New Question on Chance and God’s Sovereignty
Today's entry was written by Kathryn Applegate. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what BioLogos believes here.
What happens when you ask a Reformed mathematician and a Wesleyan theologian to write a joint statement on the compatibility of chance and God’s sovereignty? The odds might seem low, but if you’re lucky like us, you’ll get a thoughtful response like our newly-posted answer to the Question: Does the presence of chance in natural processes conflict with belief in God’s sovereignty?
We asked Jim Bradley, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Calvin College, and Tom Oord, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, for their expertise in helping us to answer this question. Bradley and Oord come from two theological traditions that tend to think about divine action and omniscience in very different ways.
What do you think? Does the response capture the spectrum of orthodox Christian thought on this topic? Does anything surprise you as you read it?
Kathryn Applegate is Program Director at The BioLogos Foundation. She received her PhD in computational cell biology at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. At Scripps, she developed computer vision software tools for analyzing the cell's infrastructure, the cytoskeleton.