Does the Second Law of Thermodynamics disprove evolution?

Author: BibleAsk Team


The second law of thermodynamics is a fundamental principle in physics that describes the direction of natural processes and the behavior of energy in a closed system. It can be stated in several ways, but a common formulation is:

“The total entropy of an isolated system always increases over time, and any reversible process within the system will also increase the total entropy.”

Here, entropy is a measure of the system’s disorder or randomness. In simpler terms, the second law of thermodynamics implies that natural processes tend to move towards a state of greater disorder or randomness.

Another way to express the second law is through the concept of energy. It states that in any energy transfer or transformation, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state. This is often summarized as “energy tends to disperse or spread out over time.”

It’s important to note that while the total energy in a closed system is conserved (as per the first law of thermodynamics), the second law introduces the concept of the quality of energy degrading over time, leading to a more disordered and less useful state. The second law of thermodynamics has broad applications in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering and is a crucial aspect of understanding natural processes.

Does it disprove evolution?

Yes. The Second law of Thermodynamics disproves evolution. This law states that there is a natural tendency of any isolated system to degenerate into a more disordered state. Evolutionists claims that this law does not prevent Evolution on Earth, since our earth is an open system that gets its energy from the Sun.

But, is the simple addition of energy all that is needed to accomplish evolution? Can the addition of energy make a dead plant alive? A dead plant contains the same structure as a living plant. If there is evolutionary force at work in the universe, and if the open system of Earth makes the difference, why does the Sun’s energy not make dead things live again? In fact, if we apply heat to dead organisms it only speeds the decaying process.

The scientist, Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith, puts it this way: “What is the difference then between a stick, which is dead, and an orchid which is alive? The difference is that the orchid has teleonomy in it. It is a machine which is capturing energy to increase order. Where you have life, you have teleonomy, and then the Sun’s energy in the “open system” can be taken and make the thing grow – increasing its order.”

Teleonomy is information stored within a living thing. It involves design and purpose and is stored within its genes. Where did the teleonomy of living things originate? Teleonomy does not reside in matter itself. Matter, itself, is not creative. Dr. Wilder-Smith says: “The pure chemistry of a cell is not enough to explain the working of a cell, although the workings are chemical. The chemical workings of a cell are controlled by information which does not reside in the atoms and molecules.” Creationists believe cells originated from designed and coded information.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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