Chance and the Sovereignty of God

May 11, 2014

A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events

Rev. Dr. Vern Poythress recently published a new book, Chance and the Sovereignty of God.

Publisher's Description: What if all events—big and small, good and bad—are governed by more than just blind chance? What if they are governed by God?

In this theologically informed and philosophically nuanced introduction to the study of probability and chance, Vern Poythress argues that all events—including the seemingly random or accidental—fall under God's watchful gaze as part of his eternal plan. Comprehensive in its scope, this book lays the theistic foundation for our scientific assumptions about the world while addressing personal questions about the meaning and significance of everyday events.

Click here to listen to an interview with the author on Reformed Forum.

Interview with Dr. Poythress


How can we speak of so-called "victims of chance"?

How does science account for randomness and chance?

Can a Christian speak of "chance" at all?

How can we think of "probability" in terms of God's ordering of creation?

How can a Christian work in areas of chance and probability?