EARTH Facts

Do an Internet search for good, up-to-date sources if you need such information.  Do not ignore science trade books or textbooks, such as once I had a hand in making (Science: Understanding Your Environment, Silver Burdett, 1970s).  But please, get something newer!

And I recommend most secular textbooks.

Be aware, though, that some secular science books imply—sometimes say directly—that (1) “Evolution is fact” (meaning that chance mutation and how it favored survival over long periods of time have naturally brought about all changes in living organisms).  Also, nearly all books make it clear that (2) The universe began billions of years ago at the time of the “Big Bang.”

In short, here’s my very overly simple position on this:  No to #1 and Yes to #2.

And many Christians who know science—and who take the Bible very seriously—are on my side.  In no way can we demonstrate, or even explain, how inorganic molecules on Earth can become simple organisms, and how simple organisms can eventually become people talking about the simple organisms they came from.

On the other hand, science has dramatically and overwhelmingly confirmed Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and has made an unchallengeable case for the universe beginning at one particular point billions of years ago.   And the Bible not only allows, but supports this.

[If this confuses you, and a lot of bad and very dated information has circulated about these matters, see (and download free) my draft of “CREATION VS. EVOLUTION: 23 Things to Consider if Christians Want to Think About and Intelligently Discuss This Issue” under {RESOURCES}, or check out astrophysicist Hugh Ross’s web site www.reasons.org.]

But when science textbooks stick to science, they are generally quite good in explaining astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry, and physics.  The more we know about science, the better we can understand our world—Earth—the planet on which we live.

Notice that unlike in most sources you check out, I capitalize “Earth.”  Why?  In Earth Is Not Alone there’s the strong suggestion, but no scientific proof, that—out there somewhere—exist two other similar planets: Emryss and Elphia.  So if these named planets get capitalized, as do Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, we can do no less with our home planet.

Earth.

Enough about Earth.  You really didn’t click here for a science lesson about Earth.