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Reasonable Faith Conference Day 2 / Session 32 min read

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Jay W. Richards, Ph.D.

Jay Richards – did physics kill God? (Stephen Hawking)


For the materialist, the fundamental and foundational source is the universe… Carl Sagan said ‘the universe is all there is, was, or will be.’

>> But the cosmos is NOT eternal

A. Three strikes against materialism

1. A cosmic beginning

a. Edwin Hubble in the 1920s

. What were nebula?
. Discovered red shifts when measuring distant galaxies
. Discovered that the universe is not static, but expanding

b. Einsteins relativity implied expanding universe

. Visited Hubble, admitted that looking for a constant to make the universe eternal was a waste of time

c. Robert Dicke

… An infinitely old universe would relieve us of the necessity of understanding origin of matter…matter would be a fundamental given, we would not have to look for a prior source

2. A fine tuned universe

a. MJ Rees … The possibility of life as we know it depends on the values…
b. Paul Davies … The present arrangement of matter indicates a very special choice of initial conditions
c. Universe creating machine (see the privileged planet)

3. Local fine tuning … Astrobiology (habitable planets)

a. Carbon and water only create life (no silicon based life forms)

. Carbon alone forms large metastable molecules that bond to so many other elements
. Water is liquid over the range of temperatures where carbon is most reactive, forming the perfect solution for reactions

b. What makes a habitable planet?

. Carbon and water
. Solar habitable zone (not too hot or cols)
. Galactic habitable zone
. Cosmic habitable era
. Etc

Q1. Given the Size of the universe, why do we think our unlikely universe is not chance, but design?

>> Habitability correlates with measurability