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Without Excuse: The Science of Intellegent Design - Lesson 01

by Dr. Steve Wittmann

 


 

Intro Definitions & Origin



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Intro Definitions & Origin


Introduction

    • Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.


    • What will you want to get out of this course?
      • A new appreciation for the complexity of creation
      • Science as Apologetics – Equipped to Share
      • A deeper awareness of God’s handiwork throughout creation


    • This 8-Week study features the works of:
      • Stephen Myers – Signature in the Cell, Coined the Phrase: Intelligent Design
      • Michael Behe – Darwin’s Black Box, Coined the Phrase: Irreducible Complexity
      • Charles Darwin – The Origin of the Species, Coined the Phrase: Natural Selection
      • Guillermo Gonzalez & Jay W. Richards – The Privileged Planet
      • Spike Psarris – Our Created Solar System
      • Lee Strobel – The Case for a Creator
      • Dr. Chuck Missler – Chance & Probability


    • Laws of Atrophy & Thermodynamics
      • 3 Laws of Thermodynamics
        1. Energy is Matter and Matter is Energy
        2. Any isolated system moves from order to disorder
        3. The Universe is constantly cooling
      • The laws of atrophy are constant throughout the universe…except when evolutionists try to explain how life arose from lower forms.


    • Space-Time & Relativity
      • Hebrews 1:2 - Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; “Worlds”: the Greek word aivw/naj aionas (plural) means “time domains.” Some Bibles may say “ages.”
      • Einstein’s Law of Relativity states space and time are two sides of the same coin and can be bent, curved, or stretched.


    • Stretching the Heavens
      • Isa 40:22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. General Relativity: gravity bends space time
      • Psa 104:2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
      • 17 Verses speak of stretching the heavens:
        • 2Sa 22:10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.
        • Job 9:8 Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;
        • Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing.
        • Job 37:18 "Can you, with Him, spread out the skies, Strong as a molten mirror?
        • Psa 18:9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down With thick darkness under His feet.
        • Psa 104:2 Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.
        • Psa 144:5 Bow Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.
        • Isa 40:22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
        • Isa 42:5 Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it,
        • Isa 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone,
        • Isa 45:12 "It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands And I ordained all their host.
        • Isa 48:13 "Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together.
        • Isa 51:13 That you have forgotten the LORD your Maker, Who stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth...
        • Jer 10:12 It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom; And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.
        • Jer 51:15 It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, And by His understanding He stretched out the heavens.
        • Eze 1:22 Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads.
        • Zec 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,


    • Creation Theories
      • Evolution
      • Creation Spanning Millions of Years
        • Observed Through Red Shift
      • Gap Theory Creation
      • Literal 6-Day Creation


    • Example of Creation Evidence
      • The Physics of Ice
        1. States: Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma
        2. Heat Expands – Cold Contracts
        3. At 32 degrees, water begins expanding.
        4. Since expanded water (ice) is less dense than liquid water, it floats.
        5. The floating ice creates a thermal cover over lakes and rivers protecting living organisms from freezing and trapping heat from escaping during Winter months.


    • Gravity vs. Electrical Forces
      1. Plasma is most abundant state
      2. Gravity is electrical product (electromagnets)
      3. Astronomical observations of the sun show flairs are caused by electrical currents and not gravity.


  • Strong & Weak Nuclear Forces
    • Strong Nuclear Force keeps atom molecules from drifting apart
    • Weak Nuclear Force permeates the universe
    • Col 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.


Video: Origin - Unlocking the Mystery of Life

Video Keypoints:
  • Design, Chance, & First Life on Earth
  • Dumb Molecules
  • Life by Chance
  • Panspermia - Life Seeded by Space Aliens
  • The Multiverse - Unlimited Universes for Unlimited Chances
  • Intelligent Design - Science Concludes there Must Be a Creator




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