Reasons to Believe

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  • Why I Heart the Big Bang

    Inspiration for this week’s post comes from Facebook, but bear with me. I assure you it has nothing to do with politics or meme generators. In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, several … more

  • General Relavity Passes Another Test

    Part of my attraction to gamma-ray astronomy relates to the types of objects it observes. My graduate research focused on an object called Markarian 421. It is an active galactic nucleus (AGN) located … more

  • Does Dark Energy Need a Shave?

    Do graphite whiskers in meteorites require shaving dark energy out of cosmological models?

    Consider a familiar scenario. Your child lies on the couch acting unusually calm. You touch your their … more

  • Design Feature Prevents Hard Snowball Earth

    Imagine the Antarctic glaciers extending over the whole Earth. Dating back to the early 1960s, scientists proposed just such a scenario, known as a “snowball Earth” hypotheses to explain … more

  • Signpost of Unification Found?

    Scientists seek to discover a discover fundamental theory underlying all natural phenomena, including the four basic forces of in nature: the electromagnetic force, the gravitational force, and the … more

  • Questioning the Model

    A critic of Reasons To Believe recently sent this response to another post, but perhaps it’s worthwhile to highlight the comment here and see if we can generate some discussion. The … more

  • Hints of Newborn Universe Detected

    The discovery of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) in 1965 and the subsequent detection of minute ripples in the CMB in 1994 both garnered Nobel Prizes. The former confirmed the big bang models of … more

  • Precise and Accurate

    Recent measurements using the Hubble Space Telescope help to resolve a scientific dispute that impacts how old the universe appears. Most readers will recall that the initial WMAP results gave an age … more

  • Continuous Cosmic Expansion

    Some promote an infinitely (or near infinitely) old universe to avoid a creation event in the relatively recent (roughly 14-billion-year) past. So, they argue that the universe is static or … more

  • Big Bang Passes Big Test

    Atheist astrophysicist Geoffrey Burbidge once worried aloud that his peers might rush off to join "the First Church of Christ of the Big Bang."1 The rush of which he spoke was precipitated by a deluge … more

  • Big Bang Stands Firm

    The big bang has scored well on every test devised and applied by researchers over several decades,1 and it has just sailed through another one with flying colors.

    Why is this fact relevant to the … more

  • Predictive Power: Confirming Cosmic Creation

    Scientists focus enormous effort on turning detections (observations and measurements) into predictions. Meteorologists use data to predict temperatures, wind, and precipitation. Astronomers use data … more

  • Tolman's Elegant Test

    The cosmic characteristic most extensively described in the Bible is the ongoing expansion of the universe.1 No other holy book of the world's religions describes this feature, nor was it anticipated … more

  • An Infinity of Universes?

     Excerpted from The Creator and the Cosmos, 3d ed. (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2001), 171-72.

    The weight of evidence for a divinely designed universe is now so overwhelming that it has forced … more

  • Cosmic Cool Down - What Does It Mean?

    Not one but five writers of Scripture describe God’s “stretching out” of the heavens. From a scientist’s perspective, these ancient writers predict the twentieth-century … more

  • Facing Up to Big Bang Challenges

    What danger lurks in associating big bang cosmology with biblical cosmology? Most Christian physicists, astronomers, and other scientists would say, “None.” Many Christian philosophers, … more

  • Big Bang—The Bible Taught It First!

    While it is true that they were the first (1965) to detect the radiation left over from the creation event,1 they were not the first scientists to recognize that the universe expanded from an … more