Where Science and Faith Converge

The Cell's Design

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.

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    October 10, 2018

    He was called the “Master of the Telecaster.” He was also known as the “Iceman,” because his guitar playing was so hot, he was cold. Albert Collins (1932–93) was an electric blues guitarist and singer whose distinct style of play influenced the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
  • The Optimal Design of the Genetic Code

    October 3, 2018

    In his classic work, Natural Theology, William Paley surveyed a range of biological systems, highlighting their similarities to human-made designs. Paley noticed that human designs typically consist of various components that interact in a precise way to accomplish a purpose. According to Paley, human designs are contrivances—things produced with skill and cleverness—and they come about via the work of human agents. They come about by the work of intelligent designers. And because biological systems are contrivances, they, too, must come about via the work of a Creator.

    • Intelligent Design
    • Optimization
    • Biochemistry
    • Design
  • Neuroscientists Transfer "Memories" from One Snail to Another: A Christian Perspective on Engrams

    September 26, 2018

    Scientists from UCLA recently conducted some rather bizarre experiments. For me, it’s these types of things that make it so much fun to be a scientist.

    • Image of God
  • Differences in Human and Neanderthal Brains Explain Human Exceptionalism

    September 19, 2018

    When I was a little kid, my mom went through an Agatha Christie phase. She was a huge fan of the murder mystery writer and she read all of Christie’s books.

    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology
  • Yeast Gene Editing Study Raises Questions about the Evolutionary Origin of Human Chromosome 2

    September 12, 2018

    As a biochemist and a skeptic of the evolutionary paradigm, people often ask me two interrelated questions:

    • Humans vs. Chimps
    • Human Origins
  • The Endosymbiont Hypothesis: Things Aren’t What They Seem to Be

    August 29, 2018

    Sometimes, things just aren’t what they seem to be. For example, when it comes to the world of biology.

    • Evolution
  • The Multiplexed Design of Neurons

    August 22, 2018

    In 1910, Major General George Owen Squier developed a technique to increase the efficiency of data transmission along telephone lines that is still used today in telecommunications and computer networks. This technique, called multiplexing, allows multiple signals to be combined and transmitted along a single cable, making it possible to share a scarce resource (available phone lines, in Squier’s day).

    • Design
  • Design Principles Explain Neuron Anatomy

    August 15, 2018

    It’s one of the classic episodes of I Love Lucy. Originally aired on September 15, 1952, the episode entitled “Job Switching” finds Lucy and Ethel working at a candy factory. They have been assigned to an assembly line, where they are supposed to pick up pieces of candy from a moving conveyor belt, wrap them, and place the candy back on the assembly line. But the conveyor belt moves too fast for Lucy and Ethel to keep up. Eventually, they both start stuffing pieces of candy into their mouths, under their hats, and in their blouses, as fast as they can as pieces of candy on the assembly line quickly move beyond their reach—a scene of comedic brilliance.

    • Design
  • Evolution’s Flawed Approach to Science

    August 8, 2018

    One of the things I find most troubling about the evolutionary paradigm is the view it fosters about the nature of biological systems—including human beings.

    • Design
    • Philosophy of Science
    • Evolution
  • “Silenced” B Cells Loudly Proclaim the Case for a Creator

    August 1, 2018

    When I was an undergraduate student studying chemistry and biology, I hated the course work I did in immunology. The immune system is fascinating, to be certain. And, as a student, I marveled at how our body defends itself from invading microorganisms. But, I hated trying to keep track of the bewildering number of the cells that comprise the immune system.

  • Do Plastic-Eating Bacteria Dump the Case for Creation?

    July 18, 2018

    At the risk of stating the obvious: Plastics are an indispensable part of our modern world. Yet, plastic materials cause untold problems for the environment. One of the properties that makes plastics so useful also makes them harmful. Plastics don’t readily degrade.

    • Microbial
    • Evolution
  • Sophisticated Cave Art Evinces the Image of God

    May 23, 2018

    It’s a new trend in art. Museums and galleries all over the world are exploring the use of sounds, smells, and lighting to enhance the viewer’s experience as they interact with pieces of art. The Tate Museum in London is one institution pioneering this innovative approach to experiencing artwork. For example, on display recently at Tate’s Sensorium was Irish artist Francis Bacon’s Figure in a Landscape, a piece that depicts a gray human figure on a bench. Visitors to the Sensorium put on headphones while they view this painting, and they hear sounds of a busy city. Added to the visual and auditory experiences are the bitter burnt smell of chocolate and the sweet aroma of oranges that engulf the viewer. This multisensory experience is meant to depict a lonely, brooding figure lost in the never-ending activities of a city, with the contrasting aromas simultaneously communicating the harshness and warmth of life in an urban setting.

    • Image of God
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Adam & Eve
  • A Genetically Engineered Case for a Creator

    May 9, 2018

    Since the 1960’s, the drug noscapine has been used in many parts of the world as a non-narcotic cough-suppressant. Recently, biomedical researchers have learned that that noscapine (and chemically-modified derivatives of this drug) has potential as a cancer drug. And that is nothing to sneeze at.

    • Life in the Lab
    • Artificial Life
  • Did Neanderthals Produce Cave Paintings?

    April 25, 2018

    One time when our kids were little, my wife and I discovered that someone had drawn a picture on one of the walls in our house. Though all of our children professed innocence, it was easy to figure out who the culprit was, because the little artist also wrote the first letter of her name on the wall next to her “masterpiece.”

    • Human Uniqueness
    • Neanderthals/Hominids
    • Image of God
    • Human Origins
  • Why Are Whales So Big? In Wisdom God Made Them That Way

    April 18, 2018

    When I was in high school, I had the well-deserved reputation of being a wise guy—though the people who knew me then might have preferred to call me a wise—, instead. Either way, for being a wise guy, I sure didn’t display much wisdom during my teenage years.

    • Design
    • Biology
  • Mitochondria’s Deviant Genetic Code: Evolution or Creation?

    April 11, 2018

    Before joining Reasons to Believe, I worked for nearly a decade in research and development (R&D) for a Fortune 500 company. During my tenure, on several occasions I was assigned to work on a “resurrected” project—one that was mothballed years earlier for one reason or another but was then deemed worthy of another go-around by upper management.

    • Common Design vs. Common Descent
    • Design
    • Evolution
    • Biochemistry

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