Recently i contributed a chapter arguing against fine-tuning to an anthology called debating christian theism 12 christian philosopher robin collins of messiah college presented the case for fine-tuning in an accompanying chapter 13 in it he criticizes a number of my previous arguments, to which i will briefly respond here. The anthropic fine-tuning of the cosmos refers to the claim that the laws of nature, the constants of physics, and the initial conditions of the universe must be set to an enormous degree of. God and design: the teleological argument and modern science, new york: robin collins's fine-tuning website, maintained by robin collins (messiah college.
Robin collins, in god, design, and fine tuning, claims: the existence of the fine-tuning is not improbable under theism the existence of the fine-tuning is very improbable under the atheistic single-universe hypothesis. Perhaps the most common objection that atheists raise to the argument from design, of which the fine-tuning argument is one instance, is that postulating the existence of god does not solve the problem of design, but merely transfers it up one level. Robin collins objects to the many-universes hypothesis from a scientific argument for the existence of god (in pojman, philosophy of religion: an anthology) that our universe is fine-tuned for our existence is not debated by those who object to the fine-tuning argument (fta) for god's existence.
The argument from fine-tuning, a form of teleological argument for the existence of god, is the argument that the state of the universe, like the succession of agreements in our numbers, stands in need of explanation. Sorry for another long absence i've been working on a project, and a draft of part of it is below i present part of robin collins' defense of the fine-tuning argument (fta) and a brief response. Robin collins a scientific argument for the existence of god (we'll call it the fine-tuning argument)1 general statement of the argument 2. [i] collins, robin god, design and fine-tuning in god matters: readings in the philosophy of religionedited by raymond martin and christopher bernard pages 1-24.
The purpose of the interview today is to learn more about the fine-tuning of the universe, explore what this means in a case for design, and answer common objections to the fine-tuning argument thanks for joining me for the interview today robin. Collins writes, second, in the late 1990's it was discovered that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, which is widely taken as strong evidence for a small positive value of ρd. 8 design and the anthropic fine-tuning of the universe 9 evidence for fine-tuning robin collins 178 god, fine-tuning, and the laws of nature. Christian apologists maintain the exquisitely fine-tuned design features that scientists have detected throughout the universe point to the existence of an intelligent designer — a designer like the self-existent, transcendent, eternal, omniscient and omnipotent god described in the bible dr. God, fine-tuning, and the problem of old evidence bradley monton - 2006 - british journal for the philosophy of science 57 (2):405-424 astrophysical fine tuning, naturalism, and the contemporary design argument.
The section on cosmic fine-tuning features a chapter written by dr robin collins about robin collins : robin collins (phd, university of notre dame, 1993), is professor of philosophy at messiah college, grantham, pa specializing in the area of science and religion. Readings in the philosophy of religion 2017 1554812763,9781554812769 book essential see chapter 3: the argument from design the core reading is robin collins, the fine-tuning argument. Robin collins, the finest exponent of the fine-tuning argument today, is fully aware of the role played by divine psychology in the argument and addresses it in his article in the blackwell companion for natural theology, which i commend to everyone interested in this issue. The purported challenge for design advocates is to defend fine tuning while rejecting coarse tuning however, this challenge is unconvincing if the constants really could range up to infinity, then a mere 40 or 50 orders of magnitude is just a drop in the bucket.
So the fact that fine-tuning is widely recognized as a fact by scientists, even those who deny that god had anything to do with creating the universe, is important expert testimonial evidence for the reality of fine-tuning. Explaining the fine tuning of the universe to us and the fine tuning of us to the universe tim mawson - 2011 - royal institute of philosophy supplement 68:25-50 what fine-tuning's got to do with it: a reply to weisberg. The fine-tuning argument is held by many modern apologists, including anthony flew, william lane craig, alvin plantiga, george schlesinger, richard swinburne, robin collins, gerald schroeder, and more it is one of the most common argument raised in modern apologetics. Professor collins is currently completing a book on the argument for design from physics and cosmology, tentatively entitled the well-tempered universe: god, cosmic fine-tuning, and the laws of.
I attended an interesting debate last saturday night between justin schieber and blake giunta blake used the fine-tuning evidence as one argument for god's existence and justin countered by pointing to the coarse-tuning argument. Evidence for fine tuning - robin collins by gelovenddenken yesterday we saw what the fine-tuning argument includes namely the belief that it is very surprising, almost unbelievable, that all the constants and values of the natural laws around us are so perfect that they allow life on earth. Design and the anthropic fine-tuning of the universe, in god and design: the teleological argument and modern science , ed neil a manson (new york: routledge, 2003), 155-77 robin collins.