If you are not an ideological materialist, it would make more sense just to assume that our universe is designed because of the clear evidence for fine-tuning.
Professor Dave’s attacks undercut his credibility as a spokesman for his own view. If he had the truth on his side, there’s no reason he would behave this way.
Unsurprisingly, many academics have attempted to overturn the conclusion of a beginning through the most creative of means.
If the model were plausible, the level of fine-tuning would represent even greater evidence of design than it was intended to avoid by removing the beginning.
The critics, including Ethan Siegel, appear to see Meyer much like Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.