Reasons to Believe

Dr. Fazale Rana
Vice President of Research & Apologetics, Reasons to Believe

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.

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 Christians 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.

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Biochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. As vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe (RTB), he is dedicated to communicating to skeptics and Christians alike the powerful scientific case for God's existence and the Bible's reliability.

After graduating with highest honors from West Virginia State College (WVSC) with a BS in chemistry, Rana earned a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Ohio University (OU). A presidential scholar, Rana was elected into two honor societies at WVSC and twice won the Donald Clippenger Research Award at OU. He conducted postdoctoral work at the Universities of Virginia and Georgia and, before joining RTB, worked for seven years on product development for Procter & Gamble.

Today, Rana addresses science-faith hot topics through books - including Creating Life in the Lab , The Cell's Design, and Who Was Adam?, as well as articles, videos, podcasts, television and radio interviews, and speaking engagements. He has addressed audiences at over 500 universities, churches, and conferences around the world. He also holds an adjunct professor position at both Biola University and Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Several articles by Rana have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals - such as Biochemistry, Applied Spectroscopy, FEBS Letters, Journal of Microbiological Methods and Journal of Chemical Education. He has delivered numerous presentations at international scientific meetings, authored a chapter on molecular convergence and intentional design for The Nature of Nature, and co-wote a chapter on antimicrobial peptides for Biological and Synthetic Membranes. He also holds two patents.

Rana converted to Christianity during graduate school after he began questioning chemichal evolution's ability to account for the elegance of biochemical systems. He concluded that a Creator must be responsible for life's origin; an eventual reading of the Bible convinced him that the biblical God is that Creator. Years later, the death of his Muslim father prompted Rana to become involved in science-faith apologetics and led to his joining the RTB team in 1999.

Fuz lives in Southern California with his wife Amy. They have five children.

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