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Author: Fazale Rana

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.

  • Q&A: Why Would an Infinite Creator Employ the Same Designs?

    December 21, 2016

    Because I am a Christian, I see evidence for design in the biological realm. But for me, the converse is also true. Because I see design in the biological realm, I am a Christian. In fact, the elegant designs of biochemical systems convinced me as a graduate student that a Creator must exist and be responsible for life’s origin, paving the way for my conversion to Christianity.

    • Theology
    • Design
  • Reactive Oxygen Species: Harbingers of Evolution or Signals of Design?

    December 14, 2016

    Antioxidants are the latest diet fad. Many people do whatever they can to include foods high in antioxidants in their diets. Some people even go a step further by taking antioxidant supplements. All these actions are meant to combat the harmful effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Produced in the mitochondria, these highly reactive chemical derivatives of molecular oxygen will destroy cellular components if left unchecked.

    • Life Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Science News Flash: An Old-Earth Perspective on Dinosaur Feathers Preserved in Amber

    December 9, 2016

    Whenever we are in a foreign country, my wife loves to shop at local, out-of-the-way markets. She always finds some of the most interesting souvenirs. It turns out the same is true for paleontologist Lida Xing who purchased several amber pieces from a market in Myitkyina in the country of Myanmar. The amber sold at the market comes from a nearby mine in the Hukawng Valley. While most buyers are looking for amber to make jewelry, Xing was looking for amber with inclusions of plant and animal remains. The amber from the mine dates to 99 million years. Because of the amber’s age, the well-preserved plant and animal remains entombed by this fossilized tree resin offer a unique glimpse at ancient life on Earth, providing details and insight that far exceed those available from highly compressed fossil remains that typically comprise the fossil record.

    • Transitional Forms
    • Evolution
    • Age of the Earth
  • Pseudoenzymes Illustrate Science's Philosophical Commitments

    December 7, 2016

    A few months ago, I had a serious accident while shooting a compound bow in my backyard. The arrow jammed in the guide, and in my attempt to free the arrow, I caused the bow string to derail. When that happened, the string struck my left eye with such force that it fractured my orbit in five places and damaged my retina. I am now legally blind in my left eye. Thankfully, I still have some peripheral vision, but I lost all the central vision in my injured eye. (To mothers everywhere: Yes, I wasn’t careful and I shot my eye out. I should have listened.)

    • Design
    • Biochemistry
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  • Ancient Muds Bog Down Evolutionary Explanation for Life’s Origin

    November 30, 2016

    When I was a kid, I played a lot of sandlot football. And nothing was more fun than playing football after a hard rain on a muddy field. It was a blast to slosh around in the mud. But if the field was too muddy, it was hard to run, making it difficult to advance the ball down the field.

    • Origin of Life
  • Can a Creation Model Explain the Origin of Mitochondria?

    November 23, 2016

    Some called her a scientific heretic. Others were a bit more kind, describing her as a maverick. Lynn Margulis (1938–2011) earned her reputation in the late 1960s when she proposed the endosymbiont hypothesis for the origin of eukaryotic cells. Because her ideas about evolution didn’t conform to Darwinian principles, evolutionary biologists summarily dismissed her idea out of hand and then went on to ignore her work for a couple of decades. She was ultimately vindicated, however, as the endosymbiont hypothesis gradually gained acceptance.

    • Evolution
  • Science News Flash: Chimps Use Tools to Fish for Algae

    November 16, 2016

    Some of my fondest memories as a little kid are the summer afternoons I spent with my grandfather fishing in the Missouri River, near Mandan, North Dakota. I don’t remember catching many fish, but that didn’t matter. I enjoyed spending time with my grandpa. I’m sure the experience was a bit trying for him though. If I detected even the slightest movement, I would reel in my line, hoping there would be a fish on the end. Inevitably, my excitement would give way to disappointment when I discovered that all I had caught was a clump of algae. And, of course, grandpa would have to clean up the mess I created and then recast my line.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
    • Human Uniqueness
  • The Logic of DNA Replication Makes a Case for Intelligent Design

    November 9, 2016

    Why do I think God exists? In short: The elegance, sophistication, and ingenuity of biochemical systems—and their astonishing similarity to man-made systems—convinces me that God is responsible for life’s origin and design.

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
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  • Can New Medical Technology Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before?

    November 2, 2016

    When I was in junior high, I would rush home every day after school to tune in to the afternoon reruns of Star Trek. Fascinated by the technology possessed by the crew of the Enterprise, I often imagined what it would be like if I had their high-tech devices.

    • Ethics
  • Placenta Optimization Shows Creator's Handiwork

    October 19, 2016

    The Creator of the universe desires an intimate relationship with each of us. It is one of the more outrageous claims of the Christian faith. And no passage of Scripture expresses the intimacy between Creator and creature more than Psalm 139:13.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Optimization
    • Design
  • Does Oxytocin Cause Spiritual Experiences?

    October 12, 2016

    Why do people believe in God? In 1998, Michael Shermer, the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, and sociologist Frank Sulloway sought to answer this “Why?” question. Surveying 10,000 individuals from the United States, Shermer and Sulloway learned that nearly 30 percent said the beauty, design, and complexity of the universe justified belief in God, and nearly 20 percent said they were convinced of God’s existence because they experienced God in everyday lives.

    • Science & Faith
  • Q&A: Is Evolution Falsifiable?

    October 5, 2016

    I expected to get a reaction—and I did. Last week I posted the below ‘meme’ on my Facebook page and Twitter account, claiming that the evolutionary paradigm is unfalsifiable because of the stranglehold that methodological naturalism has on the operation of science.

    • Evolution
    • Intelligent Design
    • Creation vs. Evolution
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  • Science News Flash: First Three-Parent Baby Born

    September 29, 2016

    Shocking headlines from around the world have announced the first-ever birth of a baby with three parents (two mothers and one father)! The research team who carried out this work will report the details about the conception and birth of this child at next month’s meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, to be held in Salt Lake City.

    • Ethics
  • Did Neanderthals Make Jewelry?

    September 28, 2016

    I was a troublemaker in high school. And that meant I spent more than my fair share of time in Mr. Reynold’s office—our school’s vice principal. It wasn’t long before we developed a bit of a dance that played out each time I was summoned to his office. Mr. Reynolds would accuse me of some misdeed (for which he usually had ample evidence) and I would respond with an elaborate defense, hoping to convince him of my innocence. I quickly learned that if my excuse was to stick, every detail of my story had to hang together.

    • Scientific Studies
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Anthropology
  • Blood Flow to Brain Contributes to Human Exceptionalism

    September 21, 2016

    Are human beings exceptional? Are we unique, as the Bible teaches? Recent work by paleoanthropologists from Australia adds to the mounting scientific evidence for human exceptionalism. These scientists demonstrate that modern humans have an unusually high rate of blood flow to our brains, compared to other primates, including the hominids represented in the fossil record.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Adam & Eve
  • Does the Evolutionary Paradigm Stymie Scientific Advance?

    September 12, 2016

    A common challenge I often hear is that creationism and intelligent design are showstoppers for science. If we conclude that “God did it,” skeptics complain, “wouldn’t that shut down scientific inquiry?” A few years ago, I had a brief email exchange with a prominent origin-of-life researcher who sincerely raised that concern:

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Design
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