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Author: Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. I also am eager to equip Christians to engage, rather than withdraw from or attack, educated non-Christians. One of the approaches I’ve developed, with the help of my RTB colleagues, is a biblical creation model that is testable, falsifiable, and predictive.

I enjoy constructively integrating all 66 books of the Bible with all the science disciplines as a way to discover and apply deeper truths. 1 Peter 3:15–16 sets my ministry goal, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience."

  • The End of Civilization As We Know It? Part 2

    July 16, 2018

    If an ice age is coming soon, how will our lives be affected? In my first blog post in this series, I described the latest scientific research that demonstrates how continued global warming will bring on the next ice age and approximately when we can expect its onset. In this post I will describe the consequences the onset of the next ice age will create for modern civilization. In the final post in this series I will briefly summarize our options for delaying the dawn of the next ice age and review what preparations we should make ahead of its arrival.

    • Plants
    • Atmosphere
    • Global Warming
    • Extinction
    • Earth Design
  • The End of Civilization As We Know It? Part 1

    July 9, 2018

    Not a week goes by that I don’t get at least three questions about global warming. Frequently, what underlies these questions is a concern, and sometimes outright panic, that all the ice fields and glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and the Himalayas will melt and drown out all the coastal cities of the world where over a third of world’s population currently lives. Adding to this concern and panic is the worry that global warming will raise summer daytime temperatures in inland cities to such a degree that millions of people without air conditioning will die from heatstroke.

    • Geophysics
    • Ocean life
    • Natural Disasters
    • Extinction
    • Global Warming
    • Earth Design
  • Unveiling a Mystery of Cosmic Dark Matter

    July 2, 2018

    The nature of cosmic dark matter, the exotic matter that makes up about 5/6 of all matter in the universe, ranks as one of the two biggest unsolved components1 of the biblically predicted big bang creation model.2 (The other big unsolved component is the nature of dark energy.3) The exotic property of cosmic dark matter is that, unlike ordinary matter (matter comprised of protons, neutrons, and electrons), it does not interact or very weakly interacts with light. Now, a recent paper published in Nature by two Harvard University astrophysicists4 brings us one step closer to comprehending the nature of cosmic dark matter and thereby giving us yet more reasons to believe in the biblical description of the origin, history, and nature of the universe.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Big Bang Theory
  • How Cyanobacteria Regulate Oceans’ Salt and Life

    June 25, 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration is concerned that Americans consume too much salt. Yet, when my wife was pregnant with our sons, her obstetrician was concerned that she was not consuming enough salt. In other words, too much—or too little—salt in our diets can be harmful. And what is true for humans is true for every life-form. Now a new scientific discovery reveals that cyanobacteria play a vital role in maintaining a perfect salt balance in our oceans.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Ecosystems
    • Ocean life
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Life History
    • Early Earth
    • Cambrian Explosion
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  • Hazy Early Earth: More Affirmation of Creation Day 4

    June 18, 2018

    When I first arrived in Pasadena for postdoctoral research at Caltech, the haze of Los Angeles smog was so thick that it was several weeks before I realized that a range of 6,000-foot high mountains lay just three miles to the north. Now, thanks to air pollution abatement, I see those mountains clearly every day.

    • Creation & Genesis
    • Sun
    • Genesis
    • Earth Design
    • Atmosphere
  • Rapid Landmass Emergence Affirms Creation Day 3

    June 11, 2018

    When I first read Genesis 1 at age 17, the plate tectonics theory was in its infancy. Researchers were still not certain whether continents had always existed on Earth’s surface or if the planet had transitioned over several billion years from a water world into its present state, where continents cover 29 percent of its surface. I remember wondering at that time if, while science had not disproved anything written in Genesis 1, it would actually advance to proving that Genesis 1 got both the descriptions and the chronological order of creation events correct? Uppermost in my mind back then was whether or not the new science of plate tectonics would vindicate Genesis 1’s statements about the continental landmasses being formed on creation day 3.

    • Earth Design
    • Requirements for Life
    • Earth's History
    • Early Earth
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Genesis
  • Did Curiosity Find Evidence of Life on Mars?

    June 8, 2018

    Yesterday, NASA issued a major public announcement that Fox News termed a “massive Mars discovery.”1 What was the discovery? At the announcement NASA spokesman and research scientist at NASA Goddard, Jennifer Eigenbrode, said, “We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lake bed.”2 Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA Goddard added, “Organic compounds are fundamental to our search for life.”3 Readers can watch a video recording of the NASA announcement here. Readers can access the peer-reviewed papers on the methane discovered by Curiosity here4 and here.5

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Mars
    • Panspermia
    • Origin of Life
    • Bacteria
  • Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible

    June 4, 2018

    People we meet and audiences we address frequently ask us for brief descriptions of the best scientific evidences for God. Depending on individual backgrounds, what is best for one person will be different for someone else. However, in the more than 30-year history of Reasons to Believe, one or more of the following five have proven most effective in persuading modern-day non-theists that the God of the Bible really does exist:

    • Genesis
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Origin of Life
    • Galaxy Design
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Universe Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Science & Faith
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Animals
    • Adam & Eve
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  • Quest to Discover the Nature of 70 Percent of the Universe

    May 28, 2018

    How would you feel if you purchased a house and you knew the total square footage of the home, but were locked out from access to 70 percent of the house? Wouldn’t you be curious about the nature of that 70 percent? Wouldn’t you attempt to enlist the assistance of a locksmith to gain access to that 70 percent?

    • Universe Design
    • Laws of Physics
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Even the Hyperarid Atacama Has Life!

    May 21, 2018

    The core region of the high Atacama Desert in Chile is the second driest place on Earth. The driest place on Earth is the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, at which meteorologists have yet to measure any precipitation and where, in spite of the freezing conditions, no snow or ice remains on the ground. The high Atacama Desert receives an average of 1–5 millimeters (0.04–0.20 inches) of precipitation per year. A few small regions of the Atacama Desert have gone 500 years without receiving any precipitation.

    • Ecosystems
    • Origin of Life
    • Life on Other Planets
  • Waterworld Planets Are Acidic, Primordial Earth Was Not

    May 14, 2018

    “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” This famous verse from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes a thirsty man surrounded by water as far as the eye can see and yet not a single drop of the water is safe to drink. Astronomers have discovered many planets beyond our solar system that are far richer in water than Earth. However, as it was for Coleridge’s ancient mariner, astronomers are finding that all this water may be deadly—not only for extraterrestrial mariners, but also for virtually all forms of life.

    • Exoplanets
    • Origin of Life
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Requirements for Life
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
  • Weathered Bedrock: Key to Advanced Life on Earth

    May 7, 2018

    I remember as a young boy tramping around the mountains near our home in Vancouver, British Columbia, being amazed at all the trees growing on steep granite slopes. How could anything so big thrive on such solid and steep rock faces? Where did they get all the water and minerals they need?

    • Sun
    • Fossil Record
    • Ecosystems
    • Earth Design
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  • Natural Source of Life’s Homochiral Molecules?

    April 30, 2018

    When we hear someone say “on the other hand,” we know we are about to hear an alternative perspective. Every debate has two sides, and so, too, do the building block molecules of life. Any molecule with four different chemical groups attached to a central carbon atom manifests two distinct three-dimensional configurations. Chemists refer to these mirror image configurations as left-handed and right-handed (see figure 1). They identify such molecules as chiral molecules.

    • Origin of Life
    • Meteors
  • Million Galaxy Study Yields Improved Cosmic Creation Model

    April 23, 2018

    The more we learn about the universe the more we gain confidence in the biblically predicted big bang creation model1. In the most recent issue of the Astrophysical Journal, a team of nine South Korean and Chinese astronomers performed a clustering analysis of 1,133,326 galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 12 to achieve the most precisely defined and constrained cosmic creation model to date.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Laws of Physics
    • Big Bang Theory
  • One Uniquely Smooth, Regular, and Stable Star

    April 16, 2018

    In several of my speaking events, I remind my audiences that stars are like human beings: they are all unstable to some degree. Also, like humans, the most stable stars are those that are middle-aged.

    • Sun
    • Stars
    • Solar System Design
  • J0023+0307, a Pristine Firstborn Star?

    April 9, 2018

    A new discovery of a low-mass star stands to put big bang creation on even more solid footing. In the biblically predicted big bang creation model,1 long before any stars exist, the universe contains only three elements: hydrogen, helium, and a trace amount of lithium.2 Thus, in big bang cosmology the universe’s firstborn stars will be devoid of elements heavier than lithium.

    • Big Bang Theory
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  • Probing the Cosmic Creation Event with the Star S0-2

    April 2, 2018

    Throughout the past five decades, our scientific confidence in a hot big bang cosmic creation event that is perfectly consistent with what the Bible for more than two thousand years has taught about the origin and history of the universe1, has become progressively greater. Two scientific advances that could deliver even greater certainty in the biblically predicted hot big bang creation model would be a much more accurate measure of the distance to the center of our Milky Way Galaxy and an even more definitive test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Universe Design
    • Galaxy Design
    • Cosmology
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Life and the Transfer of Life Near the Galactic Center

    March 26, 2018

    In the latest issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters three astrophysicists claim that there are habitable planets near the center of our galaxy and that these planets are exchanging life with one another.1 Life exchange between planets is known as panspermia, based on the Greek words pan (meaning all) and sperma (meaning seed).

    • Panspermia
    • Life in the Lab
    • Stars
    • SETI
    • Origin of Life
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Exoplanets
    • Creation
  • Why So Many Different Kinds of Beetles?

    March 21, 2018

    This is a famous and oft repeated question. Its origin usually is attributed to Charles Darwin, who is claimed to have said, “From the fact that there are 500,000 species of beetles, the Creator, if he exists, must be inordinately fond of beetles.” The true origin of the question is the biologist John B. S. Haldane. In a speech Haldane gave to the British Interplanetary Society in 1951 and reported in volume 10 of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Haldane said, “From the fact that there are 400,000 species of beetles on this planet, but only 8,000 species of mammals, the Creator, if he exists, has a special preference for beetles.”

    • God
    • Earth
    • Origin of Life
    • Laws of Physics
    • Human Origins
    • Animals
  • Signature of the Universe’s First Stars and Dark Matter

    March 19, 2018

    If you are familiar with the legends of King Arthur or the famous Monty Python movie that spoofed those legends, the holy grail is a cup or vessel with miraculous powers that gallant knights would spend decades in their fruitless quests to find. In science, the term “Holy Grail” is used for a difficult-to-achieve potential discovery of great significance.

    • Stars
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Universe Design
    • Particle Physics
    • Big Bang Theory
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