Talking about different scientific theories of the universe can be difficult for most people, let alone congregations. The anthropic principle can be an accessible way for pastors to frame dialogue about the origin of the universe. Old-earth and young-earth theories about the universe can be seen as glorifying God regardless of how God made the universe.
Pastors can also play an important role in making sense out of current research. You could use cosmology in a sermon on God’s providence or sovereignty, or preach on the complexity of the universe and invite listeners to be good stewards of the earth.
Anthropic Principle: “the surprising precision of nature’s physical constants and the beginning state of the universe.”
If “we change gravity by even a tiny fraction of a percent—enough so that you would be, say, one billionth of a gram heavier or lighter—the universe becomes so different that there are no stars, galaxies, or planets.”
What to Consider
- What is the role of science in supporting or refuting theological claims? What is the role of theology in supporting or refuting scientific claims?
- How has the science of cosmology played a role in your faith formation?
- How do your views on the origin of the universe align with the anthropic principle?
How to Go Deeper
- Read Genesis 1:1-2:4. Use this research to illustrate the intentionality and complexity with which God created the world and the universe.
- Read Romans 8:18-39. Share some of the ways scientific research suggests the universe is fine-tuned for the sake of humanity.
- Read Genesis 1:26-31. Discuss the fine-tuned complexity of the universe and humanity’s important role as stewards in promoting the flourishing of life on earth.