I was motivated by a comment in Utah’s post, The Dark Age Alchemist. Utah’s correct: much of the objection to those who believe in God comes from those who believe science has “proven” God doesn’t exist. There’s a small — well, HUGE problem with such an assumption: it’s not true. Science is just a tool, and like any tool, its usefulness depends on the skills of those who use it. If those using it suffer from false assumptions, the results are likely to be false. As I have mentioned before, at various times in history, science has “proven” the earth was flat; that it was at the center of the solar system; that all matter was made up of earth, wind, fire and air; that atoms were the smallest particles, then electrons, protons and neutrons, then quarks and lipids and now what? Science has even “proven” that certain races were superior to others. So to accept the notion that science can “prove” anything is as much dogma as anything any religion ever uttered – especially since science has yet to offer the first explanation for how the universe came to be from nothing without having a cause.
Anyway, this got me to thinking about a very little known book I have in my possession. I posted an excerpt from it once before, and it was well received. So I thought I might share another small section of it with you today – just because Utah started me to thinking about it:
Now let’s go back and look at the nearly infinitely fine-tuned balance in our universe. There are at least 322 known variables in our universe that science has demonstrated must have the precise values we observe or life as we know it couldn’t exist in this universe. In addition, the values of these variables often appear to be counter-intuitive to that which science would have expected. Among these 322 factors are the space-time continuum, itself; physical constants such as gravity and nuclear binding forces; the balance and types of matter in the universe; the types, sizes and distribution of the galaxies; the shape of our galaxy; our location in our galaxy; the type, size and age of our star; the existence and number of gas giants in our solar system; the shape, orientation and orbital periods of these gas giants; the size of the Earth; the location of the Earth in the solar system; the shape and period of the earth’s orbit; the size, orbital location, orientation and period of the lunar orbit; the elemental make-up of the Earth; the forces governing the Earth’s internal furnace and tectonic plates; the Earth’s magnetic field; the unique properties of water and the existence of a thin, oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere. Scientists differ on the odds they give that the values for any one of these different factors would naturally exist as they do in our universe from between 1 in 10 to 1 in 1,000. But, if we are generous and we allow that they are all 1 in 10, this works out to a probability that our universe could have just happened naturally of 1 in 10³²². The mathematically accepted value for statistical zero is only 1 in 1050. This means the odds that our universe would naturally happen as we observe it are 10272 times more than statistical zero! That’s a 1 with 272 zeros after it!
These numbers are very hard to understand because they are so huge, but I happen to believe it is important to show you what we’re really talking about. I think the best way to do that is to actually show you the numbers. Here is what these numbers look like on paper:
The chance of winning a power ball lottery:
1 in 200,000,000.
The number of seconds since the birth of the universe:
1 in 440,000,000,000,000,000.
The odds at which the statistical chance of something happening is considered zero [i.e. the statistical chance of zero]:
1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
The odds that the 322 known universal constants would all just happen to have their known values:
1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,
The numbers in that excerpt are real, and you can verify them for yourself if you’d like (just remember, they take the side of “most likely to happen.” The numbers get even more unbelievable if you take the middle ground). They are also based in science. Now, if you are one of those who has accepted the assertion that science has “killed” God, ask yourself why you believe that when SCIENCE CLEARLY SAYS GOD MUST EXIST?!