Reasons to Believe

Life Design

  • Nutrient Quantities Must Be Fine-Tuned

    All life requires carbon and nitrogen. Without adequate quantities of each element sequestered in specific compounds life cannot survive. Ecologists note, too, that as the quantities of certain … more

  • Evidence for God’s Grace in Epilepsy Genes

    The old cliché “two wrongs don’t make a right” proves true in many situations, but in the genetics of the brain, two genetic wrongs can make a right. A few years ago, I … more

  • AVATAR: a New Hope?

    Avatar, the movie released just a few weeks ago, already ranks as the second highest earning movie of all time and may exceed the current record holder, Titanic, within a few more weeks. Two aspects … more

  • Mixotrophs - An Evolutionary "Nice Try"

    Amid all the celebration last year over the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of his most famous book, On the Origin of Species,1 I heard little or no mention … more

  • Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

    Edgar Allan Poe was not the only one impressed with the great intellect of the raven. Ravens also much impressed the prophet Elijah when God ordered the birds to bring the prophet bread and meat.1 … more

  • The Ears Have It

    Fire alarms. Thunder claps. Explosions. These jarring noises make us jump out of our seats and cause our hearts to race. Our ability to respond immediately to such startling stimuli—and yet … more

  • Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Design

    Vascular plants provide sites all along their root systems where colonies of AMF can assemble and feed on the nutrients supplied by the plants. In return, the AMF supply phosphorus, nitrogen, and … more

  • Optimal Memory Design and Benefits of Forgetting

    During speaking events, I am frequently complimented for my "phenomenal memory." People are impressed by the relative ease with which I quote Bible passages from memory or recall the details of arcane … more

  • Novel Nitrogen Uptake Design

    Molecular nitrogen (N2) comprises about 79 percent of the atmosphere, making it the most abundant element in Earth's atmosphere.

    Nitrogen is crucial for most biological processes. It is found in … more

  • Moving Life and Nutrients Around

    Many anecdotal accounts of microorganisms being found in environments that cannot support their metabolic activities can be found in the scientific literature.1 Yet no quantitative measurements … more

  • Intelligence Design

    Many science-fiction movies feature aliens with slight bodies and enormous brains. Such portrayals support the theme that an extraterrestrial ecosystem might permit the existence of a superintellect … more

  • Do Animals Possess Foresight?

    Many people believe that humans are just highly evolved animals. Thus, humans do not possess any features that are not manifested–at least to a small degree–in other animals. Consequently, … more

  • Do Animals Experience Sin and Guilt?

    Some people believe that humans are simply highly evolved animals and, thus, possess no features that are not manifested–at least to a small degree–in other animals. Consequently, some … more

  • Origin of Soulish Animals

    Ongoing debates over the origin of life have focused only on the origin of the physical attributes of life. The origins of the "soulish" and spiritual aspects of Earth's higher life-forms remain … more

  • Evolvability: A Good Design Principle

    Your computer's newest antivirus probably comes with live updates so it can arm itself against the latest trojan-phishing-spyware attack. It may not stop you from doing silly things like sending your … more

  • The Creation of Minerals

    In this year that marks Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species,1 the debate over creation and evolution has taken a … more

  • Task Partitioning in Ant Colonies

    The capacity of individuals within an insect colony to divide their labor for the overall benefit of the whole group highlights an outstanding design feature seen in all species of social insects … more