God, the Multiverse and Everything: Modern Cosmology and the Argument from Design

God, the Multiverse and Everything: Modern Cosmology and the Argument from Design

by Rodney D. Holder
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754651169

ISBN-13: 9780754651161

Pub. Date: 01/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Modern cosmology tells us that the universe is remarkably 'fine-tuned' for life. If the constants of physics or the initial conditions at the Big Bang were different by the smallest of margins then the universe would have been dull and lifeless. Why should the universe be so accommodating to life? Many cosmologists believe that the existence of many universes can

Overview

Modern cosmology tells us that the universe is remarkably 'fine-tuned' for life. If the constants of physics or the initial conditions at the Big Bang were different by the smallest of margins then the universe would have been dull and lifeless. Why should the universe be so accommodating to life? Many cosmologists believe that the existence of many universes can explain why ours is so special. In this book Rodney Holder subjects this 'multiverse' hypothesis to rigorous philosophical critique. A multitude of problems is exposed. Going substantially further than existing treatments, Holder argues that divine design is the best explanation for cosmic fine-tuning, specifically that design by God is a superior explanation in terms of both initial plausibility and explanatory power, and is therefore the most rational position to take on the basis of the cosmological data.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754651161
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Scientific naturalism and the alternative of design; The origin and evolution of the universe; Cosmic fine-tuning; Avoiding the inference of design; How to evaluate the fine-tuning - probabilistic framework; Comparing the alternative hypotheses; The multiverse - a viable alternative to design?; Inflation to the rescue?; The realization of infinitely many universes in cosmology; Conclusion; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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