Monday, February 27, 2012
[it would never work]
What are the chances that we got here without God?
Apparently very slim.
Here are the more optimistic opinions which I have found:
Regarding the issue of how likely it is that the universe is spontaneously fine tuned to support life:
"Other Values for Physical Constants May Not Be Physically Possible"
"Other Values for Physical Constants May Be Highly Improbable"
"There May Be an Ensemble of Other Worlds"
according to Theodore Drange Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University, where he taught philosophy from 1966 to 2001.
Regarding abiogenesis: "At the moment, since we have no idea how probable life is, it's virtually impossible to assign any meaningful probabilities to any of the steps to life" according to Ian Musgrave who is a senior lecturer for medical research at the University of Adelaide.
Regarding evolution: "In particular, the extremely small probability of the spontaneous emergence of intelligent life, as calculated (usually not quite correctly) by the opponents of the hypothesis of life’s spontaneous emergence, by no means indicates that the spontaneous emergence of life must be ruled out." according to Mark Perakh professor emeritus of Mathematics and statistical mechanics at California State University, Fullerton.
Other estimates are more pessimistic:
The probability of an environment occurring where life could exist among all the possible results of the Big Bang is on the order of one in 10^123 according to Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.
“The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero.” according to Ilya Prigogine chemist and Nobel Laureate.
"The probability of human evolution is about: 10^(‑100x 3000) or 10^‑300,000." according to R. Webster Kehr B.S. Mathematics, BYU.
In other words, it seems to be very unlikely, if not impossibly unlikely, that we or any type of comparably complex living things could exist unless God created the universe and created life.
The atheistic response to this decisive refutation is as follows: God's origin would be even more improbable than the origin of life and the universe. Therefore belief in God resolves nothing.
This response is nonsense since God is eternal. For their argument to be valid, atheists would have to prove that an eternal Creator cannot exist, however of course they can't.
Divine creation is the only plausible explanation for our existence.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 6:16 PM