The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 20-21
What does probability theory say about evolution—and does this make evolution a “greater” miracle than creation?
The idea that everything has come from nothing is a bit hard to swallow, even for scientists. As modern science increasingly uncovers the indescribable complexity of the living world and simultaneously fails to explain the nature of abiogenesis (that life can originate from nonlife), the miraculous nature of all theories of origins seem to be made more apparent. In a sense, the term miracle is no longer properly restricted to only creationist ideology.
Nobel prize-winning biochemist Dr. Francis Crick commented,
An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.*
Hoyle’s research partner, Chandra Wickramasinge, also noted,
Contrary to the popular notion that only creationism relies on the supernatural, evolutionism must as well, since the probabilities of random formation of life are so tiny as to require a “miracle” for spontaneous generation tantamount to a theological argument.*
The esteemed Carl Sagan and other prominent scientists have estimated the chance of a man evolving at roughly 1 chance in 102,000,000,000.* This is a figure with two billion zeros after it…. According to Borel’s law, this is no chance at all. Indeed, this chance is so infinitely small it is not even conceivable. So, for argument’s sake, let’s take an infinitely more favorable view toward the chance that evolution might occur. What if the chances are only 1 in 101000? But even this figure is infinitely above Borel’s single law of chance (1 chance in 1050)—beyond which, put simply, events never occur.*
*For documentation see The Facts on Creation vs. Evolution.