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God, Chance and Purpose


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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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The thesis of this book is that chance is an integral part of God's creation.

About the Author

David J. Bartholomew is Emeritus Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His numerous publications include Measuring Intelligence: Facts and Fallacies (2004).


'... provides theologians with important and necessary raw materials to be carefully used within their own areas of expertise.' European Society for the Study of Science and Theology
'Bartholomew, an Emeritus Professor of Statistics, presents a complex story line with exemplary clarity, arguing both against those who maintain that the likelihood of life, let alone humans, appearing by chance is so miniscule that there must be an intelligent designer, and against those who assume God must have determined every detail of His creation.' Theological Book Review
'... an insightful and helpful aid.' Peter H. Van Ness, Yale University School of Medicine

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