Thirty years ago when Kathy and I—and some of you—launched Reasons to Believe, the word “blog” hadn’t yet been invented, and the Internet was a gleam in some computer genius’ eye. But times and technologies have changed, and we’re excited to take advantage of these changes in our efforts to advance Christ’s kingdom.

One thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to encourage and equip you for outreach to the people God brings into your life. Some of these people are longing for answers to tough questions. Some harbor secret doubts. Some have given up on the church as a place to raise their questions. More and more people see the Bible and Christianity as either inaccurate or irrelevant or both. In the face of these developments, we’re more eager than ever to step into the gap. In light of your comments and suggestions, we’re transitioning away from our biweekly science articles called Today’s New Reason to Believe (TNRTB) to a “ring” of blogs, one from each RTB scholar. These blogs will reflect each scholar’s thoughts on emerging faith challenges, offer personal insights from encounters with those who disagree with our perspective, and occasionally give previews into current research and writing projects.

Starting in July, you’ll see blog posts at least once per week (sometimes more often) from each RTB scholar under the following headings. Without my saying so, you can probably guess which blog comes from which scholar! I’m delighted to introduce them to you here:

Once the blogs launch, you can receive direct links to them via email, or you can access them via our website. On the home page, you’ll see a navigation bar near the top. When you click on the “Explore” tab, you’ll see four columns, the first one labeled “Blogs.” All of RTB’s blogs, current and past, will be listed and available there.

Thank you for sharing your needs and ideas with us. These blogs will allow us a much faster response time to trending topics and new discoveries. Our goal is to provide you with helpful ways to start conversations and draw people into the quest for truth, especially the truth about life’s biggest and most important questions.

Personal experience tells us that science yields a virtually endless source of intriguing links between the world of nature and the words of Scripture, links that can open significant spiritual discussion about those big questions and offer compelling new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator and Redeemer. The case for our faith grows stronger, and the basis for our hope in Him grows deeper and wider, and yet so many people have no idea. Together, we can grow in our effectiveness to inspire confident faith in the personal, transcendent God revealed in both Scripture and nature.

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About The Author

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. I also am eager to equip Christians to engage, rather than withdraw from or attack, educated non-Christians. One of the approaches I’ve developed, with the help of my RTB colleagues, is a biblical creation model that is testable, falsifiable, and predictive. I enjoy constructively integrating all 66 books of the Bible with all the science disciplines as a way to discover and apply deeper truths. 1 Peter 3:15–16 sets my ministry goal, "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, keeping a clear conscience." Hugh Ross launched his career at age seven when he went to the library to find out why stars are hot. Physics and astronomy captured his curiosity and never let go. At age seventeen he became the youngest person ever to serve as director of observations for Vancouver's Royal Astronomical Society. With the help of a provincial scholarship and a National Research Council (NRC) of Canada fellowship, he completed his undergraduate degree in physics (University of British Columbia) and graduate degrees in astronomy (University of Toronto). The NRC also sent him to the United States for postdoctoral studies. At Caltech he researched quasi-stellar objects, or "quasars," some of the most distant and ancient objects in the universe. Not all of Hugh's discoveries involved astrophysics. Prompted by curiosity, he studied the world’s religions and "holy books" and found only one book that proved scientifically and historically accurate: the Bible. Hugh started at religious "ground zero" and through scientific and historical reality-testing became convinced that the Bible is truly the Word of God! When he went on to describe for others his journey to faith in Jesus Christ, he was surprised to discover how many people believed or disbelieved without checking the evidence. Hugh's unshakable confidence that God's revelations in Scripture and nature do not, will not, and cannot contradict became his unique message. Wholeheartedly encouraged by family and friends, communicating that message as broadly and clearly as possible became his mission. Thus, in 1986, he founded science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe (RTB). He and his colleagues at RTB keep tabs on the frontiers of research to share with scientists and nonscientists alike the thrilling news of what's being discovered and how it connects with biblical theology. In this realm, he has written many books, including: The Fingerprint of God, The Creator and the Cosmos, Beyond the Cosmos, A Matter of Days, Creation as Science, Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, and More Than a Theory. Between writing books and articles, recording podcasts, and taking interviews, Hugh travels the world challenging students and faculty, churches and professional groups, to consider what they believe and why. He presents a persuasive case for Christianity without applying pressure. Because he treats people's questions and comments with respect, he is in great demand as a speaker and as a talk-radio and television guest. Having grown up amid the splendor of Canada's mountains, wildlife, and waterways, Hugh loves the outdoors. Hiking, trail running, and photography are among his favorite recreational pursuits - in addition to stargazing. Hugh lives in Southern California with his wife, Kathy, and two sons.



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