I love to talk about entropy. Call me a hopeless former engineering student, but it’s true. People on my team have noticed I bring it up a LOT when talking with students.
Back in “the day” many scientists were also philosophers because they had to think through the philosophical implications of what they were discovering. Consider entropy. I had heard about it in physics class, but really wasn’t well acquainted until thermodynamics. Entropy is imperfection, basically. In any process that takes place, entropy (some say disorder) either stays the same or increases. Entropy is the reason we can’t build a machine that will run continuously. It’s that little bit of energy lost to friction or heat or well, imperfection.
Thanks to entropy, things go from order to disorder. We all see it don’t we? Aren’t we constantly fighting entropy? I like to ponder whether entropy existed before the fall, but that’s for another blog. Entropy (disorder) is always increasing, period. It’s a scientific fact.
You might guess why I love to talk about entropy with students. On Tuesday I was talking with three mechanical engineering students, yeah! Thermodynamics won’t be ‘til next year for them, but I still told them about entropy because one of them said that as soon as he was taught about evolution that put God out of the picture.
Please note: THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC REASON NOT TO BELIEVE IN GOD! That is why there are scientists who believe and scientists who don’t believe. Science cannot prove that God doesn’t exist, just like it can’t really prove that God does exist. Anyone who believes so is citing interpretation, not fact.
Back to entropy. I asserted to these three guys that science is subject to interpretation, and that not all scientists agree. Take entropy, a pure scientific fact. Things go from order to disorder. How can you reconcile this with the idea that eons ago some amino acids in just the right brine combined to form living cells, then multi-celled organisms, etc. That’s going the wrong direction! That is order from disorder. I asked these three engineering students how they might reconcile the theory of evolution with the observed scientific fact of entropy. They could only say that my logic was sound.
Contrast this with a conversation I had today (Thursday) with a group of literary students. They stated plainly that God does not exist, as if it were fact. They claimed that everything – even love – is explained by science. When I brought up entropy they brushed it aside. In fact, even with science students the subject often turns philosophical the moment they’re confronted with how conflicting science is. Scientists have always thought they had the answers, yet science is constantly changing over time. What do you want to place your trust in – something that is constantly changing, even contradicting itself, or something that never changes like God’s word? Sadly, the students today were firmly set against God. All but one, Marion, who said she was agnostic and honestly didn’t know. She seemed pretty open, so please pray for her!