A scientist gives evidence pointing to God.

A scientist gives evidence pointing to God.


Suppose the gravitational constant was just
a teeny bit weaker than it is. Well, amazingly, if it were just one part
in ten to the fourteenth weaker than its actual value, than after the Big Bang there would not have
been enough gravitational force to result in coalescence of stars, galaxies, planets,
and us. It would have been this infinitely diffused,
sterile universe without the possibility of anything like life. If the gravitational constant was a tiny bit
stronger, then everything would come back together a
little too soon and the Big Bang would be followed by a Big Crunch. Not a pretty picture, because we needed the
time of course for life to appear. And that time would not have been offered. So here you have a really interesting circumstance
where this constant, which could have had almost any value you could imagine, happens to have the precise value, at a very
fine tolerance indeed, that makes life possible. And that’s just one of about fifteen such
constants, all of which, if you tinker with them, result in a universe not capable of sustaining
any kind of form of life. I’m not just talking about life like we recognize
it, but anything that involves complexity. And that seems to be a profound challenge
to the strict atheist. Although there’s a way out of it. So let me tell you what the way out is. Basically you’ve got two options here. First
of all, you cannot say this is just a coincidence. It is too unimaginably unlikely to be just
a coincidence. So, either, there is an infinite series of
parallel universes out there that we cannot measure, that have different values of these
constants, and of course we have to live in the one where
life is possible or we wouldn’t be here having this conversation. Or, you have to say that they were actually
set on purpose. Now which of those conclusions requires more
faith?

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