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Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt Against Reason

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As technology allows a better view of the universe, R. C. Sproul asks an important question: Can chance be responsible for all that is?
In a lively dialogue with modern thinkers from Einstein and Hume to Niels Bohr and Carl Sagan, Not a Chance consults the laws of logic, linguistic and scientific theory, and mathematical understanding to probe the cause-effect relationship.
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Baker Books (first published September 1st 1994)
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Ian Hodge
Jul 28, 2013 Ian Hodge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the defense of the Christian faith, there are many approaches. But this book by R.C. Sproul is more than a defense of Christian faith, it is a very readable introduction to philosophy and logic.

There are, he argues, four possible causes for the cosmos. But only one of them stands the test of logic. This leads him to provide the arguments for a "necessary cause" of the universe, and that cause can only be God. No other cause has within it the "necessary being" to produce the world as we know i
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Michele Morin
Nov 10, 2014 Michele Morin rated it liked it
R.C. Sproul has not written a small-minded, fear-mongering diatribe against science. His purpose in Not a Chance is to point out the precipitous slide into fiction that occurs when the brilliant minds that discover and describe the unseen workings of God’s creation attempt to make a side step into the realm of philosophy.

Typically, the debate about origins revolves around the controversy of how the universe bridged the gap between “nothing” and “something.” Intelligent design advocates argue fro
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Josh Skinner
Dec 21, 2014 Josh Skinner rated it it was amazing
Empirical science has staked its claim to Alpha status in the world of truth. However, not all disciplines are quite ready to bow down to the god of the senses. RC Sproul and Keith Mathison do a brilliant job in refuting empirical science's claim to supremacy and show why philosophy is not DOA in regards to interpreting general revelation.

I highlight that this is a book dealing with general revelation because both authors are known as theologians. This is not a book on theology and does not eng
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Dennis Goshorn
Nov 18, 2014 Dennis Goshorn rated it liked it
This is a review of the book Not a Chance: God, Science and the Revolt Against Reason by R.C. Sproul and Keith Mathison. This review was written by my wife, as she was the one who read the book. Her review:

Do you like rhetoric? Philosophy? Arguing a point ad nauseum? Then, you will love this book. Do you like to think deep thoughts? Come across big words only academics use? Again, this book is for you.

Sproul and Mathison spend the first four chapters just on debunking the word "chance." The foll
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Austin Mcgrath
Dec 03, 2015 Austin Mcgrath rated it liked it
Sproul does a good job refuting something coming from nothing.
Joshua
Nov 24, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
As others have mentioned this book is a surprisingly good introduction to philosophy. It is an enjoyable read unless you are a believer in chance or nothing.
Ann Cuddy
Nov 16, 2014 Ann Cuddy rated it liked it
“Despite claiming unbelief in God or any higher power that may have designed or created the world and all that is in it, modern scientists often write and speak of chance as some kind of being or force that can cause things to happen. In one breath they push the evolution agenda and in the next they say that creatures were "designed" with specific traits. In this classic book, R. C. Sproul and Keith Mathison call the scientific world to employ logic and clarity in their discourse, to leave the w ...more
Lance Ralston
I've enjoyed most of Sproul's books but found this to be turgid going. Sproul does well at taking complex ideas & making this simply while avoiding being simplistic. But this volume was simply difficult to get through. The author spends a LOT of time on several aspects of the issue when he's already made his point clear. In my opinion, he could have accomplished his task admirably in about half the number of pages.

Still, if someone is looking for a cogent analysis of causality and its critic
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Craig & Heather Norris
A worthy read

If you are sincerely interested in harmony or lack thereof between science and religion, this is well worth your time. It is certainly deep and demands more than ones casual attention to work through the technical language and particular definitions. But at the heart of it is an honest reading and evaluation of the offered explanations of causality and 'chance' on the very words of those expositing that science has somehow done away with religion since all has been caused by chance.
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Darlene Cruz
Oct 25, 2014 Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to test your mind and wonder about rhyme or reasons in science and the existence of God. Effective writing to say the least with interesting overture. I do appreciate a good argument to evolution and scientific findings. Whether it sounds off the wall or not the author argumentation of the subject or subjects he tried his best to explain the cause and effect. Philosophical read. Won this book on Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
Darlene Cruz
Oct 25, 2014 Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing
A book to test your mind and wonder about rhyme or reasons in science and the existence of God. Effective writing to say the least with interesting overture. I do appreciate a good argument to evolution and scientific findings. Whether it sounds off the wall or not the author argumentation of the subject or subjects he tried his best to explain the cause and effect. Philosophical read. Won this book on Goodreads First Read Giveaway. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
Richard Minor
Nov 27, 2014 Richard Minor rated it really liked it
Scientists have done something dangerous. They have proclaimed philosophy and other fields relatively useless in comparison to their own field. In doing so they have lost something very important: logic.

This book discusses the logic of chance creating the Universe. It takes a long look at the bold claims of scientists concerning this topic and finds much fault with their philosophical conclusions and sloppy logic.
Sarah
Mar 23, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
This was book was very thorough and informational. It was a bit hard to understand in certain parts for the common man because of the big words Dr. Sproul uses, but he got his message across:) There is no chance we or anything else in this universe came about by chance. God is the Creator and He will be glorified.
Gary
Nov 14, 2016 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This is a extraordinary book, if you like reading technical breakdowns of philosophic themes and postulates that comprise the business of chance and causality. Although some might find this reading above comprehension and utility, there is a distinct scholarship Dr Sproul imparts and serious wisdom the reader can imbibe. Pick it up chicken.
John Wilkins
Mar 26, 2012 John Wilkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, nonfiction
Sproul's work on chance and causality is an outstanding introduction to this field of study. The compelling question Sproul asks is how we can assign such a large role to "chance," a mythological-level being in many realms of science and cosmology. Many critics have treated Sproul's work backhandedly, but Sproul never intended the work to be comprehensive; it's just an introduction. --jw
Denise
Jun 09, 2015 Denise rated it it was ok
This was a very dry book, not something the average individual would read. I felt the author tended to be rather set minded on their ideas. As I tend to be more open to all possibilities and ideas, this book did not especially appeal to me.
Darby Hughes
Aug 04, 2016 Darby Hughes rated it liked it
Shelves: worldview
Good ideas, shows that there's no way to wiggle around basic logic and reason (because of the apparent actions of quantum particles) to explain origins. I like reading philosophical stuff, but this was kind of a laborious read in my opinion.
Zeke Vas
Oct 12, 2010 Zeke Vas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
Absolutely must read. Great defense of the cosmological argument. Even though I don't thing that is what was his intent.
E C Lartigue Lartigue
Apr 21, 2015 E C Lartigue Lartigue rated it really liked it
Sproul lays it in both technical and simplified terms what chance is and is not and what part it has been given by many as a means of thinking sloppy.
Great critique of a too often strategy
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Dr. R.C. Sproul was born in 1939 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the founder and chairman of the ministry that began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In an effort to respond more effectively to the growing demand for Dr. Sproul’s teachings and the ministry’s other educational resources, ...more
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“The twin enemies of mythology are logic and empirical data, the chief weapons of true science. If either weapon is neutralized, mythology is free to run wild.” 0 likes
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