19. The Fine-Tuning of the Cosmos

A Fresh Look at Its Implications

  1. J. B. Stump2 and
  2. Alan G. Padgett3
  1. Robin Collins

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch19

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

How to Cite

Collins, R. (2012) The Fine-Tuning of the Cosmos, in The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds J. B. Stump and A. G. Padgett), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118241455.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Bethel College, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author Information

  1. Messiah College, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444335712

Online ISBN: 9781118241455



  • fine-tuning of the cosmos, and implications;
  • fine-tuning, of dark-energy density of the universe;
  • multiverse explanation, theism, and naturalistic single-universe;
  • multiverse explanation of fine-tuning;
  • observer-selection principle;
  • ECA-structured universe, right choice of probability measure;
  • single-universe naturalism;
  • underdetermination of theory by data problem;
  • theists and transcendent ontological reality, naturalist on structure


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Multiverse Explanation

  • Theistic Explanation

  • Single-Universe Naturalism

  • Concluding Thoughts

  • Note

  • References

  • Further Reading