You need evidence that the universe we live in is more "desirable" than one in which in which life does not evolve beyond simple unicellular life forms?Jack D Ripper: "You seem to be assuming that having a material world in which things evolve is desirable. That is something for which evidence should be given before anyone believes this."
There is no dispute about the fact that a precise balance of universal forces must manifest to give rise to stars, planets, and especially to life."You seem to be assuming that the laws of physics could not have been made to be something else. That is something for which evidence should be given before anyone believes this."
Your super santa claus conception of god is too juvenile to even bother about, sorry that I have."But even if we grant, for the sake of argument, that the laws of physics must be as they are, the laws of physics do not prevent a god from telling humans how to make a polio vaccine or any other such thing that would have been beneficial if people had them earlier than they did."
People don't normally describe something as good if they think and/or feel that it is not."I am suggesting that saying that "God is good" is supposed to be a description of God, and not a description of what people think or feel about God."
Completely false, by the way, the appendix serves an important immune function and studies suggest that lacking one can depress your immune response.If you have your appendix removed, you will never miss it. You do not need it at all. In fact, for those who regard humans as being created by God, the appendix appears to be a design flaw, unless God wanted people to occasionally get sick and sometimes be in excruciating pain and sometimes die....
"For years, the appendix was credited with very little physiological function. We now know, however, that the appendix serves an important role in the fetus and in young adults. Endocrine cells appear in the appendix of the human fetus at around the 11th week of development. These endocrine cells of the fetal appendix have been shown to produce various biogenic amines and peptide hormones, compounds that assist with various biological control (homeostatic) mechanisms. There had been little prior evidence of this or any other role of the appendix in animal research, because the appendix does not exist in domestic mammals.
"Among adult humans, the appendix is now thought to be involved primarily in immune functions. Lymphoid tissue begins to accumulate in the appendix shortly after birth and reaches a peak between the second and third decades of life, decreasing rapidly thereafter and practically disappearing after the age of 60. During the early years of development, however, the appendix has been shown to function as a lymphoid organ, assisting with the maturation of B lymphocytes (one variety of white blood cell) and in the production of the class of antibodies known as immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies. Researchers have also shown that the appendix is involved in the production of molecules that help to direct the movement of lymphocytes to various other locations in the body."