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From the February 1976 issue of The Christian Science Journal


The giant sequoias are among the oldest living things on earth. Some of these trees are believed to have been growing when Jesus walked in Galilee nearly two thousand years ago. These majestic redwoods, which tower two hundred to more than three hundred feet high, have resisted in a great measure disease, deterioration, and decay. Yet even these giants of the forest fall.

Why? Because the law of randomness seems to override the law of order in the physical universe.

To material sense, matter first claims to produce constructive energy; but, countering this, material organisms sooner or later fail to maintain their internal order, and death and decay result. In the physical realm chance is exalted over causation: order is inexorably linked to randomness, life locked in a continuing battle with death, which it must ultimately lose.