Is Chance a Cause?
by Eric Chabot
One day while I was out doing outreach on a major college campus, an atheist lamented to me that he tends to get quite frustrated when he begins to probe deeper as to why Christians think there is a God. He said to me one of the most common reasons many theists say there is a God is because everything is just too “complex.” For the atheist, this is quite vague. And sadly, while Christians do use this argument, they don’t do the best job of elaborating as to what they mean when they appeal to the complexity argument. I went ahead and offered a more detailed argument to the atheist as to what it means to use the word “complexity” so that he could grasp what many Christians are attempting to say. So I will repeat what I said to him here.
Complexity is a form of probability and in most cases what Christians are saying is that the probability level is very low that the entire universe, the earth, and how life got going could have happened by chance. However, chance is another word that gets a bit lost in the discussion as well…