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  • As a high school student, I was frequently summoned to the principal’s office—usually because he thought I was responsible for carrying out some type of misdeed. And, more often than not, he was right. Guilty as charged! Invariably, my response was to lie and deny—and I learned quickly that if I was going to talk my way out of trouble, my story had to hang together. It’s impossible to maintain plausible deniability if your facts don’t mesh. As it turns out, those anthropologists who claim that modern humans and Neanderthals interbred have the same problem as mischievous students who are poor liars—their story doesn’t quite hang together. Molecular anthropologists claim they have detected signatures for interbreeding in the Neanderthal and modern human genomes, but other data challenge this idea. As a case in point, new research into the population size and distribution of Neanderthal groups raises serious doubts about the likelihood that modern humans and Neanderthals would have ever encountered one another, let alone interbred.1 Read more...

Four Essentials of Science Apologetics

One of our goals at Reasons to Believe is to equip Christians to defend their faith with “gentleness and respect” per 1 Peter 3:15. In our emotionally charged culture, making a persuasive case for something as controversial as Christianity is easier said than done—but it can be done. Such a case rests on sound arguments … Continue reading

Are Humans Special?

Is human life on Earth special or not? According to the popular narrative, science continues pushing humanity off any supposed pedestal—a process that began when Nicolaus Copernicus promoted a heliocentric solar system. Noted astrobiologist Caleb Scharf’s recently-released book, The Copernicus Complex, deals with this question. In full disclosure, I have not read the book, but … Continue reading

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The Amazing Disappearing Hominid!

Vanishing acts have played a role in magic spectacles for centuries. But what might be good entertainment in a theatre is no laughing matter for paleoanthropology. The human fossil record has recently experienced a possible disappearance of sorts. An increasing number of researchers now argue that Homo heidelbergensis, a key transition in human evolutionary scenarios, … Continue reading

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Did Humans Cause the Global Extinctions of Mammals?

Cursed is the ground because of you. — Genesis 3:17 Humans cause a lot of damage to the environment. Understandably, many people attribute the destruction to the ballooning human population and the activities associated with advancing and sustaining first world economies and industrializing the nations of the second and third worlds. It’s tempting to think … Continue reading

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Q&A: Did Petroleum Deposits Result from Inorganic Sources?

Ben in Missoula, MT While studying geoscience, I came across the theory of petroleum abiogenesis. From my understanding petroleum abiogenesis hypothesizes that petroleum deposits, although seen with biological organisms and lithified microorganisms, have an origin primarily from non-organic sources deep within the earth. This clearly has significance to the public concern of running out of … Continue reading

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Q&A: Does the Moon’s Shallow Dust Layer Support a Young-Earth Model?

From Nathan in Newry, Northern Ireland A young-earth creationist pastor at one of the churches I regularly attend attacked my scientific viewpoint in one of his sermons. He said that NASA scientists tried to aim Apollo 11 so that it landed on the side of the crater because the scientists were scared that the lunar … Continue reading

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Q&A: How Did Human Disease Originate?

From Robert in Acworth, GA I know many believe that diseases came about as a result of the fall. I do not believe this is RTB’s position, but I could not articulate exactly what RTB’s position is on this. If diseases did not originate with the fall, then when? With the creation of man? Is … Continue reading

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Is Forgiving-and-Forgetting Good for You?

Have you ever felt that things were just not right, that you were not at peace? Have you ever realized that perhaps a conflict with a friend or acquaintance had caused some ongoing hurt, and you had not yet done anything to repair that relationship? Or worse, you experienced a slow burning anger that wouldn’t … Continue reading

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The Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

How would the world look if you saw only gamma rays? Instead of the normal tapestry of colors, everything would appear rather uniform and mundane. Lifting your gaze upward would reveal an uneven glow with a bright band corresponding to the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy. This largely unchanging picture—unaffected by day or night—of … Continue reading

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Mixing It Up: Burrowing Animals Contribute to Regulated Oxygen Levels

Have you ever built a tower of blocks? If so, then you know the importance of starting with a stable base. Without such a base, the weight of the blocks, small nudges, or even the vibrations from a passer-by can cause the tower to come crashing down. A stable base is also essential to support … Continue reading

  • Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job

    Arguably the oldest book in the Bible, the book of Job has a surprising amount to say about some of the newest scientific discoveries and controversies. With careful consideration and exegesis, Hugh Ross shows that the Bible is an accurate predictor of scientific discoveries, and that both the book of Scripture and the book of nature are consistent both internally and externally.
  • Creating Life in the Lab

    Representing the best of RTB's efforts to anticipate scientific breakthroughs and explain their contribution to the case for Christian faith, biochemist Fuz Rana shows how recent advances in synthetic biology actually undermine the evolutionary explanation for the origin of life. Creating Life in the Lab addresses the scientific, theological, and philosophical aspects on both the dangers and promises of synthetic biology.
  • If God Made the Universe…Why Is It the Way It Is?

    Drawing from his popular book Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, Dr. Hugh Ross shares Scripture, stunning satellite photos, and the most recent scientific findings to explain the great love story that is our universe. This DVD series invites you to be a part of Dr. Ross’ small group. Each session includes a brief presentation (about 20 minutes), followed by Q&A.
  • Impact Events: The Earth

    In this unique student devotional, astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink and seasoned small-group leader Ken Hultgren connect little-known facts about our planet with faith-building insights about the Creator. The booklet includes practical, yet thought-provoking questions to help students apply each lesson’s principles to their lives. This Impact Events series is designed to transform your life and faith with truth from God’s Word and evidence from God’s world. God wants to impact your life. Will you let Him?
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