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Author: Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. I also am eager to equip Christians to engage, rather than withdraw from or attack, educated non-Christians. One of the approaches I’ve developed, with the help of my RTB colleagues, is a biblical creation model that is testable, falsifiable, and predictive.

I enjoy constructively integrating all 66 books of the Bible with all the science disciplines as a way to discover and apply deeper truths. 1 Peter 3:15–16 sets my ministry goal, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience."

  • Pursuing the Firstborn Stars and a Better Cosmic Creation Model

    July 15, 2019

    Elusive detection of the universe’s firstborn stars has been a long-standing challenge toward developing a more detailed and better affirmed biblically predicted big bang creation model.1 Astronomers call them Population III stars, and a failure to observe them has led some people to conclude that the big bang creation model has been falsified. For example, past president of the Institute for Creation Research, Henry Morris II, wrote,

    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Universe Design
    • Stars
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Cosmic Creation Model Passes Key Helium Abundance Test

    July 8, 2019

    Development of a biblical cosmic creation model ranks as one of the hallmarks of Reasons to Believe’s case for the Christian faith. In that model we maintain that thousands of years ago, the Bible explicitly predicted the following four features of the universe:

    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Universe Design
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • God's Existence
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Personal Tribute to Norm Geisler

    July 2, 2019

    Today, July 1, 2019, Norman Geisler passed away peacefully, just 20 days short of his 87th birthday. No doubt he ranks as one of the greatest and most influential apologists of our time. He may be best known for his unswerving defense of biblical inerrancy and was a major participant in framing the Chicago Statements on Biblical Inerrancy and Hermeneutics. He also cofounded two Christian seminaries, Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Santa Ana, California.

    • Interviews
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Reasons to Believe
    • Inerrancy
  • Complex Life’s Narrow Requirements for Atmospheric Gases

    July 1, 2019

    I have visited the Dead Sea, 1,412 feet below sea level, and have climbed 14,000-foot-high mountains. In both instances I noticed a decrease in lung function. For advanced life, lungs provide the highest possible respiration efficiency.1 That efficiency, however, requires a narrow air pressure range.

    • Exoplanets
    • Solar System Design
    • Earth Design
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Life Design
    • Atmosphere
    • Anthropic Principle
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  • Are Astronomers Confused about the Cosmic Creation Event?

    June 24, 2019

    A little more than a month ago the internet and popular press were abuzz about a paper published by a team of astronomers led by Nobel laureate, Adam Riess. Riess and his team reported measurements that indicated that the universe might be a little more than a billion years younger than the date determined from analyzing a map of the cosmic background radiation—the radiation left over from the cosmic creation event.1 As one web article commented, the new measurements are “upending one of the few things scientists felt certain about”2 and consequently “the birth of the universe is shrouded in guesses and hypotheses.”3 Another web article stated that astronomers “lost track of time”4 and quoted Riess in saying that “we’re not passing this test [the age of the universe]—we’re failing the test!”5

    • Inflation
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Old Earth Creationism
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Universe Design
    • Inerrancy
    • Cosmology
    • Cosmic Expansion
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Naturalistic Evolution Challenge: Gaian Bottleneck Gets Narrower

    June 17, 2019

    Scientific advances continue to demonstrate our improbable planet’s fine-tuned features. In a recent issue of Science, a team of scientists led by Francis Macdonald described another extraordinary feature of Earth’s plate tectonic activity.1 This feature must be fine-tuned for life to persist on Earth for as long as it has and the required fine-tuning poses yet another challenge to naturalistic explanations for the history of Earth’s life.

    • Life Design
    • Naturalism
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth Design
    • Atmosphere
  • Extending Climate Stability through Wearable Thermoelectrics

    June 10, 2019

    Air conditioning and heating of all buildings and vehicles have greatly increased the productivity, health, and comfort of human beings and their domesticated animals. However, in spite of the comfort and convenience, air conditioning and heating both engender plentiful complaints.

    • Global Warming
    • Biology
    • Atmosphere
  • Spiral Arms Designed for Life

    June 3, 2019

    Two weeks ago, I introduced my blog by describing my issue with how each of the Star Wars movies references civilizations in “a galaxy far, far away.” We astronomers have observed thousands of far, far away galaxies and so far none possess features similar enough to our Milky Way Galaxy (MWG) to be possible candidates to host an advanced civilization. In this post I describe yet another feature, namely that a galaxy’s spiral arms (where most new stars are formed) must be neither too tight nor too loose to harbor life.

    • Galaxy Design
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Fine-Tuning
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  • Saltation, a Problem for Astrobiology

    May 27, 2019

    Astrobiology is the scientific discipline dedicated to the search and study of life on other worlds. In spite of decades of research funding and dozens of dedicated spacecraft missions, astrobiology remains a “data-free” scientific discipline. It’s not that we have not learned anything, but that researchers have not found any “data” in the form of life. This continuing lack of data has profound scientific, philosophical, and spiritual implications.

    • Exoplanets
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Meteors
    • Panspermia
    • Mars
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth Design
    • Bacteria
  • A Supermassive Black Hole Like No Other, But Optimal for Life

    May 20, 2019

    I have a problem with the Star Wars movies. Each saga film opens with the famous words, “In a galaxy far, far away.” We astronomers have observed thousands of far, far away galaxies and, unfortunately for Luke Skywalker and friends, none possess the features that support advanced life. Our Milky Way Galaxy is the only known life-friendly galaxy.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Milky Way Galaxy
    • Galaxy Design
    • Earth Design
  • No Nearby Nasty Supermassive Black Holes

    May 13, 2019

    Medical doctors tell us that it is not good for our health and wellbeing to possess a pot belly. They warn us, too, that the bigger the pot belly in proportion to our total body weight the greater the impact on our health, wellbeing, and longevity. As it is for human beings, so, too, for galaxies.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Milky Way Galaxy
    • Galaxy Design
  • Fine-Tuned India-Asia Collision Cools Earth for Human Habitation

    May 6, 2019

    Earth has experienced many tectonic plate collisions throughout its history. By far the most dramatic collision began 50 million years ago and continues to this day between Asia and the Indian subcontinent (see figure 1).1 Currently, the Indian subcontinent moves 5 centimeters per year in a northeasterly direction and, so far, has pushed a little more than 2,000 kilometers (1,300 miles) into the Eurasian plate.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Sun
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Earth Design
    • Atmosphere
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  • Helium Hydride Detection Affirms Big Bang Creation Model

    April 29, 2019

    Astronomers’ unusual but effective means of detecting helium hydride has generated excitement among researchers by helping to account for the “missing helium hydride” in big bang creation models. This discovery also supports how the Bible describes the universe’s beginning, history, and structure.

    • Big Bang Theory
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Universe Design
    • Stars
  • Life and Magnetic Field Variations

    April 22, 2019

    In last week’s blog about Earth’s magnetic field1 I wrote about recent research by three Australian astronomers that demonstrated the possible existence of life on a planet critically depends on that planet possessing a strong enduring magnetic dipole moment. Now, Harvard University astronomer Manasvi Lingam has published a paper in which he has determined the degree to which variations in the strength of Earth’s magnetic field impact life on Earth. He also shows the degree to which variations in the magnetic field strength of ancient Mars and of planets beyond our solar system impact the habitability of these planets.2

    • Life Design
    • Stars
    • Exoplanets
    • Mars
    • Sun
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
    • Bacteria
  • Earth, an Extraordinary Magnet for Life

    April 15, 2019

    We might take it for granted, but our planet’s magnetic field is no sure thing. A just-published research paper by three Australian astronomers shows that a strong, long-lasting magnetic field is essential for the survival of advanced life and that such magnetic fields must be extremely rare among rocky extrasolar planets.1

    • Requirements for Life
    • Earth Design
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Exoplanets
    • Sun
    • Solar System Design
  • Life Requires Galactic and Supergalactic Habitable Zones

    April 8, 2019

    Zones where advanced life can exist in the universe just became stricter. Astronomical researchers have discovered that livable neighborhoods must include not only favorable planet-to-star conditions but also galactic and supergalactic features.

    • Solar System Design
    • Galaxy Design
    • Universe Design
    • Milky Way Galaxy
    • Fine-Tuning
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  • Origin of Our Amazing Nitrogen

    April 1, 2019

    For several decades, astronomers have known that Earth’s atmosphere possesses a nitrogen abundance that is exquisitely fine-tuned for advanced life. Now, a team of four astronomers has discovered the origin of Earth’s atmospheric nitrogen.

    • Solar System Design
    • Earth Design
    • Comets
    • Atmosphere
    • Moon & Its Formation
  • Solar and Lunar Tides Designed for Complex Life

    March 25, 2019

    In August 2017, Reasons to Believe organized a conference on the fine-tuned design of the Sun and Moon that makes advanced human civilization possible. We held the conference on a site and at the time of a total solar eclipse. We not only witnessed a spectacular solar eclipse but also learned in several different ways how the Sun and Moon are exquisitely designed to enable the existence of human beings on Earth.

    • Ocean life
    • Solar System Design
    • Oceans
    • Sun
    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth Design
    • Animals
  • Earth’s Surface Water Percentage Is Fine-Tuned for Life

    March 18, 2019

    Seventy-one percent may seem like average, but when it comes to Earth’s surface water percentage, that number appears to be ideal for advanced civilization. A scientific agency like NASA recognizes that life cannot exist without liquid water—thus, their long-held astrobiology mantra is to “follow the water.”1 That pursuit leads astrobiology researchers to look for evidence of life or life’s remains on astronomical bodies where there is at least a possibility of surface liquid water.

    • Life History
    • Human Origins
    • Oceans
    • Ocean life
    • Earth's History
    • Earth Design
    • Animals
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Exoplanets
  • Moist Greenhouse Threshold Doomsday

    March 11, 2019

    Considerable political and scientific discussion today concerns the possible effects of global warming. Not much attention, however, has been given to potential future water loss—in other words, death by drying out. A major reason why Earth’s water loss has not been publicized is due to large uncertainties in water loss models. A recent paper in the Astrophysical Journal has now brought a measure of certainty to Earth’s inevitable future water loss.1 Is there reason to worry?

    • Solar System Design
    • Sun
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Earth Design
    • Atmosphere
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