Does the Multiverse Discount Design? Quick Response
by Sean McDowell
In the introductory chapter for the updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, my father and I lay out the positive evidence that we live in a theistic universe, which sets the stage for particular Christian evidences.
One of the evidences we offer is our fine-tuned universe, which is based on the delicate fine-tuning of the laws that govern the universe. The most common objection to this argument is the so-called multiverse theory, or many-worlds hypothesis.
According to this theory, there are many universes—perhaps infinite—and each operates according to unique laws and constants. While most universes would not sustain life, inevitably some would. Currently, the scientific community actively debates the validity of multiverse models. Although far from settled, there is scientific support for the existence of a multiverse. The key question remains though: Would living in a multiverse undermine the case for God?
The Multiverse and God
Distinguished philosopher Robin Collins provides multiple reasons for God’s existence in the context of multiverse theory. First, we should prefer the hypothesis that naturally flows from the evidence, and for which we have independent confirmation. As Collins explains…
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