Where Science and Faith Converge
  • God and Science: A Course in Due Course

    April 19, 2018

    Many fear to tread into culturally charged topics in an “us” versus “them” social media climate characterized by rapid escalation, rabid judgments, and character assassinations. What if a course on God and science could actually help us love one another, or at least be kinder to those who see things differently than we do?

    • Science & Faith
    • Philosophy
    • Interpretation
    • Faith & Reason
  • A Forest Stroll is Good for Body and Soul

    March 15, 2018

    At RTB we want to help others see that wherever we look in nature we find things that reinforce confidence in the God of the Bible. The words of Paul, found in his letter to believers in Rome, suggest that these evidences should be everywhere we look. Recently, a hike and a video spotted on social media brought just such an example to my attention.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Requirements for Life
    • Plants
    • Ecosystems
    • Apologetics
  • More Questions, Answers, and Comments on Vaccinations

    February 8, 2018

    I’ve recently (re)posted two blogs, “Vaccine Safety and Loving Our Neighbors” and “FAQs about Vaccine Safety,” which I hope you’ll take the time to read. But here I want to address two more issues that often come up as I talk with others about vaccine risks and safety and loving our neighbors.

    • Q&A
    • Ethics
    • Christian Life
  • Answering FAQs on Vaccine Safety

    February 1, 2018

    My previous article titled “Vaccine Safety and Loving Our Neighbors” generated some ardent reader responses in 2015 when originally posted. 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
    • Good Questions
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  • Vaccine Safety and Loving Our Neighbors

    January 25, 2018

    In the wake of a 2015 outbreak of measles originating at Disneyland and spreading to more than 20 states, California state legislators passed a bill implementing mandatory vaccination for students attending public schools. At that time the grassroots uprising against this legislation surprised and disappointed me. This is a charged topic, but it seems that this reaction is primarily rooted in misinformation and a false sense of security that may also involve a failure to consider civic responsibilities. I first shared this blog and perspective in a 2015 post. I have updated the content, but my thoughts and comments are basically the same as that post. I share here my scientific perspective on vaccine safety and my Christian perspective—that vaccinations can be an apologetic demonstration of Christlike love for our neighbors. In next week’s blog, I will address some questions and comments raised by readers that followed the original blog post in 2015. In two weeks I will share more recent thoughts and comments from continued dialogue with others on this topic.

    • Diseases
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Viruses
    • Human Flourishing
    • Controversies
  • How Do I Respond When Others Are Curious about My Faith as a Scientist?

    January 18, 2018

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interacting with apologists from the RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) Connect online community in a forum called “Ask RZIM.” I thought I’d share some of the questions and my responses here on Theorems & Theology.

    • Faith
    • Good Questions
    • Apologetics
    • Faith & Reason
    • Christian Life
  • Answering Questions about Darwinism

    January 11, 2018

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interacting with apologists from the RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) Connect online community in a forum called “Ask RZIM.” The questions I encountered there are similar to ones I often think about and am asked when I’m out and about. I thought I’d share some of the questions and my responses here on Theorems & Theology.

    • Philosophy
    • Naturalism
    • Good Questions
    • Apologetics
  • Answering Questions about Gene Editing Technologies

    January 4, 2018

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of interacting with apologists from the RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) Connect online community in a forum called “Ask RZIM.” The questions I encountered there are similar to ones I often think about and am asked when I’m out and about. I thought I’d share some of the questions and my responses here on Theorems & Theology.

    • Human Flourishing
    • Good Questions
    • Apologetics
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  • Why Skiers Can Be Thankful for Bacteria

    December 28, 2017

    I was 12 years old when I first learned to ski. Our family was visiting relatives in Washington for Christmas, and after a good snow the previous day, my sisters, cousins, and I headed for the slopes. None of us from Oklahoma had ever been skiing before, but our cousins were gracious hosts and good teachers. We not only learned how to ski that day but also had such great fun and worked so hard at it that we devoured my aunt’s unending stew before surrendering to sleep and the next day’s soreness, stiffness, and stories. Ever since then I have loved the snow. I am captivated with the beauty of snow as it blankets everything, burying the bleak grays of asphalt and urbanization. Snow also reminds me of the Scripture in Isaiah that invites us to reason together that though our sins are like scarlet, God will make us whiter than snow.

    • RTB's Creation Model
    • Bacteria
  • A Common Design View of ERVs Encourages Scientific Investigation

    December 21, 2017

    Viruses are a mystery: No one knows where they originate. As a virologist, I’ve always thought of viruses as incomplete components of once functionally reproducing cells. As a Christian, I’ve often linked viruses to the fall because of their association with disease and suffering. Although evolutionists certainly wouldn’t agree with my second line of reasoning, many do support an escaped gene theory to explain the origin of viruses. In other words, the vast array and diversity of viruses in nature may originate from sets of genes that have escaped from once living cells.

    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
  • Viruses, Mosquitoes, and Suffering: Bad or Good?

    December 14, 2017

    Last week I had the privilege of interacting with apologists from the RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) Connect online community in a forum called “Ask RZIM.” The questions I encountered there are similar to ones I often think about and am asked when I’m out and about. I thought I’d share some of last week’s questions and my responses here on Theorems & Theology.

    • Viruses
    • Q&A
  • Questioning Evolutionary Presuppositions about Endogenous Retroviruses

    December 7, 2017

    In a 2006 lecture at Emmanuel College, Cambridge,1 Dr. Graeme Finlay, an immunologist, cancer biologist, and Christian, made some remarkable observations about the genetic similarities of human and nonhuman primate (NHP)2 genomes. He drew the conclusion that these similarities presented incontrovertible genetic evidence for the common ancestry of humans and other primates.3 In doing so, Dr. Finlay employed his expertise in cancer biology to explain the evidence for common descent. I found his presentation compelling.

    • Common Ancestry
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Interpretation
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  • Mutations—How They Work and Which Worldview They Favor

    November 27, 2017

    Does “Evolution” Point to Naturalism or Design? Before addressing this question, it is always important to define terms. Evolution, at a very basic level, means change over time. We use the words evolution and evolve in this way all the time. As an example one might assert that one’s thinking about race and cross-cultural interactions evolves over time as one gains exposure to various cultures and races. In scientific language evolution can have this same basic meaning: change. But often in naturalistic explanations of the origins of life and of species this simple concept of change is misapplied to mean more than has been scientifically or mechanistically demonstrated.

    • Evolution
    • Adaptation
  • Why I Blog at “Theorems & Theology”

    November 8, 2017

    I blog for two purposes: to spur on thinking (mine & yours) and to pursue truth (together). Science and Scripture both reveal the truth about our world. Although they deal primarily with different types of knowledge, they are not completely separate areas of inquiry. Science, rightly employed, allows us to ask how the physical world around us functions and to learn about creation and our own physiology and well-being.

    • Seeking Truth
    • Science
    • Dialogue
    • Theology
  • What Best Accounts for Our Sense of Morality?

    September 21, 2017

    In a recent RTB scholars’ discussion, we talked about the grounding provided in the Judeo-Christian worldview for our shared sense of morality. Many of you have probably heard that a moral argument for the existence of God can be very persuasive, and even helps skeptical people consider the possibility of God more easily than other arguments like the Kalam argument or the anthropic principle.

    • Apologetics
  • Too Little Knowledge or Infinite Potential for Discovery?

    August 30, 2017

    Even the brightest, like a Hawking, an Einstein, or a Ross only knows a fraction of what can be known. Do we corporately even possess knowledge of 0.01% of what can be known of reality?

    • Apologetics
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  • Vintage Saints and Sinners

    August 3, 2017

    Anyone who has the desire to walk through the doors of the Bonhoeffer House (near the Grounds of the University of Virginia) for discussions centered on men and women who have been touched and changed so as to live life radically different, ...

    • Book Reviews
    • People of Faith
    • Historical Figures
    • Christian Life
  • Do Devils Evolve?

    July 20, 2017

    I was extremely sad a few years ago to hear that the real Tasmanian devils were being devastated by a transmissible form of cancer. Recent research hints that genetic variations may be the Tasmanian devils’ saving grace—as it may be the hallmark of a robust adaptive capacity allowing a species to survive even when threatened beyond the ability to thrive.

    • Natural Selection
    • Adaptation
  • Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

    March 23, 2017

    Have you ever wondered if human cloning might be a real possibility? And if so, how close might we be to seeing mini-me’s walking about? I think about this periodically. And I have to admit, I’ve met very few people who I think would be clone-worthy. I’m certainly not one of them!

    • Life
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Genetic Variation
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Design
  • Science and the Spiritual Disciplines: Silence

    January 19, 2017

    Spiritual disciplines. I'm not sure how many Christians think about spiritual disciplines, and if they do, how often they actually reflect on them. Hopefully each one of us is practicing some spiritual disciplines on a regular basis even if we didn't know they were called "spiritual disciplines."

    • Human Flourishing
    • Christian Life
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