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  • We live in a world that values tolerance and religious pluralism. Because of this widespread attitude, perhaps it’s not surprising that one of the questions I’m most often asked by non-Christian academics relates to the identity of the Designer. They want to know, how does the scientific case for intelligent design specifically identify the God of the Bible as the Designer?

    I answer this question differently than many of my friends associated with the Intelligent Design (ID) Movement. They argue that scientific inquiry cannot determine the Designer’s identity. Christian ID proponents maintain that there are nonscientific reasons why they believe that the biblical God is the Designer, but they insist that the Designer’s identity is not a question science can address.

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Weird Life: Is Ammonia-Based Life Possible?

In classic science fiction serials, such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Stargate SG-1, intrepid heroes regularly travel to other worlds. These planets are almost always depicted as being fundamentally similar to our own with the same gravity, the same breathable atmosphere, and frequently even the same plants and trees. Of course, that is fiction. … Continue reading

Can We Verify Carbon Dating’s Reliability?

In the presentation speech for the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, one scientist described the work by honoree Willard Libby with these words: “Seldom has a single discovery in chemistry had such an impact on the thinking of so many fields of human endeavour. Seldom has a single discovery generated such wide public interest.”1 Libby’s … Continue reading

Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

As Erwin Schrödinger cruises down the highway, a patrol officer pulls him over for a suspicious-looking car. The officer strolls up to Schrödinger’s open window and asks for his license and registration and whether the Nobel laureate will allow a search of his trunk. Schrödinger pops the trunk and the officer looks around. Approaching the … Continue reading

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Can Science Identify the Intelligent Designer?

We live in a world that values tolerance and religious pluralism. Because of this widespread attitude, perhaps it’s not surprising that one of the questions I’m most often asked by non-Christian academics relates to the identity of the Designer. They want to know, how does the scientific case for intelligent design specifically identify the God … Continue reading

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Engineers’ Muse: The Design of Biochemical Systems

The identity of the woman in Johannes Vermeer’s most famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring, is unclear, but it is certain that her beauty inspired Vermeer as he attempted to capture her magnetism. All artists, musicians, and writers have their muse—people, places, or things so meaningful that they instigate bursts of creativity. It might … Continue reading

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Does Astronomy Reveal Joshua’s Long Day?

Since 1970 various versions of an exciting “science apologetics” story have appeared in books, newspapers, and magazines across the United States and beyond. Many people have read the story or heard it and passed it along to others, thinking it a credible account. As a Christian and a scientist, I felt an obligation to check … Continue reading

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Can Chimpanzees Cook?

Internet science discussions are abuzz about experiments showing that chimpanzees have the cognitive capacities for cooking. Scientists and laypeople alike are citing these discoveries as confirmation that chimps and humans are descended from a common ancestor. The discoveries also are fueling the growing legal movement to grant chimps and other large apes personhood status.1 However, … Continue reading

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Weird Life: Could Life Be Based on Another Liquid?

The science-fiction television show Babylon 5 featured a giant space station where humans and aliens could meet in peace. The eponymous station’s design had to be able to support alien races whose natural habitat was drastically different from humans’. Some of the aliens breathed gases other than oxygen, others needed hotter or colder temperatures, and … Continue reading

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Search for Earth Analogues Reveals Design

Does life exist beyond Earth? Not surprisingly, searches of the solar system yield no evidence because the only planet (or moon) located in the right place is Earth. However, the discovery of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) boosted researcher’s enthusiasm for finding life beyond Earth. Thus far, our technology lacks the sensitivity to detect … Continue reading

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The Creation-Evolution Controversy in “Jurassic World”

People are always surprised to learn that I have never seen Jurassic Park (or any of its sequels), and I probably won’t see Jurassic World, either. That doesn’t keep folks from asking me if scientists will ever be able to resurrect dinosaurs. Fortunately, I can answer that question without seeing a blockbuster movie. It’s unlikely … Continue reading

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  • 4 C’s of Science Apologetics

  • Dissecting Evolution

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