Frame vs. Poythress on the Notion of ‘Chance’
But what do apologists mean by “chance” in such contexts? Well, I’ve not found any definitions for this radioactive term in any of my bibles. We could infer from the context of apologists’ own statements, but this leaves the burden of divining the meaning of what apologists intend to say too much on the shoulders of those who are trying to understand them. Can’t apologists make their own terms clear? Can’t they explain why the charge of “believing in a universe of chance” is really so dreadful?
To put it mildly, apologists give mixed signals on the matter.
For example, according to John Frame’s A Van Til Glossary:
Chance: Events that occur without cause or reason.
For Poythress, chance is not chaos, it is simply missing knowledge.