One of the biggest challenges for creationists has been to clearly illustrate the absurdity that passes off as probability arguments in the naturalistic/evolutionary model of origins. The old adage keeps popping up anew: “Given so much time the ‘impossible’ becomes possible, the possible probable, and the probable virtually certain. One has only to wait: time itself performs miracles.”1 The reality is that the impossible is still impossible, even with the magic elixir of huge spans of time (though with punctuated equilibrium in vogue, these time spans are themselves in doubt).
On June 30, 1860, at the Oxford Union in England, Anglican Archbishop of Oxford University, Samuel Wilberforce, and evolutionist and agnostic Thomas Huxley were engaged in the “Great Debate.” Bishop Wilberforce, a Professor of
Theology and Mathematics at Oxford University, argued that the design we see in nature required a Designer. Therefore, the information found in living systems (an evidence for design) could not arise by random chance. Huxley, on the other
hand, declared that given enough time all the possible combinations of matter, including those necessary to produce a man, will eventually occur by chance molecular movement.
To prove his point, Huxley asked Wilberforce to allow him the service of six monkeys that would live forever, six typewriters that would never wear out, and an unlimited supply of paper and ink. He then argued that, given an infinite amount of time, these monkeys would eventually type up all of the works of Shakespeare. Unfortunately for Huxley, the availability of the proposed infinite amount of time is just the first problem in his argument.
Since then, creationists have often employed this classic monkey myth to illustrate the probability problems inherent to the naturalistic/evolutionary scenarios. A good example of the evolutionists’ response is given by Hawking. After citing the monkey illustration he comments, “very occasionally by pure chance they will type out one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.”2 This is absurd. The assertion that the monkeys will not in fact perform this feat is as close as we can get to a scientific fact. ReMine drives this point home:….
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