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Dec

What Entropy Tells Us About Atheism

DSC_3083Several years ago, when I was younger, and much less wise, I decided it would be a good father-son project to invest in an older car that I could restore. (Note to fathers: it’s a much better bonding idea to find something your kids like than the other way around). So, after some searching, and mindful of my meager budget, I ended up finding an ’87 Mustang convertible that was in pretty good shape overall. It wasn’t difficult for me to envision that with a little elbow grease, and a website that specializes in Mustang parts, I could make this car showroom quality in no time.

After the novelty wore off, and my kids’ interest waned from little to none, I found that I had a solitary project on my hands that had this very annoying habit of making negative progress. That’s right. No matter how many items I crossed off the to-do list, more kept getting added. And I found that things always went from good to bad, from working to broken, from clean to dirty. Window switches that were working one day stopped working the next. Motors that keep the windows moving smoothly up and down began to groan, and then stopped. Fuses blew, over and over again. Amazingly, the process never worked the other way. No matter how long I waited, broken switches never fixed themselves. Cracked pieces of trim, or a broken taillight, never repaired themselves. Rust in the metal always appeared, where it wasn’t before, and never gave way to clean and shiny metal. Yes, the law of entropy was fully in effect and the only way to reverse that process was to invest time, energy and money. 

This of course comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever owned anything. Nor is it a surprise to anyone who has considered the way nature operates. Scientists tell us that this law – entropy – is a characteristic of the universe. Entropy is, put simply, a measure of disorder, and it seems that a universal law is in operation moving everything from states of higher to states of lower order. In other words, nature has a particular direction to it, and that direction is down

Christianity and atheism are competing worldviews. Each claims to be able to make sense of the world so as to explain the way things really are. And despite the increasing popularity of atheism, it is utterly incapable of making sense of the world. As it relates to entropy, atheism must explain why it is that the “evolution” of life has escaped this universal law. How is it that incredibly complex human beings evolved from lower life forms? When DNA is subjected to random change, the result is more often than not lethal – it’s called cancer. When a living being experiences some environmental trauma, it likely will die. True, in some instances, some part of a species will have the capacity to adapt and survive, and will pass along those survival genes to succeeding generations. But this is only because the DNA in question was already programmed with the capacity to continue living despite the change or challenge – to adapt to it.  If it happens to lack the capacity to adapt, it loses the battle with entropy.

And what is DNA? An incredibly complex set of instructions for the construction of living things. Like any set of instructions, to be viable they must be the product of an intelligent source that has access to power. A monkey might draw on an architect’s canvas, but the etchings will not be instructions. The sun may provide a source of power for earth, but without an ordered process to convert the sun’s energy to life, the Earth would remain barren. Nonetheless, the atheist insists that, given enough time, a simple single celled life form acquired the instructions necessary to produce a complete human life, instructions that must perfectly direct the assembly and inter working of dozens of interrelated and interdependent systems, and in the process generate from a few pounds of gray matter a mind that can wonder about things like entropy and the origins of life. And if that were not hard enough, how could this first life have emerged from inert – lifeless – material? Leave a rock alone for a few millennia and you end up with, well, a rock. 

The Christian worldview, by contrast, provides the explanation for how such incredible order can exist on Earth. The Big Bang event that started this downward “entropy” slide that we see in progress is the result of a massively powerful and immensely intelligent being, who provided the laws we see in nature, who provided the power source we have in the sun, and who wrote the instructions that scientists are beginning to decipher within DNA. The reason life “evolved” on earth is because an Intelligent Designer designed it to, and provided the energy source to power the process. 

Fighting the obvious, as atheists do, is even less successful than fighting entropy. They would be better off using their time in more productive pursuits.

Posted by Al Serrato

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