A Dime For The Universe

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:2).

In reading a book, every now and again, I come across a chapter in which I’m so enthralled that most of the chapter gets marked in yellow. 

I then lose the emphasis, so I mark some paragraphs in blue and others in orange – just to add variety.

I came across such a chapter a while back, about the fine-tuning of the universe. Fine-tuned to such a degree that the mere existence of the universe overwhelmingly proves the existence of God.  

This fact has been known for a few decades and yet scientists and media continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence – that God created the heavens and the earth.

Below are my highlights…

The mass of the universe is not something we knew until rather recently, and the very idea of what such a thing even could be is itself difficult to envision. But again, science eventually got to where it can tell us, and with an almost blood-curdling specificity. We may as well cut to the chase and say that the mass of the observable universe, measured in kilograms, is 1.5 times 10 to the 53rd power.

These are just numbers. Another way to think of the size of the universe is to say that it contains 2 trillion galaxies, each of which contains 100 billion stars, most of which are comparable to our own sun, whose diameter is 865,000 miles across. But there are not just stars in the universe. There is also a near infinity of other objects such as planets, moons, asteroids, comets, nebulae, and so on. 

But what is truly hard to comprehend—and this is putting it mildly—is that science has determined that the mass of the universe is fine-tuned to a level that is, as we say, essentially incomprehensible.

Scientists say that if the universe’s mass were the tiniest bit smaller, the elements necessary for life—nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon, for starters—would never have come into being.

At certain early epochs in cosmic history, [the universe’s] mass density must have been as finely tuned as one part in 10 to the 60th power to allow for the possible existence of physical life at any time or place with the entirety of the universe. This degree of fine-tuning is so great that it’s as if right after the universe began someone could have destroyed the possibility of life within it by subtracting a single dime’s mass from the whole of the observable universe or adding a single dime’s mass to it.


A single dime! One dime more or one dime less and you aren’t reading Interruptions this morning.

In fact, if another dime were needed at creation for a Starbucks coffee, then there would be no Starbucks. The same creation economics exists for a Tesla, a steak at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, or the purchase of a Hank’s Haute Dog in Chicago.

Just one dime!

Still, some scientists, claiming an unbiased examination of this fact, declare it’s all by chance.

(Highlights are taken from the book, “Is Atheism Dead?” by Eric Metaxas)