An Anthropic World

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

— Genesis 1:27

The 500th anniversary of Copernicus’ birth was celebrated in 1973. Copernicus showed that the earth was not at the center of the universe, a scientific finding used to displace the earth and man from their presumed place of central importance in the cosmos. In celebrating the Copernican revolution, his followers were celebrating the demise of man and, more importantly, the demise of God.

However, at the celebration Brandon Carter, a highly reputed astronomer from Oxford, discussed his discovery of certain strange and almost inexplicable things in the world of particle physics and astronomy. They all seemed to that suggest that this world, and the whole universe, have been made for the purpose of hosting intelligent life on this planet—namely man.

He noted, for example, that if the mass of the proton were just a tiny fraction larger or smaller, the entire solar system would collapse. Many similar physical constants, which appear optimized for human existence, point to the fact that this universe seems to have been designed for mankind.

Carter’s “anthropic principle” says that this universe has a “purpose.” This is a dirty word to evolutionists, who have substituted “chance” for “design” and “purpose.”

But suddenly, at the 500th anniversary of the Copernican revolution, when the final spike was being driven into the significance of man, the anthropic principle was born. Despite man’s attempts to deny God, He has left His fingerprints all over the universe.

Question to ponder:
Why did God create the world?