A Universe Made Just for Us

Belief in the multiverse isn’t merely science fiction — it’s wishful and embarrassing science fantasy.

The ‘Pillars of Creation,’ clouds of interstellar gas and dust, are seen in an image taken with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
The ‘Pillars of Creation,’ clouds of interstellar gas and dust, are seen in an image taken with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. (photo: Joseph DePasquale, Anton M. Koekemoer and Alyssa Pagan / NASA / ESA / CSA / STScI)

Physicists inclined to believe in God refer to the Cosmos as an “anthropic universe” — a universe made specifically, perfectly, for humanity.

This idea was first promulgated in 1973 by Brandon Carter, a physicist at Cambridge University, who referred to it at a conference in Poland honoring Nicolaus Copernicus. Carter argued that a random assortment of natural laws would have left the universe dead and dark and that life limits the values that the universe’s physical constants can have — that the laws of physics themselves are biased toward life. Our universe is perfectly tailored for life.

Five hundred years ago earlier, Copernicus had dislodged mankind as the center of the universe with his heliocentric theory. Carter’s observation brought mankind to the forefront once again. In the words of Freeman Dyson, a renowned physicist at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, “The universe knew we were coming.”

This doesn’t prove God’s existence, but it overwhelmingly implies that a benevolent Creator is a logical explanation for why there is something rather than nothing.

The less-rational, more “magic-minded,” atheistic explanation is that our universe is only one of an infinite number of possible universes and we only think this is the only universe because we’re coincidently stuck in this one.

Physicists disinclined to believe in God but still know how this universe fits us like a hand-stitched glove, insist that the universe is actually only one expression of an infinite “multiverse.”

The Multiverse Theory is speculative in the extreme idea. It’s not science. It’s not even pseudoscience. It’s anti-science. Basically, it’s the hypothesis that an infinite number universes exist all having been created with the Big Bang. In this infinite number of universes, every possibility we can imagine exists, including some that are completely unimaginable. Thus, if you roll a die and the “1” comes up, there’s another universe in which you’ve rolled a “2.” In another, a “3.” In some universes, the die is blue. Others, the die is red. In others, the die is made of fresh dinosaur bones and a two-headed yeti is tossing it. Every possibility that the most fevered imagination can come up with exists.

Though some scientists will put on a serious face when they attest to a belief in the multiverse, it isn’t a scientific theory — it’s merely philosophical speculation or unverified conjecture because it has no verifiable, experimental support. It’s a mental construct that has no more effect on reality than does Narnia, the Land of Oz, Miskatonic University or even Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. 

In the multiverse theory, there’s neither a hint, an indication nor a soupçon that suggests such a reality exists. It’s odd that scientists would rather create an infinite number of unverifiable universes in a vain attempt at countering the anthropic principle rather than simply admitting the simplest, easiest and thoroughly satisfying paradigm: God exists.

But even if the unverifiable multiverse theory turned out to be true, it would have no effect at all on the fact of God’s existence. It would just mean that he created our universe and all the other “universes.”

This supposed multiverse is impossible to confirm and thus remains only a theory. The only universe of which we are absolutely certain is this present one in which we find ourselves. (Note: The Register’s editors have assured me this article will be released only in this current, present universe in which we live until verification of other universes is confirmed.)

As John Polkinghorne, an Anglican minister who had been a theoretical particle physicist at Cambridge University, explains:

If you allow yourself to hypothesize an almost unlimited portfolio of different worlds, you can explain anything. If a theory allows anything to be possible, it explains nothing; a theory of anything is not the same as a theory of everything.

The principal argument against the multiverse theory is the same argument I maintain against the idea that our own, real universe is infinite, as is wildly believed. There’s simply no indication whatsoever that the universe is, in fact, infinite. It’s merely the limitations of our senses and technology that make us shrug our collective shoulders and simply presume the universe goes on forever.

But if the universe is truly infinite, this would prove, once and for all, that God exists. Otherwise, atheist scientists would have to admit that an infinite, unending universe came out of a colossal, but finite, inflation bubble. That’s impossible on the face of it. In this universe, matter and energy are conserved — they simply don’t pop into existence. But even if they could, how could an infinite amount of matter and energy appear suddenly, if at all, producing all that is?

Belief in the multiverse isn’t merely science fiction — it’s wishful and embarrassing science fantasy.