ABC’s Catalyst program this week opened this week with the line, “It seems like scientific blasphemy to even ask, but has the universe been set up for us?”
With example after example, Catalyst explained aspects of the fine-tuned universe. A universe so finely tuned, that had things been slightly different there would be no intelligent life at all. Perhaps the most famous example is the existence of the so called, “God particle”. It gives substance to all particles in the universe, yet if it behaved slightly differently to the way it does then gravity would be higher, and planets like our world would simply collapse.
The earth is finely tuned. It is the perfect distance from the sun to create mild temperatures and sustain liquid water. We have a protective giant in Jupiter nearby which protects us from being hit by rogue asteroids.
For many in the scientific community the fine tuning of the universe has resulted in the need for some explanation. Ideas for our fine-tuned universe range from black holes, to parallel worlds or multiverses, to the idea that aliens made our world, even the possibility we are living in some elaborate computer program (sort of like the matrix) or that humanity just got lucky.
What about you? What do you think?
Could it be that the Psalmist was right when he said, “the heavens declare the glory of God?” Could it be that the universe, in all its majesty, in its design, in the reality that it seems custom designed for us is a hint that there is a God?
Such fine tuning has led some in the scientific community to conclude that this is clear evidence of God. Eminent 20th-century astrophysicist Fred Hoyle simply said, ‘It looks like a super intellect has monkeyed with physics’.
Could it be that this super intellect is God? Could it be that a fine tuned universe is a clue to His existence? A general revelation of God to you, with the hope that you might seek to know him more?