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  • RTB Scholars’ Thoughts on Pope Francis and Evolution

    November 13, 2014

    Pope Francis drew some media attention last month for his reiteration of the decades-old Catholic endorsement of the big bang theory and evolution as a means of creation. The Washington Post summarized the pope’s statements:1

    • Creation vs. Evolution
    • Creation & Genesis
  • God’s Goodness and the Ebola Virus

    November 10, 2014

    Prior to this year, the Ebola virus was an obscure pathogen that rarely grabbed a slice of attention. Now it’s front-page news. All over the globe, the overwhelming response to Ebola has been fear.

    • Parasites & Diseases
  • Q&A: Did the Sumerian Kings Reign for 10,000 Years?

    November 6, 2014

    In your book The Genesis Question (p. 117), you mention ten kings of Sumer who lived before a “great deluge” in ancient Mesopotamia. The eye-catching aspect of these kings is that each king’s reign exceeded 10,000 years, with one attaining nearly 50,000 years!

    • Bible Difficulties
  • Q&A: How Did the Nephilim Reappear after the Flood?

    November 3, 2014

    Second Peter 2:5 states that all of the ungodly were wiped out in Noah’s flood. Genesis 7 in multiple verses confirms that indeed all of humanity and all soulish creatures associated with humanity, except for those on board the ark, were killed. Thus, the Nephilim did not survive the flood catastrophe.

    • Bible Difficulties
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  • Q&A: Does the Book of Revelation Hint at a Multiverse?

    October 30, 2014

    Revelation 21:1 says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (NIV). Do you think that this could be hinting at the possibility of a multiverse?

    • Multiverse
  • What Are the Odds of You Being You?

    October 27, 2014

    When anticipating the birth of a child—be it our own or a grandchild, niece or nephew—we might find ourselves contemplating the wonder of human life and the way in which God designs each unique person. Certainly life is a miracle—but what kind of miracle? I’d suggest that each and every one of us is an example of a hypernatural miracle.

    • Life Design
  • Newly Discovered Process Drove Ancient Tectonic Activity

    October 20, 2014

    Virtually everyone agrees that a habitable planet hosts an abundance of liquid water—the chemical reactions necessary for life require it. Research also shows that plate tectonic activity plays an important role in sustaining a planet’s liquid water. Studies of Earth’s history demonstrate that a diverse set of circumstances and mechanisms maintain the vital tectonic activity.

    • Plate Tectonics
  • Ambassadors for Reconciliation

    October 17, 2014

    In 2 Corinthians 5:19b–20a we read, “He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.”

    • Reconciliation
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  • Scientists Uncover a Good Purpose for Long-Lasting Pain in Animals

    October 16, 2014

    If God exists—and if He is all-powerful, -knowing, and -good—why is there so much pain and suffering in the world? This enigma keeps many skeptics and seekers from the Christian faith and even troubles some believers. Yet, researchers from the US have recently uncovered an important function for long-lasting pain in animals, signifying that the suffering these creatures experience can have a purpose.

    • Bible Difficulties
    • Hard Questions
  • Three Discoveries Marked by the Creator’s Fingerprints

    October 14, 2014

    Over the past month, three different topics important to the science-faith discussion have appeared in scientific literature. Discoveries in each of these areas showcase an apologetic intersection that helps buttress the Christian faith and point to God’s work in fashioning the cosmos—from distant galaxies to Earth’s mountain ranges—for life.

    • Universe Design
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Big Bang
  • Gene Architecture Illuminates the Brilliance of Life’s Molecular Logic

    October 13, 2014

    ... new insight provides researchers with a better understanding of how gene expression occurs in the early stages of embryo development. It also highlights the elegant design and exquisite molecular logic of biological systems—a feature that reflects the work of a Mind.

    • Biochemical Design
  • Q&A: Is Historical Science Supported by Direct Observation?

    October 9, 2014

    Young-earth creationists define “operational science” as experiments and observations of natural phenomena that are performed in real time—that is, in the present. They consider the outcomes from operational science as trustworthy and reliable.

    • Philosophy of Science
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  • Sudden Appearance of Jurassic Dinosaurs Demonstrates the Creator’s Work

    October 6, 2014

    Only during the last few decades have scientists recognized the many mass extinction and speciation events throughout life’s history. Psalm 104:29–30, however, described these events thousands of years ago:

    • Dinosaurs
  • Q&A: Why Do Christians Study Science?

    October 2, 2014

    Science is possible only because our universe is an orderly place governed by natural laws, which—when properly understood—are predictive and reproducible. This understanding of the universe had its genesis in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, as can be seen by contrasting the early pagan worldview with the Judeo-Christian worldview.

    • Creation
  • Did Vertebrate Animals Die before the Fall of Man?

    September 29, 2014

    The Bible makes clear that human death did not occur until after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3). But did animals die before the fall?

    • Animal Death Before Adam
  • Q&A: Do We Have a Reliable Starting Point for Radiocarbon Dating?

    September 25, 2014

    I have a nagging question about radiometric decay that I'm having trouble finding an answer to. In order to calculate something's age, we need to know what the C-14 to C-12 ratio was at the time when it stopped exchanging carbon with the environment. But how exactly do we know what the environmental ratio was, say 50,000 years ago?

    • Radiometric Dating Techniques
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  • Redundant Blood Supply to the Brain Shows Good Engineering

    September 22, 2014

    "Houston, we’ve had a problem." Commander Jim Lovell’s famous, though often misquoted words mark the epic struggle of the disabled Apollo 13 mission, called a "successful failure" because while the three-man crew never reached the Moon, they did return to Earth safe and sound.

    • Redundancy
  • Four Essentials of Science Apologetics

    September 18, 2014

    One of our goals at Reasons to Believe is to equip Christians to defend their faith with “gentleness and respect” per 1 Peter 3:15. In our emotionally charged culture, making a persuasive case for something as controversial as Christianity is easier said than done—but it can be done.

    • Apologetics
  • Are Humans Special?

    September 15, 2014

    Is human life on Earth special or not? According to the popular narrative, science continues pushing humanity off any supposed pedestal—a process that began when Nicolaus Copernicus promoted a heliocentric solar system.

    • Life on Other Planets
  • The Amazing Disappearing Hominid!

    September 11, 2014

    Vanishing acts have played a role in magic spectacles for centuries. But what might be good entertainment in a theatre is no laughing matter for paleoanthropology. The human fossil record has recently experienced a possible disappearance of sorts.

    • Lucy and Other Hominids
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