2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Do You Believe in the Power of Entropy?


Emily M. Leddin
Dr. James M. McCormick, Faculty Mentor

Entropy is a thermodynamic principle that describes the amount of disorder in a system. Thermodynamics describes all systems, including the universe we live in. Many religions believe in a monotheistic God. If God is a living God, according to the New Testament, then God must be a heat engine. No heat engines are perfect, which calls into question the validity that God is a perfect being. However, the notion of a monotheistic God and the theory of thermodynamics can come into agreement. In an isolated system, entropy is always increasing, according to the second law of thermodynamics. God can be removed from the system, which would negate religious claims of God determining the end of the world in favor of the inevitable heat death of the universe.

Keywords: Entropy, Thermodynamics, Philosophy, God, Religion, Ultimate Heat Death of the Universe

Topic(s):Chemistry
Physics
Philosophy & Religion

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 204-2
Location: MG 1098
Time: 10:00

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