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Meyer: Theistic Implications of the Multiverse

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Stephen Meyer writes to The daily thread examines the rise of the multiverse – in popular culture, inspired by the imaginations of scientists. From “The Madness of the Multiverse and the Strangeness of Atheism”:

As millions of fans know, Marvel Studios recently released its latest superhero blockbuster. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Like previous Marvel movies, this offering takes place within an interconnected web of parallel universes known as the “Multiverse.”

Scientists worried about the theistic implications of cosmic adjustment to the creation of the universe have embraced the multiverse as a remedy. As Meyer explains, there are a few problems with this. The first concerns Ockham’s razor. The second is the doozy.

Second – and here’s the twist – all multiverse proposals, whether based on “inflationary cosmology” or “string theory”, postulate universe-generating mechanisms that themselves require unexplained pre-tuning. This means that the ultimate origin of fine tuning remains a mystery – which seems to bring us back to the need for ultimate fine tuning.

Ironically, the folks at Marvel Studios and DC seem to recognize that. The Marvel Universe envisions a god-like figure called One-Above-All as the creator of all interconnected universes in the Multiverse. Its DC equivalent is called The Presence.

Yet many modern scientists, attached to atheism or materialism, fail to distinguish these ideologies from science itself. As a result, they have recently come up with increasingly strange and exotic hypotheses. In addition to the multiverse, some scientists posit an alien designer to explain the digital code in DNA, while others suggest we may be nothing more than a simulation of a cosmic computer programmer.

These speculative hypotheses illustrate the growing weirdness of scientific atheism, as scientists seek ever more exotic ideas to explain evidence that otherwise seems to point directly to God.

As for the multiverse, even science fiction writers now recognize that if such a thing exists, there would still need to be an ultimate Creator.

So, who will tell the atheist scientists?

Read more on The daily thread (note that it is behind a paywall). Meyer’s latest book is The Return of God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Spirit Behind the Universe.