Sir Isaac Newton was in his office one day when he received a knock at his door. He
opened it to find a good friend of the scientific community who happened to be
opposite side of the beginning-of-the-universe controversy.
As he entered the room his eyes were drawn to a large
table on which sat a scale model
of the universe. It was exquisitely detailed—painted even down to the circles
It was mechanical—a handle caused the planets to rotate around the sun. This
replica was an amazing phenomenon.
“My, what a wonderful thing this is!” he exclaimed.
“This is the most extraordinary
thing I have seen! What genius put this together? I should really like to shake
Sir Newton replied, “No one made it.” His friend retorted, “You must think that
I am a
fool...Some very wise and talented person made this.”
Newton’s reply is still a wise answer to the
controversy today on origins: This thing is
but a puny imitation of a much greater system whose laws you know and I know,
am not able to convince you that this mere toy is without a designer and a
you profess to believe that the great original from which the design is taken
into being without either designer or maker. Now tell me, by what sort of
you reach such incongruous conclusions?
- via the Belvedere Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere Church
of Christ, Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley preaches for this congregation,
and he may be contacted at their website: