The Argument From Design

The single most powerful argument attempting to prove God’s existence is a version of the “argument from design”, based on what is called the anthropic cosmological principle, proposed by John D. Barrow and Frank Tipler. The basic idea is that the fundamental physical constants governing all physical reality have a huge range of possible values. Yet, it is further claimed that there is just a tiny set of values that allow for the evolution of stars which can support the possibility of life. So, the claim is that it cannot be just an accident that these fundamental physical constants are precisely what they are, and that had they been ever so slightly different, human life would not exist. But this fine tuning of the fundamental physical constants allowing for the possibility of life requires a designer, and that in the words of Thomas Aquinas, is what all men call God.



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