Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion Volume 3$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 January 2021

Darwin, God, and Chance *

Darwin, God, and Chance *

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

Phil Dowe (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .