By Design or Chance?


Strong and Courageous

March 2, 2018

By Design or by Chance?

Was our universe the result of design or chance?  A very big question this is. It certainly has grand implications on how a person forms their worldview.

Following are some quotes from some well respected non-Christian scientists.

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“As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense known that we were coming.”

                                -Freeman Dyson, Cosmologist and Pop Icon for Astronomy.

“Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe that was created out of nothing and delicately balanced to provide exactly the conditions required to support life. In the absence of an absurdly-improbable accident, the observations of modern science seem to suggest an underlying, one might say, supernatural plan.”

                                -Arno Penzias, Nobel Recipient for the discovery of Universal background radiation.


“A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.”

                                -Sir Fred Hoyle, Astrophysicist and originator of the term “big bang.”

“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance, he is about to conquer the highest peak, as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

                                -Robert Zastrow, Former director of NASA.

It is interesting to me that these brilliant and famous men that I have quoted all have a good understanding of what the numbers are concerning the probability of chance being the cause of the formation of the universe.  That probability is squat- zero- nada.While not being Christians, they all use cryptic terms for describing the necessity for there being a grand design beyond the capability of chance. This is obviously the case. Dyson describes the term “many accidents.” Not only are there many accidents, the possibility for them to occur is astronomically small for each one. Penzias calls it the “absurdly-improbable accident.” Dyson attempts to define the universe in terms of a personality, subconsciously implying a designer. Hoyle trumps them all with the terminology “a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics.”

The evidence that we see for the need of a maker of our universe is more cogent to believe than any other worldview perspective to hold.

It seems so ironic to me, that the person holding to a naturalistic worldview based on what they perceive to be good science, a-priori (in advance) chooses to ignore the massive statistical probability that their position is sorely lacking.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.


J. Warner Wallace: How the Fine-Tuning of the Universe Points to the Existence of God.