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Misconceptions about Randomness

Understanding Randomness

In this series, Kathryn Applegate addresses the concern that randomness implies the absence of God's activity and involvement in the natural world. She begins by clearing up some common misconceptions about the concept of "randomness", and later focuses on the mechanisms of the immune system to demonstrate that God works through random processes to preserve life. Far from being an indication of a "godless" universe, one might conclude that randomness is one of God’s favorite mechanisms for creating and sustaining life!

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Misconceptions about Randomness

Misconceptions about Randomness

“Randomness,” when taken to mean unconquerable unpredictability, is inherent in many processes created by God, from hurricanes to viral assembly to genetic recombination to antibody production. Randomness means that the details of the future are unpredictable, and will stay that way regardless of scientific progress.
March 15, 2013 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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That’s Random!  A Look at Viral Self-Assembly

That’s Random!  A Look at Viral Self-Assembly

It should be noted that indeterminacy does not imply that God does not have foreknowledge of future events. Christians ought not to be uncomfortable with the idea of God interacting with his creation through chance.
March 16, 2013 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Adaptive Immunity: How Randomness Comes to the Rescue

Adaptive Immunity: How Randomness Comes to the Rescue

Surely the design of a highly specific antigen-binding site could not be accomplished by random mutations! Actually, yes, though as we will see, the story is not as simple as a single gene undergoing spontaneous mutations every now and then.
March 22, 2013 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Evolution and Immunity: Same Story?

Evolution and Immunity: Same Story?

The evidence suggests that God has chosen to work through a random process, one which involves the routine creation and destruction of millions of cells that never get used. This is the ordinary means by which God maintains our health. The miracles of healing recorded in the Bible are miraculous precisely because they don’t occur by this normal, natural process.
March 23, 2013 
Kathryn Applegate 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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