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Where, in your opinion, did the universe get these essential properties?

Well that's a whole separate thread. There could still be some theory of everything that will explain why our universe is the only one that could be. Or it could be that this universe is only one of a near infinite number of universes, all with different properties. Or it could be that ours is the only universe and it was just dumb luck. Or it could be God.

I'll let you know my opinion when I figure it out.

How do you know the universe can operate without "magic", as you put it? What has science figured out and described about the beginning of our universe that gives you confidence that no supernatural agency is needed to make sense of it?

I am a believer in Occam's razor, which means that I don't posit something new and unexplained (like magic) unless I see a need for it. So far, I don't see any compelling evidence that there is a need for anything more than the laws and properties of nature to explain the universe. Therefore, I don't presume there is anything more than that at work.

That's my point . . . he doesn't suspend anything. It was your assertion that he did.

What I assert is that ID creationism requires that God circumvent (or suspend) natural laws. Behe argues that flagella cannot be produced by nature, that's why you need an intelligent designer. And the implicit assumption is that that designer could also not arise from natural processes. Therefore the creation of flagella requires a suspension of nature...something naturally impossible has to happen.
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