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Does God Roll Dice?

Divine Providence for a World in the Making

Joseph Bracken, SJ

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Does God Roll Dice?

eISBN: 9780814680537, E8053

Details: 216 pgs,
Publication Date: 04/25/2012
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Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying that "God does not play dice," claiming an orderly and predictable structure to the universe. Today, advances and presumptions in the field of quantum mechanics pose a serious challenge to such a position. It's a challenge not only for nuclear physicists, but also for Christian theologians who work to explain God's providence for the world.

In Does God Roll Dice? noted Jesuit scholar Joseph Bracken claims that something like "directed chance" (Teilhard de Chardin) is God's normal mode of operation in a world always perilously poised between order and chaos. Bracken adopts the relatively new concept of self-organizing or self-correcting systems out of the natural and social sciences to deal with controversial issues in the ongoing religion and science debate. At the same time he deliberately keeps the language and context of the book suitable for the intelligent non-professional reader.

Joseph Bracken, SJ, is professor emeritus of theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has published ten books and more than ninety articles in academic journals in the general area of philosophical theology/philosophy of religion. His most recent books include Christianity and Process Thought: Spirituality for a Changing World (Templeton Foundation Press, 2006), God: Three Who Are One (Liturgical Press, 2008), and Subjectivity, Objectivity and Intersubjectivity: A New Paradigm for Religion and Science (Templeton Foundation Press, 2009).

eISBN: 9780814680537, E8053

Details: 216 pgs,
Publication Date: 04/25/2012


Perfect conversation partners-St. Benedict and his self-styled curmudgeon disciple, Terence Kardong! Readers seeking wisdom will find themselves drawn into exchanges on both contemporary and perennial issues facing monastics and others committed to living well in community. Who can escape concerns about mutual presence and mutual assistance, the value of silence, power dynamics, the good uses of electronic stuff, and what not to wear, as well as the dozen other practical topics in this essay collection? The author's opinions will evoke yours.
Mary Collins, OSB, Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS

This well-considered series of essays, bringing Saint Benedict's Rule into dialogue with contemporary attitudes and issues, is both instructive and entertaining. Each essay is thought-provoking, honest, and challenging. They are also powerful and contemporary expositions of basic monastic values.
Michael Casey, OCSO, Author of The Road to Eternal Life: Reflections on the Prologue of Saint Benedict's Rule

Pick up this book and you'll find yourself immediately engaged in a conversation, at times inspired or nodding in wholehearted agreement, at other times vehemently disagreeing, and at other times laughing or smiling at its humor. As such, it is a great conversation starter for monastic communities, oblates, and faith sharing groups.
Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB, Vocation Director, Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, MO

The mass of theological literature engendered by the ecumenical movement has stimulated important theological and philosophical reflection for the global human family, of which this volume is an important contribution. The book looks, helpfully, at the basis of the WCC and its contribution to deepening relations and reflection. It brings important philosophical and feminist theoretical reflection to bear on these developments and the future of dialogue.
Jeffrey Gros, FSC, Distinguished Professor of Ecumenism and Historical Theology, Memphis Theological Seminary

This is a bold and innovative attempt to re-frame Catholic theology in process terms. It leads to tolerant, humane and inclusive interpretations of many Christian doctrines, and Bracken mentions many scientific findings that give support to process insights. In my opinion, it is well worth studying as an alternative approach to classical theism and neo-Thomism.
Keith Ward, Modern Believing

Weaving together the wisdom of Whitehead, issues in ancient philosophy and contemporary science, and his commitment to Christian theology, Joseph Bracken offers compelling arguments that affirm God works providentially in the world. Bracken finely tunes and ardently articulates his model of a Triune God who empowers creatures in a world of freedom and chance. Of his many books, I find this one most lucid, as Bracken takes his well percolated insights and applies them to concrete issues in theology, philosophy, and science.
Thomas Jay Oord

Bracken's book will appeal to thoughtful Christians convinced of the need for a radical transformation of theological discourse in a post-mechanistic era. This intellectually challenging work sums up the author's many years of rethinking Christian faith within the framework of Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy.
John F. Haught, PhD

This is an erudite book by one of the leading Catholic philosophers of our time. Bracken shows that if God plays dice, God does not play alone.
Ilia Delio, OSF, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University