Reasons To Believe
What We’re About
Why do people believe in the Bible? Is it even trustworthy?
Can I be a Christian if I still have questions and doubts?
Is there any way to reconcile faith and science? It seems I have to give up one or the other.
These are the kinds of questions Reasons To Believe (RTB) exists to address. Too many people assume that facts, especially scientific facts, and faith are at odds with one another. The common response: embrace faith without questioning, or at least keep the worlds of science and faith in separate compartments.
The mission of RTB is to integrate science and faith by showing that they are, and always will be, allies. It is our conviction that since the same God who “authored” the universe also inspired the Bible, a consistent message will come through both channels. In other words, the facts of nature will never contradict the words of the Bible when both are properly interpreted.
Our staff includes four full-time scholars (an astronomer, a biochemist, an astrophysicist, and a philosopher/theologian) who work to communicate this message through their talks at universities, churches, research labs, skeptics’ forums, and elsewhere throughout the world. With the help of more than 20 support staff members, the RTB scholars also endeavor to demonstrate the harmony of science and faith through books, periodicals, podcasts, DVDs, and a content-rich website.
Whether you are a skeptical inquirer, a new Christian, or one who has enjoyed a long relationship with our Creator, RTB looks forward to providing you with materials that will keep you informed about up-to-the-minute scientific discoveries and how they connect with God’s revelation in the words of the Bible.
Hugh Ross couldn’t keep his discoveries to himself. As a postdoctoral research scientist at Caltech, his enthusiasm for astronomical studies rubbed off on others. The spiritual climate at that time had been clouded by doubts over the Bible’s inerrancy, due, in part, to a perception that science contradicted Genesis. Christian friends urged him to speak and write about how the latest scientific evidence supported belief in Scripture, including its account of creation.
Hugh’s wife, Kathy, a college English instructor, made a perfect fit for a science-faith communications team. Together they founded Reasons To Believe in 1986. A small office at their church in Sierra Madre, California, served as headquarters of the fledgling ministry, where Hugh gradually developed rapport with people outside his circle of influence. At first he spoke at churches, schools, and community organizations locally, then nationally, and internationally, each time building people’s confidence that the God of the Bible and His written revelation can be trusted.
Several early radio and television appearances helped give RTB some visibility, and in 1989 a publisher launched Hugh’s first book, The Fingerprint of God. RTB gained a Web presence and Hugh wrote more books, but still relatively few people knew of Reasons To Believe.
An initial staff of three grew over the years to about a dozen until RTB garnered the resources to build a scholar team. Theologian Kenneth Samples brought his logic skills with him in 1997 and biochemist Fazale “Fuz” Rana made major apologetics contributions in the biological sciences when he joined RTB in 1999.
RTB’s desire to expand its reach led to forays into the print and broadcast media. The organization published resources such as Facts and Faith, Facts for Faith, Connections, Staying Connected, and currently Reasons newsletter and the New Reasons to Believe e-Zine. RTB radio, which took new form (in 2001) as a weekly live webcast, Creation Update, helped others discover RTB’s message that science and faith remain fully compatible. RTB’s media team produced quality videos—Journey Toward Creation and Dual Revelation, among others—to help communicate the message visually. Meanwhile
chapters and networks sprang up, and a global team of trained volunteer apologists multiplied RTB’s influence.
As Hugh, Fuz, and Ken continued to write (books and articles), speak, and debate, the hunger for RTB’s message led to more scholar team additions: first, JPL physicist Dave Rogstad in 2000 and then UCLA astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink in 2005. Gradually, the team has developed its testable creation model, which they present at secular university audiences, inviting critique from researchers.
In 2008, RTB introduced a podcast, Science News Flash, to highlight headline-grabbing discoveries. The year 2009 saw the addition of I Didn’t Know That! and Straight Thinking to RTB’s podcast line-up. Posted twice a week, I Didn’t Know That! allows the scholar team to offer unscripted responses to listeners’ questions, while Straight Thinkingfeatures Samples’ tips on using logic and reason in Christian apologetics. The
scholar and media teams also added an array of companion podcastsfor RTB books and study guides.In February 2011, RTB launched the Visiting Scholar Program with the arrival of RNA biochemist Patricia Fanning. As a visiting scholar to Reasons To Believe, Patricia specialized in embryology and evolutionary development, a previously underdeveloped area of RTB apologetics. She contributed to RTB science blog, Today’s New Reasons to Believe, and other writing projects and regularly participated on podcasts I Didn’t Know That! and Science News Flash.
Skeptics and Christians alike have expressed appreciation for RTB’s work. Churches, business groups, and Christian leaders recognize the need for, and wholeheartedly endorse, RTB’s faith-affirming—often faith-igniting—ministry.
The staff at RTB’s office in Glendora, California, plus hundreds of faithful volunteers across the nation and around the world help fuel a passion for the pursuit of theological and scientific truth. Reasons To Believe exists to impact current and future leaders and influencers with new reasons from science for faith in the God of the Bible.