Reasons to Believe

Astronomy and the Bible

  • Thank God for Jupiter

    I spent most of my childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia. On those rare winter days when we did get snow it was wet and slushy. Consequently, getting hit by a snowball in Vancouver was a much more … more

  • Compositions of Extrasolar Planets

    When extrasolar gas giant planets were first discovered in 1995,1 many astronomers presumed these planets would prove close analogues to the gas giants in our solar system. The list of known … more

  • Dynamics of Hierarchical Two-Planet Systems

    Currently, astronomers have identified over 40 multi-planet extrasolar planetary systems. Accurate data on the orbits of the planets in these systems permits researchers to address the following … more

  • Design of Outward Migration of Gas Giant Planets

    On June 5–6, 2012, a rare solar system event will occur. Venus will transit across the face of the Sun. Such a transit occurs when Venus aligns perfectly between the Sun and Earth allowing … more

  • Tiny, Old Black Hole Shrinks the Braneworld

    In previous centuries, headhunting tribes used exotic techniques to shrink the severed heads of their victims. In this century, four astronomers from the United States and Britain, led by Oleg Gnedin, … more

  • Outward Migration of Gas Giant Planets

    Since the first discovery of an extrasolar planet in 1995,1 astronomers have detected more than 400 extrasolar planets, most of which are gas giants like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The … more

  • Is the Big Bang Biblical?

    Hugh Ross proclaims in the lead article (“Latest Research Beats out the Mixmaster Model”) that the big bang creation model was first described in the Bible thousands of years ago. … more

  • Extraordinary Evidence for Expansion

    Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. This saying, popularized by the late Carl Sagan, represents a useful attitude to maintain when confronted with revolutionary claims. For example, … more

  • Defusing the Antimatter Bomb

    We’ve seen these plot devices repeated throughout the action/adventure genre. Obviously, the climaxes of popcorn flicks are rife with scientific inaccuracies. It drives my wife crazy when I … more

  • Consistent Calculations Bolster Creation Case

    Opponents of big bang cosmology, both atheists and young-earth creationists, frequently attempt to push aside very compelling and overwhelming physical evidence for this biblically predicted model by … more

  • Making Massive Stars

    Twinkle, twinkle little star, My, oh my, how large you are. How'd you get to be so big? When gas pressure and magnetic fields should have prevented you from forming?

    Okay, so my poem doesn't … more

  • A Dark Galaxy: Finding the "Missing" Dark Stuff

    Many independent sets of observations confirm that only about six percent of all the ordinary matter (neutrons and protons) in the universe is made up of stars and stellar remnants.1The other 94 … more

  • Gravitational Lens Test for Creation

    Yet multiple Bible passages1 described this cosmic feature—making a bold scientific prediction—more than 2,400 years previous to its discovery.

    While astronomers have developed many tests … more

  • Milky Way Galaxy’s Tiny Black Hole

    The latest and most definitive measurement puts the mass of that black hole at 3,600,000 times the mass of the Sun.1

    The Milky Way Galaxy’s central black hole by itself is not dangerous to … more

  • Creation vs. Evolution: Why a Model Is Essential

    One of the most frequent complaints scientists make about the Intelligent Design movement is that their brand of intelligent design is not testable, falsifiable, or predictive. This brand lacks these … more

  • Testing Cosmic Creation Models, Part 2

    In my previous contribution to Today’s New Reason To Believe I described how Bayesian statistical analysis by two Polish researchers on the latest measurements defining the history of the … more

  • Testing Cosmic Creation Models, Part 1

    At two different outreach events this past month I met both atheists and young-earth creationists who expressed skepticism concerning the evidence I presented for the biblically predicted big bang … more

  • Does the Probability for ETI = 1?

    Earlier this fall (September 25) I had a three-minute debate on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse, a nationally syndicated radio show, on the topic “Is there scientific evidence for intelligent … more

  • The Dark and Bright Sides of Cosmology

    Astrophysics has its ironies. Here’s one: Studies of the brightest galaxies in the universe led to the discovery that 99 percent of all matter is "dark matter".1 But matter is only part of the … more

  • Where Is the Cosmic Density Fine-Tuning?

    This word picture helps to demonstrate a number used to quantify that fine-tuning, namely 1 part in 1060. Compared to the total mass of the observable universe, 1 part in 1060 works out to about a … more