Not a Chance

Reviewed by: Isaac Dotson, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University


Title: Not a Chance

Author: C. Sproul and Keith Mathison

Publisher: Baker Books

Publication Date: 1994, 2014

Format: Print Book

Length: 252 pages


R.C. Sproul examines logical arguments that point away from the universe being the result of chance. He accomplishes this by explaining the inherently flawed idea that modern science currently holds—chance being a force of creation. He examines arguments for chance through a philosophical lens while also relating these views to scientific concepts, including quantum theory. Originally published in 1994, the recently released expanded edition includes a final chapter by theologian, Keith Mathison. This chapter examines arguments for the creation of the universe from nothing. Mathison shows how these arguments often work hard to redefine the meaning of nothing in order to validate their ideas.

Not a Chance does not function to demonstrate how the universe began. It instead wishes to show, through logic, how the universe could not have begun. Sproul shows that the mathematical concept of chance cannot exercise the power to create. While the concepts Sproul discusses are heavily philosophical, the reader does not necessarily need a background in philosophy to understand his ideas. An interest in philosophy and theology, however, is recommended.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 Stars

Suggested Audience

Those who have an interest in the applications of logic, philosophy, and theology to modern explanations for creation. Having a background in philosophy will make some areas of the book an easier read, but it is not necessary to comprehend the ideas discussed.

Christian Impact

Sproul and Mathison refute explanations that attribute the universe’s creation to that of a force of chance.


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Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt Against Reason

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One Response to “Not a Chance”

  1. Virginia Peterson Reply January 1, 2019 at 7:33 am

    This book is on sale for Kindle for January for $1.99.

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