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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."

  • Are Oxygen and Ozone Signatures for Life?

    September 17, 2018

    Many people quickly identify oxygen and ozone as biologically produced molecules in Earth’s atmosphere. For that reason, exoplanet researchers look for oxygen and ozone in the atmosphere of exoplanets in their search for life. Would such a discovery rank as a true signature for life?

    • Extrasolar Planets
    • Exoplanets
    • Water
    • Life on Other Planets
  • Highly Fine-Tuned Reverse Weathering Stabilized Earth’s Early Climate

    September 10, 2018

    It bothers my wife Kathy that I can be sitting in front of a computer and not even notice that the room temperature has dropped or risen by more than ten degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike me, Kathy is extremely sensitive to temperature changes. A temperature change in our home or in one of our offices as small as a half degree is enough for her to declare that she is too cold or too warm. Her temperature sensitivity is even better than any of our thermostats.

    • Early Earth
    • Earth
    • Earth Design
    • Design
    • Atmosphere
  • Probing the Moment of Creation with Large-Scale Magnetic Fields

    September 3, 2018

    In the past one hundred years astronomers have moved from knowing virtually nothing about the origin and history of the universe to possessing a detailed and abundantly confirmed cosmic creation model. I describe this journey and all the observational successes of what is now known as the big bang creation model in my latest book, The Creator and the Cosmos.

    • Inflation
    • Universe Design
    • Big Bang Theory
  • Confirmation That Early Humans Were Making Bread

    August 27, 2018

    The discovery of two ancient ovens in Jordan provides evidence that humans were making bread at a time consistent with the Bible’s account of early human history. In chapter 15 of my book Improbable Planet1, I described an archaeological/scientific discovery2 that established that humans living along the shore of the Sea of Galilee were selectively breeding and cultivating wild grains at least as long ago as 23,000 years before the present. The breeding and cultivation of such grains suggest that humans living 23,000 years ago were using the grains as a food staple that likely may have included the manufacture of bread or bread-like products.

    • Human Flourishing
    • Genesis
    • Anthropology
    • Archaeology
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  • Atmospheric Pressure and the Possibility of Life

    August 20, 2018

    In mountain climbing, the death zone refers to altitudes above 26,000 feet (7,900 meters). At that height, the atmospheric pressure is only 35 percent of what it is at sea level. Irrespective of physical conditioning or acclimatization, it is not possible for any human at that altitude to breathe in enough oxygen to prevent widespread cell death in the body’s vital organs, and especially in the brain. Above 26,000 feet it becomes very difficult to sleep and near impossible to digest food. Any climber that spends more than about 12 hours above 26,000 feet without supplemental oxygen will experience permanent brain damage, increasing risk of loss of consciousness, and ultimately death.

    • Exoplanets
    • Earth Design
    • Sun
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Extinction
    • Atmosphere
  • More Evidence That Nephesh Animals Were Designed for Relationships with Humans

    August 13, 2018

    An experiment performed by one British and three Hungarian biologists provides yet more scientific evidence that certain non-human animals were designed in advance to engage in complex relationships with human beings.

    • Genesis
    • Life Design
    • Origin of Life
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Creation
    • Animals
  • Why Did God Kill All the Men, Women, and Children in Sodom?

    August 8, 2018

    The way I typically hear this question is, why did God kill every man, woman, and child living in Sodom and Gomorrah? This question is frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike, and it’s commonly used as a basis for people to reject the existence of the God of the Bible. Such individuals presume that an all-loving God would never do such a thing.

    • Atheism
    • Bible Difficulties
    • Problem of Evil
    • Sin
    • Justice
    • Cancer
    • Bible
    • Morality
  • Where Did Earth Get Its Fine-Tuned Supply of Water?

    August 6, 2018

    Perhaps the most memorable lines in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are “Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” Seawater won’t help sailors in peril, but a new scientific discovery adds yet more evidence to how remarkably designed planet Earth is to allow us to have water to drink and to use to sustain our civilization.

    • Earth Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Water
    • Early Earth
    • Exoplanets
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  • Exoplanets’ Climate Instabilities Reveal Earth’s Fine-Tuning

    July 30, 2018

    In my last three blogs I described the inevitable climate instabilities that occur on Earth as a result of subtle variations in Earth’s rotation axis tilt and shape of its orbit about the Sun. For the first time, astronomers are paying serious attention to how similar variations affect the possible habitability of planets beyond our solar system. These studies are revealing extraordinarily fine-tuned design features in the solar system—and Earth in particular—that make Earth habitable not only for life, but also for animals, human beings, and global human civilization.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Gas Giant Planets
    • Global Warming
    • Exoplanets
    • Solar System Design
    • Moon & Its Formation
    • Life on Other Planets
    • Earth Design
    • Early Earth
  • Is the Liquid Water Found on Mars a “Mars Shocker”?

    July 26, 2018

    Twenty-two planetary astronomers from research institutions in Italy who form part of the MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) mission created an international stir when they announced the recent discovery of “subglacial liquid water” on Mars. Norwegian Polar Institute scientist Anja Diez concurrently published a Perspectives commentary in Science titled, “Liquid Water on Mars.“

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Life
    • Origin of Life
    • Mars
  • The End of Civilization As We Know It? Part 3

    July 23, 2018

    As I have explained in posts one and two, our present brief (13,000-year) warm interglacial and even briefer (9,000-year) period of extreme climate stability will end. Another ice age is coming. Though for a number of reasons (as I will explain) we cannot prevent the onset of an ice age, there are some things we can do to delay it.

    • End Times
    • Earth's History
    • Earth Design
  • The End of Civilization As We Know It? Part 2

    July 16, 2018

    If an ice age is coming soon, how will our lives be affected? In my first blog post in this series, I described the latest scientific research that demonstrates how continued global warming will bring on the next ice age and approximately when we can expect its onset. In this post I will describe the consequences the onset of the next ice age will create for modern civilization. In the final post in this series I will briefly summarize our options for delaying the dawn of the next ice age and review what preparations we should make ahead of its arrival.

    • Plants
    • Atmosphere
    • Global Warming
    • Extinction
    • Earth Design
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  • The End of Civilization As We Know It? Part 1

    July 9, 2018

    Not a week goes by that I don’t get at least three questions about global warming. Frequently, what underlies these questions is a concern, and sometimes outright panic, that all the ice fields and glaciers in Antarctica, Greenland, and the Himalayas will melt and drown out all the coastal cities of the world where over a third of world’s population currently lives. Adding to this concern and panic is the worry that global warming will raise summer daytime temperatures in inland cities to such a degree that millions of people without air conditioning will die from heatstroke.

    • Geophysics
    • Ocean life
    • Natural Disasters
    • Extinction
    • Global Warming
    • Earth Design
  • Unveiling a Mystery of Cosmic Dark Matter

    July 2, 2018

    The nature of cosmic dark matter, the exotic matter that makes up about 5/6 of all matter in the universe, ranks as one of the two biggest unsolved components1 of the biblically predicted big bang creation model.2 (The other big unsolved component is the nature of dark energy.3) The exotic property of cosmic dark matter is that, unlike ordinary matter (matter comprised of protons, neutrons, and electrons), it does not interact or very weakly interacts with light. Now, a recent paper published in Nature by two Harvard University astrophysicists4 brings us one step closer to comprehending the nature of cosmic dark matter and thereby giving us yet more reasons to believe in the biblical description of the origin, history, and nature of the universe.

    • Universe Design
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Big Bang Theory
  • How Cyanobacteria Regulate Oceans’ Salt and Life

    June 25, 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration is concerned that Americans consume too much salt. Yet, when my wife was pregnant with our sons, her obstetrician was concerned that she was not consuming enough salt. In other words, too much—or too little—salt in our diets can be harmful. And what is true for humans is true for every life-form. Now a new scientific discovery reveals that cyanobacteria play a vital role in maintaining a perfect salt balance in our oceans.

    • Fine-Tuning
    • Ecosystems
    • Ocean life
    • Plate Tectonics
    • Life History
    • Early Earth
    • Cambrian Explosion
  • Hazy Early Earth: More Affirmation of Creation Day 4

    June 18, 2018

    When I first arrived in Pasadena for postdoctoral research at Caltech, the haze of Los Angeles smog was so thick that it was several weeks before I realized that a range of 6,000-foot high mountains lay just three miles to the north. Now, thanks to air pollution abatement, I see those mountains clearly every day.

    • Creation & Genesis
    • Sun
    • Genesis
    • Earth Design
    • Atmosphere
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  • Rapid Landmass Emergence Affirms Creation Day 3

    June 11, 2018

    When I first read Genesis 1 at age 17, the plate tectonics theory was in its infancy. Researchers were still not certain whether continents had always existed on Earth’s surface or if the planet had transitioned over several billion years from a water world into its present state, where continents cover 29 percent of its surface. I remember wondering at that time if, while science had not disproved anything written in Genesis 1, it would actually advance to proving that Genesis 1 got both the descriptions and the chronological order of creation events correct? Uppermost in my mind back then was whether or not the new science of plate tectonics would vindicate Genesis 1’s statements about the continental landmasses being formed on creation day 3.

    • Earth Design
    • Requirements for Life
    • Earth's History
    • Early Earth
    • Creation & Genesis
    • Genesis
  • Did Curiosity Find Evidence of Life on Mars?

    June 8, 2018

    Yesterday, NASA issued a major public announcement that Fox News termed a “massive Mars discovery.”1 What was the discovery? At the announcement NASA spokesman and research scientist at NASA Goddard, Jennifer Eigenbrode, said, “We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lake bed.”2 Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA Goddard added, “Organic compounds are fundamental to our search for life.”3 Readers can watch a video recording of the NASA announcement here. Readers can access the peer-reviewed papers on the methane discovered by Curiosity here4 and here.5

    • Life on Other Planets
    • Mars
    • Panspermia
    • Origin of Life
    • Bacteria
  • Five Best Scientific Evidences for the God of the Bible

    June 4, 2018

    People we meet and audiences we address frequently ask us for brief descriptions of the best scientific evidences for God. Depending on individual backgrounds, what is best for one person will be different for someone else. However, in the more than 30-year history of Reasons to Believe, one or more of the following five have proven most effective in persuading modern-day non-theists that the God of the Bible really does exist:

    • Genesis
    • Young-Earth Creationism
    • Origin of Life
    • Galaxy Design
    • Big Bang Theory
    • Universe Design
    • Solar System Design
    • Science & Faith
    • Origin of the Universe
    • Human Uniqueness
    • Human Origins
    • Fine-Tuning
    • Animals
    • Adam & Eve
  • Quest to Discover the Nature of 70 Percent of the Universe

    May 28, 2018

    How would you feel if you purchased a house and you knew the total square footage of the home, but were locked out from access to 70 percent of the house? Wouldn’t you be curious about the nature of that 70 percent? Wouldn’t you attempt to enlist the assistance of a locksmith to gain access to that 70 percent?

    • Universe Design
    • Laws of Physics
    • Dark Energy & Dark Matter
    • Big Bang Theory
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