This Christian's disappointment with Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron in Nightline debate.
I watched some of the debate between the RRS and Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. I love and respect their ministry immensely, but I was disappointed in Ray and Kirk for not knocking the granny toss out of the park! I’m referring to the idea that the 1st Law of Thermodynamics (a.k.a. the Law of Conservation of Energy) somehow “proves” that the universe is eternal and therefore needs no Creator. It does no such thing. When one takes into account the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (a.k.a. the Law of Entropy), this notion crumbles. To avoid debates about my definitions of each law, I’ve provided the definitions from www.physicalgeography.net:
|CHAPTER 6: Energy and Matter|
|(e). Laws of Thermodynamics|
The field of thermodynamics studies the behavior of energy flow in natural systems. From this study, a number of physical laws have been established. The laws of thermodynamics describe some of the fundamental truths of thermodynamics observed in our Universe. Understanding these laws is important to students of Physical Geography because many of the processes studied involve the flow of energy.
First Law of ThermodynamicsThe first law of thermodynamics is often called the Law of Conservation of Energy. This law suggests that energy can be transferred from one system to another in many forms. Also, it can not be created or destroyed. Thus, the total amount of energy available in the Universe is constant. Einstein's famous equation (written below) describes the relationship between energy and matter:
E = mc2
In the equation above, energy (E) is equal to matter (m) times the square of a constant (c). Einstein suggested that energy and matter are interchangeable. His equation also suggests that the quantity of energy and matter in the Universe is fixed.
Second Law of ThermodynamicsHeat cannot be transfer from a colder to a hotter body. As a result of this fact of thermodynamics, natural processes that involve energy transfer must have one direction, and all natural processes are irreversible. This law also predicts that the entropy of an isolated system always increases with time. Entropy is the measure of the disorder or randomness of energy and matter in a system. Because of the second law of thermodynamics both energy and matter in the Universe are becoming less useful as time goes on. Perfect order in the Universe occurred the instance after the Big Bang when energy and matter and all of the forces of the Universe were unified.
Third Law of ThermodynamicsThe third law of thermodynamics states that if all the thermal motion of molecules (kinetic energy) could be removed, a state called absolute zero would occur. Absolute zero results in a temperature of 0 Kelvins or -273.15° Celsius.
Absolute Zero = 0 Kelvins = -273.15° CelsiusThe Universe will attain absolute zero when all energy and matter is randomly distributed across space. The current temperature of empty space in the Universe is about 2.7 Kelvins.
This suggests that the universe had a beginning and, therefore, is not eternal. Here’s an illustration. When you’re playing pool, kinetic energy is transferred from your arm, to the stick, to the cue ball, to the rack. For a few seconds, balls scatter all over the table until finally they come to a rest. Why don’t they scramble across the table for all eternity? Well, with each transfer of energy, some usable, or kinetic, energy is lost until it is all gone. No ball rolls as fast as the ball that hit it until no balls roll at all. That’s exactly what’s happening with the universe on the atomic level.
Notice I didn’t say that energy is destroyed. I only pointed out that it is gradually being transferred into an unusable form. An eternal universe would require a constant supply of usable energy. However, according to the 2nd law, the universe is LOSING this supply and is headed toward Absolute Zero (see 3rd law), and because of the 1st law, it’s not creating anymore. Bottom line, the cosmic gas tank is headed toward “E” with no filling station in sight. Therefore, there had to be a point in time in which the universe began. Nothing with an end is eternal. Since the universe has an end, it HAD to have a beginning, and since it had a beginning, it had to have a beginner.
I wish Ray or Kirk would have explained this briefly, but they didn’t. Shame. They should have dominated that debate since RRS admitted they would have to call Leonardo da Vinci to prove the Mona Lisa was actually painted. *shaking head* I don’t fault Ray and Kirk’s position, just their lack of preparedness.
Let me get this straight. The roofing nail is "design," but the bat's sonar capability is an "accident." Hmm... Do you also believe tornadoes build trailor parks?