Who wrote the laws of nature?

antony-flewSome have said that the laws of nature are simply accidental results of the way the universe cooled after the big bang. But, as Rees has pointed out, even such accidents can be regarded as secondary manifestations of deeper laws governing the ensemble of universes. Again, even the evolution of the laws of nature and changes to the constants follow certain laws. ‘We’re still left with the question of how these “deeper” laws originated. No matter how far you push back the properties of the universe as somehow “emergent,” their very emergence has to follow certain prior laws.’1 So multiverse or not, we still have to come to terms with the origin of the laws of nature. And the only viable explanation here is the divine Mind.

—Antony Flew, There is a God
(Antony Flew became an atheist at the age of 15. He has been a champion of atheism for over six decades, has held positions at Oxford and the University of Keele and has published thirty-five works.)

1. Martin Rees, “Exploring Our Universe and Others,” in The Frontiers of Space (New York: Scientific American, 2000), 87.

3 thoughts on “Who wrote the laws of nature?

  1. I like that. The Divine Mind. She’s got quite a Mind, I mean, Allah, that is, Buddha, no the Mind is Krishna’s I think.
    Btw, I often wonder why a God would not believe in human beings. At least there’s evidence we exist. . .I hope.


    • You are right . . . the colossal biological database behind human DNA with billions of letters requires quite a mind. An astounding mind. It’s rather unsettling and devastating, though, to a theory that postulates there was no one there to write it.


  2. Funny. In the multiverse, everything that is possible goes on. This includes random originations of laws. Actually natural laws are descriptions, not prescriptions, so anything natural can go on. ‘Laws’ don’t need to be created, it is just as the way things are or how things react.


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