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Christian Apologetics Part 7 Astrology


Hugh Ross states, “Astronomers have discovered that the characteristics of the universe, or our galaxy and of our solar system are so finely tuned to support life that the only reasonable explanation for this is the forethought of a personal, intelligent Creator whose involvement explains the degree of fine tuning. It requires power and purpose.” (Ross, AEPTG, as cited in Moreland, CH, 160)

Continuing: “The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron. The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life…it seems clear that there are relatively few ranges of values for the numbers that would allow the development of any form of intelligent life.” (Hawking, BHT,125)

Hawking adds, “This means that the initial state of the universe must have been very carefully chosen indeed if the hot big bang model was correct right back to the beginning of time. 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.” (Hawking, BHT, 127)

Ross adds: “Considering that the observable universe contains less than a trillion galaxies each averaging a hundred billion stars, we can see that not even one planet would be expected, by natural processes alone to possess the necessary conditions to sustain life. No wonder Robert Rood and James Treful, among other, have surmised that intelligent physical life exists only on the earth.” (Ross, AEPTG, as cited in Moreland, CH, 169,170)

Ross concludes: “Again we see that a personal, transcendent Creator must have designed the universe. A personal, transcendent Creator must have designed planet earth. A personal, transcendent Creator must have designed life.” (Ross, FG, 138)

Is it possible that simple chance could account for all of this design? “It is hard to believe that the vastness and grandeur of nature is all a matter of chance.” (Clark, SC, 154)

Clark continues: “Are the properties of the chemical elements just a matter of chance too – carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and the rest? Are the remarkable properties of water and carbon dioxide again due to chance?” (Clark, SC, 154)