Astronomical Evolution

by Craig Rusbult, Ph.D.

Basically, I think current theories about a "theistic evolution" of the physical universe — based on a divine design of nature, with simple reactions producing physical complexity — seem plausible, despite some loose ends and interesting questions.

This brief page was hastily written — after I added an "astronomical evolution" link to the "scientific support for evolutions" part of my page about Theistic Evolution (Evolutionary Creation) and Theology — so I can send you to other pages:

• An unfortunately common claim, by young-earth creationists, is that evolution (which converts things from simplicity into complexity) is impossible because the Second Law of Thermodynamics says "things always become less complex."  In a page explaining why this claim is almost always wrong, I ask "Why do things happen?" and explain how the simple operation of attractive forces (electrical, gravitational, and nuclear) will convert simplicity into complexity by making simple particles (electrons and protons) form complex structures such as atoms, molecules, stars, and solar systems.   The Second Law of Thermodynamics: Entropy and Evolution

Much of the evidence for a divine design of the universe comes from astronomical evolution, which seems to work (so there will be a natural production of stars, galaxies, and solar systems) because many properties of nature are "just right" for life:  Anthropic Principle & Fine Tuning: Multiverse or Intelligent Design?

• And there are pages by other authors about Design of the Universe (available now) and Astronomical Evolution (available later).

This website for Whole-Person Education has TWO KINDS OF LINKS:
an ITALICIZED LINK keeps you inside a page, moving you to another part of it, and
 a NON-ITALICIZED LINK opens another page.  Both keep everything inside this window, 
so your browser's BACK-button will always take you back to where you were.

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