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Abraham's Dice

Chance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions

By Karl W. Giberson (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 376 pages
Published In: United States, 16 June 2016
Most of us believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is "God's will," "karma", or "fate," we want to believe that an overarching purpose undergirds everything, and that nothing in the world, especially a disaster or tragedy, is a random, meaningless event. Abraham's Dice explores the interplay between chance and randomness, as well as between providence and divine action 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 and engaging theological debates, and provocative responses from science: what 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 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. 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. Organized historically, Abraham's Dice provides a wide-ranging scientific, theological, and biblical foundation to address the question of divine action in a world shot through with contingency.

About the Author

Karl Giberson is Professor of Writing, Science & Religion in the Cornerstone General Education Program at Stonehill College.


Reading this well-ordered collection of scholarly essays on providence and chance has enhanced my appreciation of the universe's beauty and the mystery of divine action. I recommend it not only to readers interested in the relationship of science to religion, but also to anyone interested in the question of God and the meaning of creation. * John F. Haught, author of Resting on the Future: Catholic Theology for an Unfinished Universe (2015) *

EAN: 9780190277161
ISBN: 0190277165
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Dimensions: 23.37 x 15.49 x 2.29 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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