Writing on the origin of the universe…

Writing of the origin of the universe, Stephen Hawking declared: “The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers (i.e., the constants of physics) seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life…. It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.”

Michael Turner, widely quoted astrophysicist at the University of Chicago and Fermilab, describes the fine-tuning: “The precision is as if one could throw a dart across the entire universe and hit a bulls eye one millimeter in diameter on the other side.”

Roger Penrose, the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and renowned for his work in mathematical physics, in particular his contributions to general relativity and cosmology, with honors, degrees, books, and published scientific papers too numerous to list, calculates that the likelihood of the universe having stable energy at the creation is one chance in one followed by a “million billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion billion zeros. Even if we were to write a zero on each separate proton and on each separate neutron in the universe … and on every other particle as well … we should fall far short of writing down the figure needed.”

Dave Hunt, from Cosmos, Creator and Human Destiny, p. 210 quoted in The Journal, Summit Ministries monthly newsletter, August, 2010, p. 5

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