Defending the Faith: With Christianity, nature's 'fine-tuning' makes sense

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

McGrath's newer form of natural theology is, in a sense, somewhat less ambitious than the old version. It doesn't claim to "prove" the existence of God. Unlike some proponents of "intelligent design," it typically doesn't even speak of probabilities. Rather, it seeks to demonstrate not only that what we're learning about nature is consistent with a Christian view of the universe, but that Christianity explains apparent "fine-tuning" better than other worldviews, such as secular materialism.

Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative. He is the founder of, the general editor of "Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture" online at and he blogs daily at

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