|How the Earth was Made
Was Our World Created by Natural Law or Design?
The Earth and the other planets formed about 4.54 billion years ago and life appeared on the planet within 1 billion years. They were made of the leftover gas from the nebula that made the Sun.
How was the Earth made? This has been a question that has been asked for generations as humans gazed up at the stars within space.
Like everything in this world, there are many different viewpoints on this topic. Some believe in science, while others believe in creation.
The Moon may have been formed after a collision between Earth and a smaller planet which is sometimes referred to as Theia.
Scientists believe that parts of both planets broke off — becoming (by gravity) the Moon.
The formation of Earth occurred as part of the formation of the Solar System. It started as a vast rotating cloud of dust and gas. This cloud, the solar nebula, was composed of hydrogen and helium produced in the Big Bang, as well as heavier elements produced in supernovas.
Then, the solar nebula began to contract, rotate and gain angular momentum. This may have been triggered by a star in the region exploding as a supernova, and sending a shock wave through the solar nebula. As the cloud rotated, it became a flat disc perpendicular to its axis of rotation.
Most of the mass concentrated in the middle and began to heat up. Meanwhile, the rest of the disc began to break up into rings, with gravity causing matter to condense around dust particles.
Small fragments collided to become larger fragments, including one collection about 150 million kilometers from the center: this would become the Earth.
As the Sun condensed and heated, nuclear fusion started, and the solar wind cleared out most of the material in the disc, which had not yet condensed, into larger bodies.
This is how science believes the Earth was formed, but there are many different ideas and theories as to how the Earth was made. While science is one way of looking at something there is another way, the creationist perspective.
The Sun, Earth, Moon and all the other planets move in a delicate, harmonious, and complex pattern, much like that of a clock. Furthermore the planetary clock is designed around the same golden ratio as the human body. All of these facts are observable and point to design not blind chance as evolutionary cosmology would lead you to believe.
An interesting inference can be deduced in the form of a question. Did these planets come to be arranged in such harmonious motion by chance and natural law, or by design? Neither the origin of the planets, origin of the sun, or origin of the moon through the nebula hypothesis have lived up to the standard of science when philosophic naturalism is so prevalent.
Furthermore as we discover more facts about their harmonious motion, many aspects of it appear to defy the known facts of astrophysics. Therefore, naturalistic explanations for the moment are not science but mere speculation or presuppositions used to interpret the observable science we all have.
The Building of the Earth
Many however are not even reasonable presuppositions to hold as a scientist because they are experimentally impossible.
On the other hand, the history of Genesis states that the sun, moon, and other stars (including the planets) were put into place to allow time of hours, days, years and seasons.
While this fact cannot be observed or tested it is consistent with the design inference of Intelligent Design. This view is no more a presupposition than that of what evolution posits.
That is to say, if someone or something did put the planets into orbit rather than the blind chance of evolution choosing the correct path to form such objects, we would expect exactly what we see now, namely planets in a harmonic, delicate balance.
Therefore, while there is no hard scientific "proof" of either views presuppositions some inferences are more reasonable than others: Naturalists infer that the Earth and solar system originated by strictly naturalistic means even though evidence or explanation for such is severely lacking.
For example the laws and constants that govern physics are so percise that intelligent design not only becomes scientifically valid but logically deduced. Supernaturalists infer that the Earth and solar system were designed, due to their beautiful, harmonic, and aesthetic motion based on the golden ratio and ancient histories which affirm the creation of the Earth by God.
In the end, it is your right to believe how the Earth was created, it is a personal decision. There is always more than one way at looking at anything in this world. While the different viewpoints may argue about how the Earth was born, it is nevertheless a pretty unique and possibly, rare planet that we live on.