Reasons to Believe

Life on Other Planets

  • Signatures of Life on an Exoplanet

    Without question, the last two decades witnessed unparalleled advances in our knowledge of planets. While the number of planets within the solar system decreased from nine to eight (which some … more

  • Grand by Design

    It’s as busy as Grand Central Station. This New York landmark, correctly referred to as Grand Central Terminal, is often thought of as the epitome of chaos. Rightfully so. I happened to be there … more

  • Can Tiny Organisms Survive Hostile Space?

    TNRTB Archive - Retained for reference information

    Abundant scientific evidence establishes that life originated on Earth in a geologic instant (no time).1 Additionally, life arose without benefit of … more

  • Is ET dissing us?

    You might have seen MSNBC, "British scientists recreate the molecules that gave birth to life itself" Jan 30, 2012; more

  • Another Super-Earth in the habitable zone?

    USA Today, "Super-Earth spotted on the edge of habitable zone'" Aug 22, 2011; more

  • NASA Finds New Life

    GIZMODO, "NASA Finds New Life," Dec 02, 2010,; more

  • A TNRTB Best of: Is Oxygen a Signature for Life?

    Working at Reasons to Believe provides many opportunities for us to travel around the country and the world, not only to engage skeptics in discussion about science-faith issues, but also to encourage … more

  • Survival of Earth-life on Mars

    NASA expends considerable effort to ensure any life-detecting spacecraft they send to Mars do not, themselves, contaminate Mars with Earth-life. At every phase of the mission multiple steps are taken … more

  • An Ocean of Wonder

    The recent discovery and analysis of a planet described as “something like our own Earth” highlights the point. This particular planet, with the colorful name GJ1214, is about six and half … more

  • Is Oxygen a Signature for Life?

    Astrobiology was launched as a scientific discipline at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Its stated goal is to find extraterrestrial life. But there's a problem. How does one go about … more

  • The Oxygen–Antioxidant Paradox

    Advanced life requires the efficient processing of energy to perform work. Only the oxidation of carbohydrates, starches, and fats can deliver the necessary efficiency. However, the presence of oxygen … more