Of God and Slot Machines: An Interview with Vern Poythress

June 10, 2014

by Vern Poythress

An interview with Dr. Vern Poythress in Credo magazine, on his new book Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events.

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Credo: Honestly speaking, I was a bit surprised by the topic of your book. What can really be said about chance if one firmly believes in the sovereignty of God?

Poythress: God has created a world in which we experience surprises, both big and small. God knows the future in every detail, so there are no surprises for him. But he has designed the world and providentially governs it so that there are many surprises for us. These surprises can be called “chance.” For example, we may say that we met an old friend “by chance.”

continue reading on Credo.

Vern Poythress

Dr. Poythress (PhD, Harvard; DTh, Stellenbosch) is professor of New Testament interpretation at WTS.

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