Date of Award

Spring 2007

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

William B. Jones

Committee Member

Lawrence Hatab

Committee Member

Dana Heller

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85 K46 2007


Many argue that science can provide empirical evidence for the existence of God or a designer. In this thesis I examine three such arguments: the irreducible complexity argument from biochemistry, the fine-tuning argument from physics and the rare earth/privileged planet hypothesis from astronomy. I conclude that all three of the arguments fail to show whether or not the universe was designed, because science is not prepared to answer this question. Further, I argue that scientific theories, in general, cannot be used as the sole basis for metaphysical propositions.


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