‘Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities— his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen’ (Romans 1:20). Everyone agrees that if the whole universe, and especially planet Earth with its incredibly complex order and beauty, evolved little by little and step by step over millions of years, it did so
against immeasurable odds. Did the precise movements of the planets, the regular seasons of the year, the reliance of all living things upon each other and the awesome detail of life, come about ‘by chance’? Or is there a more reasonable explanation? Wherever we look around us in creation we see evidence of a perfect, detailed and complex design. So much we see in creation must be complete at once to work at all. This is called ‘irreducible complexity’. It cannot ‘evolve’ little by little. A thinking mind will face the question of whether this is really the result of a series of unimaginable probabilities, or whether such complex design points to a wise and powerful Creator. The answer to that question will give us a clue to how everything began. Knowing how and why everything began, reveals how it will all end. Sadly, the beauty, order and variety of planet Earth are too often shattered by violence and pain, disorder and death. At the close, we will face the question asked by theologians, scientists and philosophers for thousands of years: ‘What is the purpose of it all?’ But first, as you read this booklet, enjoy the panorama of a creation so beautifully detailed, ordered and complex that it would be unbelievable if it was not there in front of us.
About the Authors:
Brian Edwards holds a degree in theology from the University of London and is the author of over twenty books and the editor/contributor to the Day One Travel Guide series and a number of symposiums. He co-authored the popular Through the British Museum with the Bible and Evidence for the Bible, both available in the British Museum bookshop.
Stuart Burgess has held academic posts in the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol University, the Engineering Department at Cambridge University and the Biology Department at Liberty University in the USA. He was the lead designer for the solar array deployment on the world’s largest civilian earth observing spacecraft (Envisat). He also led the design and testing of the chain drive for the world record-breaking track bikes used by the British Olympic Cycling Team at the Rio Olympics.
Andy McIntosh is the inventor of the 𝜇Mist novel spray technology which copies the Bombardier beetle spray and has led to a novel spray technology being applied to fuel injectors, pharmaceutical sprays, aerosols and fire extinguishers. This was awarded the 2010 Times Higher Educational award for the
Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology