“Complexity in God’s Creation”

Marty, Martin E.

Context, #16, 1984

p. 19

Marty likes to point out the complexity of the created order. This a boon for people who say “I’ve tried everything,” and are bored. According to David Spanier, Total Chess, “there are 400 different possible positions [in chess] after each person has made one move; 71,852 after the second; once three moves have been made by black and white, the possible legal configurations exceed nine million. The number of distinct, non-repeating 40-move chess games which can be played is much greater than the estimated number of electrons in our universe” “Creation,” says Marty, “is wondrously full of options, some of which have not yet been played.”