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 on the 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 of Saturn. It was mechanical – a handle caused the planets to rotate around the sun. This moving replica was an amazing site.
“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 his hand.” 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 current controversy. “This thing is but a puny imitation of a much greater system whose laws you know and I know, and I am not able to convince you that this mere toy is without a designer and a maker. Yet you profess to believe that the great original from which the design is taken has come into being without either designer or maker. Now tell me, by what sort of reasoning do you reach such incongruous conclusions?”