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Author: Fazale Rana

I watched helplessly as my father died a Muslim. Though he and I would argue about my conversion, I was unable to convince him of the truth of the Christian faith.

I became a Christian as a graduate student studying biochemistry. The cell's complexity, elegance, and sophistication coupled with the inadequacy of evolutionary scenarios to account for life's origin compelled me to conclude that life must stem from a Creator. Reading through the Sermon on the Mount convinced me that Jesus was who Christians claimed Him to be: Lord and Savior.

Still, evangelism wasn't important to me - until my father died. His death helped me appreciate how vital evangelism is. It was at that point I dedicated myself to Christian apologetics and the use of science as a tool to build bridges with nonbelievers.

In 1999, I left my position in R&D at a Fortune 500 company to join Reasons to Believe because I felt the most important thing I could do as a scientist is to communicate to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific evidence - evidence that is being uncovered day after day - for God's existence and the reliability of Scripture.

  • Competitive Endogenous RNA Hypothesis Supports the Case for Creation

    May 15, 2019

    When Francis Crick, codiscoverer of the DNA double helix, first conceived of molecular biology’s organizing principle in 1958, he dubbed it the central dogma. He soon came to regret the term. In his autobiographical account, What Mad Pursuit, Crick writes:

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
  • Pseudogene Discovery Pains Evolutionary Paradigm

    May 8, 2019

    It was one of the most painful experiences I ever had. A few years ago, I had two back-to-back bouts of kidney stones. I remember it as if it were yesterday. Man, did it hurt when I passed the stones! All I wanted was for the emergency room nurse to keep the Demerol coming.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Pain and Suffering
    • Genomics
  • Why Mitochondria Make My List of Best Biological Designs

    May 1, 2019

    A few days ago, I ran across a BuzzFeed list that catalogs 24 of the most poorly designed things in our time. Some of the items that stood out from the list for me were:

    • Biochemistry
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
  • Self-Assembly of Protein Machines: Evidence for Evolution or Creation?

    April 17, 2019

    I finally upgraded my iPhone a few weeks ago from a 5s to an 8 Plus. I had little choice. The battery on my cell phone would no longer hold a charge.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Biochemistry
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  • Does Transhumanism Refute Human Exceptionalism? A Response to Peter Clarke

    April 3, 2019

    I just finished binge-watching Altered Carbon. Based on the 2002 science fiction novel written by Richard K. Morgan, this Netflix original series is provocative, to say the least.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
  • Timing of Neanderthals’ Disappearance Makes Art Claims Unlikely

    March 27, 2019

    In Latin it literally means, “somewhere else.” Legal experts consider an alibi to be one of the most effective legal defenses available in a court of law because it has the potential to prove a defendant’s innocence. It goes without saying: if a defendant has an alibi, it means that he or she was somewhere else when the crime was committed.

    • Human Origins
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Image of God
  • Origins of Monogamy Cause Evolutionary Paradigm Breakup

    March 20, 2019

    Gregg Allman fronted the Allman Brothers Band for over 40 years until his death in 2017 at the age of 69. Writer Mark Binelli described Allman’s voice as “a beautifully scarred blues howl, old beyond its years.”

    • Evolution
    • Design
    • Convergence
  • Biochemical Synonyms Restate the Case for a Creator

    March 13, 2019

    Sometimes I just can’t help myself. I know it’s clickbait but I click on the link anyway. A few days ago, as a result of momentary weakness, I found myself reading an article from the ScoopWhoop website, “16 Things Most of Us Think Are the Same but Actually Aren’t.”

    • Molecular Evolution
    • Evolution
    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
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  • Discovery of Intron Function Interrupts Evolutionary Paradigm

    March 6, 2019

    Nobody likes to be interrupted when they are talking. It feels disrespectful and can be frustrating. Interruptions derail the flow of a conversation.

    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
    • Genes & DNA
    • Design
  • Molecular Logic of the Electron Transport Chain Supports Creation

    February 27, 2019

    It has been described as one of the most “heated and acrimonious debates in biochemistry during the twentieth century,” and its resolution carries implications for a different ideological conflict—that of the origin of life.

    • Origin of Life
    • Intelligent Design
    • Biochemistry
  • Electron Transport Chain Protein Complexes Rev Up the Case for a Creator

    February 6, 2019

    As a little kid, I spent many a Saturday afternoon “helping” my dad work on our family car. What a clunker. We didn’t have a garage, so we parked our car on the street in front of the house. Our home was built into a hillside and the only way to get to our house was to climb a long flight of stairs from the street.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
    • Proteins
    • Biochemistry
  • Early Cave Art Supports the Image of God

    January 30, 2019

    This masterpiece depicts the Rue Mosnier (an urban street) as seen from the window of Manet’s art studio on June 30, 1878, a national holiday in France. Flags line both sides of the Rue Mosnier, decorations that are part of the day’s celebration.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
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  • Does Animal Planning Undermine the Image of God?

    January 23, 2019

    A few years ago, we had an all-white English Bulldog named Archie. He would lumber toward even complete strangers, eager to befriend them and earn their affections. And people happily obliged this playful pup.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Image of God
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Animals
  • Prebiotic Chemistry and the Hand of God

    January 16, 2019

    If you could time travel, would you? Would you travel to the past or the future? If asked this question, I bet many origin-of-life researchers would want to travel to the time in Earth’s history when life originated. Given the many scientifically impenetrable mysteries surrounding life’s genesis, I am certain many of the scientists working on these problems would love to see firsthand how life got its start.

    • Prebiotic Chemistry
    • Origin of Life
  • Long Noncoding RNAs Extend the Case for Creation

    January 9, 2019

    I don’t like to think of myself as technology-challenged, but I am beginning to wonder if I just might be. As a case in point, I have no clue about all the things my iPhone can do. It isn’t uncommon for someone (usually much younger than me) to point out features of my iPhone that I didn’t even know existed. (And, of course, there is the TV remote—but that will have to serve as material for another lead.)

    • Junk DNA & Bad Designs
  • Soft Tissue Preservation Mechanism Stabilizes the Case for Earth’s Antiquity

    December 19, 2018

    One of the highlights of the year at Reasons to Believe (well, it’s a highlight for some of us, anyway) is the white elephant gift exchange at our staff Christmas party. It is great fun to laugh together as a staff as we take turns unwrapping gifts—some cheesy, some useless, and others highly prized—and then “stealing” from one another those two or three gifts that everyone seems to want.

    • Fossil Record
    • Dinosaurs
    • Age of the Earth
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