If a god created the universe could he have created a universe that did not appear to be beautifully well designed? Presumably if the universe is an example of good design then it must be possible for it to be designed badly otherwise there is no real trick to it is there? For it to be claimed that the universe was designed there must be a near infinite number of choices a designer could make at each stage in order to arrive at the preferred design. Creationists may assert that the design of the universe is as perfect as its designer. This means that out of all the possible designs the one that we’ve ended up with is the best (shades of Dr Pangloss and Leibniz). If god by his nature could not have produced a less than perfect product then his choices were inevitable and that’s a contradiction.
If the universe was created and evolved through natural laws they would have to actually work or it wouldn’t get started and wouldn’t reach the at least relative stability that it has. If the universe is self-creating and contains its own inherent mechanisms for evolving it may well be the only way that this could happen.
It seems that either way what we’ve got is the best of all possible worlds.
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Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
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She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
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