The 'Fine tuning' argument

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Darwinism is sometimes thought to eliminate the question of design in nature. But we can ask 'How is evolution by naural selection possible?'. It didn't have to be possible - perhaps the universe could have been organised in such a way that evolution and life would be impossible. So the appearance of design needs a further explanation. For example: perhaps God set up the universe so that life evolves by natural selection.

This argument has been given support by recent work in cosmology - the study of the 'cosmos' or universe as a whole. Cosmologists have argued that the conditions needed for life to come into existence are incredibly improbable. As far as we understand, life needs planets; and planets need stars. But the universe needn't have contained strs. In fact, if anything about the beginnings of the universe [the Big Bang] or the laws of…


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