How God Made the Earth Our Home

June 2019, Sophia Institute Press


Summary

When, on July 20, 1969, a spacecraft landed on a rocky basalt crater of the Moon, one of its two astronauts would recall, “It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet.” It is this tiny pea in a vast Universe that we call our home.
How did the Earth become our home? That certainly didn’t happen overnight. We all know Rome was not built in one day. Well, neither was the Earth, a tiny speck in an immense Universe. It actually took billions of years to get our home set up the proper way so we could enter and comfortably live there. Some see this as the outcome of a long, protracted sequence of coincidences. Others think this process had to be the way it was, because it was intended to be that way. Who is right?


Table of Contents



BEFORE WE GET STARTED	
	1.THE TIMESCALES
		The Book of Scripture	
		The Book of Nature	
	2.DATING TECHNIQUES	
		The Universe	
		The Earth	
WHERE SCIENCE AND RELIGION MEET	

	3.CREATION OR THE BIG BANG?	
		The Big Bang	
		What Is Creation?	
		Creation And Big Bang	
		Who Is the Creator?	
	4.WHAT COMES WITH CREATION?	
		Physical Laws of Nature	
		Physical Constants	
		Anthropic Coincidences	
		The Anthropic Principle	
		Does Science Have the Last Word?	
	5.THE EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSE	
		The Milky Way Galaxy
		Our Solar System
		Seeming Chaos
		Randomness And Providence
	6.HOW THE EARTH DEVELOPED
		Planet Earth
		The Continents
		The Earth-Moon System
		The Role of Chance in God’s Plan
	7.THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE
		The Dawn of Life
		What Propelled Life?
		What Threatened Life?
			Mass Extinctions
			Ice Ages
		The Dawn of Humanity
	8.WERE WE MEANT TO BE HERE?
		Science May Not Have an Answer
		The Cosmic Design
		At the Mercy of Natural Selection?
A FINAL WORD
	Is God at the Mercy of His Cosmic Design?
	A Purpose-Driven World
	Is Planet Earth Unique?