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Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying that "God does not play dice," claiming an orderly and predictable structure to the universe. Today, advances and presumptions in the field of quantum mechanics pose a serious challenge to such a position. It's a challenge not only for nuclear physicists, but also for Christian theologians who work to explain God's providence for the world. In Does God Roll Dice? noted Jesuit scholar Joseph Bracken claims that something like "directed chance" (Teilhard de Chardin) is God's normal mode of operation in a world always perilously poised between order and chaos. Bracken adopts the relatively new concept of self-organizing or self-correcting systems out of the natural and social sciences to deal with controversial issues in the ongoing religion and science debate. At the same time he deliberately keeps the language and context of the book suitable for the intelligent non-professional reader.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Part One: Philosophical Cosmology / Natural Theology from an Evolutionary Perspective
  1. Chapter One: Is There a Reason for Everything, or Do Some Things Just Happen?
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Chapter Two: Value and Creativity
  2. pp. 15-29
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  1. Chapter Three: Intelligent Design and the Self-Organization of Nature
  2. pp. 31-45
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  1. Chapter Four: Rethinking Primary and Secondary Causality
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. Part Two: Systems Thinking in the Social Sciences
  1. Chapter Five: From Platonic Forms to Open-Ended Systems: The Search for Truth and Objectivity
  2. pp. 61-74
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  1. Chapter Six: Whiteheadian Societies as Self-Unifying Systems
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. Chapter Seven: Subjectivity and Objectivity within Open-Ended Systems
  2. pp. 91-109
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  1. Chapter Eight: The Democratic Process as an Open-Ended System in Political Life
  2. pp. 111-124
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  1. Part Three: Christian Doctrinal Questions
  1. Chapter Nine: Incarnation and Redemption within the Cosmic Process
  2. pp. 127-138
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  1. Chapter Ten: A New Look at the Resurrection of the Body
  2. pp. 139-153
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Church and Sacraments from a Process Perspective
  2. pp. 155-166
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Inclusivity and Exclusivity in a Religious Context
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 177-183
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-196
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814680537
Related ISBN
9780814680520
MARC Record
OCLC
966825785
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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