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Black holes may or may not exist. If they do exist, they are invisible, weigh billions of tonnes, and are smaller that a kernel of corn! While they have become popular with science-fiction buffs in recent years, black holes were first proposed some 200 years ago by French astronomer Pierre Laplace.

Laplace reasoned that a star must collapse when it dies, that is, when it consumes all its fuel. Because of its enormous gravitational pull, it would cave in on itself. It would shrink to the size of the moon, down to the size of a basketball, then finally it would effectively have no size at all.

When a star collapses below a certain radius, it would become so dense, and its gravitational pull so strong, that even light could not escape (hence the name ‘black hole’). Matter inside a black hole would be so dense that a piece less than one centimetre across could weigh as much as planet earth!

No black holes have yet been positively identified, and not all astronomers accept their existence. But even if black holes do exist, they give no support to the theory of evolution. Black holes are simply in line with the fact that the universe is decaying. Things do not spontaneously improve and become more orderly, as evolution theory would have people believe. They decay, run down, and lose their orderliness.

This is completely in line with creationist thinking. But it does not lend support to the evolutionary idea that today’s complexity has evolved and become more ordered from the chaos of long ago.

(Adapted from Astronomy and the Bible, Questions and Answers, by Donald B. DeYoung, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1989.)

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