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We live in a finely tuned Universe - so how did that happen?

 

It is a well recognised fact that there are universal laws of physics that determine how things happen in the universe.  Some of these laws of physics concern gravity, motion, the speed of light, thermodynamics and electric charge.  There are about 30 of these cosmological constants that need to be tuned exactly as they are or there would be no life in the universe.

Consider the following quotes then check out the videos below.  Quotes are from Christian and secular scientists, astronomers, cosmologists.  They all acknowledge that the uncanny fine tuning of the universe has to be more than a coincidence.  As Sir Fred Hoyle said, 

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as chemistry and biology.

 

Physicist Paul Davies says,

There is now broad agreement among physicists and cosmologists that the universe is in several respects, 'fine-tuned' for life.

 

Secular philosophers are at their wits end trying to answer this question from an atheist point of view.  The following quote is from Sir Roger Penrose's book, The Emperor's New Mind (343).  Sir Roger Penrose is an English mathematical physicist, recreational mathematician and philosopher.

"In order to produce a universe resembling the one in which we live, the Creator would have to aim for an absurdly tiny volume of the phase space of possible universes" This amounts to 10 to the 10 to the 123rd power.  

 

Frank Tipler, a professor of mathematical physics at Tulane University, found himself on an incredible journey when he began his career as a cosmologist.  He writes,

When I began my career as a cosmologist some twenty years ago, I was a convinced atheist. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that one day I would be writing a book purporting to show that the central claims of Judeo-Christian theology are in fact true, that these claims are straightforward deductions of the laws of physics as we now understand them. I have been forced into these conclusions by the inexorable logic of my own special branch of physics.

 

In the following longer quote Norman Swartz (The Concept of Physidal Law. p 203-4) wrestles with some astounding coincidences.

Large-scale coincidences cry out for explanations that reveal the contrivance, planning, or deliberation behind the phenomenon ...  There are probably more than 10 to the power of 60 electrons in the universe, and all of them we may suppose, have precisely the same  electrical charge   Now although I am prepared to allow that five red cars in a row might be dismissed as a coincidence, can I allow that 10 [to the power of] 60 items with precisely the same electrical charge is likewise a coincidence?... One thing we might do is swallow deeply and say... 'nothing, nothing at all accounts for this fact.'


Faced with the prospect of having to say this, many persons find the sheer [contingency] of the actual world utterly fantastic: "If it wasn't God... who designed all this ans saw to it that all these countless particles are qualitatively identical, then [something] has to account for it. That 10 60 things should all be alike in their properties cannot [rationally] be deemed just a coincidence.

 

Looking at the structure of the carbon atom (an essential building block for life) and how it was formed, Sir Fred Hoyle from Cambridge University came to this profound conclusion,

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as chemistry and biology.

 

Stephen Hawking does not believe in a creator God, but consider what he says about how the laws of science have been finely adjusted,

The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron. … The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life.

 

Paul Davies (English physicist and philosopher, professor Arizona State University):

Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to be necessary in order for life, and hence conscious beings, to exist. Change any one of them and the consequences would be lethal.  

 

The British astrophysicist George Ellis commented that,

Amazing fine tuning occurs in the laws that make this [complexity] possible. Realization of the complexity of what is accomplished makes it very difficult not to use the word ‘miraculous’ without taking a stand as to the ontological status of the word.

 

People like Arno Penzias who received the Nobel prize in physics are openly confessing that the finely tuned universe looks like it was put together supernaturally...


Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying (one might say ‘supernatural’) plan.


Stephen Hawking, a British astrophysicist and definitely not a believer in God says this,

Then we shall… be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God.

 

The Laws of Physics: proof of God and reason to believe in God!