer writers have contributed 75 articles from a wide variety of disciplines, including: psychiatry, optics, physics, theology, microbiology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, history, systems integration, molecular and cell biology, library science, philosophy, high-energy physics, surgery, and health care.
Over the past eight years, RTB scholars (both staff and volunteers) have studied and reported on 2,000+ scientific discoveries that augment the case for the biblical God as Creator and Designer of the universe and of all the life it contains. The quantity of research and writing certainly validates RTB’s long-standing claim that the scientific literature regularly abounds with evidence for the validity of the Christian faith.
This amazing productivity has also created what we consider a “good” problem. The recipients of our TNRTB articles have helped us realize we’re producing and disseminating “too much too fast.” We’re giving them more information than anyone can absorb and make effective use of. To put it another way, we’ve been filling water glasses with a fire hose.
As the ministry moves forward, we want to maximize our efforts in evangelism and equipping, the heart of our mission. On that basis, we’ve made the decision to reduce the number of the TNRTB articles we write. Starting Monday, September 5, each scientist—Hugh, Fuz, Jeff, and Patricia—will write one new TNRTB per month. On Thursdays, we will offer you a guest post or classic TNRTB article for review.
We plan to devote the time freed up to producing additional audio, video, and web content. This change will allow us to better serve you and, in doing so, become better stewards of the time and abilities God has given to us. We hope you will continue to enjoy the new and improved Today’s New Reason to Believe.