Can randomness and divine Providence be reconciled
within a larger theoretical framework that could shed more light on some of the
most fascinating dilemmas faced by contemporary science, such as the question of
fine-tuning, multiverse theories, determinacy and indeterminacy, randomness and
design, and the equally challenging question that science poses to the Christian
concept of divine Providence? Does quantum randomness imply that order can
emerge absent providential intent? Or does quantum randomness still allow one to
argue that the laws of nature are essentially intentional, and therefore
providential? What are the philosophical and theological implications of
randomness for the limits of human knowing and self-determination? Is human
dependence on Providence fostered by randomness? How do randomness and
Providence relate to the epistemic limitations of scientific methodologies and
the human capacity to know the mind of God? What insights into randomness and
Providence can help a humility theology more fully voice the admission that only
God knows the mind of God, but that God’s “footprints” and “fingerprints” abound
in creation, and are to be investigated and the resulting knowledge used for the
common good? What patterns and grammars of plausible reasoning and assent from
the natural and social sciences, arts, and mathematics to philosophy and
theology are best fitted to a world in which randomness and/or Providence act?
This confluence of science-philosophy-theology conundrums is the inspiration for
JIS XXVII 2015, recalling Albert Einstein’s famous musing that “God does not
DOES GOD PLAY DICE?
RANDOMNESS & DIVINE PROVIDENCE
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