When (macro) evolution is described, the two most often used words that go along with it are “time” and “chance”, and to these two words are attributed the entire mechanism of change from lifeless one-celled materials to our current array of living organisms.

It is very interesting though that while used so often that they are taken at face value as valid scientific explanations, they really do not explain at all.

Time
The explanation of the function of time as a mechanism of increasing order in a closed system goes completely against our experience in reality. Increasing time that natural forces can work decreases order, it does not increase it.

Chance
The word “chance” is not a word of explanation at all. It is a statement of probability and has no power to change or affect. When used as an attempt to explain evolution, “chance” is only an abstract word that covers ignorance of distinct natural processes.

If you flew in an airplane 1,000 feet above your house and dropped a cup full of red, white, and blue confetti, would you think the chances were good that it would land in the pattern of an American flag, or any ordered pattern at all? What if the plane was at 10,000 feet instead (adding more time), would the results be more or less ordered? “Chance” in this case refers to the parameters of gravity, wind, weather, force thrown, etc. If we knew all the variables involved, we could accurately predict what the arrangement of confetti would be when it reached the ground. Instead, we blanket over the parameters with the word “chance.”

The words “time and chance” lack explanatory power. It might as well be “abracadabra.”

(paraphrased from I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, by Geisler and Turk. Highly recommended!)

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