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The God Hypothesis: Discovering Design in Our Just Right Goldilocks Universe [Hardcover]

By Michael Corey (Author)
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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.22" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.33 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 28, 2002
Publisher   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN  0742520544  
EAN  9780742520547  

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Michael Corey explains the religious ramifications of modern science in a common-sense style and in this book he seeks to reverse the idea that science has disproved the existence of God. Corey draws on the fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, believing that the just right conditions that created life on earth provide overwhelming evidence of an intelligent designer at work.

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Michael Corey is a fat loser.  Feb 13, 2008
This is an awful book. The arguments he puts forth make it seem as if he has never read any literature on the same subjects. His "arguments" have been debunked by Richard Dawkins and many others. This is not a book for an intellectual. This is a book for the "common man," whose academic interest is only predicated on his desire to defend his irrational and preposterous believes. And, as the saying goes, "God must have hated the common man, because he made them all so common."
Evolution is Anti-knowlege - Self Organization is non causual reasoning - Big Bang, a mathematic singularity  Aug 27, 2007
1. Collin Patterson said, "Last year I had a sudden realization. For over twenty years I had thought I was working on evolution in some way. One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night; and it struck me that I had be working on this stuff for twenty years and there was not one thing that I knew about it. That's quite a shock to learn that one can be so misled so long...Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing... that is true? All I got was silence." The doctrine of evolution is anti-knowledge meaning it does not convey knowledge. Evolution is a false faith endorsed by academia and sponsored by strong political and economic pressure to accept. Evolution does not create beauty, harmony, nor cooperative systems and at best natural selection yields unstable, chaotic, and competitive networks. The idea of gradual change over billions of years producing a tree of life can not be proven. Evolution proof is impossible because it has no reversible pattern or algorithm. Evolution is the product of "Self-sufficient" thinkers who ignore any role that God had in the creation. Evolution is the ultimate excuse to ignore God. Preachers of evolution argue, "our behavioral freedom would necessarily be short-circuited by our direct perception of God's Great glory, and this something that is generally deemed to be incompatible with our existence as free-will beings." We are agents of a Divine God and God's creations are designed for beauty and the benefit of man. "The whole idea here is to infuse some much needed ambiguity into the creation, so that human freedom can be preserved as a result." The universe is far more surprising that any one could ever image. God is central and important part of explaining cosmological and biological theories.
2. "We also know that the finite property of self-organization couldn't possibly have been responsible for its own origin, because there was a definite point in the past before it ever existed." Self-organization would need a reason or explaining power for existence, causal or otherwise, other than itself. The only way out of the bind is to suggest that self-organization is "eternal in nature". The phenomenon of self-organization is not eternal in nature.
3. Fundamental laws and constants of nature do not gradually evolve into their present life-supporting character. Natural selection and Darwinism fail.
4. "Where did the universe get this seemingly self-sufficient character to begin with?" Jesus Christ is the power by which the Universe is powered and remains in order. Accepting this fact brings certainty and faith in the purpose of man. We don't need to fear cosmological destruction by random events.
5. The Universe is expanding or inflating, at approximately 4 millions per hour. The Universe is not expanding at a constant rate suggested by Einstein's cosmological constant. Einstein called the cosmological constant a mistake. Einstein believed in "Spinoza God," and impersonal Deity who only revealed himself in the orderly workings of nature. "In Einstein's mind, such an impersonal Creator could conceivable have allow these worldly evils to happen, either because he wouldn't have known about them, or else because he wouldn't have cared about them." Einstein was reluctant to accept the big bang bringing him to the acceptance of a personal creator. The second law of thermodynamics says that the total amount of disorder in the universe can never decrease. A winding down suggest their must have been a winding up. George Gamow big bang calculations predicted 25 percent of the matter in the universe will be helium and the other 75 percent, hydrogen. Penrose and Hawkings proof of the big bang was found in the peculiar properties of black holes. "Sufficiently dense stars that exceeds the Chandrasekhar limit, the inward pull of gravity will eventually be able to overwhelm the outward push by the Pauli Exclusion Principle (force to accelerating a particle to the speed of light), with the result that the star will begin a calamitous period of runaway contraction." The singularity is a state of zero size and infinity density.
6. The amount of matter produced by the big bang is exact. Any more matter and gravitational contraction would occur and not enough and galaxies would not form. The cosmic initial conditions are very fine tuned to support life. A veil of mystery will always prevent science from understanding the initial condition. At 10 minus 43 power seconds, Planks Wall is the temperature point where temperatures are so high that the four fundamental forces of physics dissolve. Limitations include limits to human intellect, measuring apparatus, and the intrinsic uncertainty of quantum reality.
7. The notion of oscillating universes that move back and forth between contraction and expansion are not feasible. The universe is expanding with not force strong enough to cause contraction, the universe will not collapse because there isn't enough matter to cause the collapse. Each cycle of expansion and contraction in an oscillating universe must produce an increase in cosmic disorder, or entropy. The increase in entropy would reveal itself in an increase of photons and nuclear particles. The universe does not seem to be the product of an infinite number of cycles. There is no known physical mechanism that is capable of reversing a cosmic contraction.
Oops. (Reckless, but slightly better than 2 stars)  Jun 26, 2007
At about the same time I received this book, I read a similarly titled book whose thesis is the exact counter-argument to Corey's; that volume being "God: the Failed Hypothesis," by Victor Stenger. Both books are --intensely-- flawed. Stenger presents an easily rebutted collection of arguments that he claims to be 'science' putting God to the gallows once and for all. By his own modest admission, Stenger's interpretations of certain physical theories depart substantially from the understandings of most physicists, and many of Stenger's offbeat "interpretations" are simply silly. Unfortunately, the present volume, "The God Hypothesis," by Michael Corey, is argued almost as badly.

Corey does present enough 'expert testimony' to make the case that "our 'just right' goldilocks universe" is outrageously unlikely, impossible by any reasonable standard, unless it has been intended by a Super-intellect having some conceptual 'likeness' to Anaxagoras' 'primordial Mind' and Aristotle's 'First Mover'. Support is cited from the recent work of many well-known physicists: Gribbin, Davies, Hawking, Penrose, Rees, Barrow, Gingerich, Dyson, Jastrow, Smoot, and many more, as well as many biologists. If Corey had been a great deal more cautious in his interpretations and comments regarding the citations he makes, the book could have been both shorter and more powerfully argued. But when Corey throws his own 'scientific' understandings into the mix, he often succeeds only in muddling the topic at hand. Corey's defective spin on physical theory will have informed readers (perhaps especially those who might otherwise be inclined to agree with his thesis) gritting their teeth and wincing. Some examples of Corey's poor understanding of physics:

1) He says that the "flatness" of the universe refers to the fact that it can be accurately described with Euclidean geometry, that space-time is fortuitously not curved, and that life can only exist in a universe consistent with Euclidean geometry. Ouch! There is just no salvaging this kind of tangential blunder.

2) He says that most stars are like ours because they are "main sequence" stars. This seems to demonstrate a poor understanding. The main sequence is the long, 'star-like' phase typical of several classes of stars. Our star (the sun) is actually UNLIKE the vast majority of stars; as a Class G star, only about 8% of other stars are 'similar'. By far most stars are Class M and are decidedly different from our sun (they cannot have systems that host life as we know it).

3) He calls 10 to the negative 39th power a "huge number." Perhaps he means "huge" as in its largeness of extreme smallness??

At any rate, Corey too frequently 'shoots himself in the foot' with erroneous 'scientific' commentary. His book could have been much better if he could have stayed out of his own way. The book's slightly redeeming value is that the scientifically uniformed reader will not notice the author's interpretational gaffes (which are generally tangential and superfluous to his central thesis). The book is also a pretty good bibliographical source for more serious study. In short, the book's potential merits are conspicuously sullied by its author's careless commentary.
Just make sure you read "The God Delusion" as well  Nov 15, 2006
Every single one of Corey's points is debunked in Dawkins' book.

Of course, if you find the placebo effect of believing in a Supreme Being provides you comfort, and truth is relatively unimportant, avoid Dawkins' book and believe what you want to believe.
Without a single doubt this is the most important and illuminating book ever written on the topic of FINE-TUNING AND THEODICY (i.e., natural evil). As a present researcher and apologist I used to struggle and spiritually despair daily with the meaningless suffering withing the world. After 10 years of sifting through the various books regarding the presence of evil in a God created world, I suddenly, and as if my providence happened across Michael Corey's marvelous books THE GOD HYPOTHESIS (AND ALSO COREY'S BOOK EVOLUTON AND THE PROBLEM OF NATURAL EVIL). While other authors gave nothing but pats and Bible quotes, Dr. Corey took it to an entirely new level of spiritual comprehension, and turnen on a light of spritual wisdom and understanding which explained all via God's overarching divine plan! I never thought there would be a defense of natural evil. I believed in my heart of hearts (as most) that as a believer, it was just something I would have to live with and try to put it out of my mind. (even though it was severely taxing on my faith). But is is exactly at this juncture of spiritual reflection that Dr. Corey's book provides such a release from the bondage of not knowing 'WHY?' Dr. Corey shows that within the very heart of evil there shines the larger light of overall purpose. A beacon which when properly viewed in the light of theological reason becomes perhapse the strongest of arguments for God, as it reveals the very purpose of Creation itself. Corey, with the wisdom of a modern day Apostle Pauls, shows that what we in our limited understanding percieve as evil events(e.g., Christ's crucifixion)are through the divine lens of God's ends, precursors towards a grander truth, a stepping stone to the Kingdom spiritual growth within. I can now embrace all that life throws at me because I now know that it is all part of the divine plan of spiritual growth and the maturation of individual personhood. So if you lack a grasp of why God created the world as such. Despair no more Dr. Corey in what seems to be a revelatory understanding of the divine purpose sheds light on the darkest of the worlds evils and brings hope to a world that desperately needs something to cling on to adrift in the raging sea's reality's turmoil. I can say that in many ways this book significantly altered my entire worldview. And it helped me through a devastating personal time in my life when I lost a close relative to cancer. I for the first time have a sense of divine peace knowing that God is REALLY at the helm of all that occurs. At that in the end all will become clear. Though we see through a glass darkly, Corey writing brings us face to face with the secrets and panaramic scope of those purposes that both God and life are meant to teach us. Thank You Dr.Corey, You are truly an inspired writer. The breath of God is truly upon your pen.

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