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God's Statistical Universe

God's Statistical Universe
Robert J Stening, September 2006

            

                                                                          

Author

Robert J Stening
Dr Stening is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Physics, University of New South Wales.

Abstract

The universe is not completely predictable, but contains many uncertain events, which follow statistical laws. The whole evolutionary process is driven by statistics. Haught's 'process theology', is discussed, in which the future is uncertain, even to God, but offers promise. Two common attitudes, of blind trust in God, and the earth as a 'soul school', are examined and found to be common in popular Christian literature. The existence of uncertainty is seen as a prerequisite for the exercise of faith as God requires. Some ideas are advanced of how evangelicals and process theologians might learn from each other.

Key words

Statistical universe, uncertainty, kenosis, process theology, providence as promise.

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