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Matthew A. Benton, John Hawthorne, and Dani Rabinowitz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198798705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198798705.001.0001

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A Theological Critique of the Fine-Tuning Argument

A Theological Critique of the Fine-Tuning Argument

(p.122) 6 A Theological Critique of the Fine-Tuning Argument
Knowledge, Belief, and God

Hans Halvorson

Oxford University Press

The fine-tuning argument attempts to use data from contemporary physics as evidence for God’s existence. In particular, contemporary physics suggests that—in absence of any divine intervention—there was little chance that a universe like ours would come into existence. The chapter points out a theological problem with the fine-tuning argument: since God can choose the laws of nature, God can set the chances that a universe like ours would come into existence. It argues, however, that if God could be expected to create a nice universe, then God could also be expected to set favourable chances for a nice universe. Therefore, the fine-tuning argument defeats itself.

Keywords:   fine-tuning arguments, physics, laws of nature, existence of God, confirmation, big bang cosmology

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