For each of the last two Saturdays, we have been talking about the fine-tuning of our universe necessary to create a proper habitat for life… especially human life.
In my research on this topic, I ran across an article published in COSMOS magazine that caught my attention. The article was titled: “A Universe Made for Me?” by Geraint Lewis, a professor of astrophysics at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy.
Prof. Lewis makes the case for the amazing fine-tuning of the universe, from the perspective of physics. He mentions how surprisingly few “parts” are involved – but how “those few parts are exquisitely machined. If we tinker with their settings, even slightly, the universe as we know it would cease to exist. Science now faces the question of why the universe appears to have been “fine-tuned” to allow the appearance of complex life…”
After proposing some unique and imaginative solutions (including [surprisingly] the handiwork of God), Prof. Lewis concludes his article with these words: “The fine-tuning of our universe for life represents a true mystery of science, a mystery that appears to point to something profound lying at the heart of science. We may never find out why we are living in a “just right” universe, but if we ever do, the universe, and our place in it, will be changed forever.”
I couldn’t agree more.
But as is so often the case, our search for meaning to the questions of life can lead us to all the wrong places. We can be so consumed with finding answers that we can miss the obvious… right in front of us.
If we truly understood the degree to which the universe has been “tuned” to bring about the possibility of complex (and human) life here on this planet, our search would only lead us to one reasonable conclusion.
This level of precision, this magnitude of intricacy, this uncanny ability to make certain that things are “just right” could only lead to a Designer of infinite imagination, ability, and power.
Physicist Paul Davies came to the same conclusion: “Through my scientific work I have come to believe more and more strongly that the physical universe is put together with an ingenuity so astonishing that I cannot accept it merely as a brute fact, quirk of fate, or an accident of history.”
Walter Bradley, the author of The Mystery of Life’s Origin, agrees: “The universe cannot be reasonably explained as a cosmic accident. Evidence for an intelligent designer becomes more compelling the more we understand about our carefully crafted habitat.”
This is no longer just the dogma of Bible-thumping preachers. Davies also makes this assertion: “There is now broad agreement among physicists and cosmologists that the universe is in several respects… fine-tuned for the building blocks and environments that life requires.”
Even spiritual skeptics, like Martin Rees (author of Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces that Shape the Universe), have followed the science to where it is leading. “If the six numbers that underlie the fundamental physical properties of the universe were altered even to the tiniest degree there would be no stars, no complex elements, no life. (These intricate parameters) seem to have been a prerequisite for the emergence of the hospitable cosmic habitat in which we live.”
Such is the impact upon those who take the time to see, that when it comes to our habitat for life, how “just right” our universe really is.
Prof. Lewis’ concluding observation is really at the heart of the matter. He speaks of the desire to “find out why we are living in a “just right” universe” and of the hope of doing so – and of how finding “our place in it (we) will be changed forever.”
It is interesting that this is exactly what Our Creator has put within us… the need to know… and the hope in the knowing. He wants us to find Him… and He has given us profound natural clues to His Presence and Existence. Not only does He want us to find Him, He wants us to really know Him – personally, intimately, deeply.
And it is in the knowing Him that actually changes us forever!