Figure 2: The Moon during a Total Eclipse on October 8, 2014
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  • Popular Bible preacher John Hagee has authored a book and produced a movie by the same name, Four Blood Moons (in theatres March 23 only). On the film’s website the San Antonio megachurch pastor states, “The heavens are ‘God’s billboard.’ He’s been sending signals to earth, and we haven’t been picking them up.” In part 1 of this series, as an astronomer I analyzed those “signals,” a series of four (tetrad) total lunar eclipses that supposedly ushers in prophetic activity ahead of the return of Christ. Now, as a student of Scripture and as one who believes in premillennial eschatology, I convey my primary, biblical criticism. Read more...

Astronomers Improve Type Ia Supernova Measurement Methods

For centuries astronomers were convinced that the universe was infinitely large, structurally static with no beginning. For millennia, however, the Bible has implied that the universe has expanded, and continues to expand, from an actual beginning of space and time. Edwin Hubble upset the astronomers’ infinite universe model in 1929 with observations showing that galaxies … Continue reading

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Weird Life: Could Life Be Based on Silicon?

Could alien life be based on the element silicon rather than on carbon? This idea has been seriously proposed in the scientific literature for more than a century. Not surprisingly, then, silicon-based life has also been a staple of science fiction. For example, the Star Trek franchise features Tholians, creatures that appear to be composed … Continue reading

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Weird Life: Must Life Chemistry Be Carbon Based?

In the early days of science fiction television, aliens on shows like Star Trek and Doctor Who typically looked like humans with slight feature changes. Some had green skin, some were given antennae, others had enlarged heads, and so forth—nothing too complex thanks to small production budgets. These days, digitally created aliens in Hollywood blockbusters … Continue reading

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The Proton-Neutron Mass Difference Illustrates Fine-Tuning

Our daily lives depend on neutrons, protons, and electrons. These building blocks of atoms determine how those atoms behave, how long they last, and so many other things. Although protons and neutrons both exceed the mass of electrons by almost a factor of 2,000, the relatively tiny difference in mass between protons and neutrons plays … Continue reading

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Has the Big Bang Gone Bust?

Did the universe begin to exist or has it always existed? RTB argues that strong biblical and scientific evidence point to a beginning. We would say the Bible claims that the universe began to exist and that science can address the assertion. This notion of a beginning represents a significant, testable claim of Christianity, and … Continue reading

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The Human Hand in Creating Superbugs

Superbugs are frightening and the latest news on this medical front isn’t good. Investigators from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that two genes (dubbed NDM-1 and KPC) that confer resistance to carbapenems—one of the most powerful classes of antibiotics—readily transfer among Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, and other members of the … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Problem: The Origin of Language

Language can bind us together and language can separate us. One of the most frustrating things I encountered on a speaking tour in Lima, Peru, last spring was struggling to communicate with my Peruvian audience and hosts, many of whom spoke only Spanish. Whether we speak the same language or not, all human beings possess … Continue reading

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Q&A: Is the Methuselah Star Older Than the Universe?

John from Tennessee I was curious about what effect, if any, an anomaly like HD 140283, commonly know as the Methuselah star, would have on your model. If it were found to be actually 14.5 billion years old, as opposed to falling in the 800-million-year margin for error, what would this mean and could it … Continue reading

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Q&A: Did God Make Time Stand Still for Joshua?

Kristine from Rogers, MN In Joshua 10, Joshua prayed for the Sun to stand still and God answered his prayer and the Sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down for about a full day. In Isaiah 38, the Lord provided a sign to Hezekiah that he would live longer by … Continue reading

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The Hope That We Have

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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. 1 Peter 3:15 Reasons to Believe’s (RTB) mission focuses on science apologetics—demonstrating the agreement between the natural world … Continue reading

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