Friday, December 25, 2020

December 25 In the Beginning Was the Word: Our Amazing Information-Based Universe

Reason #25 The Scientific Evidence for an Information-Based (Not Matter-Based) Universe

Science and logic strongly indicate that the laws of nature operate on a foundation of information and mathematical precision, not randomness.

The atheist believes that any discussion about the beginning of the universe must begin with a discussion of matter and space-time, but the Christian believes that it must begin with a discussion of information. The idea of information is embedded in the earliest Christian creeds—“In the beginning was the Word” (the Word, not matter), and words express mind; words express information.

The debate between atheism and Christianity, therefore, is not a debate over science versus God, but over a random-based cosmos versus an information-based cosmos. The atheist is a person of faith (in a randomness that stands behind the story of the cosmos) just as much as the Christian is a person of faith (in an intelligence that stands behind the story of the cosmos).

This is why it is so striking to hear atheists admit to the appearance of design in the universe. Of course, this appearance of design is most naturally explained by the actuality of design. And if the scientific data available to us demonstrates a reliable sort of mathematical design and precision, then the idea of randomness certainly loses its intellectual appeal.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Eugene Wigner spoke about “the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences.” Over and over again, the laws of physics are stated as mathematical formulas—E=mc(mass-energy equivalence),  {\displaystyle F=}F=​dpdt (Newton’s second law), etc. Galileo came to believe that “mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.” Indeed, math is often regarded as the primary “language” of science and the key to crafting tight chains of logic that make possible everything from rocketry and nuclear fission, to simple banking and telling time. Our daily routines, and the universe itself, rely on a foundation of brilliant information, not randomness.

This same brilliant information is seen in the field of DNA research.  The DNA of the human genome is frequently likened to an instruction book for life, or a codebook for life—a “book” with something like 3.2 billion “letters” (genetic base pairs) in it! In fact, it is almost impossible for scientists to refer to DNA without referring to “information.”

Therefore, whether viewed through a telescope or a microscope, it is abundantly clear that the cosmos is operating on the basis of astonishing information, calculations, and codes, not the randomness that atheism requires. And anytime we require our hourly wages to be paid accurately, or our phone numbers to be dialed correctly, or our speedometer readings to keep us safe, we are admitting to our dependence on a cosmos that operates on the basis of information—the information that stands behind a mathematically reliable natural world.

Science and logic strongly indicate that the laws of nature operate on a foundation of information and mathematical precision, not randomness.

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