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Book Review column title

Introduction to Intelligent Design

by Timothy Gordon, Independently published, © 2019,
58 pages, $7.99 (paperback), ISBN-13: 978-1095462645

The cover of Introduction to Intelligent Design by Timothy Gordon

The subtitle of this book is “A Companion Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design” because it is a study guide for the book reviewed on the next page.

Scientific articles mention the fine-tuning of the cosmos with increasing frequency. The basic concept is that the conditions of the universe are precisely set for human life. The variables that affect the presence and sustainability of life are so precise that even slight variations would result in an inhospitable world. In this new book, Dr. Timothy Gordon explains the concept very well by giving three examples “of cosmic fine-tuning.

1. If the force of gravity were slightly larger, stars would be too hot and burn too rapidly, making conditions for life inhospitable. If too small, no heavy elements would be produced.

2. The initial expansion of the Big Bang had to be fine-tuned to a precision of one in 10 55 to form planets, stars, solar systems, and galaxies.

3. There are 19 universal constants that must be perfectly tuned to make the universe habitable.

Assigning a probability (N) to the fine-tuning of these constants would be larger than the number of elementary particles in the universe” (page 43).

You will see many secular writers talking about the fine-tuning of the cosmos but not explaining how this fine-tuning could happen without an intelligence to do the tuning. This is another powerful argument for the existence of God as the creator.

We recommend Dr. Gordon's book. It is formatted for Sunday-school and small group study and is available in paperback and Kindle editions.