God, Chance and Purpose: Can God Have It Both Ways?

God, Chance and Purpose: Can God Have It Both Ways?

by David J. Bartholomew
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521880858

ISBN-13: 9780521880855

Pub. Date: 02/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Scientific accounts of existence give chance a central role. At the smallest level, quantum theory involves uncertainty and evolution is driven by chance and necessity. These ideas do not fit easily with theology in which chance has been seen as the enemy of purpose. One option is to argue, as proponents of Intelligent Design do, that chance is not real and can be

Overview

Scientific accounts of existence give chance a central role. At the smallest level, quantum theory involves uncertainty and evolution is driven by chance and necessity. These ideas do not fit easily with theology in which chance has been seen as the enemy of purpose. One option is to argue, as proponents of Intelligent Design do, that chance is not real and can be replaced by the work of a Designer. Others adhere to a deterministic theology in which God is in total control. Neither of these views, it is argued, does justice to the complexity of nature or the greatness of God. The thesis of this book is that chance is neither unreal nor non-existent but an integral part of God's creation. This view is expounded, illustrated and defended by drawing on the resources of probability theory and numerous examples from the natural and social worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521880855
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. What is the problem?; 2. What is chance?; 3. Order out of chaos; 4. Chaos out of order; 5. What is probability?; 6. What can very small probabilities tell us?; 7. Can 'Intelligent Design' be established scientifically?; 8. Statistical laws; 9. God's action in the quantum world; 10. The human use of chance; 11. God's chance; 12. The challenge to chance; 13. Choice and chance; 14. God and risk.

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