Unanswered questions: universe's purpose and alien life II (General)

by David Turell @, Saturday, July 13, 2019, 18:50 (96 days ago) @ David Turell
edited by David Turell, Saturday, July 13, 2019, 19:09


"In my book Purpose in the Universe (2015), I defend a new alternative to both atheism and (traditional) theism. Ananthropocentric purposivism (AP) holds that the Universe has a purpose and that humans are irrelevant to that purpose. If there is a God, then God cares about what matters, but we do not matter to God. Western theism has always combined both God-centred and human-centred elements. While we are created in God’s image, there is a vast distance between our feeble human concerns and God’s incomprehensible divine plan. AP pushes God-centred theism to extremes, abandoning divine benevolence altogether."

Comment: We do not know if God cares about us. The Bible, written by humans want him to love us, but we cannot know if that is true. We can only guess as to God's personality and His purposes, which is why I study the scientific evidence of creation and the need for a designer. I see clear evidence of purposeful endeavor on God's part in that we humans are so unique, and a surprising development, which strongly that it cannot be a natural result of chance activity. The synopsis of his book is exactly how I feel.

Further, I am not frightened about the possibility of remote life elsewhere is the universe. This is a universe that is fine-tuned for life. The issue for me is whether there is rational life elsewhere. God may well have created it, and I view all rational life as very special, nor do I find myself wondering why God might have made several colonies of rational beings. God does what God wants to do. On the other hand, I strongly suspect we are the only ones, but that issue cannot be settled at this time, and is a parochial guess. The author spends much of his essay worrying about Fermi's paradox, where are the alien contacts, if they exist? The answer for me is obvious. Everything informational travels at no faster than the speed of light, and our closest big galaxy is Andromeda, two million light years away! Our own galaxy has a diameter of 100 light years across. We have spent only 70+/= years listening. They may exist, but not enough time has passed to produce a result.

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