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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."

  • Overlap of Habitable Zones Gets Much Smaller

    December 27, 2016

    For life to be possible on a planet, the planet must simultaneously reside in all the known habitable zones. So far, astronomers have identified nine distinct habitable zones. I described eight of these zones in my book Improbable Planet.1 The ninth, the electric field habitable zone, was discovered just several months ago.

    • Sun
    • Water
    • Stars
  • Exceptional Voices, Exceptional Humans

    December 21, 2016

    One of the things I especially like about the Christmas season are Christmas carols, Christmas cantatas, and Christmas oratorios. The lyrics are loaded with doctrinal teachings that by themselves compel worship of our God who chose to become a man in order that we might be saved from sin and death.

    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Anatomy
  • Gravity Wave Energy Density Nothing to Worry About

    December 19, 2016

    The world's largest gravity wave telescope (see figures 1 and 2 below), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), just received a major upgrade. Now, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration team has announced results from the first observing run of Advanced LIGO.

    • Inflation
    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • Monkey Business: Evolutionists’ Oversight

    December 15, 2016

    Where Charles Darwin and evolutionists today agree is that humans and modern apes are both naturally descended from a single primate species that long ago went extinct. Darwin and today's evolutionists also agree that nonhuman primates are incapable of mimicking human speech sounds.

    • Humans vs. Chimps
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Evolution
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Anatomy
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  • Mass Extinction Cycle and Life’s Long History

    December 12, 2016

    The Manicouagan Crater is the largest easily visible impact crater on Earth and the sixth largest confirmed impact crater. It is 100 kilometers in diameter and is roughly 215 million years old.

    • Natural Disasters
    • Fossil Record
    • Extinction
  • Does Dissipation-Driven Theory Explain Life’s Origin?

    December 7, 2016

    Starting about 50 years ago, the origin of life became a showstopper for atheists. For example, over the past 35 years I have had many public debates and dialogues with atheist biologists and chemists. Whenever I brought up the origin of life in those debates, the atheist would do everything he or she could to dodge the issue, or when that was not possible, concede that no reasonable naturalistic explanation for life’s origin exists.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Life in the Lab
    • Requirements for Life
    • Origin of Life
  • Has the Light Travel Time Problem Been Resolved?

    December 5, 2016

    The Light Travel Time Problem One problem for young-universe creationists is that astronomers observe galaxies that are millions and billions of light-years away. Given the finite and constant velocity of light, the light from these galaxies must have traveled from the galaxies to the astronomers' telescopes for millions and billions of years.

    • Big Bang Theory
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Genesis
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Age of the Earth
  • Giving a Rip about the Big Rip

    November 30, 2016

    In my last blog post I wrote about how astronomers have accumulated overwhelming evidence that the universe will continue to expand at an ever increasing rate. This accelerating cosmic expansion rate is due to slightly more than two-thirds of the universe being composed of dark energy.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
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  • Cosmic Acceleration: Is It Real?

    November 28, 2016

    About a month ago, three physicists published a paper in Scientific Reports in which they called into question what most scientists consider the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth century.1 In 2011 the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the leaders of two research teams who, through observations made in the 1990s of a certain kind of supernovae (type Ia supernovae), discovered that the expansion of the universe has transitioned from decelerating to accelerating. This transition implied that the two teams had found a missing piece of the universe. The missing piece they found was more than just a piece. It makes up more than two-thirds of the entirety of the universe.

    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Universe Design
    • Design
    • Cosmic Expansion
  • Why Didn’t God Keep Satan Out of Eden?

    November 23, 2016

    One of the most frequent questions I get from children is, why didn’t God keep Satan out of Eden? It’s not just a question I get from children. I hear this question at nearly every one of my speaking events. I especially hear the question when I speak to an audience of highly educated atheists and skeptics. Highly educated atheists and skeptics frequently assert that if Satan actually entered the Garden of Eden and successfully tempted Adam and Eve to rebel against God, then Christianity at a minimum is inconsistent and more likely is plainly false.

    • Origin of Life
    • Creation
    • Genesis
    • Life History
    • Early Earth
    • Challenges to Evolution
    • Cells
  • Yet More Reasons to Thank God for the Moon

    November 22, 2016

    The more astronomers and physicists research the Moon, the more they discover how marvelously designed the Moon is, and how it makes the ability of Earth to support billions of human beings possible—where many billions of those humans can respond to the Creator's offer of redemption from evil and suffering.

    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Earth's History
    • Design
  • Does Nature Today Reveal More or Less About God? Part 2

    November 16, 2016

    In my previous blog article, I explained and described how science today reveals exponentially more about God, his attributes, and his plans for humanity than it did just a century ago. This exponential increase in revelation from the book of nature provides the fuel for the ministry of Reasons to Believe. Because of this increase, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of skeptics becoming faithful followers of Christ.

    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • God's Existence
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  • Does Nature Today Reveal More or Less about God? Part 1

    November 14, 2016

    I get a lot of questions about how effectively science reveals God. One of the most common is, does science reveal more about God today than it did a century ago? Another question I receive is, if science reveals much more about God than it did in the past, why are there so many more atheists today than in the past?

    • God's Existence
  • Did Any Other Humans Survive the Flood?

    November 9, 2016

    I get many questions about Noah’s flood (see last week's blog post), and one of the most frequent questions I get asked is whether any credible Bible interpretation of the flood allows for the survival of humans who were not on board Noah’s ark. My answer depends on how the questioner defines “credible.”

    • Noah's Flood
  • Too Much Water Is Bad for Life!

    November 7, 2016

    The mantra for the astrobiology community is “Follow the water”—for good reason. Without liquid water, there is no possibility of life. However, many in the astrobiological community take the mantra too far. They consider every planet on which there is the possibility that liquid water may exist on some part of the planet’s surface for some period in the planet’s history as habitable.

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Planets
    • Oceans
    • Fine-Tuning
  • Does the Bible Say Noah’s Flood Was Global or Universal?

    November 2, 2016

    I believe the flood of Noah was universal but not global. By universal, I mean that the entire human race and all of the nephesh (soulish) animals associated with humans were wiped out by the flood except for those humans and animals that were on board Noah’s ark.

    • Noah's Flood
    • Flood Geology
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  • Another Reason to Thank God for Viruses

    October 31, 2016

    Our most recent scholar-evangelist staff addition is Dr. Anjeanette "AJ" Roberts. You can find a formal photo of her on our website. AJ joined us last August for our Icefall Canyon traverse,

    • Geology
    • Viruses
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Bacteria
  • Middle Ground in the Age of the Universe Debate

    October 26, 2016

    As many of you are well aware, there is a fierce, seemingly never-ending debate in the Christian community over the age of the universe. For several decades now I have been at the center of this debate, having written three books,1 contributed to a debate book,2 and participated in more than a dozen public debates,3 with more books and debates sure to come.

    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Age of the Earth
  • Middle Age Is Good, Especially for Our Sun

    October 24, 2016

    The most elaborate birthday celebration I ever had was the one that our Reasons to Believe staff organized for my 60th birthday. I was expecting just a token nod for having completed 60 trips around the sun. Instead, I was feted by 60 guests for several hours. The most generous comment of the night was that I had finally attained middle age since I had reached half of the biblical limit on the human life span (Genesis 6:3).

    • Sun
    • Solar System Design
  • When Did God Create Adam and Eve?

    October 19, 2016

    No matter where I speak in the world, people in my audiences press me for a precise date for God creating the first human beings, Adam and Eve. Seeing how disappointed they are when I tell them that neither the Bible nor science offers an exact date gives me some sympathy for why Archbishop James Ussher and John Lightfoot felt compelled to calculate to the day and the hour the timing of God's creation of Adam and Eve.

    • Human Migration
    • Human Origins
    • Garden of Eden
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
    • Adam & Eve
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