Tuesday, December 02, 2008

God, after all . . .

After hearing Paul Harvey, Jr. on the way to work this morning, I couldn't wait to get to his website and dig more deeply into the subject he illuminated. (Click on the Tuesday morning update link to listen.)

Harvey explained a recent article from Discover Magazine. Discover is a scientific journal. That's important to know, because the article has some pretty big theological implications. Were it published in . . . say Christianity Today, I have no doubt it would have been pilloried by naturalistic pundits world-wide. It may still be, however, because the conclusions that physicists quoted in the article have reached fly in the face of modern scientific thought. Consider these quotes:
"Our universe is perfectly tailored for life. That may be the work of God or the result of our universe being one of many."

"Life, it seems, is not an incidental component of the universe, burped up out of a random chemical brew on a lonely planet to endure for a few fleeting ticks of the cosmic clock. In some strange sense, it appears that we are not adapted to the universe; the universe is adapted to us."

"On the other hand, if there is no multiverse, where does that leave physicists? 'If there is only one universe,' Carr says, 'you might have to have a fine-tuner. If you don’t want God, you’d better have a multiverse.' "
The multiverse theory suggests that there are other universes, with their own laws of physics - and that our universe just happened to have physical laws that support life as we know it. Whether or not there are multiple universes I cannot know. But the fact that this universe is so finely tuned leads me to believe that there must be a Being with a hand on the knob that does the tuning.

Consider these "Cosmic Coincidences." Author Tim Folger writes, "If these cosmic traits were just slightly altered, life as we know it would be impossible." A few examples:
Stars like the sun produce energy by fusing two hydrogen atoms into a single helium atom. During that reaction, 0.007 percent of the mass of the hydrogen atoms is converted into energy, via Einstein’s famous e = mc2 equation. But if that percentage were, say, 0.006 or 0.008, the universe would be far more hostile to life. The lower number would result in a universe filled only with hydrogen; the higher number would leave a universe with no hydrogen (and therefore no water) and no stars like the sun.

The early universe was delicately poised between runaway expansion and terminal collapse. Had the universe contained much more matter, additional gravity would have made it implode. If it contained less, the universe would have expanded too quickly for galaxies to form.

Had matter in the universe been more evenly distributed, it would not have clumped together to form galaxies. Had matter been clumpier, it would have condensed into black holes.

Atomic nuclei are bound together by the so-called strong force. If that force were slightly more powerful, all the protons in the early universe would have paired off and there would be no hydrogen, which fuels long-lived stars. Water would not exist, nor would any known form of life.
My mind is pea-sized compared to the scientists that Folger quotes in his article. And yet, the most important lesson I learned about physics was at the knee of Erma Kees in the first grade: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Bang! God spoke and it was so. At the risk of sounding smug (and I honestly do not mean to), it is nice to see that science is finally catching up.


Benjamin J Hobbs said...
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Anonymous said...

God article and as usual I agree with you.

It appears I agree with Dave Ramsey about 98.3% of the time, Rush Limbaugh about 97.9% and you about 97.4%.

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Rod Bisher-the StarDog said...

Russell Humphreys alludes to much of this in his book "Starlight and Time."
Spike Psarris talks much about how evolution(in the sense that everything happened over immense periods of time) can't answer even fundamental questions about the Solar System, or for that fact, how life even began on this planet.
The facts that scientists and astronomers are uncovering everyday from not just the Hubble Telescope, but the infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope,
the VLT project,
and from the Galileo and Cassini space probes orbiting Jupiter and Saturn (respectfully), all of these are giving data that there previous theories cannot explain, nor even centralized into a cohesive idea.
They keep changing the theories to hang onto a philosophy, or as some have stated, a religion, that is broken.
Not my opinion, but the viewpoint of many reputable scientists who are believing more and more, that all of what we are observing, didn't just happen.
Dr. Danny Faulkner, professor of Astronomy at the University of South Carolina — Lancaster,
has spoken many times on this very fact, that many scientists come to the conclusion, things didn't just happen...Someone is guiding the whole process.
Psalm 19:1-4
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

This was not just poetry...but that is a whole other topic that would require volumes.

Thanks for the article Brother
The StarDog