God, Chance and Purpose

Can God Have It Both Ways?

Author: David J. Bartholomew

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139470604

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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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.

Chance Or Purpose?

Creation, Evolution, and a Rational Faith

Author: Christoph Sconborn,Christoph von Schšnborn

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681490854

Category: Religion

Page: 181

View: 8170

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn's article on evolution and creation in The New York Times launched an international controversy. Critics charged him with biblical literalism and "creationism." In this book, Cardinal Schonborn responds to his critics by tackling the hard questions with a carefully reasoned "theology of creation." Can we still speak intelligently of the world as "creation" and affirm the existence of the Creator, or is God a "delusion"? How should an informed believer read Genesis? If God exists, why is there so much injustice and suffering? Are human beings a part of nature or elevated above it? What is man's destiny? Is everything a matter of chance or can we discern purpose in human existence? In his treatment of evolution, Cardinal Schonborn distinguishes the biological theory from "evolutionism," the ideology that tries to reduce all of reality to mindless, meaningless processes. He argues that science and a rationally grounded faith are not at odds and that what many people represent as "science" is really a set of philosophical positions that will not withstand critical scrutiny. Chance or Purpose? directly raises the philosophical and theological issues many scientists today overlook or ignore. The result is a vigorous, frank dialogue that acknowledges the respective insights of the philosopher, the theologian and the scientist, but which calls on them to listen and to learn from each another.

God, chance & necessity

Author: Keith Ward

Publisher: Oneworld Pubns Ltd

ISBN: 9781851681167

Category: Religion

Page: 212

View: 8213

The 'new materialism' argues that science and religious belief are incompatible. This book considers such arguments from cosmology (Stephen Hawking, Peter Atkins), from biology (Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins) and from sociobiology (Michael Ruse), and exposes a number of fallacies and weaknesses. With a carefully argued, point-by-point refutation of scientific atheism, God, Chance and Necessity shows that modern scientific knowledge does not undermine belief in God, but actually points to the existence of God as the best explanation of how things are the way they are. Thus it sets out to demolish the claims of books like The Selfish Gene, and to show that the overwhelming appearance of design in nature is not deceptive.

Evolution, Chance, and God

Understanding the Relationship between Evolution and Religion

Author: Brendan Sweetman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628929863

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 8393

Evolution, Chance, and God looks at the relationship between religion and evolution from a philosophical perspective. This relationship is fascinating, complex and often very controversial, involving myriad issues that are difficult to keep separate from each other. Evolution, Chance, and God introduces the reader to the main themes of this debate and to the theory of evolution, while arguing for a particular viewpoint, namely that evolution and religion are compatible, and that, contrary to the views of some influential thinkers, there is no chance operating in the theory of evolution, a conclusion that has great significance for teleology. One of the main aims of this book is not simply to critique one influential contemporary view that evolution and religion are incompatible, but to explore specific ways of how we might understand their compatibility, as well as the implications of evolution for religious belief. This involves an exploration of how and why God might have created by means of evolution, and what the consequences in particular are for the status of human beings in creation, and for issues such as free will, the objectivity of morality, and the problem of evil. By probing how the theory of evolution and religion could be reconciled, Sweetman says that we can address more deeply key foundational questions concerning chance, design, suffering and morality, and God's way of acting in and through creation.

Unlocking Divine Action

Author: Michael J. Dodds

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813219892

Category: Religion

Page: 311

View: 1064

Provides a sustained account of how the thought of Aquinas may be used in conjunction with contemporary science to deepen our understanding of divine action and address such issues as creation, providence, prayer, and miracles.


Law and Probability

Author: Fraser N. Watts

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754658900

Category: Causation

Page: 200

View: 4599

This text arises from a conference of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) held in Boston in August 2004. Chapters include: 'Concepts of Law and Probability in Theology and Science', 'The Development of the Concept of Laws of Nature', 'Chance and Evolution' and 'God and Probability'.

Leben mit Vision

Wozu um alles in der Welt lebe ich?

Author: Rick Warren

Publisher: Gerth Medien

ISBN: 3961222142

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 505

Dieses biblisch fundierte Buch wird Ihnen helfen, Gottes besondere Pläne für Ihr Leben zu entdecken. Rick Warren begleitet Sie durch eine 42-tägige geistliche Reise, die Ihre Antwort auf die wichtigste Frage des Lebens verändern wird: "Warum lebe ich eigentlich"? Gottes Berufung für sich zu kennen wird Stress reduzieren, Ihre Energien bündeln, Ihre Entscheidungen vereinfachen und Ihrem Leben einen Sinn geben. Dass Sie leben, war kein kosmischer Unfall. Schon vor der Erschaffung des Universums hatte Gott eine genaue Vorstellung von Ihnen und schuf Sie zu einem bestimmten Ziel und Sinn. Finden Sie ihn heraus! Die Erstausgabe dieses Buches avancierte zum weltweiten Bestseller und ist das meistverkaufte Sachbuch Nordamerikas. Diese Neuauflage wurde sprachlich überarbeitet und um zwei Kapitel ergänzt ("Die Neid-Falle" und "Die Gefallsucht-Falle"). Darüber hinaus enthält jedes der 42 Kapitel QR-Codes bzw. Links zu Websites, auf denen Sie ergänzend ca. 40-50 Minuten lange vertiefende Predigten von Rick Warren zum jeweiligen Thema finden (in Originalsprache).

Is There Purpose in Biology?

The cost of existence and the God of love

Author: Denis Alexander

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 0857217151

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 3397

Atheists assert that the natural world has no meaning or purpose, but in this thought-provoking book Denis Alexander offers a different perspective. He argues that evolutionary biological data are inconsistent with a necessarily purposeless world, and that Christian creation doctrine provides context and stimulus for the study of the natural world. The author goes on to question whether a belief in an omnipotent, loving Creator is consistent with a world of pain and suffering. From a lifetime’s study of the biological sciences, he suggests that while the cost of existence is extremely high, perhaps carbon-based life is the only way in which intelligent beings can exist who can freely respond to God’s love. This book is a fascinating, nuanced study that will challenge your preconceptions as it explores whether there is any ultimate purpose to be found in the world of biology.

Abraham's Dice

Chance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions

Author: Karl W. Giberson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190611715

Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 6469

Most of us believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is "God's will","karma", or "fate," we want to believe that nothing in the world, especially disasters and tragedies, is a random, meaningless event. But now, as never before, confident scientific assertions that the world embodies a profound contingency are challenging theological claims that God acts providentially in the world. The random and meandering path of evolution is widely used as an argument that God did not create life. Abraham's Dice explores the interplay between chance and providence in the monotheistic religious traditions, looking at how their interaction has been conceptualized as our understanding of the workings of nature has changed. This lively historical conversation has generated intense ongoing theological debates, and provocative responses from science: what are we to make of the history of our universe, where chance and law have played out in complex ways? Or the evolution of life, where random mutations have challenged attempts to find purpose within evolution and convinced many that human beings are but a "glorious accident"? The enduring belief that everything happens for a reason is examined through a conversation with major scholars, among them holders of prestigious chairs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and the University of Basel, as well as several Gifford lecturers, and two Templeton prize winners. Organized historically, Abraham's Dice provides a wide-ranging scientific, theological, and biblical foundation to address the question of providence and divine action in a world shot through with contingency.

Quantum Gods

Creation, Chaos, and the Search for Cosmic Consciousness

Author: Victor J. Stenger

Publisher: N.A


Category: Religion

Page: 292

View: 757

Throughout the book Stenger alternates his discussions of popular spirituality with a survey of what the findings of twentieth-century physics actually mean in laypersons terms (without equations).

Evolution and Eden

Balancing Original Sin and Contemporary Science

Author: Jerry D. Korsmeyer

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809138159

Category: Religion

Page: 170

View: 2901

"In this study, Jerry Korsmeyer examines how an evolutionary perspective impacts on a traditional understanding of original sin. He reviews the history of the doctrine as well as the church's interaction with the theory of evolution. Using clues provided by evolution and process thought, the author suggests an interpretation of original sin that incorporates both modern Catholic scholarship and scientific evidence. Ultimately, he moves toward a theology of evolution."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

Author: Stephen Bullivant,Michael Ruse

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191667404

Category: Religion

Page: 784

View: 5357

Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more. As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation of positive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism—understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods'—in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team of established and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies, musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the study of atheism.

Narren des Zufalls

die verborgene Rolle des Glücks an den Finanzmärkten und im Rest des Lebens

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 352750432X


Page: 352

View: 3067


From Sailor to Saint: How I Found True Peace and Purpose

Author: Randrick Chance

Publisher: Randrick\Chance

ISBN: 9780984395149

Category: Religion

Page: 146

View: 9338

The Navy was his life ... but God did not leave it to Chance. Randrick Chance joined the U.S. Navy to see the world. In a few short years, his naval career was thriving as he earned promotion after promotion. He delighted in knowing that his peers saw him living the "good life." He also found self-worth in driving BMWs, dressing in the trendiest clothes, wearing expensive jewelry, and impressing the ladies. What more could anybody want? But as the lure of success beckoned Chance, so did God. As Chance explains, "One afternoon aboard a warship, I was browsing a magazine rack for something to read. I don't know how it got there but I found an Amazing Facts Bible Study Guide. I felt compelled to pick it up. It was the beginning of an adventure in discovering God." Here's what others are saying: "Your story is very compelling. It is reader-friendly, accessible, warm, and personal. As a narrator, you are engaging and sympathetic and the reader is quite interested to hear your story in its totality!" ROBERTA TENNANT, MA EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FALCON BOOKS "Randrick is proof positive that God is still in the business of evangelism and soul winning! Randrick is infected with the virus we all need. He experienced God's transforming power. Now he can infect everyone he comes in contact with. You'll catch the same fervor that drove all the great soul winners as you read this book." LEO SCHREVEN PRESIDENT, ALL POWER SEMINARS

God's Human Face

The Christ Icon

Author: Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681492121

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 4870

The principal editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, presents the sources of meditation on the mystery of God's human face from the great Masters of early Christianity. Artists and theologians have meditated upon the mystery of God's human countenance and tried to express it. This book seeks to present the great sources of this meditation--sources which today are widely unknown, or have become foreign or obscure. These sources are above all the great masters of early Christianity. In their meditation upon Christ, Bishop Schonborn seeks the sources of the art on the Icon. The reader will find not only an engaging introduction to the meaning and beauty of Icons, but an invitation to draw closer to the One who inspired these Masters of theological expression and holy art. Includes beautiful color Icon illustrations.

Finding and Fulfilling Your Purpose in God

Author: Michael T. Moten

Publisher: Holy Fire Publishing

ISBN: 0976622165


Page: 88

View: 6796

This is the book that not only tells you that you have a purpose and a destiny in God, but explains how to find and fulfill your purpose as well as reach your God appointed destiny. True rest is attainable with or without monetary wealth. True contentment is in knowing that you are fulfilling the God ordained purpose that is specifically for you.

Chance and Determinism in Avicenna and Averroës

Author: Catarina Carriço Marques de Moura Belo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004155872

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

View: 4185

This book addresses the issue of determinism in Avicenna and Averroes through an analysis of their views on chance, matter and divine providence. It sets the debate against the philosophical/historical background of Aristotelianism, Neoplatonism and Islamic theology.

Creation and Evolution

A Conference with Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo

Author: Siegfried Wiedenhofer

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9781586172343

Category: Religion

Page: 210

View: 565

Documents the proceedings of the remarkable conference on the topic of "Creation and Evolution" by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 at the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfino, featuring papers that were presented from the fields of natural science, philosophy, and theology, and the subsequent discussion in which Pope Benedict XVI participated.