The Constants of the Universe

When you look from the perspective of a scientist at the universe, it looks as if it knew we were coming.  There are 15 constants – the gravitational constant, various constants about the strong and weak nuclear force, etc – that have precise values.  If any one of those constants was off by even one part in a million, or in some cases, by one part in a million million, the universe could not have actually come to the point where we see it.  Matter would not have been able to coalesce, there would have been no galaxy stars, planets or people.

– Francis Collins, The Language of God

as quoted by Tim Keller, Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, copyright 2008, page 129

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What the Fact of the Universe Implies

We have this very solid conclusion that the universe had an origin, the Big Bang.  Fifteen billion years ago, the universe began with an unimaginably bright flash of energy from an infinitesimally small point.  That implies that before that, there was nothing.  I can’t imagine how mature, in this case the universe, could have created itself.  And the very fact that the universe had a beginning implies that someone was able to begin it.  And it seems to me that had to be outside of nature.

– Francis Collins, The Language of God

as quoted by Tim Keller, Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, copyright 2008, page 129