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

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  • Pages : XII-259
  • Support : Print
  • Format : 22 cm.
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Édition : Original
  • Ville : New York
  • ISBN : 9780521707084
  • URL : Lien externe
  • Date de création : 30-10-2013
  • Dernière mise à jour : 30-10-2013



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, first published in 2008, 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. – 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.