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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.

  • 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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  • Endosymbiont Hypothesis and the Ironic Case for a Creator

    December 12, 2018

    People often use irony in humor, rhetoric, and literature, but few would think it has a place in science. But wryly, this has become the case. Recent work in synthetic biology has created a real sense of irony among the scientific community—particularly for those who view life’s origin and design from an evolutionary framework.

    • Life in the Lab
    • Evolution
    • Intelligent Design
    • Design
  • Did Neanderthals Start Fires?

    December 5, 2018

    It is one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time. Written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme in the summer of 1945, “The Christmas Song” (subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) was crafted in less than an hour. As the story goes, Wells and Torme were trying to stay cool during the blistering summer heat by thinking cool thoughts and then jotting them down on paper. And, in the process, “The Christmas Song” was born.

    • Image of God
    • Human Origins
    • Hominids
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
  • Spider Silk Inspires New Technology and the Case for a Creator

    November 28, 2018

    On December 14th (2018), Columbia Pictures—in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation—will release a full-length animated feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The story features Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teenager, as Spider-Man.

    • Design
    • Biomimicry
  • Vocal Signals Smile on the Case for Human Exceptionalism

    November 21, 2018

    Before Thanksgiving each year, those of us who work at Reasons to Believe (RTB) headquarters take part in an annual custom. We put our work on pause and use that time to call donors, thanking them for supporting RTB’s mission. (It’s a tradition we have all come to love, by the way.)

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
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  • When Did Modern Human Brains—and the Image of God—Appear?

    November 14, 2018

    When I was a kid, I enjoyed reading Ripley’s Believe It or Not! I couldn’t get enough of the bizarre facts described in the pages of this comic. I was especially drawn to the panels depicting people who had oddly shaped heads. I found it fascinating to learn about people whose skulls were purposely forced into unnatural shapes by a practice known as intentional cranial deformation.

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
  • Is Raising Children with Religion Child Abuse?

    November 7, 2018

    With his typical flair for provocation, on more than one occasion Richard Dawkins has asserted that indoctrinating children in religion is a form of child abuse. In fact, he argues that the mental torment inflicted by religion on children is worse than sexual abuse carried out by priests—or by any other adult, for that matter. By way of support, he cites a conversation he had with someone who was molested by a Catholic priest. According to Dawkins, a woman told him “that while being abused by a priest was a ‘yucky’ experience, being told as a child that a Protestant friend who died would ‘roast in Hell’ was more distressing.”

    • Controversies
    • Christian Life
  • Is Fossil-Associated Cholesterol a Biomarker for a Young Earth?

    October 24, 2018

    Like many Americans, I receive a yearly physical. Even though I find these exams to be a bit of a nuisance, I recognize their importance. These annual checkups allow my doctor to get a read on my overall health.

    • Age of the Earth
  • Further Review Overturns Neanderthal Art Claim

    October 17, 2018

    As I write this blog post, the 2018–19 NFL season is just underway. During the course of any NFL season, several key games are decided by a controversial call made by the officials. Nobody wants the officials to determine the outcome of a game, so the NFL has instituted a way for coaches to challenge calls on the field. When a call is challenged, part of the officiating crew looks at a computer tablet on the sidelines—reviewing the game footage from a number of different angles in an attempt to get the call right. After two minutes of reviewing the replays, the senior official makes his way to the middle of the field and announces, “Upon further review, the call on the field . . .”

    • Image of God
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
    • Archaeology
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