Book Review: God: The Failed Hypothesis

The monotheistic Judeo-Christian-Islamic god is not a theory, it is a hypothesis. Victor Stenger subjects this hypothesis to scientific scrutiny and shows, once again, how it fails the tests. I enjoyed this book.

It is, admittedly, written to the pious and not those of us in the proverbial choir.  I was familiar with most of the arguments Victor made.  However, his scientific approach shed new light (for me anyway) on fundamental problems with the god hypothesis.

I’ll reprint for you the passaged I highlighted in my copy.

A properly designed human…would have bigger ears, rewired eyes, a curved neck, a forward-tilting torso, shorter limbs and stature, extra padding around joints, extra muscles and fat, thicker spinal disks, a reversed knee joint, and more. But she would not be very pretty by our present standards.

The whole argument from fine-tuning ultimately makes no sense. As my friend Martin Wagner notes, “all physical parameters are irrelevant to an omnipotent God. He could have created us to live in hard vacuum if he wanted.”

With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil–that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg

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