The 'new materialism' argues that science and religious belief are incompatible. This book considers such arguments from cosmology, from biology and from sociobiology and exposes a number of crucial fallacies and weaknesses. With a carefully argued, point by point refutation of scientific atheism, God, Chance and Necessity shows that modern scientific knowledge does not undermine belief in God, but actually points to the existence of God as the best explanation of how things are the way they are. Thus it sets out to demolish the claims of books like The Selfish Gene, and to show that the overwhelming appearance of design in nature is not deceptive.
Keith Ward is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, and is one of Britain's foremost writers on comparative theology and Christian issues.
"a very accessible, highly engaging work" "a well argued apologetic for theistic metaphysics" "This book displays a maturity and clarity far surpassing Ward's earlier works"
– Theology Today
"A rare synthesis of intellect and conviction, this book offers valuable insights to readers struggling to reconcile faith and science."
"admirable effort to engage the scientist and the philosopher in the question of meaning, and human destiny."
– Muslim World Book Review
"incisive, logically structured and not cluttered with technical language."
– Methodist Recorder
"a profound and richly satisfying book that illuminates better than anything I have come across the most important issue of our time and which sooner or later will consign atheism to the dustbin of philosophical ideas.
– Catholic Herald
"Prof. Ward has written a tightly reasoned and highly accessible book that seeks to show the fallacies of modern scientific atheism"
– One Country
"The philosophical and scientific arguments for the existence of God - well summarised, for instance in Professor Keith Ward's God, Chance and Necessity (Oneworld, 1996) - are now almost overwhelming."
– The Times
"Ward combines elegant rendering of familiar arguments with his own creative contribution."
– Theology Today
"it engages with the issues of the day from a position of profound and rational faith and deserves to be widely read and discussed"