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Abrahamic Reflections on Randomness and Providence

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  • Collects perspectives from the great Abrahamic religions on the single topic of randomness
  • Presents the findings of a team of scholars in theology, philosophy, and religious studies
  • Offers new insights into the age-old questions of God's role in the chaos of the universe?

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This open access book addresses the question of how God can providentially govern apparently ungovernable randomness. Medieval theologians confidently held that God is provident, that is, God is the ultimate cause of or is responsible for everything that happens. However, scientific advances since the 19th century pose serious challenges to traditional views of providence. From Darwinian evolution to quantum mechanics, randomness has become an essential part of the scientific worldview. An interdisciplinary team of Muslim, Christian and Jewish scholars—biologists, physicists, philosophers and theologians—addresses questions of randomness and providence.

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. The Problem(s) Stated

  3. Science

  4. The Abrahamic Faiths

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Philosophy, Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey

    Kelly James Clark

  • Department of Philosophy, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, USA

    Jeffrey Koperski

About the editors

Kelly James Clark is author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books including Religion and the Sciences of Origins, Strangers, Neighbors Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and Peace, and Abraham’s Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict.

Jeffrey Koperski is Professor of Philosophy at Saginaw Valley State University. He is the author of The Physics of Theism: God, Physics, and the Philosophy of Science, and Divine Action, Determinism, and the Laws of Nature.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Abrahamic Reflections on Randomness and Providence

  • Editors: Kelly James Clark, Jeffrey Koperski

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-75796-0Published: 28 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-75799-1Published: 28 September 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-75797-7Published: 27 September 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 384

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Comparative Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Theology

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