Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
God, the Devil, and DarwinA Critique of Intelligent Design Theory$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Niall Shanks

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161991

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195161998.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 September 2021

The Cosmological Case for Intelligent Design

The Cosmological Case for Intelligent Design

Chapter:
(p.191) 6 The Cosmological Case for Intelligent Design
Source:
God, the Devil, and Darwin
Author(s):

Niall Shanks

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195161998.003.0007

The cosmological case for intelligent design, the idea that certain anthropic coincidences in the initial conditions of the universe at the big bang are evidence of an intelligent creator, is examined. Since no good account has ever been offered of how a nonphysical substance could act on a physical one, it is not clear that the hypothesis that the universe has been “fine-tuned” by an intelligent designer to produce creatures like us is even coherent. Even if it is, the possibility that our universe is one amongst many that exist or have existed – the multiverse hypothesis, which would render anthropic coincidences unremarkable – is at least as worthy an explanation of the existence of our universe as the ideas that it resulted either from design or chance. It is concluded that cosmology does not represent the extraordinary evidence from which it would be possible to infer the existence of a supernatural creator.

Keywords:   anthropic coincidences, big bang, chance, cosmology, design, fine-tuning, multiverse hypothesis

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .