Our Universe: Is Extremely Fine-Tuned for Life to Exist

by Mark Goodnight

In my first blog in this series, I wrote about how the beginning of the universe points to the existence of God. I’d like to now write about how another point of the universe points to the existence of God: The Fine-Tuning of the Universe. But before we can even begin to talk about the Fine-Tuning of the Universe, I need to list some information that I think helps put this in perspective. I think that this information is necessary to understand when you start talking about the fine-tuning of the universe.

Let’s start with something small. The generally accepted age of the universe is around 13.8 billion years. When you translate that into seconds, the number of seconds that have passed in the entire history of the universe is 10^17, also known as 10 to the power of 17. This is 1 followed by 17 zeroes. Or 100,000,000,000,000,000. When you start dealing with incredibly large numbers, it’s easier to write 10^17. This is called the scientific notation.

So the number of seconds that have passed in the universe is 10^17. Or 1 followed by 17 zeroes.

The number of estimated cells in the human body is 10^14. Or 1 followed by 14 zeroes.

The number of sub-atomic particles in the known universe is 10^80. Or 1 followed by 80 zeroes.

Hopefully, you’re still with me. These are really large numbers. So let’s now talk about the fine-tuning of the universe. Again, we’ll start with some small things, working in to the larger things…

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