Section: academia

Title: How to formulate the fine-tuning argument for the existence of God?

Author: Atle Ottesen Søvik

Institution / Affiliation: MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society


This article argues that the fine-tuning argument for the existence of God should have the following characteristics:

  • It should be clear and logically valid.
  • It should contrast the God hypothesis with a chance hypothesis as opposed to a single naturalistic universe hypothesis. 
  • It should use the likelihood approach as opposed to ruling out alternatives.
  • It should have a specific concept of God as a hypothesis as opposed to intention or design.
  • It should have life-permittingness as opposed to fine-tuning as datum. 

Different well-known formulations have different combinations of some of these characteristics, but I defend a new formulation, which has all the characteristics.


15.12. 2020

15.12. 2020

Theofilos Supplement 2020-1

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