Abraham's Dice Conference Schedule

Sunday, November, 16, 2014Schedule

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Social Hour at Donahue Hall / Herlihy Lounge

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM 

Opening Remarks by Karl Giberson, Stonehill College

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

Dinner in the Gartland Dining Room of Donahue Hall

7:30 PM – 7:45 PM 

Introduction of John Barrow by Owen Gingerich, Harvard

At Alumni Hall Auditorium

7:45 PM – 8:30 PM 

Address by John Barrow

Is The World Simple or Complicated? Chance, Uncertainty, and Unknowability in Modern Cosmology

8:30 PM – 9:00 PM 

Discussion Moderated by Karl Giberson

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Dessert (Sundae Bar) and Social Time

 9:30 PM 



Monday, November, 17, 2014Donahue Hall and Alumni Hall

Session One

Providence, Purpose and Randomness in the Biblical Worldviews

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Introduction of the speakers Karl Giberson

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Sarah Ruden The Natural Science of Greek Philosophy and the Social Science of Judaism Become the Super-Providence of Paul

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Jennifer Michael Hecht The Ancient Hebraic Voices of Chance and Choice Over Fate and Justice

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Coffee Break

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Conversation with speakers and Mustafa Ruzgar, Shari Lowin and  John Lanci Can we bring these questions to ancient texts?  

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Lunch @ Alumni Hall Terrace and Auditorium


Session Two

Theological Perspectives on Providence, Purpose and Randomness

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

Introduction of the speakers Karl Giberson

1:10 PM – 2:00 PM

Richard Miller Chance in the Early Christian Thinking

2:00 PM -  2:45 PM

Ignacio Silva Aquinas on Natural Contingency and Providence

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Oliver Crisp God as the Author of Evil: Jonathan Edwards and Divine Occasionalism

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Break/Refreshments Alumni Hall Terrace

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Is there a Christian perspective on providence and randomness?


Monday November 17, 2014Evening Program Locations: Donahue Hall and Alumni Hall

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Dinner Gartland Dining Room

7:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Introduction of John Hedley Brooke by Andre Goddu
Alumni Hall Auditorium

7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Plenary Address by John Hedley Brooke
Divine Providence in the Clockwork Universe

8:15 PM – 8:45 PM

Discussion and Questions  Moderated by Karl Giberson

8:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Dessert (Sundae Bar)

9:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Roundtable conversation: Are Science & Religion at War?
John Hedley Brooke, Karl Giberson, Andre Goddu and Paul Daponte

9:30 PM 



Tuesday, November, 18, 2014Alumni Hall

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Introduction of the speakers Karl Giberson

9:05 AM – 9:50 AM

Reinhold Bernhardt The Tragic in Theology: Randomness and the Problem of Evil

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

Conversation/ Q&A

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Mustafa Ruzgar Chance in the Koran and Islamic Tradition

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Conversation/ Q&A

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

James Bradley Randomness as Part of God’s Nature

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM

Conversation/ Q&A

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch @ Alumni Hall Terrace and Auditorium

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Abraham’s Dice Book Contributor Book Signing, Meet and Greet
Location: Alumni Hall/ Board Room <adjacent to foyer>

Afternoon Social Time & Plenary Location: Alumni Hall

3:00 PM


3:15 PM - 3:20 PM

Introduction to Afternoon Plenary Karl Giberson

3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Peter Harrison Contingency and Providence in the Historical Sciences

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Conversation/ Q&A

5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Conference Attendees will depart from hotel for off campus dining to a Boston Area restaurant.


Wednesday, November, 19, 2014Alumni Hall

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Reflective Roundtable on Conference All Welcome Facilitated  by Karl Giberson

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Coffee Break: Conference Officially Concludes

10:30 AM -12:00 PM

Special Event Location: Alumni Hall
Author and Conference Contributor, Jennifer Michael Hecht
Book signing and meet and greet Event for Jennifer’s book, “Stay”

12:00 PM

Student Appreciation Lunch with Jennifer Michael Hecht (invitation only)

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Discover Boston /Trip to the City (Optional Program)
Transportation will leave from Hotel promptly at noon for the following destinations:John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum South Boston, Freedom Trail Tours Boston Faneuil Hall/North End
Museum of Science or a ‘Just A Ride to the City’ for self tour/own itinerary