In a pair of previous articles, it was suggested that a ‘public theology’ approach to the text of the Bible and events of history pointed to a mind behind history that brought about the fulfilment of events predicted in Scripture. This article examines various phenomena of the physical and life sciences which similarly indicate a mind behind nature: first, fine-tuning of nature’s basic forces; secondly, the fitness of Earth’s cosmic environment; thirdly, the fitness of biochemistry for life; fourthly, the origin of life and finally, apparent design in living things.
Hugh Gauch, John Bloom and Robert Newman, ‘Public Theology and Scientific Method: Formulating Reasons That Count Across Worldviews’, Philosophia Christi, series 2, 4:1 (2002), 45–88 and Robert Newman, John Bloom and Hugh Gauch, ‘Public Theology and Prophecy Data: Factual Evidence That Counts for the Biblical World View’, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 46:1 (2003), 79–100.
Paul Davies, God and the New Physics (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983); Paul Davies, The Mind of God (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992); Paul Davies, The Fifth Miracle (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999).
William Paley, Natural Theology (London: R. Faulder, 1802), ‘Natural Theology; or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, Collected from the Appearances of Nature, by William Paley, D. D. late Archdeacon of Carlisle’, twelfth edn, Darwin Online <http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?itemID=A142&viewtype=text&pageseq=1> [accessed 23 May 2014].