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​Scientific Evidence For a Creator?

Posted by Daryl van Benschoten on

Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?  In his recent book, Why Science Does Not Disprove God, the late author, scientist and mathematician, Dr. Amir Aczel asked “why is our universe so precisely tailor-made for the emergence of life?” He was one of an increasing number of scientists who have asked that question over the last few decades. This question has never been answered satisfactorily, and Aczel and many others believe that it will never find a scientific solution. “For the deeper we delve into the mysteries of physics and cosmology, the more the universe appears to be intricate and incredibly complex. To explain the quantum-mechanical behavior of even one tiny particle requires pages and pages of extremely advanced mathematics. Why are even the tiniest particles of matter so unbelievably complicated?"  

When looking at living cells, Charles Darwin lacked the extremely powerful microscopes that biologists and other scientists now utilize.  As a result of the lack of modern technology, Darwin believed that cells were simple blobs of "protoplasm", a jelly like substance.  Thanks to modern electron microscopes that can magnify up to 20 million times, we now know that even the simplest cells are incredibly complex.  Aczel believes "it appears that there is a vast, hidden “wisdom,” or structure, or knotty blueprint for even the most simple-looking element of nature."

As Aczel stated, “we know (at least, most people believe) that 13.7 billion years ago, a gargantuan burst of energy, whose nature and source are completely unknown to us and not in the least understood by science, initiated the creation of our universe (“The Big Bang”). Then suddenly, as if by magic, the “God particle” (the Higgs boson particle discovered in 2013 inside CERN’s powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider) came into being and miraculously gave the universe its mass. Why did this happen?" 

As Aczel explains, "The mass constituted elementary particles—the quarks and the electron—whose weights and electrical charges had to fall within immeasurably tight bounds for what would happen next. For from within the primeval soup of elementary particles that constituted the young universe, again as if by a magic hand, all the quarks suddenly bunched in threes to form protons and neutrons, their electrical charges set precisely to the exact level needed to attract and capture the electrons, which then began to circle nuclei made of the protons and neutrons. 

All of the masses, charges and forces of interaction in the universe had to be in just the precisely needed amounts so that early light atoms (hydrogen and helium) could form. Larger elements would then be "cooked" (how the heavier elements are actually formed would require another lengthy discussion) in nuclear fires inside stars, giving us carbon, iron, nitrogen, oxygen and all the other elements that are so essential for life to emerge."  

Eventually, the highly complicated double-helix molecule would be formed, the life-propagating DNA (the language of God according to atheist-turned Christian Physician-Geneticist and Director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis Collins).

Aczel asked “why did everything we need in order to exist come into being? How was all of this possible without some latent outside power to orchestrate the precise dance of elementary particles required for the creation of all the essentials of life?”

Aczel continued, “Physics is the science of matter itself, the foundational science for all the other natural sciences. In the 1960s and 1970s, it gradually became clear that the universe was very "fine-tuned" for the existence of life. If the basic physical constants, like the strength of gravity (as just one example), had been just slightly different, the universe would be unable to support life. The fine-tuning is very, very fine: for the strength of gravity (alone), perhaps one part in 10 to the 40th power. In the physicist Freeman Dyson's words, "it almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known that we were coming.”"

Did some outside power orchestrate the precise conditions required for the creation of all the essentials of life or are we just extremely lucky? Tell us what you think and check back for Part 2 of Scientific Evidence for a Creator.

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