Reasons to Believe

Christian Life

  • Three Reasons Why I Love the Advent Season

    The various traditions of historic Christianity celebrate the Advent season, also called Christmas. "Advent" means "coming" and Christmas is the celebration of Jesus Christ's first coming into the … more

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Response

    British author J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been a runaway bestseller since its release. The last four installments set records as the fastest-selling books in history and the film … more

  • Earth Day 2009 - Earth Day Challenge

    God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them       reflecting our nature    So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, … more

  • On Becoming a Christian

    When Jesus of Nazareth's earthly friends asked Him to make clear the path to an eternal relationship with God, He did not give them a list of rules to keep or words to say or works to perform. Rather, … more

  • Testing Demonic Possession

    People who hold to a naturalistic worldview find the Christian concept of a Creator difficult enough. But when it comes to the dark world of demonic possession, supernaturalism can seem downright … more

  • Making Others Successful

    Early in my career as a scientist, the most difficult activity, next to writing peer-reviewed papers, was standing up in front of an audience of peers to talk about my research. I was terrified of … more

  • How to be Great

    Through my career as a scientist, not only has the science itself provided validation for the Christian faith, but also life’s “little” lessons while doing science.

    Not long after … more

  • The Freedom of Letting Go

    Scientific discoveries and their theological implications always fascinate me, but sometimes it’s the Scripture-validating everyday human experiences that confirm the Bible’s divine … more

  • Uniqueness of Human Capacity to Express Malice

    One of the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian faith is that humans alone among all life-forms on Earth are sinners. According to the Bible, all humans and only humans are born with the propensity … more

  • Cover It Up!

    As a scientist it can be tempting to take credit where it’s undeserved or avoid blame where it’s deserved. In that vein, some of the most obvious reasons to believe in the validity of the … more

  • Originality

    It was almost 37 years ago that I was working as a radio astronomer in Holland, preparing a paper that I was to present at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union taking place that year in … more

  • Intellectual Repentance, Part 6 of 6

    Last week I ended by stating that Paul does not use arguments that appeal to human wisdom. Let me say again, however, that I do not think Paul is claiming he never makes intellectual arguments when … more

  • Intellectual Repentance, Part 5 of 6

    As we approach the end of our series on intellectual repentance, we continue to follow the apostle Paul’s admonition. Paul explains in the next several verses of his letter (1 Corinthians … more

  • Intellectual Repentance, Part 4 of 6

    Continuing our discussion from last week, in the next few verses (2:6-8) of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, we find him giving a contrast between God’s wisdom and human wisdom. … more

  • Intellectual Repentance, Part 3 of 6

    Last week I made the claim that Paul’s goal (in 1 Corinthians 2:1-4) was not just to convince people’s minds but to get into hearts, and convince the conscience. This becomes apparent … more

  • Intellectual Repentance, Part 2 of 6

    Continuing from last week, perusing 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 we notice that Paul chose not to come to them “with superiority of speech or of wisdom.”

    1And when I came to you, brethren, I … more

  • Intellectual Repentance, Part 1 of 6

    Back when I was a graduate student at Caltech, the Christian fellowship group of which I was a part invited several outside speakers to address us (and anyone else on campus who was interested) on a … more

  • The Sky Is Falling!

    You're used to it by now. Bad-news-for-the-Christian-faith stories seem to break with purposeful, timely precision. Assaults on Christianity are nothing new, but what's an appropriate response when … more

  • Long Way to Go to Foster a Culture of Life

    One of the most important measures on the ballot (at least from my perspective) was almost lost in the coverage of the recent California elections. The Los Angeles Times buried it on page A32 (Nov. … more