265: What is the “Fine Tuning” Argument?

The fine-tuning argument is a philosophical and scientific argument that asserts that the universe is perfectly fine-tuned for life as we know it.

When we rationally and objectively observe the universe, we see that the universe has been perfectly crafted and intentional designed in a manner that is literally the most ideal environment for human life to exist and flourish. This is especially seen through the newest developments and discoveries from the genres of cosmology and physics.

According to many physicists, the fact that the universe is able to support life depends delicately on various forces and fundamental characteristics, that if they were altered by even a small amount life as we know it simply could not exist. Even religious scientists and philosophers must concede that this could have all happened by accident. However, all honest observers, religious or non-religious, must admit that the statistical probability that this happened all by itself by accident is simply minuscule, and that it actually defies logic that it came about by random chance.

In this episode, Kenny explains this argument and shares various pieces of data that demonstrate why the fine-tuning argument is so compelling.

Bibliography, Sources, and Additional Resources

Christopher Hitchens Fine Tuning (Conversation with Doug Wilson) [YouTube Video]

PragerU: Does Science Argue for or Against God? [YouTubeVideo]

COLLISION: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson [DVD]

Atheists Humbled by Order in Universe [YouTube Video]

Leonard Susskind – Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life and Mind? [YouTube Video]

The anthropic significance of the existence of an excited state of 12C (article by M. Livio, D. Hollowell, A. Weiss, and J.W. Truran)

An anthropic myth: Fred Hoyle’s carbon-12 resonance level (article by Helge Kragh)

The Origin and Fine-Tuning of the Universe (William Lane Craig) [YouTube Video]

Humanity Is No Cosmic Accident: Science Shows We’re Far from Ordinary (article By Eric Metaxas)

Is the Universe Merely a Statistical Accident? (article by Larry Dossey, MD)

How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? [YouTube Video]

Improbable Planet: How Earth Became Humanity's Home (book by Hugh Ross)

The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Latest Scientific Discoveries Reveal God (book by Hugh Ross)

Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics (book by William Lane Craig)

PragerU: What's the Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multi-verse? [YouTube Video]