Thursday, January 8, 2009

Who's Afraid of the Multiverse?

Reasons To Believe has a new booklet out. It addresses the multiverse controversy: Who's Afraid of the Multiverse? (And when I say "booklet" it would really be more accurate to call it a short book. It's a "good-sized" short treatment.)

RTB's newest research scholar, physicist, Dr. Jeff Zweerink, explores the multiverse idea and its implications for biblical creation models. He addresses such questions as:


  • Does the multiverse pose problems for the Christian worldview?

  • Does the multiverse offer atheists an escape-hatch, one that is capable of explaining away design of the universe?
Zweerink's answers to these questions may surprise some readers. He believes it is quite possible that particular types of multiverses to exist. (Whereas I think it would be fair to characterize Hugh Ross as being a little more cautious about this issue.)

Zweerink does a good job of explaining the appeal of the multiverse approach for some athetists. In fact, he is so fair and even-handed that, at times, the reader may wonder whether he's defending the multiverse in all of its forms.

I am not aware of any other treatment of this quality by a Christian physicist. If you have a teenager who is planning on a career in science, especially in astronomy or physics, Who's Afraid of the Multiverse? is a must-read. It would probably also be of interest to those who are curious about the topic.

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