Entropy: In bondage to decay

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In layman's terms, entropy is a measure of the amount of disorder in a system. From observable scientific experimentation, the second law of thermodynamics states that entropy in a closed system will never decrease (i.e. become more ordered), but will naturally migrate to a state of higher entropy. This poses a problem for the evolutionist.

Christians believe that something (God) took nothing and made everything. Atheistic evolutionists believe that nothing took nothing and made everything. There are various theories that have been proposed. The rather nebulous 'big bang theory' amongst them. It is suggested that such processes formed a universe , in which ancient earth was a kind of pre-biotic soup of chemicals. The earth would have been subject to cosmic radiation and other influences and could therefore not be defined as a closed system. The universe, on the other hand, would have to have been a closed system - unless you believe in God. As such, the universe would have been subject to the laws of entropy. Evolution would have therefore been impossible as entropy precludes the formation of order out of such disorder.

Entropy is actually described in the Bible in Romans 8:20-22. Creation is described as being in 'bondage to decay' because of its morally fallen state. Scientists who work in the fields of molecular biology and genetics are witness to the increased incidence of new diseases from corrupted (mutated) genes. We inherit more and more of these defects from previous generations.

Evolutionists argue that the properties of 'life forms' counter entropy. They are referring to reproduction, beneficial mutations and survival of the fittest (natural selection). These are the proposed mechanisms of evolution. However, we are hard pressed to quantify what life actually is or where it originates from. It is another enigma.

In all this, the huge assumptions and obstacles are glaringly obvious: A proven theory for forming something out of nothing, the origin and nature of 'life', reproduction, beneficial mutations and the existence of the physical laws themselves (including natural selection). Valiant efforts have been made to reduce the number of variables , but more questions seem to arise the deeper you dig. Some of these questions have been mentioned in previous writings. It is all very well having such an unscientific theory, if there were undisputed evidences for it. Unfortunately, as discussed last week, hard evidence in support of the theory is lacking and many other 'evidences' are subject to biased interpretations. We are not at liberty to observe history, and it is for this reason that this issue can never be classed as science.


1. With all the physical laws (miraculously) in place.
2. For example, a very complex and precisely controlled experiment has been successfully conducted to make amino acids. The obstacles to this occurring spontaneously are astronomical. Proteins contain amino acids and are the building blocks of DNA. One huge assumption here is that the DNA/information molecule is 'life' itself.

Becky Conolly

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