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Claim CA620:

If man arose by chance, life would have no purpose or meaning.


Morris, Henry M. 1985. Scientific Creationism. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, p. 178


  1. Purpose can come from anyone. The same object can have different purposes to different people or to the same person at different times. If you, God, or anyone else, want to do something with your life, then your life has purpose. Nothing else is relevant.

  2. Purpose is not determined by origins. Things can have purpose even if their origin is due to chance. The North Star, for example, came to its position by chance, but people still find a purpose for it.

  3. Like most people, virtually all creationists already acknowledge that people arise by chance. In the process of sexual recombination, it is chance that determines which genes come from each parent; thus chance determines the genetics that make us who we are.

  4. The theory of evolution most emphatically does not say that humans arose purely by chance.

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