Chris Barrigar on "God's Agape/Probability Design

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Trinity Western University
Northwest Auditorium
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1

The Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation Lecture, Chris Barrigar

Is God’s design in nature evident from specific biological interventions to bring about humanity? Or is it best to see God at work in the fundamental physics, chemistry, laws, and mathematics behind it all?

Come join us for a talk by Chris Barrigar (Ph.D. Philosophy, McGill) based on his recent book, Freedom All The Way Up: God and the Meaning of Life in a Scientific Age. Barrigar finds that traditional accounts of design don’t pay enough attention to why God would create a universe with things like randomness, probabilistic physics, thermodynamics, and massively-large numbers (such as numbers of stars or neurons). These things are central to God’s great ‘freedom system’, providing a blend of regularities, laws, probabilities, and randomness ‘all the way up’. This is what makes it possible, Chris suggests, for humans to choose, or reject, lives of agape-love toward God and others.

Chris Barrigar is Pastor of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Montréal. He has a Bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, covering a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences, with some maths in there too; and he has a PhD in philosophy from McGill University. Prior to pastoring Chris taught and/or supervised at the graduate level for a number of Canadian, Indian, and British institutions. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the CSCA–actively serving at our local chapter in Montréal. Chris also serves as Convenor of the Christian Faculty Fellowship at McGill University.

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