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Darwin, God, and Chance*

Phil Dowe

in Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603213
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion

Darwin, God, and Chance*

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This chapter considers the options for a person who believes in God's providence, prayer and also free will, to accept Natural Selection. It argues that it is possible. The chapter focuses on the idea that Natural Selection entails that we are here by chance not design. It distinguishes several important senses of chance, then canvases a number of models of divine action, neo-Leibnizianism, neo-Molinism, Occasionalism, and an ‘immediate action’ model. The chapter argues that the latter is fit to the task if one adopts certain views about causation.

Keywords: Providence; Natural Selection; chance; causation; free will

Chapter.  5024 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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