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Abraham's dice : chance and providence in the monotheistic traditions

Author: Karl Giberson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Giberson
ISBN: 9780190277161 0190277165 9780190277154 0190277157
OCLC Number: 1004965616
Description: xiv, 358 p. ; 25 cm
Contents: Chance, divine action, and the natural order of things / Karl W. Giberson --
Ancient Hebraic voices of chance and choice over fate and justice / Jennifer Michael Hecht --
Chance, uncertainty, and unknowability in the universe and beyond / John D. Barrow --
Random numbers and God's nature / James Bradley --
The natural science of Greek philosophy and the social science of Judaism become the super-providence of Paul / Sarah Ruden --
Chance and providence in the Islamic tradition / Mustafa Ruzgar --
Chance and providence in early Christianity / Richard W. Miller --
Thomas Aquinas on natural contingency and providence / Ignacio Silva --
Chance, sovereignty, and providence in the Calvinist tradition / Byung Soo (Paul) Han --
Jonathan Edwards and occasionalism / Oliver D. Crisp --
Divine providence in the clockwork universe / John Hedley Brooke --
Chance and providence in the thought of William Paley / Alister E. McGrath --
Evolution, providence, and the problem of chance / Peter Harrison --
Throwing dice? Thoughts of God in a quantum world / Shaun Henson --
Darwinian evolution and a providential God: the human problem / Michael Ruse --
Abraham's dice in the flow of life: the experience of the tragic and its theological interpretation / Reinhold Bernhardt.
Responsibility: edited By Karl W. Giberson.

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Do things happen for a reason? Is God watching over the course of events? Does the scientific discovery of widespread randomness in nature rule out any role for God? In Abraham's Dice, major scholars  Read more...

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