Tuesday, November 24, 2020

December 1 The Awe of Intelligent Design

Reason #1 Intelligent Design

Science and logic would never lead a person to believe that random natural processes can create anything out of absolutely nothing.

There is nothing else in all our human experience, from childhood onward, that would lead us to believe that objects simply “pop into existence out of nothing”—not wrist watches, not 747 jet airplanes, not universes. The idea of an entire universe “Big Banging” into existence out of nothing is just simply magical thinking, not science. Indeed, the precise “fine-tuning” of the universe is a direct and never-ending contradiction to the presupposed randomness that atheism requires.

The popular metaphor describes a cosmic explorer stumbling upon the control room of the universe. Here he finds a super sophisticated ‘‘universe-creating machine” with many rows of dials and gauges, and each one is precisely tuned for the nurturing of life. One dial sets the strength of the nuclear force that holds an atom together. Another dial sets the correct amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. Another sets the gravitational constant for Earth. Another sets the distance of the earth to the sun for a moderate climate, another sets the level of UV ray protection on Earth, another places Earth near a large, high-gravity planet like Jupiter to turn asteroids away. In fact, there are more than 200 such dials for our “universe-creating machine,” and if any of the dials were turned even a fraction of a revolution, Earth would not be able to sustain life.

Commenting on the mathematical improbability of a random universe, renowned astronomer Fred Hoyle said, “a common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with the physics, as well as with chemistry and biology . . . . The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

Mathematical physicist Paul Davies calls “the appearance of design” in the universe “overwhelming.”

Even atheist Richard Dawkins describes biology as "the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose."

Radio personality Eric Metaxas said it well in his recent article for the Wall Street Journal: “At what point is it fair to admit that science suggests that we cannot be the result of random forces? Doesn’t assuming that an intelligence created these perfect conditions require far less faith than believing that a life-sustaining Earth just happened to beat the inconceivable odds to come into being?  [T]he odds against the universe existing are so heart-stoppingly astronomical that the notion that it all ‘just happened’ defies common sense. It would be like tossing a coin and having it come up heads 10 quintillion times in a row. Really?”

To argue that the universe just big-banged into existence out of nothing is purely magical thinking, and the fine-tuning of the universe can never be dismissed by thoughtful people with just a wave of the hand.

Science and logic would never lead you to believe that random natural processes can create anything out of nothing. Quite the opposite!


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