Saturday, January 31, 2015
A case for God?
So it was with interest I read an article one of my members slipped into my church mailbox. Writing in the December 26, 2014, edition of The Wall Street Journal, Eric Metaxas suggests that it is science itself that making the case for God and intelligent design. Whether this leads us closer to accepting the accounts of Genesis or not, it is a welcome perspective.
Metaxas recounts the 1996 Time magazine story asking if God is dead and a story the same year in which Carl Sagan indicated that the two criteria for a planet to support life were the right kind of star and a planet the right distance from that star. With roughly an octillion planets, it would have seemed likely that a septillion of them just might be able to support life. So the stage was set for us to look, listen, and wait. More than 20 years have passed and what changed? Well, for one thing, the number of factors necessary for life changed from 2 to more than 200 parameters. In other words, the odds of finding another one are almost none and the very existence of earth and the life we find here illogical.
So who can account for it all? Accident? Random forces? Or. . . more? Now scientists are beginning to think that the parameters to support life happened not gradually but almost immediately after the proverbial "big bang". Second, altar only one of the many values that must be fine tuned to explain what exists be even the tiniest of fractions (say, 1 in 1,00,000,000,000,000,000) and there would be no stars at all!
Fred Hoyle, astronomer and coiner of the term "big bang", is quoted as saying his atheism was greatly shaken at these developments. Paul Davies, theoretical physicist, thinks that the appearance of design is overwhelming. Oxford Professor John Lennox says that more we learn the more credible the existence of a Creator.
So it seems that life is not simply random at all but requires such a unique set of parameters that it is more reasonable to presume a creator than to assume it all happened randomly... Hmmmm. . . I am feeling a little smug right now. . . Are you?