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God and the New Cosmology : The Anthropic Design Argument :  The Anthropic Design Argument - Michael Corey

God and the New Cosmology : The Anthropic Design Argument

The Anthropic Design Argument


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Given the excellent historical context in which Corey frames his case and the rational manner in which he closes off the loopholes, the stage is set for paradigm shift in the secular area. I highly recommend this book.-Hugh Ross, Astronomer

A well-argued case for natural theology based on the recent burst of discoveries that God, after all, designed the universe for man. Given the excellent historical context in which Corey frames his case and the rational manner in which he closes off the loopholes, the stage is set for paradigm shift in the secular area. I highly recommend this book. -- Hugh Ross, Astronomer This enthusiastically, but carefully, argued account should convince any reader that cavalier dismissal is no longer justified. Deism is back as a serious discussion partner. -- John B. Cobb, Claremont Graduate School Cosmologists in the physics community are moving back to the idea that the universe provides compelling evidence of intelligent design. Michael Corey, hoping to reinstate old-style natural theology on the basis of this new-style physical evidence, presents what is perhaps the most complete account available. -- David Ray Griffin, Claremont Graduate School God and the New Cosmology is an incisive book that makes a valuable contribution to contemporary philosophy of religion. -- Stephen T. Davis, Claremont McKenna College

Introductionp. 1
Overviewp. 1
The Humanoid Principlep. 5
An Anthropic or Biocentric Universe?p. 7
A Brief History of Teleological Thoughtp. 10
Teleology, Eutaxiology, and the Concept of Designp. 10
Early Background of Teleological Thoughtp. 11
Greek and Roman Philosophyp. 11
Medieval Philosophyp. 15
Renaissance and Early Modern Thoughtp. 16
Eighteenth-Century Thoughtp. 18
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Thoughtp. 21
The Influence of Darwinism on Teleological Thoughtp. 23
The Return to a Scientific Teleologyp. 25
Teleology and Holismp. 25
Conclusionp. 26
The Immediate Background of the Biocentric and Anthropic Principlesp. 29
Science Acknowledges a Beginning to the Universep. 29
Evidence for the Biocentric Principlep. 42
Where Did the Original Evolving Matter Come From?p. 42
Creation Out of Nothing?p. 43
The Cosmic Prevalence of Matter Over Antimatterp. 44
The Amount of Matter in the Universe and the Rate of Cosmic Expansionp. 45
The Role of Dark Matter in Cosmogenesisp. 49
Evidence for the Existence of Dark Matterp. 50
The Time Frame for Galaxy Formationp. 51
Big Bang Ripples: The "Holy Grail" of Cosmologyp. 52
The Roughness Parameterp. 54
The Size of the Universep. 55
The Advantage of a Sparse Universep. 56
The Temperature of Nuclear Stabilityp. 58
The Role of Deuteriump. 60
Design at the Sub-Atomic Levelp. 61
Cosmic "Coincidences" Involving Nature's Fundamental Constantsp. 64
Discussionp. 67
Evidence for Design in the Invariant and Cooperative Aspects of Nature's Physical Constantsp. 68
Cosmic Repulsionp. 72
Life and the Degree of Entropy in the Universep. 74
The Importance of the Velocity of Light in the Evolution of Lifep. 74
Photosynthesis and the Surface Temperature of the Sunp. 75
The Historical Increase in Solar Luminosityp. 76
The Transition to a Non-Toxic, Oxidizing Atmospherep. 77
Atmospheric Oxygen Maintenancep. 79
The Requirements for a Stable Water Cyclep. 80
The Timing of the Sun's T-Tauri Windp. 80
The Importance of the Ratio Between Photons and Protonsp. 81
The Smoothness of the Microwave Backgroundp. 81
The Homogeneity of the Universep. 83
Guth's Inflationary Hypothesisp. 84
The Marvel of Intrastellar Carbon Formationp. 86
The Role of Neutrinos and the Weak Nuclear Force in the Explosion of Supernovaep. 91
Large Number Coincidencesp. 92
The Importance of Three Spatial Dimensions for the Evolution of Lifep. 94
The Existence of Order vis-a-vis the Second Law of Thermodynamicsp. 100
The Three Arrows of Timep. 101
The Miracle of Carbonp. 103
The Importance of Nitrogen, Sulfur, and Phosphorus in Biochemistryp. 104
The Miraculousness of Waterp. 105
Discussionp. 108
A Tailor-Made Worldp. 109
The WAP and Natural Complexityp. 113
The Rapidity of Life's Evolutionp. 115
The Relative Size of the Human Body in the Universal Hierarchy of Objectsp. 116
Interpreting the Evidencep. 123
God and the Nature of the Quantum Vacuump. 123
Value of the Cosmological Constantp. 124
God and the Primordial Process of Spontaneous Symmetry Breakingp. 127
Inflation and Contrivancep. 128
Can Inflation Solve the Horizon Problem?p. 131
Singularities in View of the Divinep. 133
What Happened Before the Big Bang?p. 135
The Creation of Space and Time at the Beginningp. 136
Additional Biblical Parallels with Modern Cosmologyp. 137
The Miracle of Perfect Universal Balancep. 138
The Mind of God and Bohm's Concept of the Implicate Orderp. 139
Contrivance and the Second Law of Thermodynamicsp. 140
Order Out of Disorder?p. 142
God and the Existence of Self-Generated Orderp. 143
Natural Selection and the Origin of Lifep. 144
A Cosmic Blueprint?p. 150
The Empirical Nature of the Biocentric Principlep. 152
Making Sense of the "Coincidences"p. 157
The Probabilistic Significance of the Cosmic "Coincidences"p. 158
Coincidence or Contrivance?p. 163
Cosmic Coincidences and the Odds Surrounding the Evolution of Lifep. 168
A Humean Objectionp. 170
Alternative Viewpointsp. 175
The Many Worlds Interpretation of the Weak Anthropic Principlep. 175
Campbell's Criticism of the WAPp. 177
The Sum Over Histories Interpretationp. 178
The Genesis Paradox Resolvedp. 180
Murphy's Law and the Anthropic Design Argumentp. 182
The SAP to the Rescuep. 185
The Equivalence of the SAP with the Traditional Concept of Intelligent Designp. 188
A Theistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanicsp. 189
God and Stephen Hawking's Proposed No Boundary Condition to the Universep. 191
What Is There for God to Do in the Universe?p. 194
Ours as One of the Best of All Possible Worldsp. 196
Summaryp. 199
A Proof for God?p. 202
Varieties of Proofsp. 202
Data Coherence and Causalityp. 205
A Probabilistic Proof for the Existence of Godp. 207
Scientific Proof for a Creator?p. 209
The Acceptability of Indirect Scientific Evidencep. 214
Scientific Truth via the Process of Eliminationp. 216
Deducing the Existence of God from the Intelligence of the Creationp. 217
Holistic Proof for the Existence of Godp. 219
The Overall Case for Intelligent Designp. 220
An Anthropic or Biocentric Universe?p. 223
Argument for an Anthropic Interpretation of the Cosmological Evidencep. 223
The Legitimacy of the Moderate Anthropocentric Perspectivep. 230
Anthropocentrism in Light of the Weak and Strong Anthropic Principlesp. 238
The WAP and the Existence of Extraterrestrial Intelligencesp. 239
Solar Eclipses and the Size of the Moonp. 241
The Prospect of Divine Omnipotencep. 246
Creation Ex Nihilop. 246
The Self-Existence of God vs. the Self-Existence of Matterp. 247
Supernatural Naturalismp. 248
Modern Cosmology and the Adequacy of the Process Godp. 249
Is the Present Universe Worthy of a Divine Creator?p. 256
God's True Naturep. 257
The Case for Natural Theologyp. 259
The Natural Theologian's Claimsp. 260
Natural Theology and the Threat from Naturalistic Evolutionp. 268
Response to Humep. 270
Kant's Objections to the Argument from Designp. 280
Is Theistic Belief Falsifiable?p. 282
The Positive Function of the Natural Atheologian's Criticismsp. 284
Conclusionp. 287
Faith and the Modern Scientistp. 288
Apologetics and the Role of Faithp. 288
The Origin of Our Modern Concept of Faithp. 290
Epilogue: A Call for a New Type of Scientifically Minded Universal Theoristp. 293
Appendix: In Defense of the Big Bang: A Theistic Response to Eric J. Lerner's Infinitely Old Plasma Universep. 294
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 323
About the Authorp. 333
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ISBN: 9780847678013
ISBN-10: 0847678016
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.68