“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”
In this book, “Infinite Minds,” John Leslie, a leading anthropic theorist, argues that fine tuning [of the universe] is best explained by divine design. He says that he is impressed not by particular arguments for instances of fine tuning, but by the fact that these arguments exist in such profusion (abundance; in other words, it’s the body of evidence for God that is simply overwhelming.). Paul wrote, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
Leslie cites the following examples:
(The first time I read the following examples…. my head exploded. I thought “leptons” were little people in Ireland. I had to read the passage multiple times, research words/constructs/concepts, etc… and i still don’t fully understand it. But read it anyway – it is but a minute reminder of all that must “hold together/work together/function properly on a razor’s edge” for our universe to exist. And, by the way, “for the universe to exist” is only the first step. “To make human life possible” is an entirely further mind-boggling argument. Bottom line: “In the beginning, God created….” (Gen. 1:1)
1. The principle of special relativity ensures that forces such as electromagnetism have an invariable effect regardless of whether they act at right angles to a system’s direction of travel. This enables genetic codes to work and planets to hold together when rotating.
2. Quantum laws prevent electrons from spiraling into atomic nuclei.
3. Electromagnetism has a one-force strength, which enables multiple key processes to take place; it allows stars to burn steadily for billions of years; it enables carbon synthesis in stars; it ensures that leptons do not replace quarks, which would have made atoms impossible; it is responsible for protons not decaying too fast or repelling each other too strongly, which would have made chemistry impossible….
These examples given by Leslie strengthen my faith by reminding me that the Jesus of the Bible is exactly who He said He was – and that my son is alive, with Christ – the Almighty.
After I studied this, I stood to my feet, lifted my hands and cried out, “hallelujah! – our God reigns!”
Be encouraged today, my friends!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick
(The quote from Leslie was taken from “There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind” by Antony Flew. Leslie did not cite any Scripture. I added these as the Truth to which Leslie’s evidence leads.)