The universe is not the result of chance

The Pope recently said:

The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe.

This seems badly thought through. When creationists use the word ‘chance’, they’re ignoring natural selection as a process and simply claiming life arose randomly. The Pope seems to be doing exactly the same thing with the Big Bang. Which is a bit weirdly defensive, as nobody’s claiming the universe is the result of chance. When pushed, scientists might claim the universe is the result of some process we don’t yet understand, but that’s very different. Does he not realise this?

Not to mention that the concept of ‘chance’ without a universe seems a bit problematic. All seems a bit god of the gaps to me.

Reuters paraphrased the comment as “Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident”, which is just as meaningless but somehow twice as annoying.