By David G. Myers
A pleasant Letter to Skeptics and Atheists is helping readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their universal floor. For these whose pondering has moved from the non secular thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers bargains tips that could a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He exhibits how skeptics and other people of religion can proportion a dedication to cause, facts, and important pondering, whereas additionally embracing a religion that helps human flourishing—by making feel of the universe, giving aspiring to existence, connecting us in supportive groups, mandating altruism, and providing desire within the face of adversity and demise.
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Just a coincidence—then those are the odds against our being here. ” In his poetic book God’s Universe, the Harvard astronomer Owen Gingerich explains: I can recall vividly, from the time I was a young postdoc, the point when astronomers began to appreciate one of the most astonishing features of this cosmic event, the incredible balance between the outward energy of expansion and the gravitational forces trying to pull everything back together again. Because in the expansion itself any slight imbalance in either direction would be hugely magnified, the initial balance had to be accurate to about one part in 1059—a ratio of 1 to 1-followed-by-fiftynine-zeros, an unimaginably large number.