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Today's New Reason to Believe
Integrating Science and Faith
- 11/20/2014 02:06 AM
Tuberculosis Study Could Help Us Understand How Disease Spreads
The latest Ebola outbreak has elicited a lot of fearâ€”justifiably so. The potential for a pandemic highlights the critical need for epidemiologists to understand the origin and spread of human pathogens. The Ebola scare also raises difficult questions of a theological nature. How could a good God, who is all-powerful and â€“knowing, create a world … Continue reading
- 11/17/2014 02:38 AM
Is the Whale Pelvis a Vestige of Evolution?
Youâ€™ve heard about the elephant in the roomâ€”but what if the elephant is a whale? I distinctly remember feeling uneasiness when I came upon a blue whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling in the Museum of Natural History in London. It wasnâ€™t the skeletonâ€™s massive size that caused my disquietâ€”it was the small pelvic and … Continue reading
- 11/13/2014 02:44 AM
RTB Scholarsâ€™ Thoughts on Pope Francis and Evolution
Pope Francis drew some media attention last month for his reiteration of the decades-old Catholic endorsement of the big bang theory and evolution as a means of creation. The Washington Post summarized the popeâ€™s statements:1 The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there … Continue reading
- 11/10/2014 02:56 AM
Godâ€™s Goodness and the Ebola Virus
Prior to this year, the Ebola virus was an obscure pathogen that rarely grabbed a slice of attention. Now itâ€™s front-page news. All over the globe, the overwhelming response to Ebola has been fear. But this virusâ€™ lethality to humans also makes some people wonder about Godâ€™s goodness. How could a loving Creator, who is … Continue reading
- 11/06/2014 02:11 AM
Q&A: Did the Sumerian Kings Reign for 10,000 Years?
From Jeff in Lake Ozark, MO In your book The Genesis Question (p. 117), you mention ten kings of Sumer who lived before a â€śgreat delugeâ€ť in ancient Mesopotamia. The eye-catching aspect of these kings is that each kingâ€™s reign exceeded 10,000 years, with one attaining nearly 50,000 years! The life spans of these kings … Continue reading
- 11/03/2014 02:09 AM
Q&A: How Did the Nephilim Reappear after the Flood?
Roger in Grand Junction, Colorado After reading your chapter in Navigating Genesis about the Nephilim I still have some questions. Genesis 6:4 reads, â€śThe Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes … Continue reading
- 10/30/2014 02:59 AM
Q&A: Does the Book of Revelation Hint at a Multiverse?
From Jeremiah in Vancouver, Washington Hello Reasons staff, Revelation 21:1 says, â€śThen I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed awayâ€ť (NIV). Do you think that this could be hinting at the possibility of a multiverse? **** Great question, Jeremiah! I think the â€śnew … Continue reading
- 10/27/2014 02:33 AM
What Are the Odds of You Being You?
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my motherâ€™s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. â€” Psalm 139:13â€“14 When anticipating the birth of a childâ€”be it our own or a grandchild, niece or nephewâ€”we might find ourselves … Continue reading
- 10/23/2014 02:19 AM
Three Discoveries Marked by the Creatorâ€™s Fingerprints
Over the past month, three different topics important to the science-faith discussion have appeared in scientific literature. Discoveries in each of these areas showcase an apologetic intersection that helps buttress the Christian faith and point to Godâ€™s work in fashioning the cosmosâ€”from distant galaxies to Earthâ€™s mountain rangesâ€”for life. 1. Distant Galaxy Affirms Big Bang … Continue reading
- 10/20/2014 02:27 AM
Newly Discovered Process Drove Ancient Tectonic Activity
â€śTwo great tastes that taste great together!â€ť So goes the tagline for Reeseâ€™s Peanut Butter Cups. The first ingredientâ€”chocolateâ€”provides the sweet, rich taste. The secondâ€”peanut butterâ€”adds a dense, salty kick. Together, they do indeed taste great. And just like you need chocolate and peanut butter to make a Reeseâ€™s, so you need liquid water and … Continue reading