Levy's Miracle of life

McCarrick, Allan (MCCARRIC@mailgate.navsses.navy.mil)
Mon, 22 Jun 1998 08:29 EST

An interesting article appeared in the June 21 issue of the Philadelphia
Inquirer Sunday magazine "Parade." It sounds alot like Hugh Ross's
favorite topic of the exacting nature of the universe set by God for

The article is by David Levy (yes, that one). He starts out with "Have
you ever thought about how truly amazing life is ? It thrives everywhere
on earth, so most of us rarely consider how fragile it is - how, if a few
conditions were not just right, life would not exist at all."

He refers to Nobelist George Wald's belief that life would be impossible
if any of these changed: 1) ice floats preventing bodies of water from
freezing solid, 2) the night sky is dark - a result of our universe
being of finite age, 3)protons and electrons have identical magnitude
charges neutralizing a force much greater than gravity, 4) the sun is
the right kind - not a member of a close multiple system, and does not
vary in brightness much, and is right temperature.

Mr. Levy makes no theistic conclusions from all this, but the evidence is
out there non-the-less. He concludes, "That the whole tapestry of life
is based on a few fundamental principles, and that those principles have
allowed life to go as far as it has, is a miracle. The use of that term
is intriguing.

Does anyone have more information on George Wald and his views ?

Al McCarrick