Monday, March 8, 2010

Hamlet and the Monkeys

"When the first moon rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, two U.S. scientists stood watching it, side by side. One was a believer, the other an unbeliever. The believer said, 'Isn't it wonderful that our rocket is going to hit the moon by chance?' The unbeliever objected, 'what do you mean, chance? We put millions of manhours of design into that rocket.' 'Oh' said the believer, you don't think chance is a good explanation for the rocket? Then why do you think it's a good explanation for the universe? There's much more design in a universe than in a rocket. We can design a rocket, but we couldn't design a whole universe. I wonder who can?' Later that day the two were stolling down a street and passed an antique store. The atheist admired a picture in the window and asked, 'I wonder who painted that picture?' 'No one joked the believer; it just happened by chance.'

"Is it possible that design happens by chance without a designer? There is perhaps one chance in a trillion that 'S.O.S.' could be written in the sand by the wind. But who would use a one-in-a-trillion explanation? Someone once said that if you sat a million monkeys at a million typewriters for a million years, one of them would eventually type out all of Hamlet by chance. But when we find the text of Hamlet, we don't wonder whether it came from chance and monkeys. Why then does the atheist use that incredibly improbable explanation for the universe? Clearly, because it is his only chance of remaining an atheist."- Peter Kreeft, Fundamentals of the Faith

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