This is the eighth installment in my series "Mapping the Fine-Tuning Argument" which critically examines the Fine-tuning argument for the existence of God. Click here to read my formulation of the argument, or here to read a simplified statement of it.
In this installment we will examine premise B-2: "The hypothesis that God exists predicts a life-friendly universe."
Does the God hypothesis predict a life-friendly universe? If there is a God, would he create a physical universe, and if he did, would he create one with life? Why wouldn't God simply create a spiritual world?
I have searched for possible theistic answers to this question and have not been able to find any adequate ones. I did find an answer on page 31 of this kabbalistic book, but it didn't really make sense to me. I found the question asked on Yahoo! Answers and the best answer to it, as chosen by Yahoo Users, was simply "Good Question."
If anyone can think of a possible answer to this question, please write it in the comments.
Why is all of this important? Because when someone comes up with an explanation for the fine-tuning, they must be able to show why fine-tuning would be likely (given the existence of God). If no one can show this, then God isn't even a possible explanation for the fine-tuning and the whole argument falls apart.
You know, at first I didn't think this objection was a big deal, and I was almost sure that I could find something somewhere which would give a plausible reason for God creating a physical universe with life in it. But now my mind has fully absorbed the ultimatum theists face: they must give a plausible reason for the creation of a fine-tuned physical universe or they must give up this argument. And they don't seem to have made much progress in coming to terms with the former.