Reasons to Believe

Dr. Fazale Rana
Executive Vice President of Research & Apologetics

I watched helplessly as my father died a Muslim. Though he and I would argue about my conversion, I was unable to convince him of the truth of the Christian faith.

I became a Christian as a graduate student studying biochemistry. The cell's complexity, elegance, and sophistication coupled with the inadequacy of evolutionary scenarios to account for life's origin compelled me to conclude that life must stem from a Creator. Reading through the Sermon on the Mount convinced me that Jesus was who Christians claimed Him to be: Lord and Savior.

Still, evangelism wasn't important to me - until my father died. His death helped me appreciate how vital evangelism is. It was at that point I dedicated myself to Christian apologetics and the use of science as a tool to build bridges with nonbelievers.

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence - evidence that is being uncovered day after day - for God's existence and the reliability of Scripture.

[...] I dedicated myself to Christian apologetics and the use of science as a tool to build bridges with nonbelievers.

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Fazale "Fuz" Rana discovered the fascinating world of cells while taking chemistry and biology courses for the premed program at West Virginia State College (now University). As a presidential scholar there, he earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry with highest honors. He completed a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Ohio University, where he twice won the Donald Clippinger Research Award. Postdoctoral studies took him to the Universities of Virginia and Georgia. Fuz then worked seven years as a senior scientist in product development for Procter & Gamble.

Research in biochemistry provided Fuz with the initial evidence that life must have been created. Although he recognized the work of a designer, he did not know the designer's identity. An acquaintance's challenge to read the Bible led him to believe that the God of the Bible is that Designer. Eventually, concern for the supposed incompatibility of science and Scripture led Fuz to Reasons to Believe (RTB).

Today Fuz travels widely, speaking on science-and-faith issues at churches, business firms, and universities. He also participates in RTB's podcasts and daily blog, Today's New Reason to Believe, and has made guest appearances on The John Ankerberg Show, The Harvest Show, and Newsmakers (hosted by Jerry Rose on Total Living Network). Fuz also lectures for the Master of Science and Religion program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University.

Since joining RTB as Executive Vice President of Research and Apologetics, Fuz has authored and coauthored the books Origins of Life, Who Was Adam?, The Cell's Design, and, most recently, Creating Life in the Lab. Additionally, Fuz has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, Biochemistry, Applied Spectroscopy, FEBS Letters, Journal of Microbiological Methods, and Journal of Chemical Education. He has made presentations at numerous international scientific meetings, coauthored a chapter on antimicrobial peptides for Biological and Synthetic Membranes, and holds two patents.

A native of West Virginia, Fuz loves blues and southern and country rock music, particularly Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Johnny Winter, and Blind Willie Johnson. He roots for the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals, enjoys playing fantasy football, baseball, and basketball with his RTB colleagues, and likes reading Shakespeare - especially the tragedies. Fuz lives in Southern California with his wife, Amy, and they have five children.

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