Quantum Mechanics: Is It Anti-Creationism?

Sir Isaac Newton (1642/3–1727) who is one of most well-known scientists of all time, who wrote more about the Bible than science, he was a creationist who discovered the laws of motion, gravity, and cooling. He invented the reflecting telescope and was the co-inventor of calculus. However, there were some problems that classical physics invented by Newton could not explain.

For example, an experiment which was conducted by Michelson and Morley (1838–1923)  showed conclusively that there was no difference in the measured speed of light regardless of direction. Then along comes Quantum mechanics. Einstein’s theory of special relativity was able to solve this problem. In other example, classical physics prediction of black body that acted like a ‘vibrator’ with certain modes, which had different frequencies with the same amount of energy proportional to temperature.

It worked well for low frequencies, but predicted that the radiation would be more and more intense at higher frequencies, working its way towards infinite energy which is of course impossible! Max Planck (1858–1947) came along and he was able to solved this faulty prediction. He proposed that they could have only discrete amounts of energy proportional to the frequency. A formula known as Planck’s constant (E = hν).

Physicist Louis-Victor-Pierre-Raymond, 7th duc de Broglie discovered another important concept of quantum mechanics. Just as energy of vibrators and electromagnetic radiation was quantized into discrete packets with particle-like properties, de Broglie proposed that all moving particles had an associated wave-like nature. This discovery lead to the invention of electron microscopes where smaller objects could be observed that previously were not able to be seen with optical microscopes.

There have been concerns by Christians about Quantum Mechanics, such as New Agers coming up with mystical, and moral-relativistic views about it and have form special groups to combat QM as a whole. However, Einstein and Schrödinger didn’t like the mysticism of a supposed “observer collapses the wavefunction”.  So is Quantum mechanics anti-creationism? Answer: No! The evidence through the use of operational science has enabled scientists to solved problems within classic physics. It didn’t overturn it where it was rendered totally useless. In fact its concepts are still used today.

Quantum mechanics is operational science which doesn’t deal with explanations about origins unlike the author himself deciding to inject his own interpretation by giving another theory or explanation the credit. Quantum mechanics really works, and has been strongly supported by verification through experiment. There is no logical reason to oppose it. This is not like the ever-growing complexities as a result of numerous falsifications in the explanation of evolution, in fact it’s quite different. Operational science in itself is not anti-creationism, instead it’s a tool to gain knowledge. Quantum mechanics is a great field for Christians who are interested in physics and would like to become scientists in their own right in this area giving God all the glory!