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Jonathan L. Kvanvig

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.001.0001

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Darwin, God, and Chance *

Darwin, God, and Chance *

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(p.55) 4 Darwin, God, and Chance*
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Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3
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Phil Dowe (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603213.003.0004

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

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