Is The Universe Fine-Tuned By God?

The latest episode of Unbelievable (“Is the fine-tuning of the universe evidence for God”) is both interesting and illuminating; not only because of the subject matter, but because it provides a kind of porthole through which to analyze the psychology of belief (both for the atheist and theist). I plan on sharing some thoughts soon, but the first order of business is to give the debate a listen.

Here’s the blurb for the discussion:

Science has revealed that the fundamental constants and forces of the cosmos appear to be exquisitely fine-tuned to allow a universe in  which life can develop. Is God the best explanation of the incredibly improbable odds of the universe we live in being a life-permitting one?

Robin Collins is a Christian philosopher and a leading advocate of the argument for God from cosmic design. Peter Millican is an atheist philosopher at Oxford University. They debate the issues.

You can download the episode here.


  1. David Carr March 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Where are the Christian philosophers who were not trained in Roman Catholic institutions? RC worldview and theology seems to form the mindset of many modern evangelicals.
    Here are a few examples:
    Robin Collins went to Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana).
    William Lane Craig graduated from a RC university in Belgium.
    Alvin Plantinga taught at Notre Dame many years before returning to Calvin College and Seminary.
    Many prominent evangelical scholars are at Notre Dame.

    Christianity is based on revelation, not induction. See John’s Gospel, chapter 1 and Romans 1 -11.
    Every effort to get to Truth and the living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will fail, just as certainly but maybe not as spectacularly as the Tower of Babel.
    The beauty and complexity of the creation should motivate us to worship God and to diligent effort to tend, cultivate, and take dominion of that of which He has made us stewards.


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