The Authors

Dr. Hugh Ross

Astronomer and best-selling author Hugh Ross travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of advancing scientific discovery with the timeless truth of Christianity. His organization, Reasons To Believe (RTB), is dedicated to demonstrating this compatibility via a variety of resources and events.

Hugh committed himself to faith in Jesus Christ while in college. Curiosity prompted him to study the world’s religions and “holy books” and to test them for scientific and historical accuracy. Only the Bible passed the test, therefore convincing him of Christianity’s validity. Later, Hugh was surprised to discover how many individuals believed or disbelieved in Christ without checking the evidence. Prompted by family, friends, and colleagues, in 1986 he founded science apologetics ministry, Reasons To Believe.

At RTB, Hugh leads a team of scholars who keep tabs on the frontiers of research with the goal of demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research—including the very latest discoveries—consistently support, rather than erode, confidence in the God of the Bible. To share this message, Hugh writes numerous books and articles, records podcasts, and takes radio and television interviews. Additionally, he travels the world and has spoken at over 300 universities, 400 churches, and other venues, presenting a testable creation model approach and challenging people of all backgrounds to consider what they believe and why.

In 2012, Hugh, together with Dr. Gerald Schroeder, received the Ide P. Trotter Prize presented by Texas A&M University in recognition of his work in demonstrating connections between science and religion. Outside of RTB, Hugh teaches as an adjunct faculty member at both A. W. Tozer Seminary and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He also serves as minister of apologetics at Sierra Madre Congregational Church where he conducts a weekly apologetics class.

Hugh lives in Southern California with his wife, Kathy, and their two sons. He loves the outdoors. Hiking, trail running, and photography are among his favorite recreational pursuits—in addition to stargazing.

Published books:

Academic credentials:

  • Director of observations for Vancouver’s Royal Astronomical Society (age 17)
  • Recipient of a National Research Council of Canada fellowship
  • BSc in physics (University of British Columbia)
  • MSc and PhD in astronomy (University of Toronto)
  • Postdoctoral studies researching distant galaxies and quasars (Caltech)

________________________________________________________

Dr. Fazale “Fuz” Rana

Biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, and origin-of-life studies. As vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons To Believe (RTB), he is dedicated to communicating to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific case for God’s existence and Scripture’s reliability.

Fuz converted to Christianity during graduate school, much to the dismay of his father, a Muslim. He began by questioning how random evolution could yield elegant and highly integrated cells. He concluded that life must have been created, but he did not know the Creator’s identity.

A personal challenge to read the Bible eventually led him to the Sermon on the Mount, which convinced him that Jesus was indeed God. Fuz then acknowledged Christ as Lord and Savior and also as the Creator whose work he’d recognized in cells. A few year later, his frustration with the scientific inaccuracy of most creationist publications he read led Fuz to become involved in science apologetics ministry Reasons To Believe.

In his position at RTB, Fuz writes and speaks on science-faith hot topics such as human origins, the origin of life, and synthetic biology. He travels widely, addressing universities, churches, and conferences, and contributes regularly to RTB’s podcasts, science blog (Today’s New Reasons to Believe), and various other ministry publications. He also makes frequent guest appearances on television and radio shows.

Formerly a senior scientist in research and development with Procter & Gamble, Fuz has made presentations at numerous international scientific meetings, coauthored a chapter on antimicrobial peptides for Biological and Synthetic Membranes, and holds two patents. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor for both Biola University and Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Fuz lives in Southern California with his wife, Amy. The Ranas have five children. A native of West Virginia, Fuz loves blues and southern and country rock music, and enjoys playing fantasy football with his RTB colleagues.

Published works:

Books

Journal articles

  • Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Spectroscopy
  • FEBS Letters
  • Journal of Microbiological Methods
  • Journal of Chemical Education

Academic credentials:

  • Recipient of a presidential scholarship to West Virginia State College (now University)
  • BS in chemistry with highest honors (West Virginia State College)
  • PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry (Ohio University)
  • Two-time recipient of the Donald Clippinger Research Award (Ohio University)
  • Postdoctoral studies in the biophysics of cell membranes (Universities of Virginia and Georgia)

________________________________________________________

Dr. Jeff Zweerink

Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink’s involvement in science apologetics grows from an enthusiasm for helping others bridge the perceived science-faith gap. As a research scholar for Reasons To Believe (RTB), his writing and speaking focuses on encouraging people of all backgrounds to consider the truth of Scripture and how it connects with the evidence of science.

A Christian from childhood, Jeff struggled to reconcile his love of science and his desire to serve God. While an undergrad at Iowa State University, Jeff heard astronomer and RTB founder Hugh Ross speak on the constructive integration of science and faith. A private conversation with Hugh convinced Jeff to add astronomy to his studies. Ten years later, while doing post-doctoral research in Southern California, Jeff was encouraged by a professor to enroll in RTB’s volunteer apologetics program, which led to a position on the RTB scholar team in 2005.

Today, as a research scholar at RTB, Jeff writes and speaks on subjects such as multiverse theory, dark energy and dark matter, exoplanets, and the compatibility of faith and science. His speaking engagements take him to universities, churches, conferences, and other venues around the country. Jeff also serves as executive director of Reasons Institute and Reasons Academy (RTB’s accredited online learning programs) and contributes to the ministry’s podcasts and science blog, Today’s New Reasons to Believe.

Prior to joining RTB, Jeff spent much time working on the STACEE and VERITAS gamma-ray telescopes and was involved in research projects including the Solar Two Project and the Whipple Collaboration. He currently holds a part-time research faculty position at UCLA and is working on GAPS, a balloon experiment seeking to detect dark matter. He formerly taught at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jeff and his wife, Lisa, live in Southern California with their five children. When he isn’t participating in science-faith apologetics Jeff enjoys fishing, camping, and working on home improvement projects.

Published works:

Booklets and study guides

Other

  • Coauthor on more than 30 articles for academic journals, including:
    • Astrophysical Journal
    • Astroparticle Physics
    • Astrobiology
    • Numerous conference proceedings

Academic credentials:

  • BS in physics (Iowa State University)
  • PhD in astrophysics with a focus on gamma rays (Iowa State University)
  • Postdoctoral research in gamma rays (University of California, Riverside)

____________________________________________________________

Visiting Scholars

Launched in February 2011, RTB’s Visiting Scholar Program allows the ministry to collaborate with experts in various scientific fields, providing plentiful new resources, from DVDs to podcasts to blog posts.

****

Dr. Patricia Fanning

Patricia Fanning is an RNA biochemist with a PhD from North Carolina State University and formerly a consultant for software companies. As a visiting scholar to Reasons To Believe in 2011, she specialized in human embryology and evolutionary development and regularly contributed to RTB’s podcasts and publications.

****

Dr. Kevin Birdwell

Kevin R. Birdwell received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in 2011 and currently serves as a meteorologist and atmospheric researcher in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. As a visiting scholar in the spring of 2012, Kevin focused on the issue of climate change in RTB publications and podcasts.

****

Dr. Hugh Henry

Hugh Henry received his PhD in Physics from the University of Virginia in 1971, retired after 26 years at Varian Medical Systems, and currently serves as a lecturer in physics at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY. As a visiting scholar in the summer of 2012, Hugh wrote on the Genesis genealogies and participated in RTB podcasts.

  • 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?
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 115 other followers

%d bloggers like this: