The Finely-Tuned Universe

by D.W. Cloud

Charles Townes, Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology; Nobel Prize in Physics 1964; professor at Columbia University, MIT, and the University of California, Berkeley, observes:

“Intelligent design, as one sees it from a scientific point of view, seems to be quite real. This is a very special universe: it's remarkable that it came out just this way. If the laws of physics weren't just the way they are, we couldn't be here at all. The sun couldn't be there, the laws of gravity and nuclear laws and magnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and so on have to be just the way they are for us to be here” (Charles Townes, “Explore as Much as We Can,” UCBerkeley News, June 17, 2005).

That the universe appears to be perfectly designed for life has been observed by many non-creationists.

Astronomer Paul Davies is an evolutionist, but he recognizes that evolution cannot explain why the world appears designed for life and how man, with his great intellect, came to live in it. He states the problem as follows:

“On the face of it, the universe does look as if it has been designed by an intelligent creator expressly for the purpose of spawning sentient beings. Like the porridge in the tale of Goldilocks and the three bears, the universe seems to be ‘just right’ for life, in many intriguing ways” (The Goldilocks Enigma, pp. 3, 5).

The universe runs on precise and beautiful laws that can be described in mathematical formulas. Galileo said, “The great book of nature can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written; and this language is mathematics.” Astronomer James Jeans said, “The universe appears to have been designed by a pure mathematician.”

“More than 50 physical constants govern the operation of the universe, including Boltzman’s constant, Planck’s constant, gravitational constant, the pion rest mass, neutron rest mass, electron rest mass, unit charge, mass-energy relation, the gravitational, weak interaction, electromagnetic and strong interaction fine constants. Each of these physical constants must be precisely what they are or the universe (and life) could not exist. They cannot be a minute fraction less or more” (Dr. Duane Gish, Persuaded by the Evidence, p. 244).

The earth is a perfect distance from the sun, and the moon is a perfect distance from the earth.

“If it were only 50,000 miles closer, our ocean tides would cover almost all of the landmasses by 35-50 feet, twice a day” (Joe White, Darwin’s Demise, p. 125).
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David W Cloud