Reasons to Believe

Universe Design

  • Giving a Rip about the Big Rip

    In my last blog post I wrote about how astronomers have accumulated overwhelming evidence that the universe will continue to expand at an ever increasing rate. This accelerating cosmic expansion rate … more

  • Cosmic Acceleration: Is It Real?

    About a month ago, three physicists published a paper in Scientific Reports in which they called into question what most scientists consider the greatest scientific discovery of the twentieth … more

  • Does Life Need to Be Carbon-Based?

    Some science fiction writers imagine incredible adventures in bizarre or far-fetched environments. One personal favorite of mine is the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Where No One Has … more

  • Dark Energy and Gravity Withstand Tests

    In the life sciences, researchers are discouraged from challenging certain reigning paradigms, such as the evolutionary explanation for the origin of humans. The opposite is the case in the … more

  • Thank God for Merging Neutron Stars

    Have you thanked God for neutron and black hole merging events today? You should. A new study of an ancient dwarf galaxy shows that human life—and certainly a global high-technology … more

  • Gamma Ray Burst Research Reveals Fine-tuning

    According to many science fiction movies, life thrives throughout the universe. Star Wars recounts long-past battles in “a galaxy far, far away.” In Contact, Ellie Arroway travels through … more

  • Thankful for Scientific Advances

    My family frequently goes on camping trips over Thanksgiving week to enjoy the spectacular creation in which we live. We’ve seen California’s giant sequoia trees, the Pacific coast, and … more

  • Q&A: Relativity, Expansion, and the Speed of Light

    From Keith I’m currently reading The Creator and the Cosmos and have a question regarding the expanding universe. As the expansion of the universe increases, Hugh said that eventually the rate … more

  • No Bad Flare Days for the Sun

    For me, every day is a good hair day because I don’t have much hair to worry about. Likewise, astronomers are discovering that because our Sun experiences so few really intense flares, virtually … more

  • Violent Youth Seeded Universe with Iron

    Iron, the sixth most abundant element in the universe, serves many vital functions for humanity. Mechanically, it’s the main component of the steel used in constructing everything from computer … more