Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Chance is no threat to the God of the Bible

Anti-evolutionists often make the (erroneous) claim that evolution is a 'theory of chance.' That betrays a considerable misunderstanding of evolution as while mutation - the raw fuel of evolution - occurs by chance, natural selection is a deterministic phenomenon, very much the opposite of chance. Mind you...
"The Bible is consistent in its teaching that events many people would ascribe to chance are within the boundaries of God’s sovereignty and plan. When the prophet Micaiah predicted that King Ahab would be killed in battle at Ramoth Gilead (1 Kings 22: 15– 28), this indeed came to pass, but it happened by someone who ‘drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armour’ (I Kings 22: 34, my italics). As Proverbs 16: 33 so vividly puts the point: ‘The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord’. The Bible sees God’s works occurring equally in all the various manifestations of his activity, whether in the more ‘law-like’ workings of the natural world (Psalm 33: 6– 11), in chance events (Proverbs 16: 33), or in his control of the weather (Psalm 148:8), which today we describe using chaos theory. There is never a hint in the Bible that certain types of event in the natural world are any more or any less the activity of God than other events."

(Alexander, Denis (2008-07-18). Creation or Evolution (Kindle Locations 2046-2053). Monarch Books. Kindle Edition.