Brian Auten of Apologetics 315 has a new interview with Jeff Zweerink on the multiverse.
Today’s interview is with astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink. Jeff is a research scholar with Reasons to Believe, and serves part-time on the physics and astronomy research faculty at UCLA. He is author of Who’s Afraid of the Multiverse?, the main topic of our interview today. He talks about his background and how he got into astrophysics, scientific evidences pointing to God, the role of natural theology, the strongest (and weakest) arguments from science, the multiverse, the various types of multiverses, why scientists postulate the multiverse, various objections to the multiverse, should Christians, how to be well-informed in scientific evidences, advice for apologists, and more.
Full Interview MP3 Audio here (55 min)
Krista Bontrager writes this about Jeff’s book:
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.
It sounds like Jeff actually is open to the multiverse. BOOOO! James Sinclair’s essay in Contending With Christianity’s Critics also seemed to give the idea a fair treatment. Oh well, I have to be open to being proven wrong, so here is the podcast and let’s see the evidence!
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What I don’t understand is why Atheists can dismiss outright the possibility of Intelligent design, when all the scientific evidence points to that, but Christians are required to entertain numerous illogical atheistic speculations of origin. Everything from natural selection, and chemical evolution to aliens, human time travel, multiverse bubbles, and parallel universes. What’s next quantum jumping? – Oh sorry too late I think someone already trade marked that.
I think that at some point you need to say that we know definitively what the ‘non-negotiables’ are as, Dr. Strauss puts it, the ones that were confirmed by scientists; that there was a literal Adam (a first human that was a common ancestor) and that the Universe had a beginning. As a scientists you have non-negotiables because at some point the science becomes overwhelming. Eventually there comes a point where you say this is true, this theory might be tweaked but it’s not going to be blown away.
I think we need to be able to hold scientists to a certain level of scientific accountability if they want to be taken seriously. We need to stop funding science fiction.
We need to stop negotiating the non-negotiables and make scientists adhere to truths based on evidence instead of naturalist dogmas.
As Christians we need to educate ourselves in real science before we can take on ‘scientific’ speculations. You need to understand the real so you can identify the counterfeit or as a line in one of my favorite songs goes, “We know a line is crooked ’cause we know what’s straight.”