Published in 1999. How can we reconcile assumptions about the lawfulness of the universe with provision for chance events? Do the ‘laws of nature’ indicate what absolutely must happen, or just what is most likely to happen? These are important questions for both science and theology, and are explored here in the first in-depth coverage of an important but neglected topic.
Including perspectives from prestigious contributions, and published with the backing of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR), Creation: Law and Probability employs the disciplines of history and philosophy, as well as cosmology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience in a fascinating dialogue of faith traditions.
Table of Contents
1. Concepts of Law and Probability in Theology and Science Fraser Watts 2. The Development of the Concept of Laws of Nature Peter Harrison 3. Contemporary Philosophical Concepts of Laws of Nature: The Quest for Broad Explanatory Consonance Philip Clayton 4. Multiverse and Ultimate Causation George F.R. Eliis 5. Laws of Physics, Principles of Self-Organization, and Natural Capacities: On Explaining a Self-Organizing World Neils Henrik Gregerson 6. Chance and Evolution Michael Ruse 7. Neuroscience, Determinism, and Downward Causation: Defusing the Free Will Problem Nancey Murphy 8. God and Probability David J. Bartholomew 9. From Law and Chance in Nature to Ultimate Reality Wesley J. Wildman 10. Creation, Law and Probability: A World Religious’ Perspective John Bowker