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Refutation of Universal Conditions Argument

Posted by Michael Dickens on November 29, 2008

Creationists sometimes use the following argument:

The universe is just perfect. If any of the laws of physics were a tiny bit different, life as we know it would not exist.

The primary fallacy here is that life as we know it is the only form of life. But you can find out about that elsewhere. I have a new angle.

Let’s assume for a moment that God created the universe. So why did He create it like this? He could have created it differently, and just changed life so that life was capable of existing in this different universe. But why did He do it like this?

The refutation of the second argument is more obvious than the refutation of the first. But the same logic can be applied to refute either one.

EDIT: Wow. Not ten minutes after I wrote this, I ran into this video, which contains the fallacy mentioned in this post. The video is well done, made by one of the few intelligent Creationists on YouTube. But it’s still wrong.

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