Ask Dr. Fazale Rana (November 13-17, 2017)


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Hi friends,

I am delighted to have Dr. Fazale “Fuz” Rana, the Vice President of Research and Apologetics at Reasons to Believe, as our featured expert this month.

I have known Fuz since he spoke at RZIM’s Summer Institute in 2013. He is kind, humble, generous. And, as you’ll experience, incredibly well-versed in biochemistry and the most challenging apologetics questions in his field. So I’m excited to introduce him to you now!

The guidelines for each Q&A are available in the About the Ask RZIM Category. If this is your first time, please quickly check them out!

EDIT: All Q&A with Fuz has been split into their own topics. You can find them below.


Fuz’s bio:

Biochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. As vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe (RTB), he is dedicated to communicating to skeptics and believers alike the powerful scientific case for God’s existence and the Bible’s reliability.

Fuz converted to Christianity during graduate school. Though he initially embraced the evolutionary paradigm, Fuz eventually drew the conclusion that only a Creator’s involvement could explain the elegance of biochemical systems. But it was only after his fiancee’s pastor challenged him to read the Bible that Fuz became convinced of the validity of Christ’s claims and of his own need for a Savior.

The death of his Muslim father some years later helped Fuz appreciate the necessity of evangelism and Christian apologetics and led to his joining the RTB team in 1999. Today, Fuz addresses science-faith hot topics through books - including Creating Life in the Lab and The Cell’s Design - as well as articles, videos, podcasts, television and radio interviews and speaking engagements. He has addressed audiences at over 500 universities, churches, and conferences around the world.

Formerly a senior scientist in research and development at Procter & Gamble, Fuz graduated with highest honors from West Virginia State College (now University) with a BS in chemistry and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry from Ohio University, where he was twice awarded the Donald Clippinger Research Award. He pursued postdoctoral studies in the biophysics of cell membranes at the Universities of Virginia and Georgia.

Several articles by Fuz have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals - such as Biochemistry, Applied Spectroscopy, FEBS Letters, Journal of Microbiological Methods and Journal of Chemical Education - and he has delivered numerous presentations at international scientific meetings. He also holds two patents, authored a chapter on molecular convergance and intelligent design for The Nature of Nature, and co-wrote a chapter on antimicrobial peptides for Bilogical and Synthetic Membranes.

Fuz lives in Southern California with his wife Amy. They have five children.

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Hello Fuz, I learned a lot from your lecture in an RZIM Elective and thank you for this opportunity to learn from you again. I was brought up in a church which teaches the young earth model and have in recent years been questioned about scientific evidence which points to an old earth which dates back to 4.5 billion years and a universe to 13-14 billion years. I was wondering if you could provide a brief overview of the timeline indicating the timing of the creation of the universe/earth, the existence of hominoids, Neanderthals and dinosaurs, and other relevant key events up to the point of the creation of Adam and Eve (50,000-150,000 years ago), and how they tie in with the Biblical account.

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