Entropy and Evolution

Entropy and Evolution

The Question: What is the meaning of entropy and how does this principle prove the existence of higher intelligence or God?

Readers were headed the right direction when they told us that entropy is a tendency for a system to fall apart when there is a lack of intelligent activity added to it. The fact that there is order in the universe and not chaos indicates that there is a Divine intelligence at play.

As some pointed out God also uses entropy. When a creation has outlived its usefulness then the intelligent life force is withdrawn and the creation falls apart through entropy.

Entropy is the closest word I can find to bear the name of this principle and the meaning has evolved or changed somewhat in recent years. The best dictionary definition I can find that harmonizes with the principle is from the Wordsmyth online dictionary. It defines it as:

“The natural and irreversible tendency toward randomness and disorder in any system without an external source of energy.”

Perhaps we should redefine it slightly to harmonize with the principle under discussion:

“The natural and irreversible tendency toward randomness and disorder in any system without an external source of energy applied with intelligence.”

Energy alone is not enough to maintain order in the universe, on a planet, in a body, a cell or an atom. That energy must be applied with intelligence.

If intelligence is withdrawn from a creation, then energy also dissipates and the system begins to disintegrate and fall apart.

A great example of this is the withdrawal of an intelligent entity from his body at death. When the intelligence withdraws then energy is not supplied to sustain the body and it rapidly starts to fall apart, or disintegrate.

Jesus said to consider the lilies of the field – Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If we look at any plant through a powerful microscope or the greater universe through the Hubble telescope, we indeed see a majesty of creation that has to be sustained by some great intelligence.

One thing that presently impresses many scientists is the study of DNA and learning of its complexity, as if it were a great computer more powerful than any that we presently have.

Recent discoveries have convinced Professor Antony Flew, a renowned atheist for 50 years, that there is indeed a great intelligence we loosely call God.

He said:

    “What I think the DNA material has done is show that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements together. The enormous complexity by which the results were achieved look to me like the work of intelligence.” LINK

Actually, just looking at a beautiful female sunbathing on the beach is enough to convince me, but to explore the complexity of the microcosm is even more impressive.


The fact that great order exists in the universe and entropy does not dominate proves that some great intelligence is at work.

The next principle to consider is evolution.

Forget about whether the various schools of evolution as taught by scientists are exactly true and accurate. What we are looking for is an understanding of the principle of evolution.

Question: How would you define evolution and what is the true principle behind it?

The Principle of Evolution

Science recognizes evolution as that process which takes us from a simple to a more complex state. I would add this. It is that process by which intelligence is applied to matter and form. In the beginning this intelligence organizes simple forms which combine or fuse into more complex forms. The increased complexity demonstrates intelligence in a number of ways. Among them are:

[1] Intelligent movement in form is increased and limitations are decreased.

[2] Beauty is increased.

[3] Usefulness is increased.

[4] Power to benefit the whole is increased.

[5] Power to manifest intelligence is increased.

[6] Stability is increased as long as the usefulness of the form is required.

[7] Relationship of the parts is enhanced.

We could continue here but a reader said it well when he noted it was a manifestation of the Law of Dominating Good and this points to the principle behind it.

We could describe the principle of evolution as follows:

It is a force stimulated by intelligence that leads the organization of form toward a dominating good.

The cycle of evolution and entropy repeats endlessly. Life incarnates into form and intelligently evolves and improves until all desired experience is gained. Then the life withdraws and entropy takes over. But the fruits of evolution remain and the best of it will be used in the next cycle.

The next principle we will look at is Experience.

Question: What is experience and what is its purpose? Is anything more real than experience?

The motions which the planets now have could not spring from any natural cause alone, but were impressed by an intelligent Agent. – Isaac Newton

April 4, 2007

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