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Fine Structure Constant

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Astronomers have provided more confirmation of both cosmic design and the veracity of Scripture in their measurements of the value of the fine structure constant across a broad swath of cosmic history. Measurements on quasars across a wide range of distances prove that the fine structure constant (a fundamental physical constant or “law”) does not vary by any more than two parts per ten trillion per year. These measurements affirm that the value of the fine structure constant, which must be fine-tuned for physical life to be possible, indeed was designed into the physics of the cosmos from its beginning. They also validate Jeremiah 33:25, which states that the laws that govern the heavens and earth are fixed.


John N. Bahcall, Charles L. Steinhardt, and David Schlegel, “Does the Fine-Structure Constant Vary with Cosmological Epoch?” Astrophysical Journal, 600 (2004), pp. 520-543.


RTB articles: Anthropic Principle article in Facts for Faith

RTB/video: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

RTB book: The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition; appendices in Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men

Subjects: Universe Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.