Abraham's Dice Conference

November 16, 2014 - November 19, 2014

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Abraham’s Dice is a collaborative effort among leading scholars from around the world to explore the interplay of chance and providence in the monotheistic religious traditions.

Abraham’s Dice is a collaborative effort among leading scholars from around the world to explore the interplay of chance and providence in the monotheistic religious traditions.

Dr. Karl Giberson and seventeen contributors, who remain on the forefront of science and religion, aim to examine the significance of randomness and its intersection—or lack thereof—with divine action. We want to know how that interplay has been understood over time as our appreciation of the workings of nature has changed.  

The conference at Stonehill College will bring these leading scholars together to discuss their work in more detail with the community.  Our explorations will include:

  • Introduction: Does Randomness Challenge Divine Providence? - Karl Giberson
  • The Natural Science of Greek Philosophy and the Social Science of Judaism Become the Super-Providence of Paul. - Sarah Ruden
  • The Ancient Hebraic Voices of Chance and Choice over Fate and Justice. - Jennifer Michael Hecht
  • Chance in the Early Christian Tradition. - Richard Miller
  • Aquinas on Natural Contingency and Providence. - Ignacio Silva and Andrew Pinsent
  • Chance, Sovereignty and Providence in the Calvinist Tradition. - Byung Soo Han
  • God as the Author of Evil: Jonathan Edwards and Divine Occasionalism - Oliver Crisp
  • Divine Providence in the Clockwork Universe. - John Hedley Brooke
  • Chance and Providence in the Thought of William Paley. - Alister McGrath
  • Contingency and Providence in the Historical Sciences: Evolution and Earth History. - Peter Harrison
  • Quantum Theory and the Reality of Randomness. - John Polkinghorne and Shaun Hensen
  • Randomness as a Part of God’s Nature. - James Bradley
  • Is the World Simple or Complicated? Chance, Uncertainty, and Unknowability in Modern Cosmology. - John Barrow
  • Chance in the Koran and Islamic Tradition. - Mustafa Ruzgar
  • The Tragic in Theology: Randomness and the Problem of Evil. - Reinhold Bernhardt
  • Is Evolution Too Random to be God’s Way of Creating? - Michael Ruse