In 1992 news media around the world proclaimed a breakthrough by an American research team. These astrophysicists, reporting the latest findings from the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), gave stunning confirmation of a hot big bang creation event. In fact, astronomers who do not today reach conclusions pointing them to a theistic Creator are rare, and even the dissenters concede the evidence is against them. "The weight of evidence for a divinely designed universe is now so overwhelming that it has forced astronomers and philosophers to...readily concede that dozens of different characteristics of the universe must be exquisitely fine-tuned for any kind of conceivable physical life to be possible." *
Not all galaxies are created equal in their capacity to support life. Not only is a particular type of galaxy essential for life, but the star around which a life-bearing planet revolves must be just right. It must be located in the right part of the galaxy, and it must be a single star system. The planet must offer an environment where liquid water is stable. (This means the planet cannot be too close to its star nor too far away. In the case of Earth, a change in our distance from the sun of only two percent would eradicate all life from the planet.) Even rotation is critical. If the planet rotates too slowly, temperature differences between night and day will be too great; if it rotates too rapidly, wind velocities will rise to catastrophic levels.
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* Hugh Ross, Ph. D., The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2001, p. 171
About Hugh Ross: Prompted by curiosity, Dr. Ross studied the world’s religions and "holy books" and found only one book that proved scientifically and historically accurate: the Bible. Hugh started at religious "ground zero" and through scientific and historical reality-testing became convinced that the Bible is truly the Word of God! When he went on to describe for others his journey to faith in Jesus Christ, he was surprised to discover how many people believed or disbelieved without checking the evidence.
Hugh's unshakable confidence that God's revelations in Scripture and nature do not, will not, and cannot contradict became his unique message. Wholeheartedly encouraged by family and friends, communicating that message as broadly and clearly as possible became his mission. Thus, in 1986, he founded science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe (RTB). He and his colleagues at RTB keep tabs on the frontiers of research to share with scientists and nonscientists alike the thrilling news of what's being discovered and how it connects with biblical theology. In this realm, he has written many books, including: The Fingerprint of God, The Creator and the Cosmos, Beyond the Cosmos, A Matter of Days, Creation as Science, Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, and More Than a Theory.