Chris Banescu: To Be or Not to Be…Created

Chris Banescu recently launched a new blog: The Voice Crying in the Wilderness. Chris takes on a lot of sacred cows, especially from the cultural left, and shows how paltry the thinking often is behind the precepts that many people take as self-evidently true. Call it casting down the cultural idols, the assumptions that shape so much of our thinking and therefore how we see things. It’s important work because these idols appear and reappear especially in the popular media. (Read Chris’ reasons for starting the blog.)

Below Chris examines the probability that random chance could have come up with Shakespeare’s phrase, “To be or not to be…” How long would it take for, say, a computer to come up with the phrase? The answer may surprise you. (Hint: if you guessed a trillion years, you are wrong.)

Source: Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Christians believe that human beings were created by God in the image and likeness of their Creator. They proclaim that the entire universe, all matter, and all life were designed and brought into existence by an infinitely higher intelligence who exists outside of time and space. Materialists and atheists, on the other hand, assert that man is the result of a long mindless and chaotic process that randomly stumbled into producing matter, biological organisms, and eventually humans. Who is right?

Mathematics and reason offer us a way to test the materialist assumptions and shed some light into the insurmountable problem faced by atheists. A simple algebraic formula, that even high-school students can master, can help us quantify the probability of random actions giving rise to even the most basic order. To get a better idea of the odds involved, we will calculate the mathematical probability that the simple phrase “To be, or not to be: that is the question:“, from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, can occur by chance.


Read the complete article at the Voice Crying in the Wilderness website. (Bookmark the site too.)


  1. Thank you for this excellent article!

    The odds are overwhelmingly stacked against the atheist presumption that random processes and sufficient time could produce any order, structure, or life.

    This shows that atheist scientists are capable of extraordinary acts of faith. These scientists should admit that so many claims are just hanging in the air, being improperly argued and wholly inadequate (even laughable). Our world would be much healthier if we come to recognize the truth that sin and the rejection of the word God have had devastating results for us. Science is financially, ideologically and politically perverted and many of its claims are insane.

    The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.
    Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. –Nikola Tesla:

    More scientific knowledge brings us closer to God, while less knowledge pulls us further away from both science and God. A man’s worth is proportional to its closeness to God. God valued him highly, but he must earn this merit. If not, God is not to blame. — Fr.Arsenie Boca

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