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In Defense of Natural Theology 9: Hume, “Fine-Tuning” Objection, and the “Who Designed God?” Objection

08/31/2011

Very interesting chapter, although I may be a little too sleepy to have understood it well. I don’t think I understand the fine-tuning responses from atheists very well, nor do I really get the underlying math. The basic argument is that on theism, the fine-tuned constants of the universe are more likely than on atheism.

Collins asserts that postulating God is not ad hoc, since people previously had other reasons to believe in God, so it’s not like saying that 213,231,533 winning lottery ticket occurred because a demon likes that number.

There’s a huge amount of meandering over philosophical ground, as well as many assumptions. Some important assumptions include that possible worlds necessarily exist, and this was appealed to as being accepted by most philosophers. In addition, it is assumed that there are other good reasons (experience and other arguments) that make God more likely. If the other arguments fail, does this one as well? Is it necessary to accept those other arguments?

Regardless, a better understanding is necessary.

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