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At the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) conference, my colleague Fazale "Fuz" Rana and I enjoyed many thoughtful conversations with origin-of-life researchers. We discussed their papers and commented on those we'd referenced in our own writing. The conversations went smoothly—for a while. Eventually, we hit a bit of a speed bump when they asked about our own work and heard that we are Christians.

The responses were blunt and revealing. What were Fuz and I doing at the conference? We couldn't be serious scientists, could we? Were we even scientists at all? The origin-of-life researchers expressed their assumption that Christianity stands in opposition to a serious pursuit of science. One biochemist made...


is an astrophysicist and the founder and president of the science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe (RTB).

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #56, Spring 2021 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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