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ElShamah - Reason & Science: Defending ID and the Christian Worldview

Otangelo Grasso: This is my library, where I collect information and present arguments developed by myself that lead, in my view, to the Christian faith, creationism, and Intelligent Design as the best explanation for the origin of the physical world.

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Is the universe hostile to life ?

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1Is the universe hostile to life ?  Empty Is the universe hostile to life ? Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:58 am



Is the universe hostile to life?


William Lane Craig Is the Universe Hostile to Life? October 26, 2014
The fact to be explained is why the universe is life-permitting rather than life-prohibiting. That is to say, scientists have been surprised to discover that in order for embodied, interactive life to evolve anywhere at all in the universe, the fundamental constants and quantities of nature have to be fine-tuned to an incomprehensible precision. Were even one of these constants or quantities to be slightly altered, the universe would not permit the existence of embodied, interactive life anywhere in the cosmos. These finely-tuned conditions are necessary conditions of life in a universe governed by the present laws of nature. it would be obtuse to think that the universe is not life-permitting because regions of the universe are not life-permitting! 1

Tim Barnett If the Universe Is Fine-Tuned, Why Is It Mostly Inhospitable for Life? 03/02/2017
It should be obvious by now that the fine-tuning argument holds in the relation to the universe as a whole, and is not meant to address the question of why you cannot live on the sun or breathe on the moon. Of course, sources of energy (stars) are needed to drive life and evolution, and of course, you cannot live on them. Nor can you live in the, by necessity, frighteningly large stretches of empty space between them and planets. So what is the point? Nobody would deny that the light bulb is an invention that greatly enhances modern life. But when you would try to hold your hand around a light bulb that is turned on, you would burn it to pieces. Is the light bulb then "hostile to life"? Certainly not. This modest example, however, indicates how utterly irrelevant the argument really is – one of those false arguments that appear to be brought forth and rehashed solely in order to avoid the deeper issues. 3

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Yes, nothing else makes copies of itself. And in fact, that ability of a cell to make extremely accurate copies of itself was required for evolution to start. (No accurate inheritance, no evolution). But that leads to an entirely different trail.

I would also say that stressing that only 1.3% of the DNA sequence codes for proteins reminds me of hearing that we live on a tiny insignificant planet in a hum drum section of an ordinary galaxy, and so we shouldnt think we are anything special. To which I generally respond that the tiniest planet containing the tiniest living cell has more significance than the billions of super massive giant planets, stars etc. And that 1.3% of the genome is why we are typing on keyboards, reading, eating, and thinking about how this all happened.


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