Not a Chance: God, Science and the Revolt Against Reason, Revised and Expanded  -     By: R.C. Sproul, Keith Mathison
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Not a Chance: God, Science and the Revolt Against Reason, Revised and Expanded

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Can chance truly be responsible for all that is?

Despite claiming unbelief in God or any higher power that may have designed or created the world, modern scientists often write and speak of chance as some kind of being or force that can actually cause things to happen. They have excluded any designer but filled in the resultant void with faulty reasoning.

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 word chance as an abstract concept to describe mathematical possibilities rather than an ontological entity that can cause change. Dallas Willard praised Not a Chance as "Sproul at his best, which is very good. He shows secularism to be what it now is: a desperate faith." This expanded edition includes a new chapter dealing with the most recent attempts to defend irrational scientific statements. A new appendix reviews other literature on scientific discoveries that support belief in a Creator God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801016215
ISBN-13: 9780801016219

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Author Bio

R. C. Sproul has served the church as a seminary professor, pastor, and author of more than one hundred books. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and the chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and his teaching can be heard daily on the program Renewing Your Mind, which broadcasts around the world. Dr. Sproul is also executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

Keith Mathison is professor of systematic theology at Reformation Bible College in Florida. He is also an associate editor of Tabletalk magazine at Ligonier Ministries. He is author of several books including From Age to Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology; The Shape of Sola Scriptura; and Given For You: Reclaiming Calvin's Doctrine of the Lord's Supper.

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  1. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not much here
    November 22, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Passover and move along
  2. Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 15, 2014
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    R.C. Sproul with Keith Mathison in this newly expanded edition of Not A Chance confront the scientific community in their belief of a self-creating universe. This is a thought-provoking read worth the time it will take you to digest each chapter. It will bolster your confidence in a Creator God if you have the wherewithal to devote yourself to reading Not A Chance in its entirety.

    To be honest, I have done little in my life to pursue science. I have a Bachelor of Arts for a very good reason; it meant I only needed three credit hours of science to graduate. In light of that, I knew before this book arrived I would struggle to follow Sproul regardless of his attempt to put his argument in laymans terms. However, I welcomed the challenge because I believe it is important to defend my faith. For this reason, I encourage anyone and everyone to read this title. Regardless of your personal belief, Not a Chance is a book for those on both sides of the creation argument.

    I admit I could not help but hear Morgan Freeman reading this book to me. And now you will too, should you choose to read it! I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.
  3. Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Strong evidence...
    November 13, 2014
    Jen Pen
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    Ex Nihilo, Nihil Fittranslation: Out of nothing, nothing comes. With that exact phrase, authors R.C. Sproul and Keith Mathison set out to prove that God and His creation cannot be associated with chance. Through sound arguments, scripture and proven contradictions, Not A Chance denounces the philosophy of something coming from nothing


    Wow. Such a deeply written book on theology and Creation while leaving nothing to chance. A perfect book for the philosopher who questions God, faith, and Creation. Not by any means a light read, it was actually a book which I needed to read in bits, take time to consider, more time to ponder and then continue reading. The authors did a thorough job of examining the many debates against God and then proving why those are not possible while explaining the only true way could be God. Definitely a well researched book, it also begs the reader to think deeper, believe stronger and live bolder.


    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Not A Chance from Baker Books for my honest review*
  4. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Edges of His Ways
    November 10, 2014
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    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 Gods 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 from Scripture that God spoke everything into being. The burden of coming up with matter (or energy) of any kind with no Prime Mover places the atheist in contradiction with the laws of his own scientific method:

    (1) ex nihil, nihil fit out of nothing, nothing comes;

    (2) the law of noncontradiction for something to, essentially, create itself, it must be and not be at the same time;

    (3) the impossibility of the contrary if A is, non-A cannot also be at the same time and in the same relationship.

    Sprouls argument necessitates the clarification of the complexities of speech, causality, what it means to know, and what it means to be. He includes in this section a most helpful description of essence and persona as they relate to the doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation.

    Since it seemed to R.C. Sproul that chance has been, over time, ascribed the dignity of causality in scientific musings, he invited Keith Mathison to close this updated edition of the book with a final dialectic chapter addressing scientific and philosophical arguments which have come to light in the ten years since the initial publication of Not a Chance. Even if the reader is, like me, a died-in-the-wool creationist and impatient with all the verbal gymnastics of those who would strain logic in order to strain-out a Creator, there is food for the soul and for the mind in Not a Chance. Most of the science discussed in the book had not found its way into the average high school physics class thirty years ago, and there is much to be gained from reading Sprouls history of quantum theory and his descriptions of dark matter, virtual particles, and the working hypothesis of dark energy. Not a Chance presents strong and compelling arguments which should be of interest to the atheist who wishes to be intellectually honest and to do his homework. Of equal value, it is a reminder to the Christian that, in all our arguments and speculations about God and His creative work, we are only approaching the edges of His ways.

    I received this book free from Baker Publishing Group. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
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