Not a Chance

by RC Sproul     |     Book Summary


Author: RC Sproul
Publisher: Baker Books
Date: 1994
Pages: 234

Book Summary of Not a Chance by RC Sproul


“What we don’t understand we tend to explain in terms of myths.” (p. xi)

Many today hear the word myth and think of the fictional literature of ancient, primitive cultures. This tendency displays our arrogance. We think we are smarter than ancient peoples. This tendency also displays our ignorance. We think ancient, primitive people are the only cultures who embrace myth.

Modern people embrace many kinds of myths. Examples include religious practices, superstitions, home remedies, and old wives’ tales. These accepted myths pervade all areas of modern life, including science. 

“One myth that has found its way into modern thought and is entrenched in some circles is the myth of chance.” (p. xii) The word chance is used to describe a number of different ideas. As it relates to cosmology, the idea of chance has been used to describe “that which happens totally without cause” (p. xii).

This modern notion of chance is highly problematic when used to explain origins, reality, and cosmology. In fact, “it is logically impossible to ascribe any power to chance whatsoever” (p. xiv, emphasis in original).





Not a Chance

by RC Sproul

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Book Summary of Not a Chance by RC Sproul

AuthorRC Sproul
PublisherBaker Books
Date1994
Pages234


Overview:

“What we don’t understand we tend to explain in terms of myths.” (p. xi)

Many today hear the word myth and think of the fictional literature of ancient, primitive cultures. This tendency displays our arrogance. We think we are smarter than ancient peoples. This tendency also displays our ignorance. We think ancient, primitive people are the only cultures who embrace myth.

Modern people embrace many kinds of myths. Examples include religious practices, superstitions, home remedies, and old wives’ tales. These accepted myths pervade all areas of modern life, including science. 

“One myth that has found its way into modern thought and is entrenched in some circles is the myth of chance.” (p. xii) The word chance is used to describe a number of different ideas. As it relates to cosmology, the idea of chance has been used to describe “that which happens totally without cause” (p. xii).

This modern notion of chance is highly problematic when used to explain origins, reality, and cosmology. In fact, “it is logically impossible to ascribe any power to chance whatsoever” (p. xiv, emphasis in original).