Not a Chance
The Myth of Chance in Modern Science and Cosmology
Can chance truly be responsible for all that is?
Despite claiming unbelief in God or any higher power that may have designed or created the world, modern scientists often write and speak of chance as some kind of being or force that can actually cause things to happen. They have excluded any designer but filled in the resultant void with faulty reasoning.
R. C. Sproul calls the scientific world to employ logic and clarity in their discourse. And that starts with leaving the use of the word chance as an abstract concept to describe mathematical possibilities rather than an ontological entity that can cause change.
“Not A Chance warns of the destruction of science by scientists and others abuse of philosophy, ontology, and epistemology. R. C. Sproul offers a cure, a cure that is both easy to understand and easy to apply.” — Hugh Ross, author of The Creator and the Cosmos
“Not a Chance is Sproul at his best, which is very good. Reference to chance explains nothing, as he shows. But it is an essential factor in the struggles of atheism to appear rational in the face of the world where we live. He shows secularism to be what it now is: a desperate faith.” — Dallas Willard, Department of Philosophy University of Southern California
“People need a serious attempt to analyze the scientific uses of the term chance, as well as the implications of these uses for ones overall world view. Not a Chance meets this need admirably.” — J. P. Moreland, author of Christianity and the Nature of Science
“Representative of R.C. Sproul at his best – a gifted communicator explaining difficult concepts with clarity, passion, and humor.” — Theological Educator
“Dr. Sproul has effectively laid to rest the bugaboo of chance that threatens the intelligibility of science and the possibility of theology.” — Norman Geisler, author of Origin Science
“Sproul has given us a powerfully argued, landmark work, in what has been an unremitting conflict between chance and agency. Here science, philosophy, and theology meet.” — Ravi Zacharias, author of The Shattered Visage of Atheism
- The Soft Pillow
- The Mask of Ignorance
- A Quantum Leap
- The Voice of Reason
- Light and the Light
- Framing the Question
- The Policeman of Science
- Cosmos or Chaos?
- A Being without a Cause
- No Chance in the World
- Ex Nihilo, Nihil Fit
Appendix: A Review of Stephen M. Barr’s Modern Physics and Ancient Faith