How God Made the Earth Our Home

Spring 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


THE BACKDROP OF THE DISCUSSION
1.	THE TIMESCALES
	The Book of Scripture
	The Book of Nature	
2.	DATING TECHNIQUES	
	The Universe	
	The Earth	
THE SCIENTIFIC DATA	
3.	THE WORLD OF PHYSICS	
	Physical Laws of Nature	
	Physical Constants	
4.	THE WORLD OF ASTRONOMY	
	The Big Bang	
	The Milky Way Galaxy	
	Our Solar System	
5.	THE WORLD OF GEOSCIENCE	
	Planet Earth	
	The Continents	
	The Earth-Moon System	
6.	THE WORLD OF BIOLOGY	
	The Dawn of Life	
	Mass Extinctions	
	Ice Ages
	
BEYOND THE SCIENTIFIC DATA	
7.	WHO HAS THE LAST WORD?	
	It’s Probably Not Science	
8.	WAS THE UNIVERSE CREATED?	
	What Is Creation?	
	Creation or Big Bang?	
	Who Is the Creator?	
9.	WERE WE MEANT TO BE HERE?	
	Anthropic Coincidences	
	The Anthropic Principle	
	A Divine Plan	
10.	LAW AND ORDER IN THE UNIVERSE	
	Seeming Chaos	
	The Origin of Life	
	The Cosmic Design	
11.	A FINAL WORD	
	Is God at the Mercy of His Cosmic Design?	
	A Purpose-Driven World	
	Planet Earth Was Made for Us	



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Karin Oberg
Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and leader of the Öberg Astrochemistry Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics